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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Way of Advent

This Advent season, for my parish, I've created "The Way of Advent", a booklet of devotions based on The Way (or Stations) of the Cross. Each day (or nearly so!) I'll be posting one of the twelve stations. Today, the opening and First Station:

The Way of Advent

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father, who art in heaven....             Our Father in heaven....
(Lord's Prayer version of your choice)

V. We will rejoice in the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R.  In whom is our salvation, our life, and resurrection.

Let us pray.   (Silence)

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of the advent of your blessed Son, who came among us as one of us and will return with redemption for all creation. Amen.

First Station – God’s promise to Abraham (Gen. 17:4-7)

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

God said to Abram, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

V. I will make of you a great nation;
R.  In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 100)

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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