SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT B Lectionary #5
This could be considered John the Baptist Sunday. The image of the Baptist is presented each Advent as one of two models for faithful Christians to imitate. (The other major Advent model is Mary, Mother of the Lord.)

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11. The return of the exiles is such a powerful event that people feel as if the desert itself prepares a smooth path for them to walk. From the perspective of a ruined Jerusalem and Judah, it is as if God is physically returning to the land with the exiles.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (84) 85
Remembering God's past mercies, the psalmist calls on God to forgive and be merciful now, in the present.

Let Us See Your Kindness (McAller)   GP 225/MI-BB
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Alstot) BB
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Balhoff et al)  RS 114/GP 224
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Bogdan)   WC 421/WS
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Carroll/Gelineau)  WOR 770/RS 113/LPGG 770
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (French)   PMB 156, 558/WS/PRM B2
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Guimont)  CBW 15/GC2 951/G3 995/LPMG 5/WOR4 1005
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Haugen)   LMGM 502/RS 112/GC2 48/G3 62
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Hunstiger)   SS
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness/Muéstranos, Señor (Krisman)   SS
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Peloquin)   SI2 5
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Schiavone)   JS2 882/LP 12
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Somerville)  CBW 21
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Soper)   MI-BB
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Testa)  CCS 2932           
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Willcock)  PFS 4
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Haugen), vss 4, 5, 6  RS 107
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy (Alstott)   JS2 60
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy (Modlin) SPS 76
Lord, Show Us Mercy and Love (Miffleton)  SO 63
Lord, Show Us Your Mercy and Love (Whitaker) SPS 77
Muéstranos, Señor/Show Us, O Lord (Cortez)   GP 223/JS2 61
Muéstranos, Señor (Sosa) FYC 226
Muéstranos, Señor/Show Us, O Lord (Cortez) FYC 225/GP 223/JS2 61/Una Voz 198
Muéstranos, Señor, Tu Misericordia (Taulé) FYC 227
O Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Harbor)  LMGM 501
Show Us, Lord, Your Kindness    PSL B-5/SS
Show Us Your Kindness (Hurd)    JS2 62

2 Peter 3:8-14. The author of this baptismal reflection tells people, who are wondering when Christ's promise to return will come true, not to worry: God's time is not like ours, but Christ will not delay. What matters, therefore, is how you are living now.

Mark 1:1-8. John was a kind of "seven-day wonder," drawing people out into the desert to see and hear this wild man. But John's message—like the Gospel which begins with that message—pointed beyond itself to the "one who is to come."

Songs for the Liturgy
*A Voice Cries Out -- Joncas (1,G)  BB/RS 485/GC2 343/G3 416/JS2 313/GP 294
*Advent Antiphon (1)  CBW 301
*Advent Gathering Rite (E)   WC 480/WS
Advent Litany (1)  BB
*Arise, Jerusalem, Stand on the Height (C)   PSL B-6/SS
*Behold, O Zion (E)   IH 2/WC 481/WS
Christ, Be Our Light (1) GP 656/JS2 661/SPS 207/WC 937/WOR4 584/MI-BB/WS/SS
*Christ Is Coming, Prepare the Way (1,G)  LMGM 10
*City of God, Jerusalem (C)   RS 486/WOR 362/WOR4 391
Clear the Voice (2)   JS2 317
Come, Light of the World (1,Ps)   GC2 328/WC 463/WS
Come to Set Us Free (1)   GP 298
Come, Watch and Wait (G)   BB
*Comfort, Comfort, O My People (1,G)  WOR 370/WOR 402/BB/RS 488/GC2 331/G3 413/WC 477/JS2 327/SS
Comfort, My People (1,G)   G3 396
*Every Valley (1,G)    GP 297/JS2 326/CBW 308/BB
Find Us Ready (1,G)   GC2 342/SPS 209
For the Coming of the Savior (2)   SS
God of All People (2)  GC2 349/G3 412/SS
Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding (G)   SS
In the Day of the Lord (2) GP 722/JS2 685/MI-BB
Let Desert Wasteland Now Rejoice (1)   SS
*Let the Valleys Be Raised (1,G)  GP 310/BB
*Like a Shepherd (1,G)  GP 708/CBW 490/MI-BB/GC2 332/G3 402/JS2 648
*Litany for the Season of Advent (Ps)   WC 479
Litany of the Word (1,Ps)   JS2 312/BB
Now Is the Time Approaching (1) WC 475
*On Jordan's Bank (G)  WOR 356/WOR4 392/LMGM 8/CBW 351/BB/RS 490/GC2 344/G3 418/WC 471/JS2 315/GP 296/PMB 190/WS/SS
On That Holy Mountain (1,2)   PMB 194/WC 468/WS
Patience, People (2)  GP 303/BB/JS2 314
People, Look East (1)  WOR 359/WOR4 398/BB/RS 482/GC2 337/G3 409/WC 460/JS2 329/GP 300/PMB 188/WS/SS
People of the Night (2)  GC2 346/G3 407/JS2 160
Prepare! Prepare! (1,G)   G3 398
*Prepare the Way of the Lord (1,G)  WOR 369/WOR4 389/LMGM 2/RS 491/GC2 330/G3 400/CBW 317
*Prepare Ye the Way (1,G)  LMGM 2/WS
*Ready the Way (1,G)  BB/JS2 323/SPS 142
Soon and Very Soon (2)  LMGM 4/MI-BB/RS 870/GC2 758/G3 865/WC 947/WOR4 861/JS2 683/GP 723/PMB 513/WS/SS
*Take Comfort, God's People (1,G)  WOR 361
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (2)  WOR 373/WOR4 403/GP 307/LMGM 1/BB/RS 497/GC2 347/G3 414/CBW 318/SPS 143/WC 461, 472/JS2 319/PMB 186/WS/SS
*Wait for the Lord (1,G)  RS 484/GC2 340/G3 406/CBW 319/WOR4 410/SS
*Walk in the Reign (1)  GC2 325

