The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Holy Eucharist

The Second Sunday of Advent: Year C
5 December 2021
The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler, Celebrant and Preacher




The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
All: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


The Collect for Purity

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Kyrie eleison

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.


The Collect of the Day: Second Sunday of Advent

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And with thy spirit.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Epistle: Philippians 1:3-11

Lector: A Reading from The Letter of Paul to the Philippians.

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.


Said in unison.
The Sequence: Hymn 56, stanzas 3 & 4
words: Latin c. 9th century, vers. Hymnal 1940

O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times didst give the law,
in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

O come, thou Branch of Jesse’s tree,
free them from Satan’s tyranny
that trust thy mighty power to save,
and give them victory o’er the grave.


The Holy Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Gospeler: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
All: Glory be to thee, O Lord.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, 
    make his paths straight. 
Every valley shall be filled, 
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low, 
and the crooked shall be made straight, 
    and the rough ways made smooth; 
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” 

Gospeler: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise be to thee, O Christ.


The Homily: Dean Candler


The Prayers of the People

Celebrant: Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

Intercessor: Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all people: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and Godly love. In the Anglican Communion of churches, we pray for the work of the Anglican Church of Burundi. We pray for the Diocese of Atlanta, for this Cathedral parish, and our ministries of the day: The Cathedral Stewardship Committee; Finance Count Teams. 

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers, especially Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; and Robert, our Bishop; that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments. 

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land, especially Joe, our President; Brian, our Governor; Keisha, our Mayor; and Andre, our Mayor-elect; that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world. We pray for all serving their country away from home, for their families and the communities who wait for their return. 

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty. 

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. 

Let us pray, either silently or aloud, for all those on our prayer list. 

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, especially: Steven Norman, Betty Jean Weltner; beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good examples of all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. 

Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.


Those for whom prayers have been requested: 

For Immediate Needs: Sandra Gilbert Early, Neal Peters, Katie Royal, Gary Schiff, George Zappa

Long Term Prayers: R. Huntley Allen, Penny Barnett, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, Larry Boggs, Randall Chatham-Borden, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, The Crossley Family, Jerri Darnell, Marg Denny, Terry Dornbush, Stephen Douglass, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Ruth Fuqua, Elizabeth Groseth, Jenny Ham, Rebecca Harris, Jane Jones, Louise Kan, Lisa Krysiak, Jill Mahaffey, Carol McDonald, Glenn Miller, Royce Mitchell, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Dudley Ottley, Marian Palmore, Rowland Radford, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Lorraine Reynolds, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Jean Robertson, Betty Roper, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Tommy Truesdale, Ron Wallace, Elleanor Wilson, Faye Van Winkle

For Family & Friends: Lisa Bachman, Bettina Bass, Lisa Bradshaw, Pam Breedlove, Rose Brunetti Bennett, Lila Jo Callaway, Andrew Clark, Vickie Coffman, Marie Corrigan, Ava Corroon, Apryl Roberts Cox, Dan Elson, Jackson Francis, Carleton Fuller, Theresa Gent, Patricia Plummer Glowatsky, Mark Goodwin, Martha Heinze, Rob Hendler, Eboni & Everton Heron, Gayle Higley, Cadel Ingraham, Robin Kemp, Carole Kline, Rita Lewis, Pete Livezey, Lauren Makhlouf, Pat Martin, Ethel “Babe” Moldovan, Betsy Moore, Fred Nelson, Michelle, Carter, & Gabriel Nichols, Linus Nickel, Bill Poole, Carter Randall, Einar Sagstuen, James Sands, Woody Talley, Yvonne Tate, Pierson Thames, Bryson Thomas, Wayne Thurman, Olive Toy, Harris Wilson, Liz Woodring, Whit A. Wright, Hollis Youngner


The Confession

Celebrant: Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.

All: Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against thee
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved thee with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in thy will,
and walk in thy ways,
to the glory of thy Name. Amen.


The Absolution

Celebrant: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace


The Parish Notices


The Holy Communion


The Offertory and Pledge Ingathering

Members and friends process with their completed 2022 pledge cards to the altar. Or, you may bring a token of your already completed (or intended!) pledge, available in the pew racks. Thank you!


The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer II
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), p. 340

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And with thy spirit.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up unto the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is meet and right so to do.

Celebrant: It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God. 

Because thou didst send thy beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Said in unison.
The Sanctus and Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Celebrant: All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, for that thou didst create heaven and earth, and didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He made there a full and perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and looking for his coming again with power and great glory.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the Body and Blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this Holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole Church may be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; 

By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. 


The Communion


The Postcommunion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.


The Blessing


Said in unison.
The Closing Hymn: 67
words: Johann G. Olearius (1611-1684); tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), alt.

Comfort, comfort ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;
tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over.

Hark, the voice of one that crieth in the desert far and near,
calling us to true repentance since the kingdom now is here.
Oh, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;
let the valleys rise to meet him and the hills bow down to great him.

Make ye straight what long was crooked, make the rougher places plain;
let your hearts be true and humble, as befits his holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is shed abroad;
and all flesh shall see the token that the word is never broken.


The Dismissal

Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.