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First Sunday of Advent

Posted on 1st December, 2019

 

Today we begin the Season of Advent, a time of vigilance, conversion of heart and renewal of life as we prepare for the coming of our God, in a few weeks' time this Christmas and at the end of time. This is a picture of one of our Advent wreaths with the first candle lit for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

One of ou Advent wreaths with the first candle litPrayer
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,

the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ

with righteous deeds at his coming,

so that, gathered at his right hand,

they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Second Reading
Romans 13: 11-14
Our salvation is near
You know 'the time' has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon - let us give up all the things we prefer to do under the cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

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