Advent Vigil, December 9
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord –
Hear my voice, Lord
I call to you for mercy –
Open your ears, Lord
If you keep count of all our sins,
Who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
and so we honor you.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope.
More than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning,
my soul waits for the Lord.
Here is our hope – in the steadfast love of the Lord,
and God’s great saving power.
God alone will save us
from all our failings.
O gracious Light, pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven. O Jesus, Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.
Within our darkest night, you kindle a fire that never dies away.
John writes: “In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.