SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Year C

First Reading – Baruch 5:1-9

A reading from the book of the prophet Baruch.

Jerusalem, take off your robe of misery and mourning;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:

Wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,
bear on your heads the crown

that displays the glory of the eternal name.

For God will show all the earth your splendor,
you will be named by God forever

the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.

Up, Jerusalem!  Stand upon the heights;

look to the east and see your children
Gathered from the east and the west

at the Word of the Holy One,

rejoicing that they are remembered by God.

Led away on foot by their enemies they left you:
but God will bring them back to you
borne aloft in glory as on royal thrones.

For God has commanded

that every lofty mountain be made low,
And that the age-old depths and gorges

be filled to level ground,

that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.

The forests and every fragrant kind of tree

have overshadowed Israel at God’s command;
For God is leading Israel in joy

by the light of glory,

with mercy and justice for company.

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Baruch.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126

R: God has done great things for us, we are truly glad.

When God brought back the captives of Zion,

we were like those who dream.

Then our mouths were filled with laughter

and our tongues with rejoicing.

R: God has done great things for us, we are truly glad.

Then they said among the nations,

“God has done great things for them.”

God has done great things for us:

we are truly.

 

R: God has done great things for us, we are truly glad.

Restore our fortunes, O God,

like the streams in the Negeb!

May those who sow in tears

reap with songs of joy!

R: God has done great things for us, we are truly glad.

Those that go forth weeping,

carrying the seed for sowing,

Will come home with shouts of joy,

bringing the sheaves with them.

R: Our God has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.