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Choral Eucharist | First Sunday of Advent
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Sunday, November 28, 2021
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Join us in prayer for on the First Sunday of Advent. We also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada. 

The Rev. Melanie Calabrigo presides and the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois preaches. The Rev. Christine Magrega is the Deacon of the Word and Table.

A pdf version of the service booklet is available for download here. A text only version is posted below. Continue scrolling to follow along. 

Order of Service

Gathering of the Community
Cathedral Parish Announcements

Song of Approach  O Holy Mother of God (Advent Mass) Text: Michael Joncas; Music: Rupert Lang

Presider In this time and place, We gather on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands
of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
All From many places and peoples we come to this house of prayer.

Presider In this time and place, We await the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. 
All  Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider In this time and place, We await the transformation of the world.
All Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider In this time and place, We await the coming of the Commonwealth of peace.
All Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider  In this time and place, We commit ourselves to work with Christ that all these things may be accomplished.
All In the name of God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Presider The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All And also with you.

Collect of the Day

Presider Hope-bringer,
All you in whom we live and move and have our being, may your advent revive our waning spirits, so that we may embody your hope anew to a fearful and weary world. We ask this in the name of God with us, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

The Blessing & Lighting of the Advent Candle

One We light this candle of hope, remembering your promise to bring justice and to be our righteousness.
All Risking hope in this season of anticipation, watching and waiting for your Holy Light, we come in faith and say: Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

All Reprise Refrain (O Holy Mother of God)

Proclamation of the Word

First Reading     A reading from Jeremiah 33:14-16

Reader  Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
All Thanks be to God.

Psalm  Lift my soul to you, O God - Psalm 25.   Music: TENDER CARE, John Bell (Iona Community)

I lift my soul to you, O God.
In you I trust, in you alone.
Save me from shame and from defeat lest my opponents should gloat over me.

No one whoever trusts in you
shall find their hope is put to shame. Shame comes to those who turn away, who spurn the goodness of the living God.

Make known your paths to me, O God; show me the ways which I should take. Teach me and lead me, faithful God;
you are my saviour, and my hope is in you.

Remember God, your tender care, your never failing, constant love. Forgive my sins, my youth’s offence; in love and kindness remember me.

Second Reading  A reading from 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
All Thanks be to God

Sequence Alleluias .  Taize 

Choir  Look up and raise your heads, because redemption is drawing near

All Repeat Alleluia 

Deacon The Lord be with you

All And also with you.

Gospel  Luke 21:25-36

Deacon The Gospel of Christ

After the Gospel Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

All Repeat Alleluia 

Sermon  The Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois 

Silence for Reflection 

The Affirmation of Faith 

Choir sings Affirmation of Faith written by Frances Sommerville. Music: Rupert Lang 

Prayers of the People

In the Anglican Church of Canada Cycle of Prayer we pray for Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (The Episcopal Church of Brasil). In the ECLCIC Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for St. Andrew, Langley, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Linda Nicholls, National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald, General Secretary Alan Perry and the General Synod Staff. 

If you have a special intention for which you wish to receive prayers, please email your prayer request to Your intention will be included in the Prayer Link for three weeks and can be renewed.

Response: Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus Come Soon ( O Antiphons - Music by Rupert Lang) 

Presider Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy; welcoming sinners and inviting us to this table. Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Silence is kept

Presider We pray,

All Holy One, we long for you.
You know our wounding and our broken-heartedness. You know how others have hurt us,
and how we have hurt others.
You alone have the healing we need.
Yours is the love that changes everything. Amen.

Presider Giver of life, have mercy on us; pardon and deliver, revive and strengthen, and keep us in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

The Peace

Presider The peace of God be always with you.

All And also with you.

Celebration of the Eucharist

The Offertory

You are invited to make a financial offering to further God’s mission through the work of the church by texting “Give” to 639.739.0843 and following the instructions; or by clicking on this link Tax receipts are issued annually for gifts totalling $20 or more. Your financial gifts matter and together with the bread and wine they are presented in spirit at the Altar as a sign of thanksgiving to God from whom all blessings flow.

