2nd Sunday of Advent

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

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Baruch 5:1-9

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom (StF 697)
Praise the Lord, his glories show (StF 84)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)

or Malachi 3:1-4

God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power (StF 682)
Love divine all loves excelling (StF 503)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)

Canticle: Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79)

Hymn echoing theme of canticle

Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)

Philippians 1:3-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Come and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Come let us anew our journey pursue (StF 460)
Jesus, the First and Last (StF 329)
Thou God of truth and love, we seek thy perfect way (StF 620)

Luke 3:1-6

God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives (StF 264)
O come, O come Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh (StF 182)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)