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Sunday Readings


Second Sunday of Advent
Year C


Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas,
 through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.


Additional Collect

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ
 comes again as
judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.


First Reading

Malachi 3.1-4

Thus says the Lord God: 1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.


Benedictus

R He has raised up for us a mighty saviour.

1  Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, *
who has come to his people and set them free.

2  He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, *
born of the house of his servant David. R

3  Through his holy prophets God promised of old *
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

4  To show mercy to our ancestors, *
and to remember his holy covenant. R

5  This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6  Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life. R

7  And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8  To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of all their sins. R

9  In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R

Second Reading

Philippians 1.3-11

My brothers and sisters, 3I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.


Gospel

Luke 3.1-6

1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
 make his paths straight.
5Every valley shall be filled,
 and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
 and the rough ways made smooth;
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’


Post Communion

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Blessing

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
scatter the darkness from before your path,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.



Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (2nd of Advent) © 1980, 1986 Mowbray, a Cassell Imprint: Prayers for the Alternative Services comp. David Silk

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2002


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