Charism and Spirituality

Prayers

2nd Sunday Of Advent

Morning Prayer Week II

INTRODUCTION

 

O God, come to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen. Alleluia.

           Hymn

 

Hark! a herald voice is calling

Through the shadows of the night

‘Cast away the dreams of darkness

Christ descends with heavenly light.’

Wakened by the solemn warning,

Let the earthbound soul arise;

Christ, her sun, all sloth dispelling,

Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,

Comes with pardon down from heav’n;

Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,

One and all to be forgiv’n;

So, when next he comes with glory,

And his judgement-day draws near,

Faithful he may find his servants,

Watching till their Lord appear.

Honour, glory, might, and blessing

To the Father and the Son,

With the everlasting Spirit,

While eternal ages run.

 

Psalmody

Antiphon 1: We have a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.

 

Psalm 117 (118)

A cry of rejoicing and triumph

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

and his kindness is for ever.

Now let Israel say, he is good

and his kindness is for ever.

Now let the house of Aaron say it too:

that his kindness is for ever.

Now let all who fear the Lord say it too:

that his kindness is for ever.

In my time of trial I called out to the Lord:

he listened, and led me to freedom.

The Lord is with me,

I will fear nothing that man can do.

The Lord, my help, is with me,

and I shall look down upon my enemies.

It is good to seek shelter in the Lord,

better than to trust in men.

It is good to seek shelter in the Lord,

better than to trust in the leaders of men.

All the nations surrounded me,

and in the Lord’s name I slew them.

They crowded in and besieged me,

and in the Lord’s name I slew them.

They surrounded me like swarms of bees,

they burned like a fire of dry thorns,

and in the Lord’s name I slew them.

They chased and pursued me, to make me fall,

and the Lord came to my help.

The Lord is my strength and my rejoicing:

he has become my saviour.

A cry of joy and salvation

in the dwellings of the righteous:

“The Lord’s right hand has triumphed!

The Lord’s right hand has raised me up;

the Lord’s right hand has triumphed.”

I shall not die, but live,

and tell of the works of the Lord.

The Lord chastised me severely

but did not let me die.

Open the gates of righteousness:

I will go in, and thank the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;

it is the upright who enter here.

I will thank you, for you listened to me,

and became my saviour.

The stone that the builders rejected

has become the corner-stone.

It was the Lord who did this –

it is marvellous to behold.

This is the day that was made by the Lord:

let us rejoice today, and be glad.

Lord, keep me safe;

O Lord, let me prosper!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

We bless you from the house of the Lord.

The Lord is God, he shines upon us!

Arrange the procession, with close-packed branches,

up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, I will give thanks to you;

my God, I will give you praise.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

and his kindness is for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon 1: We have a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.

 

Antiphon 2: Come to the waters, all you who thirst: seek the Lord while he may be found. Alleluia.

 

Canticle Daniel 3

Let every creature praise the Lord

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our fathers,

praised and exalted for ever.

Blessed is the holy name of your glory

praised above all things and exalted for ever.

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory

praised and glorious above all things for ever.

Blessed are you who gaze on the depths,

seated on the cherubim,

praised and exalted for ever.

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven

praised and glorious for ever.

Bless the Lord, all his works,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon 2: Come to the waters, all you who thirst: seek the Lord while he may be found. Alleluia.

 

Antiphon 3: Behold, our Lord will come with strength and he will give light to the eyes of his servants. Alleluia.

 

 

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

 

Praise the Lord in his sanctuary,

praise him in his mighty firmament.

Praise him for his mighty deeds,

praise him for all his greatness.

Praise him with trumpet-blasts,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with timbrel and dance,

praise him with strings and pipes,

praise him with cymbals resounding,

praise him with cymbals of jubilation.

All that breathes, praise the Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon 3: Behold, our Lord will come with strength and he will give light to the eyes of his servants. Alleluia.

 

READING Romans 13:11-12

You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted.

The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark;

let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.

 

RESPONSORY

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

– Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

You are coming into the world.

– Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

– Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

 

BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)

Antiphon:    John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, baptizing and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Year B)

Or: Behold, I am sending a herald before you to prepare the way for you.

 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.

He has raised up the sign of salvation

in the house of his servant David,

as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,

his prophets through the ages:

to rescue us from our enemies

and all who hate us,

to take pity on our fathers,

to remember his holy covenant

and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,

that he would give himself to us,

that we could serve him without fear

– freed from the hands of our enemies –

in uprightness and holiness before him,

for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:

for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,

to let his people know their salvation,

so that their sins may be forgiven.

Through the bottomless mercy of our God,

one born on high will visit us

to give light to those who walk in darkness,

who live in the shadow of death;

to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon:    John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, baptizing and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Year B)

Or: Behold, I am sending a herald before you to prepare the way for you.

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

It is time for us to wake out of our sleep: salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

– Father of light, we praise you!

Christ is coming, the day is near:

in our Eucharist today let us look forward with hope and joy.

– Father of light, we praise you!

As today we hear the scriptures, heralding the coming of your Son,

may our minds and hearts be touched by your Word.

– Father of light, we praise you!

As we receive the Body and Blood of your Son,

may we be healed and refreshed by your love.

– Father of light, we praise you!

United in one body, may we pursue the things that make for peace,

and build up our life together until Christ comes.

– Father of light, we praise you!

 

Our Father..

 

COLLECT

Almighty and merciful God,

let neither our daily work nor the cares of this life

prevent us from hastening to meet your Son.

Enlighten us with your wisdom

and lead us into his company.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

EVENING PRAYER

 

God, come to my assistance.

- Lord, make haste to help me.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

-  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.

Amen. (Alleluia.)

Hymn

 

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Announces that the Lord is nigh;

Come then and hearken, for he brings

Glad tidings from the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every Christian breast,

And furnished for so great a guest!

Yea, let us each his heart prepare

For Christ to come and enter there.

For thou art our salvation, Lord,

Our refuge and our great reward;

Without thy grace our souls must fade,

And wither like a flower decayed.

Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,

And make us rise to fall no more;

Once more upon thy people shine,

And fill the world with love divine.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,

Whose Advent sets thy people free,

Whom, with the Father, we adore,

And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

 

Psalmody

Antiphon 1: Behold, the Lord will come on the clouds of heaven with great strength. Alleluia.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest

 

The Lord has said to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand

while I make your enemies your footstool.”

From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,

and you will rule in the midst of your foes.

Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,

among the sacred splendours.

Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:

“You are a priest for ever,

a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”

The Lord is at your right hand,

and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.

He will drink from the stream as he goes –

he will hold his head high.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon 1: Behold, the Lord will come on the clouds of heaven with great strength. Alleluia.

Antiphon 2: The Lord will come and will not disappoint us. Wait for him if he seems to delay, for he will surely come, alleluia.

 

Psalm 113B (115)
Praise of the true God

Not to us, Lord, not to us,

but to your own name give the glory,

because of your kindness and faithfulness.

Why should the nations say:

“Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens,

and what he wills, he does.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

They have mouths but do not speak,

they have eyes but do not see.

They have ears but do not hear,

they have nostrils but do not smell.

They have hands but they do not feel,

they have feet but they do not walk;

no voice comes from their throats.

Their makers will be like them,

and all who put their trust in them.

The house of Israel trusts in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.

The house of Aaron trusts in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.

All who fear the Lord trust in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.

The Lord has remembered us and he will bless us.

He will bless the house of Israel,

he will bless the house of Aaron –

he will bless all who fear the Lord.

May the Lord add to your numbers

and to those of your children.

May the Lord bless you,

the Lord who made heaven and earth.

The heavens are the Lord’s,

but the earth he has given to men.

It is not the dead who will praise you, O Lord,

nor those who go down into the silence;

but we, who live, will bless the Lord,

now and for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Antiphon 2: The Lord will come and will not disappoint us. Wait for him if he seems to delay, for he will surely come, alleluia.

Antiphon 3: The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our king: he will come and make us whole.

 

The wedding of the Lamb

Alleluia.

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

because his judgements are true and just.

Alleluia.

Alleluia.

Praise our God, all his servants,

and you who fear him, small and great.

Alleluia.

Alleluia.

For the Lord reigns, our God, the Almighty:

let us rejoice and exult and give him glory.

Alleluia.

Alleluia.

The marriage of the Lamb has come,

and his spouse has made herself ready.

Alleluia.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Antiphon 3: The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our king: he will come and make us whole.

 

Philippians 4:4-5

I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord;

I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near.

 

RESPONSORY

Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

And grant us your salvation.

– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

 

Magnificat (Canticle of Mary)

Antiphon: In the course of his preaching John said, ‘Someone who is more powerful than I am is following me,

and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals.’ (Year B)

Or: Blessed are you, Mary, because you had faith: the Lord’s promise to you will be fulfilled, alleluia.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.

For he has shown me such favour –

me, his lowly handmaiden.

Now all generations will call me blessed,

because the mighty one has done great things for me.

His name is holy,

his mercy lasts for generation after generation

for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:

he has scattered the proud and conceited,

torn princes from their thrones;

but lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things;

the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Antiphon: In the course of his preaching John said, ‘Someone who is more powerful than I am is following me,

and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals.’ (Year B)

Or: Blessed are you, Mary, because you had faith: the Lord’s promise to you will be fulfilled, alleluia.

 

INTERCESSIONS

he voice of John crying in the wilderness is echoed tonight in the voice of the Church:

– Make our hearts ready, O Lord!

For your coming to us in grace this Advent:

– Make our hearts ready, O Lord!

For the work we must do in creating a more just world:

– Make our hearts ready, O Lord!

For the understanding we shall need this week for our families and friends:

– Make our hearts ready, O Lord!

For our death, for our judgement, for eternal life with you:

– Make our hearts ready, O Lord!

 

Our Father..

 

Collect

Almighty and merciful God,

let neither our daily work nor the cares of this life

prevent us from hastening to meet your Son.

Enlighten us with your wisdom

and lead us into his company.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

NOVENA OF CONFIDENCE

Oh Mary, Mother of the Perpetual Help! I beseech you this petition, bless it and present it to Jesus. Show to us your maternal love and royal power.

Oh Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, I count on your divine assistance, I count on your power. I entrust myself according to your will. I am sure of your mercy, Mother of God and my mother, too.

(3 Hail Mary’s)

You are loved, you are praised, you are invoked, you are eternally blessed.

O Mother of Perpetual Help, my hope, my love, my Mother, my refuge and my life. Amen.