Vol: 45, No.1 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( B) December 03 2017  
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. (Ps 24:1-3)
The people of Israel who returned from the exile felt abandoned by God. In despair they asked God if He was still angry with them because of their sins. In their prayer they also asked whether they would be saved. The event for which we are preparing now makes the question of the Israelites irrelevant because the Child to be born is the Saviour of the world. The Child born on Christmas Day in a manger is God’s gift to us for our salvation. God does not forsake anyone who calls upon his Name. Let us ask the Lord to help us remove our iniquities so that we may worthily celebrate this Eucharist in preparation for the coming of our Saviour. (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God...
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
(This reading contains the sincere confession of the Israelites returning from the Babylonian exile. They acknowledge their failures and call upon God to “rend the heavens and come down”).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (63:16-17, 19; 64:1, 3-8)
Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer from of old is thy name. O Lord, why dost thou make us err from thy ways and harden our heart, so that we fear thee not? Return for the sake of thy servants, the tribes of thy heritage.
O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him. Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways. Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one that calls upon thy name, that bestirs himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities. Yet, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art
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