2nd Sunday of Advent Year A

Published on 24 Nov 2016
Nicolas Poussin: St John baptising in the River Jordan

Let us pray that nothing may hinder us from receiving Christ with joy.

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. 
Responsorial Psalm

He shall save the poor when they cry, and the needy who are helpless.
Responsorial Psalm

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.
Gospel Acclamation

Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven in close at hand.

Rise up, Jerusalem, stand on the heights, and see the joy that is coming to you from God.
Communion Antiphon

When [Jesus] humbled himself to come among us as a man, he fulfilled the plan you formed long ago and opened for us the way to salvation.

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.
Opening Prayer

As I walk steadily through Advent towards Christmas, I will be drawn into the demands of this time of the year. And so I consciously slow down … leave pressures aside … and re-focus on ‘getting ready’.

I reflect back over the week, sharing with God its ups and downs, and speaking with him as I feel drawn.

I ask for the gift of bringing Advent hope to all the practical things that have to be done.

I read the opening prayer once or twice, noticing those words, phrases or ideas that strike me.

I repeat them several times, savouring them, and taking time to listen in silence for what God may be trying to say to me.

I draw this time of prayer to a close by re-reading the prayer as my own personal prayer, and – giving thanks – when I feel ready, I take my leave of God