Communion Liturgy for Advent (based on the “O Antiphons”)

One: God is with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to God, our God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Cantor: O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: God, most holy, we do give you thanks as we gather at Christ’s table,
as we remember your love, holy and whole,
a love that has held us from the beginning of the beginning,
and a love that will hold us for as long as time exists.
Cantor: O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily,
To us the paths of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to grow.
Cantor/Choir: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: We need your Wisdom, God.
We need your guidance.
We need your invitation – your calling –
Your whispers and your shouts –
Through the voices of prophets and priests,
Grandmothers and grandfathers,
Children and infants,
All who listen and speak your love.
Choir: O come, o come, great God of might, who to your tribes on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times once gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanual shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: Because we didn’t always listen –
Because we don’t always listen –
You gave to us your Christ,
Alive in the world!
Choir: O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, form every foe deliver them
That trust your mighty power to save, and give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.

All: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
One: Wholly God and wholly human,
A tiny baby, a youth, an adult,
A teacher, a healer, a challenger, a saviour,
He laughed with those who laughed
And cried with those who cried –
But, most of all, he loved us with a love that never ever ends.
A love that surpasses even death.
A love that brings new life –
Not only to us… but to all creation!
Alleluia!
All: O come, O Dayspring, from on high, and cheer us by your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: On the night before he was taken to his death on a cross,
Jesus gathered with his disciples. No… he gathered with his friends.
He shared with them a meal of remembrance and freedom.
After an act of utmost humility and hospitality – washing their feet –
He blessed the bread and broke it, saying,
All: “Take this and eat it.
This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat bread, remember me!”

One: As the meal drew to a close, he blessed a cup of wine and passed it to them, saying,
All: “Take this and drink it.
This is my promise in my life’s blood
that sins are forgiven.
Each time you drink, remember me!”

One: So we eat, we drink, and we remember!
Holy God, send your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts,
That they – and we – might truly be Christ’s body and blood –
Alive in the world!
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory is yours, God most holy,
Now and forever.
All: Amen.
O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
O bid our sad divisions cease, and be for us the Prince of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

One: We pray all these things to you, God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer –
Because we know that you are like a Mother who gives us life,
You are like our
All: Father, who art in heaven…
Amen.

Cantor: O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

One: The gifts of God, for all Creation!
All: Thanks be to God!

The Bread and Wine are shared.

All: With this taste of the Bread of Life,
With this taste of the Cup of Love,
Send us into the world, God –
So that we might whisper your coming,
So that we might sing your Advent,
So that we might live your birth,
Now and forever! Amen!

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