Liturgy Alive Second Sunday of Advent (B)

Sunday, December 7, 2014


2nd Sunday of ADVENT (B)




The Family assigned to light the ADVENT CANDLE 
assembles in the front seat. 
The Cantor sings / says the Verse
The Choir leads the Assembly in singing / saying the Response
When the Ministers are ready to begin the Procession 
the CM says: Please STAND.

C       The Spirit and the Church cry out:
All     Come, Lord Jesus!

C       All those who await his appearance pray:
All     Come, Lord Jesus!

C      The whole creation pleads:
All    Come, Lord Jesus!

CM   As we await Christ's coming let us sing our Gathering Song: 

The Ministers begin the procession
Presider kisses the altar and stands near the Wreath. 
Sanctuary Assistants with Clear Book and Microphone are in attendance.
Other Ministers proceed to usual places.

Sign of the Cross


Praised be Jesus our Lord 
whose coming is announced by John the Baptist!
May you prepare for Jesus a straight path,
and may his peace and love be with you.
And also with you.



Assigned family ascends the steps and lights the 1st and 2nd candle on ADVENT WREATH. 
While they do this the Presider says slowly at the appropriate time:

P:        As we light the Advent wreath,
           let us pray that God's power may prepare 
           our hearts and our world 
           for the advent of the kingdom, 
           the dawning of God's day of righteousness and peace.

The family members now return to their seat.
The Presider may proceed to the Chair 
or stay beside the wreath until the Liturgy of the Word.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Option A 
In today's liturgy we hear again the lonely voice 
of John the Baptist urging us to prepare a way 
for the Lord. Let us create a space in our minds 
and hearts so that the Lord can come 
to us in this Eucharist. [pause]

John began his mission with a call to repentance. 
Jesus repeats his call to us today. [pause]

You sent John the Baptist as a herald to announce your coming:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You tell us to show by our actions that we are indeed repentant:
Christ, have mercy:
Christ, have mercy.

You send your Holy Spirit to change our hearts and give us life:
Lord, have mercy:

Lord, have mercy.


Option B 
Today the voice of John the Baptizer 
comes to us out of the wilderness
calling us to a change of heart to prepare 
for the one who is to come.
In joyful expectation, let us call out to the Christ, 
who is our salvation. [pause]

You came as herald of the good tidings of God's mercy.
Lord, come and save us.
Lord, come and save us.

You come to baptize in the Holy Spirit a people to be your own:
Christ, come and save us:
Christ, come and save us:

You will come to establish a 'new heavens and a new earth'
where righteousness will be at home: 
Lord, come and save us.
Lord, come and save us.

Opening Prayer

Option A 
With tender comfort and transforming power 
you come into our midst, 
O God of mercy and might.
Make ready a way in the wilderness,
clear a straight path in our hearts,
and form us into a repentant people,
that the advent of your Son
may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Option B
O God of all consolation,
to us who journey as pilgrims through time
you have promised new heavens and a new earth.
Open our eyes to the One who comes into our midst,
that by lives of holiness and service
we may hasten the coming of that day
and be found at peace when at last it dawns.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.




P         Let us entrust ourselves and our concerns to the God of all consolation, 
            who feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms.

             With confidence we pray:

CM     Come, Lord Jesus, come. (Please repeat)

  1. That those who minister to the flock 
    of Christ may seek out the lost, 
    bandage the wounded, and make the weak strong. 
    We pray:
  2. That political leaders and inspired people in 
    our communities may strive to level the mountains 
    of injustice and fill the valleys of poverty, 
    and so bring about a just society. 
    We pray: 
  3. That in the Church and in the world there may 
    be prophets to give a voice to the voiceless, 
    and hope to the hopeless. 
    We pray:
  4. For all peoples committed to building up 
    of the new heavens and the new earth; 
    that we will always hear what the Lord God has to say, 
    a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people. 
    We pray:
  5. That the leaders of nations may listen 
    to the voice of the Spirit at work in the world 
    and look for ways and means to find solutions 
    to terrorism and war. 
    We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]


P    Almighty God, 
      stir up our hearts to prepare the way of your beloved Son, 
      so that when he comes we may be found watching and waiting.
      This we ask through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts

Grant, O Lord, 
that the gifts we present
may be pleasing in your eyes.
Make us watchful and faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may find us active in his service 
and joyful in his praise.
We ask this in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Option A 
God does not delay his promise.
With trust we pray to him the prayer of Jesus our Lord: 
Our Father ...

Option B
Our time of slavery is ended; God has come to save us.
We need have no fear then, if we claim God as Our Father: 
Our Father ...

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us Lord, from every evil
and give us dedicated men and women 
to work for that peace 
which is the sign of the presence of your Son on earth.
Turn our hearts to you and free us from sin,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Through Isaiah, the Lord says:
"Comfort, O comfort my people.
Do not fear.
Here is your God!"
Inspired by these words, Lord Jesus,
we look forward to the time 
when there will be peace and unity in your kingdom 
where you live for ever and ever.


Exchange of Peace
The Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.


Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

P     Now let us break the bread of life
       remembering the words of Jesus:
      "See, I am coming soon." (Rev.27:7)
       And let us answer:
A   "Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!" (1 Cor. 16:22)v.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
It is he who is coming to save us.
Blessed are we who have been invited to his banquet:

Lord, I am not worthy…

Prayer after Communion

Lord, God of hope,
in this Eucharist we have again celebrated 
the coming of your Son in our midst.
Let this brief encounter with him
refresh and restore us
that we may become humble road-signs 
to a justice, a peace, a dignity and joy
that far surpasses our powers.
Al this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN


May the God of consolation open our hearts to welcome him. AMEN.

May God remove all that hinders us from receiving him with joy. AMEN.

May we hasten the coming of the day of God. AMEN.

And may God bless you,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.


Option A
All through the coming week
let us do our part in preparing the way for the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.

Option B 
Go forth in peace to prepare the way of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.

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