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Thursday Evening


Advent Week 2

Part 1. From the Divine Office
Explanatory Notes


     O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me.

     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Advent Acclamations For Reflection:— Week 2.
Celebrating the prophecies of His coming,
His birth, and His return at the end of time.

  • Behold in the clouds of heaven the Lord shall come with great power, alleluia.
  • Sion is the city of our strength, the Saviour will be its wall and bulwark; open the gates, for God is with us, alleluia.


  • Behold the Lord will come, and will not disappoint; if He delays, wait for Him, for He will surely come, and will not be late, alleluia.
  • Mountains and hills will sing praise before God, and all the trees of the forest will clap their hands, because the Lord and Ruler is coming into His eternal Kingdom, alleluia, alleluia.
  • Behold, our Lord shall come with power, to enlighten the eyes of His servants, alleluia.




From Psalm 124 [125]

Unshaken Trust of the Faithful

     Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Sion, which is immovable, which abides forever.

     Mountains surround Jerusalem: so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

     Therefore the sceptre of the wicked shall not rest upon the allotted land of the just, lest the just stretch out their hands toward evil.


     Deal kindly, O Lord, with the good and the upright of heart.

     But as for them who go astray on crooked paths, may the Lord drive them away with the evil-doers: peace be upon Israel!


     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

     As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Reading — Isaiah 19: 1 — 10

Confusion Will Reign in Egypt

The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift cloud and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst thereof.

And I will set the Egyptians to fight against the Egyptians: and they shall fight brother against brother, and friend against friend, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

And the spirit of Egypt shall be broken in the bowels thereof, and I will cast down their counsel: and they shall consult their idols, and their diviners, and their wizards and soothsayers.

And I will deliver Egypt into the hands of cruel masters, and a strong king shall rule over them, saith the Lord the God of hosts.

And the water of the sea shall be dried up, and the river shall be wasted and dry.

And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be diminished and be dried up. The reed and the bulrush shall wither away.

The channel of the river shall be laid bare from its fountain, and every thing sown by the water shall be dried up, it shall wither away and shall be no more.

The fishers also shall mourn, and all that cast a hook into the river shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish away.

They shall be confounded that wrought in flax, combing and weaving fine linen.

And its watery places shall be dry, all they shall mourn that made pools to take fishes.


Hymn as a Prayer

1. The Baptist’s message of rebuke rings loud and clear through all the world of darkness: Away with dreams of darkness. Jesus the light is shining in the sky.

2. Let the slothful soul now arise and no longer lie earth-bound, for a new sun is now shining, Christ, who will take away every sin.

3. Behold the Lamb is sent to us to pay freely the debt we owe. Therefore let all of us together, with tears of sorrow, ask for His pardon.

4. So that when He comes in glory at the end of time and causes fear in all our hearts, He will not then punish us, as our sins deserve. but in His pity be our protector.

5. Strength, honour, praise, glory be to God the Father together with the Son and Holy Paraclete for ever and ever. Amen.

V. The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord.

R. Make straight His paths.




Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41—45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words:
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.



Behold, the King is coming, the Lord of all the earth! He himself will strike off from us our yoke of bondage.


A voice cries out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God.


You shall yet be built anew, O Sion, and you shall see the Righteous One, who shall come to you.


The one who will come after me existed before me; His sandals I am not worthy to loosen.


Sing a new song to the Lord; let his praises resound to the end of the earth.


My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.


He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.



Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.




The Lord’s Prayer


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.


Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.



Stir up, we implore You, O Lord, Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening danger of our sins, and through Your deliverance be saved. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.



V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.



Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection