Blessed: Pregnant with Exprectation – Advent 2012, Ripon College Cuddesdon, 5th December 2012

Theme: Watching and waiting for the Incarnation

Normally I would wait to post the liturgy after the event, but tomorrow this will form part of the teaching so I need it here now so as to be able to refer to it.


Around the sacred space, various projectors show “Be still and know that I am God”


and “writing on the wall”


Video: Be Still

Video: God is here

Video: Advent Light


In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit


The Lord be with you

And also with you

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.  Philippians 4:4-5

Video: Pregnant Introduction

Brothers, Sisters: we come together tonight, in this darkness, to watch and wait for the dawn, for the coming of the Messiah. The feast of Christmas has started to bleed into the rest of the year, and the significance of Advent is being lost. Advent is a time of preparation, a time of recollection, a time of watching the horizon for the inevitable sign of the dawn that is to come.

This Advent, we will keep Christmas where it belongs: at the end of a journey, a reward, a liberation from the dark and a marvellous, coming light.

You cannot hurry Advent along, you cannot bring the date that is set along quicker. It is like pregnancy itself, which slowly, patiently grows until the time is right. There is little you can do to bring that date forward, the child will come in its own good time.

This child, will come in his own good time. In God’s own good time. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.

The Advent of the Messiah is almost upon us. Let us watch for that dawn.

Penitential Rite

Video: Advent Confession Version 3


Screen: you are forgiven

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to
absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of
his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his
authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins:
+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy

The Lord has put away all your sins, and of your charity, pray for me, a sinner also



Let us pray…

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, world without end.


Two Gospels for the price of one: John and Luke Redux

As  two readers begin their Gospels, a foetus on shown on screen.
Audio: Foetal heartbeat begins very low and rises in volume.


The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Lord be with you

And also with you

   Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Glory to you, O Lord

 Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, O Lord

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
And Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.”
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come 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 now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. Cont.
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
There is an almost imperceptible pause


And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The audio cuts out suddenly


This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ



Video: God Waits


To be determined by the Group


Visual Intercessions
To be determined by the group


Video: Blessed Peace Arms

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high has broken upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.



Pray my dear friends, that this our sacrifice
may be acceptable to Almighty God, our heavenly father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church

Eucharistic Prayer (Prayer B)

1 The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
2 It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise,
almighty God and everlasting Father,
through Jesus Christ your Son.
For when he humbled himself to come among us in human flesh,
he fulfilled the plan you formed before the foundation of the world
to open for us the way of salvation.
3 Confident that your promise will be fulfilled,
we now watch for the day
when Christ our Lord will come again in glory.
And so we join our voices with angels and archangels
and with all the company of heaven
to proclaim your glory,
for ever praising you and saying:
4 Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
5 Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the +body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
6 Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me. +
7  In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
  Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me. +
8 Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
  Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.
9 And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
10 As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
11 Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of Our Blesséd Lady,
and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
12 by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

Lord’s Prayer

Video: Waiting to get through


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in the one bread

Agnus Dei

Video: Rufus Wainwright – Agnus Dei

This is the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world
Blesséd are those who are called to his supper
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


Video: Prayer of the Heart


Let us pray…

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of your Spirit
that when your Christ comes again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who is alive and reigns now and for ever.

Blessing & Dismissal

Video: Joy Division Blessing
Music: Atmosphere
…and the blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be upon you and remain with you
this day, this advent and always

The Mass is ended.
Go in the peace and light of the Christ who is so very near…
Thanks be to God


Video: Polyphonic Spree