Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

OPENING

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

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3b)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.  Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.  Write therefore the things that You have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.”  (Revelation 1:8, 17b-19)
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”  (Revelation 4:8b)

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 Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in t he shadow of death.  Amen.

If you are using an advent wreath, light all of the candles now and pray:
Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world that no darkness can overcome; for You make all things visible.  Keep us from sin and straighten our path, so that we may be prepared for Your coming.  Amen.

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”  (Revelation 21:7-8)

MEDITATION

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Latin, c. 12th cent,; Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66, alt.
Stanzas 1 & 5

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!
5
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
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.

And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. (Luke 1:46-56)

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 Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open; who among Your creation could have imagined that Your very presence among us, even while yet in Mary’s womb, would bring us hope, joy and peace?  Now that You have closed up Satan’s hold against us and swallowed up death in Your empty grave, we have a hope that will endure with You beyond the close of this age.  Open our hearts to You Word.  Open our mouths and fill them with them with Your Gospel.  Open our eyes to see Your hand at work in this age.  Open up our ears to hear Your call.  Close that source of all that is sinful that lurks in our hearts.  Close our lips and bind our tongues so that they may not speak words of hate.  Close and confound the paths of the enemy so that His schemes may not undo us.  O Lord, open the gates of Your kingdom and come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.  O Lord, closeout the age and come quickly.  This we pray by the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Key that prevails.  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 Lord bless us and keep us.  The Lord make His face to shine on us and be gracious to us.  The Lord look upon us with favor and  + give us peace.  Amen.

All scripture passages are ESV

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