Third Friday in Advent

December 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

OPENING

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”  (Psalm 126:1-2)
For You are our Father,
though Abraham does not know us,
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
You, O Lord, are our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is Your name. (Isaiah 63:16)
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.  (Psalm 126:3)

O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your praise.  (Psalm 51:15)
Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
Make haste to help me, O Lord.  (Psalm 70:1)

Glory be to the Father and to the + Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever amen.

O Adonai and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai; come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.  Amen.

If you are using an advent wreath, light the first, second and third candles now and pray:
Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world that no darkness can overcome; for You give light to those sitting in darkness.  Keep us from sin and straighten our path, so that we may be prepared for Your coming.  Amen.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (Revelation 21:5-6)

MEDITATION

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Latin, c. 12th cent,; Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66, alt.
Stanzas 1 & 3

1
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
4
O com, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the Law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

SCRIPTURE

O Lord, have mercy on us.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the first chapter.

Thanks be to God.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.  (Luke 1:26-38)

In many and various ways, God spoke to His people by the prophets.
But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.

PRAYERS

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

O Lord hear my prayer.
And let my cry come to You.

O Adonai and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai; there are none among your creation who could have imagined that you would send your messenger Gabriel to your servant Zechariah serving at the altar of incense; to announce the birth of John the Baptism.  Not in the fire of the burning bush or the smoke on the top of the mountain, but near the incense that rose with the prayers of Israel did you break your age-old silence by fulfilling your promise to send one to make straight the way of the Lord.  By his preaching many hearts were prepared to receive the good news of your Kingdom as proclaimed by your Son.  God whose promises never fail come with an outstretched arm and redeem us. This we pray by the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Adonai of Israel.  Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.  Amen.

CLOSING

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.  Amen.

The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  Amen.

All scripture passages are ESV

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