Second Sunday of Advent – Sunday 6 December

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

Baruch 5.1–9
  Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
   and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
   Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
   put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
   for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven.
   For God will give you evermore the name,
   ‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.
   Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
   look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
   at the word of the Holy One,
   rejoicing that God has remembered them.
   For they went out from you on foot,
   led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
   carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
   For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
   and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
   so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
   The woods and every fragrant tree
   have shaded Israel at God’s command.
   For God will lead Israel with joy,
   in the light of his glory,
   with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

from Psalm 85
    Lord, you were gracious to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
    You forgave the offence of your people
   and covered all their sins.
    I will listen to what the Lord God will say,
   for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,
      that they turn not again to folly.
    Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land.
      Mercy and truth are met together,
   righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
      Truth shall spring up from the earth
   and righteousness look down from heaven.
      The Lord will indeed give all that is good,
   and our land will yield its increase.
      Righteousness shall go before him
   and direct his steps in the way.