Offertory Hymn           How the World Longs for Your Birth (CP 90)
                                      Text: Anna Briggs (1947 - ) Music: NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND 
                                      Melody Plainsong adapt. Johann Walther (1496 - 1570)

Prayer over the Gifts

Presider Eternal One,
All risking hope in this season of anticipation, watching and waiting for your Holy Light,
we bring our offerings to you and say in faith: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. We thank you for this bread and wine, gifts of your creation. We thank you for the gift of Emmanuel: God with us. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving 

Presider God is with you.

All And also with you.

Presider Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them up to God.

Presisder Let us give thanks to God our Creator.

All  We give our thanks and praise.

Presider Creator, you made our world beautiful and good.You made us to live in right relationship with you and all creation.
You sent Jesus to live among us and show us what you are like. We give all thanks and praise to you, our true and loving God. You laid the foundations of the earth and enclosed the seas. You brought forth all creatures and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One.All you create is a sign of hope for our journey. And so, we join with the heavenly beingsand all of creation as we sing:

Sanctus      Advent Mass       Music: Rupert Lang  

Presider Glory and honour are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent. Of your grace, you sent Jesus
to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign, and to give himself for us.

Through Jesus Christ you have reconciled us to you and restored the glory you intended for us.

On the night before he died, Jesus ate supper with his friends. He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

“Take and eat. This is my very self, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Then he took the cup of wine, again he gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying:

“Drink it all of you. This cup is a new covenant poured out for you and all people. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
And so, we remember: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, and, longing for Christ’s coming again in glory, we present these gifts to you.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, so that we who share this bread and wine
may be a people of hope, justice and love. Draw us together in Christ, and, in the fullness of time, gather us with all your people into the joy of your eternal home. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator and give you our unending praise. Amen.

Presider In the spirit of Jesus’ teaching, let us pray All Abba, God in heaven,

All Holy is your name,
may your kingdom come,
may your will be done,
here on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us what we need for today.
Forgive us as we forgive others.
Save us from times of trial,
and deliver us from all evil.
For all authority and power and glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Presider We break this bread to share in the life of Christ
All We, though many, are one, for we share this one bread.

Presider This is the bread of life given in love for us. 
               This is the cup of restored relationship with God. 
               These are the gifts of God for all God’s people.

All Amen

Share the Gifts

If you know the brokenness of life, its fractures within and its division without, then you have participated in the broken body of Christ and you are invited to share in Communion.

If you are not physically receiving Communion, then offer this prayer:
In union, O God, with all your faithful people gathered wherever the eucharist is celebrated this day, I offer you praise and thanksgiving for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and for the means of grace and the hope of glory. I pray you come into my heart, my soul and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you. May I serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your promised reign of justice and peace; through Christ and in the unity of the Spirit. Amen.

During Communion     Benedictus (Advent Mass) 

                                        Behold, a Mighty Prophet Words: Advent Propers; Music: Peter Hallock


Behold a mighty Prophet, comes in might and pow’r to save; King and

shepherd, Prince of Peace, Alleluia.

Behold the Lord will come to save the Nations, and the glory of his voice will sound upon the mountains. Alleluia.

O light in darkness shining; Sun of righteousness arise. King and shepherd, Prince of Peace, Alleluia.

The dew of heav’n falls softly like the rain upon the mown grass. O Lord prepare within a barren heart, a peaceful place whereby thy grace therein may ever grow that blissful flow’r Alleluia.

O Zion’s sons and daughters, hasten forth to greet your Lord. King and shepherd, Prince of Peace, Alleluia.

Rise up O Jerusalem. Stand upon the heights. Rejoice and sing ye nations as our saviour draweth nigh; King and shepherd, Prince of Peace. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Sending Out of the Disciples
Prayer after Communion

Presider As we have shared this sacred time,
All We share new life in Christ.
Presider Send us out in the power of your Spirit,
All To stand with you in your world and share your love.


Presider Glory to God,
All whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
The Blessing
Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn   People Look East (CP 91)


Deacon Go in peace to share the good news of God’s love.

All Thanks be to God.