Advent Prayers Week II
"Rise up, Jerusalem, stand on the heights, and see the joy that is coming to you from God." (Baruch 5:5; 4:36)
The following prayers along with the verses of the hymn "O Come, O Come, Immanuel",  are based on seven prayers from the early church used in the seven days before Christmas.  These prayers address Christ using many of the Messianic titles found in the Old Testament.

An Advent wreath that includes four candles (one for each week) can be used in connection with these prayers which are most appropriately prayed at dinner time throughout the season.

Week Two Of Advent

LEADER:  O Root of Jesse, who stands as a banner for the peoples, before  whom kings close their mouths, to whom the nations pray, come to deliver us, wait no more.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

LEADER:   O Key of David, and Scepter of the House of Israel, who opens  and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens, come and lead the captives from prison and set free those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

LEADER:   The Spirit of the Lord moved over the darkness of earth and there was light and life.  May the burning of these candles remind us of the Lord's coming.

GROUP:    Come, Lord, come to save us.

Light the two candles.

LEADER:   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.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

GROUP:    Amen

Sing verse three and four of O Come, O Come, Immanuel.

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O Come, O Come, Immanuel

(3) O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free,
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save,
And give them victory o'er the grave.

Refrain: Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

(4) O come, Thou Key of David, come;
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Refrain: Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The sun of righteousness shall dawn from on high 
print by Jeanne Kun


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(c) 2000, 2001 Don Schwager