In those days a fiery preacher from the desert came to tell the people:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”
He is the one the prophet Isaiah spoke about when he said:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.”
We light the second Advent candle in preparation for the coming of the Messiah,
in anticipation of the fullness of God’s justice and righteousness,
and remembering the call of John the Baptist
to make paths straight,
repent of our sin,
and live holy lives devoted to God.
Light the candle
Come, Lord Jesus.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Amen.