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Come Lord Jesus
w/c 10 December 2018
Liturgical Year: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Gospel: (Luke 3:1-6)
The Gospel for the second week of Advent presents us with John proclaiming to everyone that we must prepare a way for the Lord. As Advent progresses and the pace quickens, this week's prayer helps children to learn a simple song that helps them prepare their hearts to welcome Jesus at Christmas.
The song 'Come Lord Jesus' is written by CJM Music (based in Birmingham Diocese) and is in the style of a Litany prayer. Each day, a different 'title' for Jesus is sung along with the main refrain, 'Come Lord Jesus'.
• Familiarise yourself with the tune of the song and ensure song track plays. There is a recorded version for every day. If you are confident singing, you can lead the song each day without the backing track.
How to Lead:
• Gather the children around the screen.
• Remind children that Advent is a time to prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus in a new way. A simple way of doing this can be to invite Jesus to come.
• Pray together 'Father God, help us to prepare a way to welcome your son Jesus'
• Monday's words are very simple - listen to the track (click to play) and you will hear the main refrain 'Come Lord Jesus, Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus, do not delay!'* sung twice
• Teach children the tune and practice together
• From Tuesday onwards, alternative words/phrases are added to 'Come Lord Jesus' to create a Litany as the week progresses. There is a sung recording for each day with the Litany repeated twice.
• Conclude the day's prayer with a moment of silence and repeat the prayer from the start, 'Father God, help us to prepare a way to welcome your son Jesus'
Additional information for leading prayers with KS2:
• Examples are typed on each screen - you could also invite children to come up with their own phrases/words to include in the song and then add to the 'Litany' each day.
• If you wanted, you could also use the traditional 'O, Antiphons' with older children and explain the tradition of praying these antiphons from December 17th onwards - the titles are:
December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)
Maranatha' is an Aramaic word meaning 'Come Lord'. Aramaic is almost certainly the language Jesus and his disciples spoke - it was the common language of Judea in the first century.