ADVENT IV Evening Prayer I

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O Radix Jesse qui stas in signum populorum,

super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur:

veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare! 

Greeting/Invocation

We light all four candles of the Advent wreath, and then say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!

 

Let your face shine on us, O God;

~And we shall be saved.

 

ADVENT EVENING HYMN

All may sing or alternate the verses of the Advent Evening Hymn

Creator of the stars of night, O Dawning light of faith for all,

O Christ , you save the universe, Now hear your people when we call.

 

Compassion moved your loving heart When death assailed all humankind,

You came to save a weary world: The sick to heal, the lost to find.

 

As this old world sank down towards night, A Groom appeared to start the feast

From Virgin Mother, Bread and Light, New Day, new Life, new Joy increased.

 

Before your name, O gentle Lord, May every creature bend the knee,

May silent stars and planets praise The One whose love sets all things free.

 

Be with us Lord, this Advent night, as winter wombs our Earth with snow;

As cold and darkness play their part gestating life from death below.

 

SERVICE OF THE WORD

PSALMODY

One or more of the Antiphons for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be sung with their respective Psalms. Those who wish may sing alternate verses with the cantor.

Antiphon 1 

Sound the trumpet in Zion, for  the day of Adonai is near.

Behold,God is coming to save us, alleluia, alleluia!

Psalm 71/72a

O God, give our leader right judgment

your justice to those who rule,

that they may judge your people with justice,

and do right for those without power.

 

May the mountains bear peace for the people;

the hills, bring forth justice.

May the ruler defend the poor

and set all their children free.

 

May God’s chosen live as long as the sun

as long as the moon, forever.

May God’s anointed be like rain on the meadow,

like showers that soak the earth.

 

In whose days justice shall flourish

and peace till the moon be no more.

May this rule be from sea to sea

from the Great River to the ends of the Earth.

 

Enemies will stumble and fall,

foes will lick the dust.

The kings of Tarshish and the islands

will bring and offer their riches.

 

Kings of Sheba, and Seba

will carry their gifts.

All rulers of peoples lie prostrate;

and nations be ready to serve.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Sound the trumpet in Zion, for  the day of Adonai is near.

Behold, God is coming to save us, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Antiphon 2

Behold, the Desire of all nations shall come,

and the house of Adonai shall be filled with glory, alleluia!

Psalm 83/84

O Holy One, you have blessed your land

and averted the destruction of Jacob,

You forgave your people’s iniquity

covering all of their shame,

You blessed them and raised up new hope;

Forgiving with merciful love.

 

Revive us now, God, our Helper!

Refine us with the Fire of your Love!

Restore once again our life,

That all people may rejoice in you!

Show us your Love and Compassion

And grant us your saving help.

 

I will hear what Adonai has to say,

Speaking with a voice of peace,

Peace for this people and the saints

Who turn their hearts to Love:

New life is drawing near,

Glory is filling the land.

 

Kindness and faithfulness have embraced;

Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Truth sprouts from the earth,

While justice leans down from heaven.

 

Adonai will grant what is good,

And Earth will bear her fruit;

Justice will walk ahead

And guide us in the ways of peace.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

 Behold, the Desire of all nations shall come,

and the house of Adonai shall be filled with glory, alleluia!

 

Antiphon 3

The rugged land will be made a plain; the rough country a broad valley.

Come, O Lord, do not delay, alleluia.

Psalm 129/130

Out of the depths I cry to You!

in your mercy, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading!

 

If you recorded our sins,

Adonai, who could survive?

But because you are ready to forgive

we stand here in wonder and awe.

 

My soul is waiting for Adonai

I trust in God’s word.

My soul is longing for Adonai

more than watchmen for daybreak.

Let the watchman count on daybreak

and all of us count on Adonai!

 

Because with God there is compassion

And fullness of redemption.

God indeed will redeem us

From all our iniquity.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

The rugged land will be made a plain; the rough country a broad valley.

Come, O Lord, do not delay, alleluia.

 

READING  ____________________________ Isaiah 49: 9-13

Publish it to the ends of the Earth and say: “Adonai has redeemed servant Jacob.”

Along the ways they shall find pasture, on every bare height shall their pastures be.

They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or sun strike them;

For the One who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of  water.

Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O Earth, break into song, you mountains.

For Adonai comforts this people and has compassion on those who are afflicted.

 

Silent Reflection

 

Responsory  

R. Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion. * Say to the towns of Judah, “here is your God!” V.  Lift up your voice and shout, lift it up fearlessly.  *Say to the towns of Judah, “here is your God!”

 

 

Canticle of Mary                                                   Luke 1:46-55

 

O Root of Jesse, you stand now as a sign for all peoples:

before you those with power must keep silent;

but the nations will cry out to you: Come to liberate us, and do so without delay!

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.

 

All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid. 

The Almighty has shown me great favor 

Holy is the NAME,

 

Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,

 

Pulls tyrants from their thrones 

While lifting up the lowly: 

Fills the famished with bounty, 

And reveals the emptiness of riches.

 

Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.

 

Glory to the ONE through the WORD 

In the BREATH of Love! 

As always before, 

so now and evermore.  Amen

O Root of Jesse, you stand now as a sign for all peoples:

before you those with power must keep silent;

but the nations will cry out to you: Come to liberate us, and do so without delay!

 

SERVICE OF PRAYER

Litany

We humbly pray to the one who rescues us from the darkness of sin

and in faith we cry out:  ~ Come Lord Jesus

 

Gather together all the people of the Earth and

establish with them your everlasting covenant. ~Come Lord Jesus.

 

Lamb of God you came of old to take away the sin of the world;

purge us today from our sin and guilt. ~ Come Lord Jesus

 

You came to recover what was lost; come again in your mercy.  ~Come Lord Jesus. 

 

Our faith seeks you out; let us find everlasting joy with you

when you come again. ~Come Lord Jesus.

 

You taught us to pray…

Our Dear Abba …

 
Final Prayer and Blessing

Creator and Redeemer of humankind, your eternal Word blossomed into our world from the Root of Jesse and stands as the revelation of your Love for all people.  May the powers of greed and pride be silenced so that all may hear the heart’s deeper cries for freedom and justice: “Come and without delay, liberate all of us!”  We ask this through the same Incarnate Word who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

 

May the One who makes peace rain down from the heights,

+ shower us and all on Earth with freedom and new life.

~ Amen.

Let us bless Adonai.   ~Thanks be to God.

 
 
 
 
Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for Advent.
Marian Antiphon 

Loving Mother of our Savior, holding open heaven’s only hope, Star for steerage in this vastness, rise to help us, save the sinking.  Nature’s greatest  Wonder: you have borne your own true Maker, giving human life to him. Virgin ever, before and after, that Good News from Gabriel, Word of Life for living, tell it now: mercy to all people!

The angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary. ~ And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray.  We ask, O Lord, that we who have been privileged to receive the Good News of the Incarnation of Christ, you Son, may be prepared through his passion and cross to approach also the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.