Last Monday in Advent

December 19, 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)
“Worthy are You, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things,
and by Your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
“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 Dayspring, splendor of light everlasting: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the 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 & 6

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!
6
O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
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.

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.  And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.  And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.”  And they said to her, “None of Your relatives is called by this name.”  And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.  And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered.  And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.  And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. (Luke 1:57-66)

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 Dayspring, splendor of light everlasting; You are Lord of lords and a light for the nations.  Arise, shine for this night grows long.  Arise, shine lest Your people stumble and grow weary in the final watches before the break of day for we cannot endure a night of prayer and watchfulness as in Gethsemane.  This time we wait not for Your betrayal but for our deliverance.  This time we long for You, not in the bitterness of loss but in the anticipation of being with You.  Grant us patience Lord, and strength, to be faithful watchmen through this age until the sunrise of Your Kingdom come.  Lord God by Your grace and according to Your mercy for us come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.  This we pray by the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, everlasting Dawn.  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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