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 Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free
From our sins and fears release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Our King and Savior now draws near: Come let us adore Him.