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The Second Sunday of Advent
The White Candle for the Angels

This is a collection of scripture and songs to celebrate the second Sunday of Advent. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas, and culminates with the celebration of Christmas itself.

The Advent Candles

Light the gold candle for the prophets, then light the white candle for the angels.

Scripture

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

Hymns and Carols

It Came upon the Midnight Clear

Edmund H. Sears [public domain]

It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heav'n's all-gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heav'nly music floats
O'er all the weary world
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hov'ring wing
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing

And ye, beneath life's crushing load
Whose forms are bending low
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing
O rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing

For low, the days are hast'ning on
By prophets seen of old
When with the evercircling years
Shall come the time foretold
When the new heav'n and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Charles Wesley [public domain]

Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn king
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With th' angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn king"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of the virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail th' incarnate deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hail the heav'nborn Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Nahum Tate [public domain]

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around, and glory shone around

"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind, to you and all mankind

"To you, in David's town this day
Is born of David's line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign, and this shall be the sign

"The heav'nly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid, and in a manger laid

"All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace
Good will hence forth from heav'n to men
Begin and never cease, begin and never cease"

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