Saturday Prayers: December 8th – 9th, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight. All Flesh shall see the salvation of God. Luke 3. 4-6.
Almighty God who sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people for the coming of the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O Come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel. (Based on the Advent antiphons traditionally sung each day in the Season)
O Branch of Jesse, standing as a sign among the nations, all kings will keep silence before you and all peoples will summon you to their aid: come set us free and delay no more. – Lord Jesus, come soon.
O Key of David and sceptre of the house of Israel, you open and none can shut; you shut and none can open: come and free the captives from prison. Lord Jesus, come soon.
Our hope is in God, and in his son Jesus Christ, He is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all things. He is the one through whom God has promised to save and rescue his people. – Lord Jesus, come soon.
Amen, Amen and Amen.
The Advent week of Peace
Lord Jesus come and dwell among us and give us your Peace.
My peace I give unto you – live in my Peace.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear;
of whom then shall I be afraid.
The Lord is the strength of my life. In the day of trouble he will keep me in the peace of his presence.
(adapted from Psalm 27)
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus