Advent Liturgy

First Sunday in Advent

Reader 1     Mary and Joseph are going on a journey:
Reader 2     A journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Reader 1     It is a long journey and a hard one.
Reader 2     At the end of the journey will be a baby.
Reader 1     Will you welcome the birth of the Saviour of the World?
All               We look forward to welcoming the Christchild.

The first candle is lit.

Second Sunday in Advent

Reader 1     Mary and Joseph are going on a journey:
Reader 2     A journey from pregnancy to labour and delivery.
Reader 1     It is a long journey and a hard one.
Reader 2     At the end of the journey will be a baby.
Reader 1     Will you welcome the birth of the Saviour of the World?
All               We look forward to welcoming the Christchild.

The second candle is lit.

Third Sunday in Advent

Reader 1     Mary and Joseph are going on a journey:
Reader 2     A journey from confusion and shock to realisation
                  and acceptance.
Reader 1     It is a long journey and a hard one.
Reader 2     At the end of the journey will be a baby.
Reader 1     Will you welcome the birth of the Saviour of the World?
All               We look forward to welcoming the Christchild.

The third candle is lit.

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Reader 1     Mary and Joseph are going on a journey:
Reader 2     A journey from old lives and old selves to new identities
                  and a new creation.
Reader 1     It is a long journey and a hard one.
Reader 2     At the end of the journey will be a baby.
Reader 1     Will you welcome the birth of the Saviour of the World?
All               We look forward to welcoming the Christchild.

The fourth candle is lit.

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

Reader 1     Mary and Joseph have been on a journey:
Reader 2     They have travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem;
                   from conception to the eve of a birth;
                   from confusion to enlightenment;
                   from the old creation to a new one.
Reader 1     Do you welcome the birth of the Saviour of the World?
All               We welcome with joy the arrival of the Christchild.

The fifth candle is lit.

© Jacqui A Horton 2011