John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.
Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s kingdom; Lord, have mercy. You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness; Christ, have mercy. You will come in glory with salvation for your people; Lord, have mercy.
Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
With tender comfort and transforming power
you come into our midst, O God of mercy and might.
Make ready a way in the wilderness,
clear a straight path in our hearts, and form us into a repentant people,
that the advent of your Son may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11— Isaiah proclaims joyfully that God is coming with power, to gather us, like a shepherd. 2 Peter 3:8-14 — According to St Peter, everything is coming to an end, so we must live good lives while we wait. Mark 1:1-8 — Mark’s Gospel begins with a message of repentance, preached by John the Baptist.
Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord will make us prosper, so we present our prayers to God:
- For repentance in our hearts, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For peace with justice, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For peace between people who are fighting, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For children, as we prepare to welcome Christ, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people suffering with COVID-19, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For a safer New Year for us all, we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
The Presider prays for the departed: For those who have been taken from us in death (especially N and N), we pray (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of mercy, your help is near for those who trust in you: hear the prayers we make in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
in your goodness
be pleased with our prayers and offerings
and, since we can merit nothing of ourselves,
come to our rescue with your mercy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.
PREFACE FOR ADVENT I (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When first he came among us
in the lowliness of human flesh,
he fulfilled the plan you formed long ago
and opened for us the way to salvation.
Now, hoping that the salvation promised us will be ours,
we watch for the day
when Christ will come again in majesty and glory.
And so, with angels and archangels,
with all the heavenly host,
we proclaim your glory
and join their unending chorus of praise: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II (with interpolation for Sunday mornings)
Lord, you are holy indeed,
you are the fountain of all holiness.
[In communion with the whole Church,
we have assembled on this day which you have made holy,
and, rejoicing that you have made us a new creation in your risen Son,
Send down your Spirit upon these gifts to make them holy,
that they may become for us
the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Before he was given up to death,
a death he freely accepted,
he took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:
THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
When supper was ended, he took the cup;
again he gave you thanks,
gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:
THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.
IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,
SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith…..
Remembering therefore his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord God,
this life-giving bread, this saving cup.
We thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
We pray that all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ
may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.
Lord, remember your Church throughout the world:
perfect us in love
together with Francis our Pope and N. our Bishop,
with all bishops, priests, and deacons,
and all who minister to your people.
Remember our brothers and sisters
who have gone to their rest
in the sure hope of rising again;
bring them and all who have died in your mercy
into the light of your presence.
Have mercy on us all:
make us worthy to share eternal life,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with the apostles, [with St Nicholas] and with all the saints,
who have found favour with you throughout the ages;
in union with them
may we praise you and give you glory
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through him, with him, In him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
you have nourished us with the food of life.
Through our partaking of this sacrament
teach us to judge wisely the things of earth
and to cherish those of heaven.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
SOLEMN BLESSING FOR ADVENT (from 1998 ICEL Missal)
May God the almighty and merciful
bless you by the light of Christ’s coming,
and enrich your lives with every grace.
May God make you steadfast in faith,
joyful in hope,
and untiring in love all the days of your life.
May God reward you with eternal life
when our Redeemer comes again in glory.
SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘Let The Valleys Be Raised’; ‘On Jordan’s Bank’; ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’; ‘Christ be our Light’.