Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 1:1-8.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Son of God).
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.'"
John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit."
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.