Second Sunday of Advent

06/12/2015 15:47

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 3,1-6.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
He went throughout (the) whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one crying out in the desert: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
 

 

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Father in heaven, set our hearts ablaze to follow in the steps of John the Baptist. May we bring light and love to all we meet, that the darkness of sin and fear may be overcome. In Christ's name we ask this.

 

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.