Liturgy Planning

Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2022

Year A - Lectionary [4]

First Reading

He shall judge the poor with justice. | Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,

a scion thrusts from his roots:

on him the spirit of the Lord rests,

a spirit of wisdom and insight,

a spirit of counsel and power,

a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

(The fear of the Lord is his breath.)

He does not judge by appearances,

he gives no verdict on hearsay,

but judges the wretched with integrity,

and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.

His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,

his sentences bring death to the wicked.

Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,

faithfulness the belt about his hips.

The wolf lives with the lamb,

the panther lies down with the kid,

calf and lion feed together,

with a little boy to lead them.

The cow and the bear make friends,

their young lie down together.

The lion eats straw like the ox.

The infant plays over the cobra’s hole;

into the viper’s lair

the young child puts his hand.

They do no hurt, no harm,

on all my holy mountain,

for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters swell the sea.

That day, the root of Jesse

shall stand as a signal to the peoples.

It will be sought out by the nations

and its home will be glorious.


In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails. | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

O God, give your judgement to the king,

  to a king’s son your justice,

that he may judge your people in justice

  and your poor in right judgement.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

In his days justice shall flourish

  and peace till the moon fails.

He shall rule from sea to sea,

  from the Great River to earth’s bounds.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

For he shall save the poor when they cry

  and the needy who are helpless.

He will have pity on the weak

  and save the lives of the poor.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

May his name be blessed for ever

  and endure like the sun.

Every tribe shall be blessed in him,

  all nations bless his name.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

Second Reading

Christ is the saviour of all men | Romans 15:4-9

Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God. And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  It can only be to God’s glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you. The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place: For this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing to your name.

Gospel Acclamation

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:4, 6


The one who follows me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire | Matthew 3:1-12

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

A voice cries in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’

'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'

See Also


Psalm 24/25: To You, O Lord
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 72: Every Nation on Earth
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 85: I Will Listen to the Voice of the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: IND

Hymns & Songs

Bring Us Hope
Composer: Ruth Elaine Schram
Come to the Water
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: New Dawn Music
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Janzen, Jean
Publisher: New Dawn Music
I Have Loved You
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: New Dawn Music
Like a Shepherd
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: New Dawn Music
My Soul in Stillness Waits
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Text: O Antiphons, Latin 9th c.
Publisher: Public Domain
On Jordan's Bank
Composer: Miles, Gary
Text: Coffin, Charles
Publisher: Celebration
Soon and Very Soon
Composer: Crouch, Andrae
Text: Crouch, Andrae
Publisher: Bud John Songs, Inc.
Take Comfort, My People
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Isaiah 40
Publisher: WLP
Wait for the Lord
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Within Our Hearts Be Born
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
You Are Near
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: New Dawn Music