Second Sunday of Advent
Gospel text (Lk 1,26-38)
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, «Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you». Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean.
But the angel said, «Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have no end». Then Mary said to the angel, «How can this be if I am a virgin?». And the angel said to her, «The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible». Then Mary said, «I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said». And the angel left her.
Prayer as we light the second purple Advent Candle - The Candle of Peace
As we light this second Advent candle, we remember how the prophets of Israel kept alive the vision of the
coming Messiah, or Christ. Their vision was fulfilled when Jesus came, and God said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
Let us pray. Lord, as we worship you today may we be filled with the same vision as the prophets of old. Help us to live in constant expectation that we will meet your Messiah in the events of our lives, and that he will be our Savior and Helper in all trials; through Christ our Lord. Amen.