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
And the Glory of the Lord (SATB, Keyboard, Instruments) Handel, George Frederic Various 1, G
Advent Hymn (SATB) Jean, Martin Augsburg (0800656628) 1
Advent Message (Unison, 2-part) How, Martin Boosey & Hawkes (WO 161) G
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (SATB, Alto solo, Strings, Oboe, Continuo) Bach, J. S. Concordia (98-2045) * 1
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (SATB) Bunjes, Paul Concordia (98-1388) * 1
Comfort, Comfort (SATB, Organ/Keyboard) Fauré, Gabriel/
Hopson, Hal H.
Carl Fischer (CM 8017) * 1, G
Comfort, Comfort (SATB, opt. Picc, 2 Clar., Tamb., keyboard) Ferguson, John Augsburg (11-2381) 1, G
Comfort, Comfort Now My people Melody from “Genevan Psalter, 1551
(SAB, Finger Cymbals, Tambourine)
Proulx, Richard MorningStar Music Pub.
(Aureole Editions AE110)
1
Comfort, Comfort These My People (SATB) Armstrong, Matthew Logia (98-3155) 1, G
Daughter of Zion Clokey, Joseph Presser (312-21295) E
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (SATB) Manz, Paul Morning Star (MSM 50-0001) G
Every Valley (SATB) Beck, John Ness Beckenhorst Press (BP1040) G
Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed, The Hopson MSM 1
He Shall Feed His Flock from “Messiah”
(SATB, Keyboard; additional voicings from a variety of publishers)
Handel, George Frederic Various 1
Listen to the Lambs (SATB) Dett, R. Nathaniel G. Schirmer (8010) 1
Lord Will Soon Appear, The (SATB) Bach/Hopson Augsburg 0-8006-5752-7 1, G
Mercy and Truth are Met Together (SATB) Sullivan CPDL PS
O Zion Herald of Good News (SATB, Organ/keyboard) Handel, George F./Hopson, Hal H. Choristers Guild (CGA323) 1
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (SAB, Organ, Oboe) Busarow, Donald Concordia ((98-2639) G
On Jordan's Banks (SATB, Organ, opt Brass, Handbells, Timpani, Congregation) Cherwien, David AMSI (2020) G
On Jordan's Bank (SATB, Keyboard) Connolly, Michael (arr.) GIA (G-5376) G
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
(SAB, Keyboard, opt. 2 treble strings, or woodwinds)
Monteverdi, Claudio/
Klammer, Ed.
GIA (G-2834) G
Prepare! (2-part, SB) Pote, Allen Choristers Guild (CGA 705) G
Prepare the Royal Highway (SATB, Piano) Helgen, John Augsburg (0800674227) G
Prepare the Way of the Lord (SATB/2-part) Rowan, William Hope (A 596) G
Prepare Ye the Way (Unison, 2-part) Hopson, Hal H. Augsburg (0800675258) * G
Prepare Ye the Way (SATB) Martin, Joseph Triune Music (10/1226T) G
Rejoice Ye Shining Worlds on High (SATB, Keyboard) Billings, William Concordia (98-3281) E, 1
Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness (SATB) Ellingboe, Bradley Augsburg (0800658477) * G
Voice in the Desert, The (SAB, keyboard) Nelson, Ron A. GIA (G-5742) G
Voice in the Wilderness, A (SATB, Organ) Heins, Francis D./Lovelace, Austin GIA (G-5794) G
Vox Decentis Naylor CPDL 2

* Out of Print

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