Advent and Christmas Litanies

by Beth Richardson on November 8, 2010 · 4 comments

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Reprinted from The Uncluttered Heart by Beth A. Richardson.

USE THESE LITANIES during the corporate worship time at your church or during your family devotional time during Advent and Christmas. These litanies are based on the scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C.

Permission is granted to use these litanies in corporate worship. If prayers are reproduced, please add the following credit line: From The Uncluttered Heart by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books. Used by permission.

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT: HOPE

Keep awake. Stay alert. The kingdom of God is near.

We are God’s partners in hope.

The days are surely coming when God will fulfill the promise.

We are God’s partners in hope.

A righteous branch will spring up and will bring forth justice.

We are God’s partners in hope.

Stand up. Raise your hands. Your redemption is drawing near.

We are God’s partners in hope.

As we light this first Advent candle, the candle of hope, may we be partners in hope, witnesses to the promise that hope is coming— it is being born into the world. Amen.

—Based on Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: PEACE

The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Walk gently in the way of peace.

“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.”

Walk gently in the way of peace.

“The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth.”

Walk gently in the way of peace.

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Walk gently in the way of peace.

We light the first Advent candle and remember that hope is coming. As we light the second Advent candle, the candle of peace, we remember that the Prince of Peace is coming, and we join in the work of preparing the way. We walk gently in the way of peace. Amen.

—Based on Luke 3:1-6 and Isaiah 40:3-5

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT: JOY

Surely God is our salvation; we will trust and will not be afraid.

With joyous expectation we watch for signs of God’s coming.

God is our strength and our might. With joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation.

With joyous expectation we watch for signs of God’s coming.

Give thanks to God, call on God’s name; make known God’s deeds among the nations.

With joyous expectation we watch for signs of God’s coming.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, for great in our midst is the Holy One.

With joyous expectation we watch for signs of God’s coming.

We light the first two Advent candles, the candle of hope and the candle of peace. As we light the third candle, the candle of joy, we join the heavens and the earth in praising God’s holy name. With joyous expectation, we watch for signs of God’s coming. Amen.

—Based on Isaiah 12:2-6

FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT: LOVE

Our souls magnify the Lord, and our spirits rejoice in God.

We trust in God’s extravagant love.

The Mighty One has done great things. Holy is God’s name.

We trust in God’s extravagant love.

Mercy is for those who fear God from generation to generation.

We trust in God’s extravagant love.

God has brought the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

We trust in God’s extravagant love.

We light the first three Advent candles, the candles of hope, peace, and joy. As we light the fourth candle, the candle of love, we open our hearts to God’s love. It waits to fill our hearts that we may be signs of God’s extravagant love for the whole world. Amen.

—Based on Luke 1:46-55

CHRISTMAS EVE OR DAY

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Let Christ be born in us.

Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices; together they sing for joy, for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord.

Let Christ be born in us.

Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted the people and has redeemed Jerusalem.

Let Christ be born in us.

All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Let Christ be born in us.

As we light the Christ candle, we welcome the tiny babe, born in a manger. Hope of the world, bringer of peace, joy of our hearts, and love incarnate, we welcome you. Let Christ be born in us today. Amen.

—Based on Isaiah 52:7-10

From pp. 8-15 of The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas by Beth A. Richardson for the Uncluttered Heart online retreat. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books® All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the publisher except in brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, write Upper Room Books, 1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

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