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Second Sunday in Advent
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This week Teresa Edwards leads us in prayer for the second week of Advent. Join in lighting the candle below.
Take a moment to still yourself. Take a deep breath and ask God for a renewed sense of presence with you in this moment.
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sing or listen
First Reading – Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 84(85):9-14 Listen Here
Second Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-14
The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
Almighty God, your promise of salvation fills us with joy and hope. We long for its fulfillment in our own time. Hear the cries of your people and let your justice be evident in our world, that we and all people may have ever new reasons to rejoice in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From Prayer for Parish Groups, Donal Harrington & Julie Kavanagh