God’s praise shall be always in my mouth.
My soul will glory in the Lord;
let the poor hear and be glad.
Magnify the Lord with me;
and let us exalt his name together.
delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him and be radiant,
and your faces may not blush for shame.
and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and he saves them.
blessed is the stalwart one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy ones;
nothing is lacking to those who fear him.
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you fear of the Lord.
saves those whose spirit is crushed.
Many are the troubles of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.
and none are condemned who take refuge in him.
PRAYER: O God, may the news of the dawn of your coming pierce our hearts. Open our hearts to prepare for the coming of Christ. Guide us in your ways of compassion so that we may extend your love and mercy to all people.
HYMN: LET THE VALLEYS BE RAISED by Dan Schutte (or hymn of your choosing)
READING: Is 40:1-5, 9-11
Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service has ended, that her guilt is expiated,
That she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up,
every mountain and hill made low;
The rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!
Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong arm;
Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.
May the dominant note ringing through the Cenacle, Inner and Outer, throughout the Advent season, be to please God in shadow as well as in sunshine, in irksome duty as well as in the hour of consolation. Let us cause charity to reign supreme and engender a great love of God and a greater spirit of forbearance with our neighbor. Go on! Go higher! Let us pray to the Lord
(PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN PETITIONS)
CLOSING PRAYER: Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life
O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. 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. (USCCB)
Christ, Be our Light (Farrell)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL)
The Coming of Our God (OPTATUS VOTIS OMNIUM)
+Wake the World with Dawning Joy (Warner) We Long for you O Lord