Worship At Home
The Second Sunday of Advent

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Second Sunday of Advent

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Call To Worship

Welcome to Corpus Christi. Our liturgy begins with a Call to Worship to consider as we prepare ourselves while waiting for salvation.
This is the second week of Advent. We see two candles and our waiting becomes more urgent. As John’s message prepared the way for Jesus in the first century, we, too, are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming.
As we come together today, we long for peace. We are reminded that our hearts grow as we work for closer relationships with each other and the Lord. We will make peace an action by our gestures of kindness and prayers.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
How can we be a daily instrument of peace in the presence of fear and violence?
Help us to stretch the boundaries of care and concern and widen the space of our hospitality.
Help us remember your family, where ever they may be, as we wait in prayer together.

 

 


Opening Song

When You Come:

Wide (often best for monitors and tablets):

Tall (often best for handhelds):

 

 


Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

We listen as John the Baptist calls people to repentance so that they might “prepare the way of the Lord.”
Knowing our failings, let us also turn our hearts to the Lord and ask for God’s healing and mercy.

The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah
Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.
A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
the rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Go up on to a high mountain,
Zion, herald of glad tidings;
cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Fear not to cry out
and say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD,
who rules by his strong arm;
here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Peter
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years
and a thousand years like one day.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,”
but he is patient with you,
not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way,
what sort of persons ought you to be,
conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”

John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday as we continue our Advent journey, we head to the wilderness to find John the Baptist proclaiming forgiveness of sins through Baptism. What this Gospel is about is not so much being saved from as being saved by and for; John is preparing the way for Jesus. We are called by John the Baptist to actively “make straight” our relationships with God and others. It is a call to prepare our own hearts; to break down the barriers that we have put up; to clear the obstacles that we have placed in our path. Every day of the year we tend to be distracted by mountains of work, paths of indecision, valleys of doubt and fear. God’s love will always find a way, we simply make the way easier for ourselves to recognize God’s love if we prepare a way. We know there are going to be valleys and mountains at various times in our lives, some we create and some we encounter. 2020 has proven to be a greater challenge than most of us have ever had to endure and we find ourselves on a different path searching for the way forward. We need inner peace which begins with a relationship with God. We can exchange our weakness for God’s strength in any area of life. Advent provides a time to slow down and identify the movement of God in our lives.
With time to reflect, where in our lives do we need to make a straight path for the Lord to enter into our hearts? Where have we taken a turn, or a bend or ventured off near a cliff? Where do we need to stand up against indifference and engage? Where do we find the wilderness needed to recharge and find the silence to hear the voice of God? Our response to God’s call is not merely verbal, but must also be expressed in how we live our life. Having surveyed the mess around us, with the individualism and exclusiveness, the next step is asking who is going to do something about it? Who is going to step up and clear away the rubble? How can we be a part of the clean-up crew? We need peace with others so, what do we need to change to bring our lives back on the path of drawing people to encounter the Lord? How are we being called to be Christ’s peace today in a world that is divided and hurting? We must cross the valley of isolation by offering forgiveness. We must tamp down the mountain of prejudice by opening our hearts to the dignity of others. We must make straight the pathways to wholeness that have become twisting paths that keep some people out? Is there an invitation that needs to be extended to smooth over a fractured family relationship? Is there an apology to be made or a silence to be broken that has stood as a barrier for too long? We need to hear the word of God and act on it. We should not miss the blessing as we answer the call to be a peacemaker in our communities. Can we listen to each other’s stories and let them enlarge our hearts? Let us use this time of waiting to recover our bearings and refrain from afflicting anyone with words or deeds. Let us remember we are sisters and brothers all made in God’s likeness. So, as we all wait together this Advent, let us say yes to God’s personal love; yes to Jesus’ kingdom of justice and peace; yes to every opportunity to serve the Gospel, and yes to knowing that our God is a companion to us at every step of our journey, even in the most unexpected ways.

 

 


Reflection Song

A Voice Cries Out:

Wide:

Tall:

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

With humble hearts we make our needs know, as we wait in hope of your peace.

 

Our Advent sung response:

 

 

For the safety and health of Pope Francis, and Archbishop Hebda, our present day John the Baptists:
May they continue to answer your call to help prepare our hearts…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For world leaders:
May they find the courage and wisdom to stand in solidarity with the poor and neglected…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For those whose relationships have been soured by current events:
May we remove the barriers, the pain, the grudges held, and listen to each other with peaceful hearts…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For an end to pandemic disease:
May it no longer destabilize nations, fuel poverty, and devastate families throughout the world…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For the sick, the lonely, and the depressed:
May they find peace and comfort in the care of those around them…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

We remember our beloved dead…
(pause)
For all who will die this day…
For all who die alone with waiting hearts…
And for those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow……
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

 

Loving God,
we need the comfort that your peace alone can bring.
In these challenging times that often cause fear and anxiety,
let us not lose sight that you are with us.
Help us to see the world through your eyes,
without lines which divide,
and to recognize our shared humanity in every face.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
you are the source of life, of hope, and of all good things.
We look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas.
Help us turn toward that light in out lives.
Help us to be a people of peace,
to speak about it in an uneasy world,
and to live that peace among the people you have put into our lives every day.
Come, heal us and help us to be part of the healing as you lead all peoples closer to you,
dispelling the darkness of our world with the light of your love.
Unite us with all people in bonds of love, that the whole earth and all its peoples may have hope.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


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