It is our pleasure to provide our readers prayers for the Second Sunday in Advent. Not only are these and all the prayers for the Sundays in Advent appropriate for the lighting of the candles on the particular Sunday, they are appropriate as part of the mealtime or evening prayers throughout each of the weeks in Advent. We hope these are providing some spiritual sustenance for your Advent.–The Board of Directors
Prayers for the Second Sunday of Advent
Leader (L). Let us cleanse our hearts for the coming of our great King, that we may be ready to welcome him. He is coming and will not delay.
L. The Lord our coming King, hasten to adore Him.
A. The Lord our coming King, hasten to adore Him.
L. Lord Jesus, in the mystery of your Incarnation, you revealed your glory to the world.
A. Give us new life by your coming.
L. You have taken our weakness upon yourself.
A. Grant us your mercy.
L. You redeemed the world from sin by your first coming in humility.
A. Free us from all guilt when you come again in glory.
L. You live and rule over all.
A. In your goodness bring us to our eternal inheritance.
L. You sit at the right hand of the Father.
A. Gladden the souls of the dead with your light.
L. Let us pray. Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. We ask this through Christ Our Lord
The second candle is lit. North Candle–representing Jerusalem, the place where all the Prophets went and the place where our Redemption was accomplished.
(Prayers taken from Devotions for the Family: Advent and Christmas Season. Compiled by Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R. Chicago: Biretta Books, 2010)