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HYMNS FOR ADVENT II John the Baptist Preaches

St. John the Baptist Preaching by Raphael

As promised, hymns for Advent II Series C from my collected works on the Revised Common Lectionary..

John the Baptist and his fiery sermon are the subjects of the hymns.

Old Testament Malachi 3:1-4

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In fire we see a light

That cleanses us of night

It burns away


And breaks into the brightest day.

It fills our hearts with faith

And stills our fear of death.

We tremble when we hear

That God will soon appear

in shining light

made clean and bright.

And who can stand before the sight

that fills our hearts with faith,

and stills our fear of death.

The fire will cleanse and kill

our disobedient will.

and make us clean.

So once again,

We will be rid of shame and sin.

Come, fill our hearts with faith,

And still our fear of death.

Epistle: Philippians 1:3–11

“Repent,” We Hear the Baptist Cry LMD

1. "Repent," we hear the Baptist cry,

and all the rush around us dies.

The prophets long ago have said

there is a better day ahead: the Word will take on human form,

become our flesh and then be born. In Bethl’hem’s manger, we will meet

the one who makes us whole, complete!

2. The advent candles and the star tell us he’s coming from afar. A new beginning filled with joy is born within this little boy. We cannot see how this will end but know our Lord will soon descend,

be born in us so we can meet the one who makes us whole, complete.

3. Lord, make us ready for that day when you will come to us and say:

“My own, my dear beloved one, in you my work is wholly done.” So look to him, behold his face that shines on you with love and grace;

prepare your hearts so you can meet

the one who makes us whole, complete.

Gospel: Luke 3:1-4

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1. Within our dry and desert hearts

We hear a strange voice cry

An ancient tongue that fills the dark

And lights the rimless sky.

It says, "Prepare, prepare the way

Prepare, prepare, do not delay."

R/Lift your voice, sing rejoice,

Jesus comes to you this day!

2. We hear the bells of Christmas ring

In all the busy streets,

But not the Advent of our king

Whom we may fear to meet.

For when he comes all things will change

The old familiar things made strange


3. Still through our festivals of light

Christ comes to set us free,

To break the bondage of our night.

That day all flesh will see

Salvation of our God appear

His bright refining fire draw near


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