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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Way of Advent - Station Two

Second Station – God’s call to prepare the way (Is. 40:1-11)

Our King and Savior now draws near:
Come among us and save us, we pray.

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

V. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
R.  And all people shall see it together.

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 124)

Savior of the nations, come!
Virgin’s Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, both heaven and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.

               - Martin Luther (after Ambrose of Milan)
                  The Hymnal 1982, #54  st. 1

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