Advent Prayer Service


Bible, Mary statue, candle, straw

Hymn Suggestions:


Beyond the Moon and Stars (Schutte)

Christ, Circle Round Us (Schutte)

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (STUTTGART)

Creator of the Stars of Night (CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM)

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL)

On Jordan’s Bank (WINCHESTER NEW)

People, Look East (BESANÇON)

O Come, Divine Messiah (VENEZ, DIVIN MESSIE)

The Coming of Our God (OPTATUS VOTIS OMNIUM)

Wake, O Wake and Sleep No Longer (WACHET AUF)


Ave Maria (Chant)

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman (Landry)

Magnificat (Farrell)

Mary, Woman of the Promise (DRAKE’S BOUGHTON)

Mary’s Song (Rieth)

Salve Regina (Chant)


Song of Mary (Schutte)

Call to Worship:

The holy season of Advent is upon us. As we wait, in joyful anticipation, the coming of our Savior, Jesus, let us invite our Lord to join us in prayer, as we attempt to put our priorities around those things that will bring us closer to our Messiah.

Hymn:   Choose an Advent hymn from the list above or another of your choice.

Reading 1:  Isaiah 7: 10-15

The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”      

(Pause for reflection.) 

Psalm 85

Response:  Our Lord will come to save us.

Let us see your mercy

and give us your saving help.

I will hear what you, God have to say,

a voice that speaks of peace,

peace for your people and your friends

and those who turn to you in their hearts.

Your help is near for those who fear you

and your glory will dwell in our land. — R/


Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven. — R/


Yahweh, you will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before you

and peace shall follow your steps. — R/

Psalm is reprinted from Psalms Anew by Nancy Schreck, OSF and Maureen Leach, OSF, © 1984 The Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa. Used  with permission.


Leader: To the One who is and who is to come, we pray:

Response:  O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Because we are poor and needy and we long for your fullness, we pray . . .

Because your people are oppressed and in chains, teach us how to break the bonds that enslave them, we pray . . .

Because our hearts are stone and our eyes are blind, we ask that you create in us hearts of flesh to see your suffering world, we pray . . .

Because we await your coming at the dawning of each day, may those who await your final coming see the dawn of eternal life, we pray . . .

Reprinted from People’s Companion to the Breviary by the Carmelites of Indianapolis, © 1997. Used  with permission.

Our Father

Closing Prayer:

Loving God, your word comforts us and enables us to wait for your coming in hope. May we not lose heart but, with joyful and thankful hearts, continue to praise you for the wonder of your incarnation.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

Concluding Hymn:  Choose a Marian hymn from the list above or another of your choice.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.