Advent Two

Year C
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Advent 2

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Collect 3 (Text shown)

Post Communion Prayer 4 (Text shown)

Principle Service (Text shown)
Baruch 5. 1-9 or Malachi 3. 1-4
Canticle: Benedictus (Luke 1. 68-79)
Philippians 1. 3-11
Luke 3. 1-6

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 75; [76]
Isaiah 40. 1-11
Luke 1. 1-25

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 80
Isaiah 64. 1-7
Matthew 11. 2-11

1984 (Text not shown)
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Collect 3
1984 Prayer Book
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Awaken our hearts, Lord, we beseech thee, to prepare the way for the advent of thine only-begotten Son; that with minds purified by the grace of his coming, we may serve thee faithfully all our days; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Contemporary
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,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 4
Lord,
here you have nourished us with the food of life;
through our sharing in this holy sacrament
teach us to judge wisely earthly things
and to yearn for things heavenly.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Baruch 5. 1-9 or Malachi 3. 1-4
Baruch 5. 1-9
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting; for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven. For God will give you evermore the name, ‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.
Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look towards the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them. For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made lowland the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command. For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

Malachi 3. 1-4
See, 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. 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; he 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.
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Luke 1. 68-79 (Canticle: Benedictus)
Biblical text
‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’

Canticle: Benedictus (Luke 1. 68-79)
An antiphon (refrain) may be used, for instance:
Give your people knowledge of salvation, Lord,
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
Or
In your tender compassion, O God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.
 Or
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of David.

Blessed be the Lord the / God of / Israel :
for he has come to his / people and / set them / free.
The Lord has raised up for us a / mighty / Saviour :
born of the / house of his / servant / David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old •
to save us / from our / enemies :
from the / hands of / all who / hate us.
To show mercy / to our / forebears :
and to re/member his / holy / covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our / father / Abraham :
to set us free from the / hands / of our / enemies,
Free to worship him / without / fear :
holy and righteous before him / all the / days of our / life.
And you, child, shall be called
the prophet of the / Most / High :
for you will go before the / Lord • to pre/pare his / way,
To give his people knowledge / of sal/vation :
by the for/giveness / of their / sins.
In the tender compassion / of our / God :
the dawn from on / high shall / break up/on us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness •
and the / shadow of / death :
and to guide our feet / into the / way of / peace.
Glory to the Father, and / to the / Son :
and / to the / Holy / Spirit;
as it was in the be/ginning, is / now :
and shall be for / ever. / A–/men.

Philippians 1. 3-11
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I 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. It 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. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Luke 3. 1-6
In 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, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as 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. Every 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; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

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