1st Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

*Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
*Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)
Round orange, round orange (StF 184) (a Christingle carol)

Isaiah 2: 1-5

Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Down the mountain the river flows (StF 377)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)
There’s a light upon the mountain (StF 188)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)

Psalm 122

Hymns reflecting the psalmist’s theme

God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind how hate and war diminish humankind (StF 698)
I rejoiced when I heard them say ‘Let us go to the house of God’ (StF 26)
Pray without ceasing, pray (StF 528)

Romans 13: 11-14

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
*Light a candle in a darkened place (vv.1&2) (StF 174) see Lighting of Advent candles, above
Make us your prophets, Lord (StF 665)
The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light (StF 397)
*We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)

Matthew 24: 36-44

A charge to keep I have (StF 658)
Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Heaven shall not wait (StF 701)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780) a possible prayer response
*We pray until the hour, that awesome hour unknown (StF 741)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)