The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

The Holy Eucharist

8:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. in the Cathedral

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The Second Sunday of Advent: Year C
5 December 2021

The Reverend Canon George M. Maxwell, Jr., Celebrant 
The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler, Preacher

 

Voluntary 

Three Hymn Preludes
Veni, Emmanuel (O come, O come, Emmanuel)    
Flor Peeters (1903-1986) 

Freu dich Sehr [Psalm 42] (Comfort, comfort, ye my people)    
Gerald Near (b. 1942) 

Winchester New (On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry)    
C. S. Lang (1891-1971) 

 

The Welcome from the Dean

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

The Opening Hymn: 76
music: Winchester New, melody from Musicalishes Hand-Buch, 1690; harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1889), alt.
words: Charles Coffin (1676-1749), tr. Charles Winfred Douglas (1867-1944), after John Chandler (1806-1876), alt.

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within,
and let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty guest may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord, our refuge, and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away like flowers that wither and decay.

To heal the sick stretch out thine hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth, and let thy light restore earth’s own true loveliness once more.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee, whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore and Holy Spirit evermore.

 

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

 

Kyrie eleison: S-88     
setting: McNeil Robinson II (1943-2015)

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

 

The Collect of the Day: Second Sunday in Advent

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray. 
Merciful God, who sent your 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 lives and reigns with you 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.

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

 

At 8:45 a.m.: Children ages 4 (by September 1, 2021) through fifth grade may follow the acolytes and chapel leaders to Children’s Chapel at this time. Children will return to the nave at the Offertory.

 

At 11:15 a.m. 
The Gradual Canticle: The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79)
Anglican chant: 
Plainchant Tone II.1
BCP, p. 614

Antiphon sung by a cantor, then by all. All repeat as indicated.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace. [Antiphon]

 

All stand. 
The Sequence: Hymn 56, stanzas 3 and 4
music: Veni, veni Emmanuel, plainsong Mode 1, Processionale (15th century), adapt. Thomas Helmore (1811-1890), arr. David Willocks (1919-2015), descant Philip Ledger (1937-2012) 

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.

 

All remain standing.
The Holy Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

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

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 to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon: Dean Candler

 

All stand or kneel to pray.
The Prayers of the People

Celebrant: Let us pray for the church and for the world, saying, “Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.”

Intercessor: Almighty God, give us grace, we pray, with your whole Church, to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Within the Anglican Communion of Churches, we pray for the Anglican Church of Burundi. Within the Episcopal Church, we pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for the Diocese of Atlanta; for Robert, our bishop; and for all lay and ordained ministers. Within this Cathedral parish, we pray for our ministries of the day: The Cathedral Stewardship Committee; Finance Count Teams

Lord in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: Stir up your power, O Lord, and guide this country and those who are called to lead. We pray for for Joe, our President; for the Congress and the Courts; for Brian, our Governor; for Keisha, our Mayor; and for Andre, our Mayor-elect.

Lord in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: Help and deliver those who are sick, suffering, isolated, or oppressed, or in any need or trouble. We pray for those on our prayer list, and for those in our community with new or immediate concerns: Sandra Gilbert Early, Neal Peters, Katie Royal, Gary Schiff, George Zappa

Let us pray, either silently or aloud, for our own needs and those of others.

Lord in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: Receive our thanks, gracious God, for the many blessings of this life.

We pray in thanksgiving for the 100th birthday of Lillian Sandoval.

Lord in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: Grant to the departed entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints. We pray for those who have died: Steven Norman, Betty Jean Weltner

Lord in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Celebrant: Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

The Confession

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

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

 

The Absolution

Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

The Peace

The Celebrant says: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you.

 

The Parish Notices

 

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 Holy Communion

 

The offering today, the first Sunday of the month, is designated for the Discretionary Fund for the Needy.

 

The Offertory

 

The Offertory Anthem
music: Dan Locklair (American, b. 1949), Comfort ye my people
words: Johann G. Olearius (German, 1611-1684), tr. Catherine Winkworth (English, 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 new 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 greet 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 Presentation: Hymn 65
music: Bereden väg fór Herran, melody from Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697
words: Franz Mikael Franzen (1772-1847); tr. Composite; adapt. Charles P. Price (1920-1999)

Prepare the way, O Zion, your Christ is drawing near!
Let every hill and valley a level way appear.
Greet One who comes in glory, Foretold in sacred story.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

He brings God’s rule, O Zion; he comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom, and justice, truth, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding, for grace and love abounding.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

Fling wide your gates, O Zion; your Savior’s rule embrace.
His tidings of salvation proclaim in every place.
All lands will bow before him, their voices will adore him.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

 

During the Presentation Alleluia, 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 Presentation of Pledges: A Repeating Alleluia    
music: Calvin Hampton (1938-1984)

All sing "Alleluia!" repeatedly as the offering is presented. 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), p. 367

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.

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

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

Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 

Because you sent your 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 we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

The Sanctus and Benedictus
S 127; setting: Calvin Hampton (1938-1984)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: 

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

All: We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

Celebrant:

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. 

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. 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

 

Communion Anthem    
music: Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611), Ecce Dominus veniet
words: Psalm antiphon at Lauds on the First Sunday of Advent

Ecce, Dominus veniet 
et omnes sancti ejus cum eo, alleluia.
Et erit in die illa lux magna. Alleluia.
Ecce apparebit Dominus
super nubem candidam,
et cum eo sanctorum millia. Alleluia.
Et erit in die illa lux magna. Alleluia.

Behold the Lord shall come,
and all his saints with him: alleluia.
And there shall be in that day a great light. Alleluia.
Behold the Lord shall appear
upon a white cloud.
And with him thousands of saints, alleluia.
And there shall be in that day a great light. Alleluia.

 

Communion Hymn: 444
music: Thornbury, Basil Harwood (1859-1949)
words: Michael A. Perry (1942-1996), alt.; para. of The Song of Zechariah

Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free;
he visits and redeems us, he grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
God shall fulfill his promise and bring his people peace.

He from the house of David a child of grace has given;
a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes his herald, forerunner in the way,
the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of Day.

On prisoners of darkness the sun begins to rise,
the dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes.
He guides the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace.
O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease.

 

The Sending of Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Celebrant: In the name of God, we send you forth bearing these holy gifts, that others may share in the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
All: We who are many are one body, because we are one in Jesus Christ.

 

The Postcommunion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out
to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you
as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The Blessing

 

The Closing Hymn: 67
music: Psalm 42, melody Claude Goudimel (1514-1572)
words: Johann G. Olearius (1611-1684), trans. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

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. 

 

Voluntary

Venez, divin messie (O come, divine Messiah)    
Jean Bouvard (1905-1996)