Advent Sunday 2 B - Liturgical Prayers

Introduction and Litany of Praise
Option A
In today's liturgy we hear again the lonely voice
of John the Baptist urging us to prepare a way
for the Lord. Let us create a space in our minds
and hearts so that the Lord can come
to us in this Eucharist. [pause]

John began his mission with a call to repentance.
Jesus repeats his call to us today. [pause]

You sent John the Baptist as a herald to announce your coming:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You tell us to show by our actions that we are indeed repentant:
Christ, have mercy:
Christ, have mercy.

You send your Holy Spirit to change our hearts and give us life:
Lord, have mercy:

Lord, have mercy.

Option B
Today the voice of John the Baptizer
comes to us out of the wilderness
calling us to a change of heart to prepare
for the one who is to come.
In joyful expectation, let us call out to the Christ,
who is our salvation. [pause]

You came as herald of the good tidings of God's mercy.
Lord, come and save us.
Lord, come and save us.

You come to baptize in the Holy Spirit a people to be your own:
Christ, come and save us:
Christ, come and save us:

You will come to establish a 'new heavens and a new earth'
where righteousness will be at home:
Lord, come and save us.
Lord, come and save us.
Opening Prayer
Option A
With tender comfort and transforming power
you come into our midst,
O God of mercy and might.
Make ready a way in the wilderness,
clear a straight path in our hearts,
and form us into a repentant people,
that the advent of your Son
may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
 Amen.

Option B
O God of all consolation,
to us who journey as pilgrims through time
you have promised new heavens and a new earth.
Open our eyes to the One who comes into our midst,
that by lives of holiness and service
we may hasten the coming of that day
and be found at peace when at last it dawns.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
 Amen.
 
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

P         Let us entrust ourselves and our concerns to the God of all consolation,
            who feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms.
             With confidence we pray:
CM     Come, Lord Jesus, come. (Please repeat)
    1. That those who minister to the flock
      of Christ may seek out the lost,
      bandage the wounded, and make the weak strong.
      We pray:
    2. That political leaders and inspired people in
      our communities may strive to level the mountains
      of injustice and fill the valleys of poverty,
      and so bring about a just society.
      We pray: 
    3. That in the Church and in the world there may
      be prophets to give a voice to the voiceless,
      and hope to the hopeless.
      We pray:
    4. For all peoples committed to building up
      of the new heavens and the new earth;
      that we will always hear what the Lord God has to say,
      a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people.
      We pray:
    5. That the leaders of nations may listen
      to the voice of the Spirit at work in the world
      and look for ways and means to find solutions
      to terrorism and war.
      We pray:
    [The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

    P    Almighty God,
          stir up our hearts to prepare the way of your beloved Son,
          so that when he comes we may be found watching and waiting.
          This we ask through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

    Prayer over the Gifts
    Grant, O Lord,
    that the gifts we present
    may be pleasing in your eyes.
    Make us watchful and faithful
    as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
    that, when he shall appear,
    he may find us active in his service
    and joyful in his praise.
    We ask this in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN
    Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
    Option A 
    God does not delay his promise.
    With trust we pray to him the prayer of Jesus our Lord: 
    Our Father ...

    Option B
    Our time of slavery is ended; God has come to save us.
    We need have no fear then, if we claim God as Our Father: 
    Our Father ...
    Deliver us Lord
    Deliver us Lord, from every evil
    and give us dedicated men and women
    to work for that peace
    which is the sign of the presence of your Son on earth.
    Turn our hearts to you and free us from sin,
    as we wait in joyful hope
    for the coming among us
    of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Prayer for Peace
    Through Isaiah, the Lord says:
    "Comfort, O comfort my people.
    Do not fear.
    Here is your God!"
    Inspired by these words, Lord Jesus,
    we look forward to the time
    when there will be peace and unity in your kingdom
    where you live for ever and ever.

    Exchange of Peace
    The Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
    Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.

    Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
    P     Now let us break the bread of life
           remembering the words of Jesus:
          "See, I am coming soon." (Rev.27:7)
           And let us answer:
    A   "Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!" (1 Cor. 16:22)v.
    Invitation to Communion
    This is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
    It is he who is coming to save us.
    Blessed are we who have been invited to his banquet:

    Lord, I am not worthy…
    Prayer after Communion
    Lord, God of hope,
    in this Eucharist we have again celebrated
    the coming of your Son in our midst.
    Let this brief encounter with him
    refresh and restore us
    that we may become humble road-signs
    to a justice, a peace, a dignity and joy
    that far surpasses our powers.
    Al this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN
    Blessing
    May the God of consolation open our hearts to welcome him. AMEN.
    May God remove all that hinders us from receiving him with joy. AMEN.
    May we hasten the coming of the day of God. AMEN.
    And may God bless you,
    + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.