Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord”s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The following prayer taken from Advent worship at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Elizabethtown, NC.
Stir up your power, O Lord,
and with great might come among us;
and because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy
speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and forever.