Readings from today’s lighting of the advent candle service:
Celebrant: Behold .. the Lord shall appear …
R. in the clouds of Heaven, with power and great glory, Alleluia.
Scripture Reading Micah 5: 2-4
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
Celebrant. O Christ, arise, help us.
R. And deliver us for thy Name’s sake.
C. Come and save us, O Lord God of hosts.
R. Show the light of thy countenance and we shall be whole.
C. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
C. Let us pray. Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the ways of thine Only-begotten; that by His coming we may be worthy to serve thee with purified minds. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.