First Sunday of Advent
Posted by prepareformass on November 23, 2009
Watch and stay awake
Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thes 3:12-4:2
Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”
Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day.
Holy Word of God
You rule all creation with power and true concern.
– Come teach us the way of salvation.
O Sacred Lord
and leader of ancient Israel
You communicated with Moses at the burning bush
and gave him the law on Mount Sinai
– Come to set us free by Your mighty arm
O Root of Jesse
raised up as a sign of all peoples
in Your presence kings become mute
and the nations worship before You
– Come to deliver us and do not delay
O Key of David
and Royal Power of Israel,
You open what no man can shut,
and You shut what no man can open.
– Come and deliver Your people
imprisoned by darkness and the shadow of death
O Radiant Dawn
You are the brightness of eternal light
and the Sun of justice.
– Come to enlighten those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death
O King of the Gentiles
and the long-for Ruler of the nations,
You are the cornerstone Who make all one.
– Come and save those whom You have created
our King and our Lawgiver
You are the Desired of the nations
and the Savior of all men.
– Come to save us, O Lord, our God!