Lord God, we light the candles to thank you for your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the way. We who like sheep have gone astray have found the way to you through Jesus Christ. We give you thanks and praise in Jesus' name, because he lives and reigns with you in your glory, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
The Gospel reading is Mark 1:1-8.
John preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
From the Prophets, we read in Isaiah 40:
"In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
The Psalm is the 85th.
Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. Ps 85:7
The epistle is from II Peter 3:8-18.
Today, December 6, is celebrated by many Christian fellowships as "St. Nicholas Day." St. Nicholas of Bari lived in Asia Minor during the fourth century. He is venerated for his holy life and honored for his work in dissemination of the Gospel and his steadfast faith.
He is looked to as an example during the Advent Season.
Image from Catholic Online.