Lighting of the Second Candle of the Advent Wreath
John the Baptist points our attention toward one who is coming...he is the root of Jesse, the only one who will rule with righteousness and faithfulness. The Spirit of the Lord is upon him so that he can gather all God's creation to love together in harmony. We repent of our sins so that we might begin anew in following him and join our voices to the chorus of those who proclaim that in Christ the Kingdom of God draws near.
Let us pray:
Righteous God, we fix our gaze on the light and truth of Christ as we light the second Advent candle. We know that he will judge all the nations with knowledge and understanding, counsel and might. Help us to trust that his judgment will lead us to dwell in the midst of your Kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen.