Podcast: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B

This weekend we are celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

As is true of the Advent season in general, the readings today share the message of the coming of the Messiah. Beginning with Isaiah’s prophesies in chapter 30, verses 19 and 30, the Entrance antiphon proclaims:

O people of Sion, behold,
the Lord will come to save the nations,
and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard
in the joy of your heart.
(Isaiah 30:19, 30)

Psalm 85
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Gospel Acclamation:
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
(Luke 3:4, 6)

Communion Antiphon:
Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights,
and behold the joy which comes to you from God.
(Baruch 5:5; 4:36)

Featured Songs:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Verse 2]
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/o-come-emmanuel-verse-2/

2nd Sunday of Advent: Entrance Antiphon (Isaiah 30:19, 30) (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/entrance-antiphon-2nd-advent-mode-ii-de-la-torre/

Psalm 85: Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/psalm-85-lord-let-us-see-your-kindness/

Advent Gospel Acclamation: 2nd Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/advent-gospel-acclamation-year-b-mode-ii-de-la-torre-2nd/

2nd Sunday of Advent: Communion Antiphon (Baruch 5:5; 4:36)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/communion-antiphon-2nd-advent/

Benedictus – The Canticle of Zechariah (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/benedictus-the-canticle-of-zechariah/


Featured Songs







Podcast Transcript

Hi and Welcome to The Modern Psalmist Podcast.

I’m Rebecca De La Torre, and this weekend we are celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent.

O come, Emmanuel.

O Come Emmanuel (Verse 2)

As is true of the Advent season in general, the readings today share the message of the coming of the Messiah. Beginning with Isaiah’s prophesies in chapter 30, verses 19 and 30, the Entrance antiphon proclaims:

“O people of Sion, behold,
the Lord will come to save the nations,
and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard
in the joy of your heart.”

Entrance Antiphon – 2nd Advent (Mode II, De La Torre)

The psalm this weekend is from Chapter 85:

“Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”

I find the words here fitting for this season of Advent. The first verse of the sung version of the psalm says:

“for he proclaims peace to his people”

Of course Advent is all about waiting for the coming of the Prince of Peace. The psalmist also says

“The LORD himself will give his benefits”

and what better way to do this than by coming to this earth – the Lord himself, entering into our fallen world as a humble child.

Psalm 85: Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness (2nd Advent B)

Like Isaiah, John the Baptist proclaims the coming of the Messiah, saying in the gospel acclamation from Luke chapter 3, verses 4 & 6:

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Advent Gospel Acclamation – 2nd Advent B (Mode II, De La Torre)

The communion antiphon for this Sunday likewise announces the coming of the Lord. Taken from deuterocanonical book Baruch chapter 5 verse 5 and chapter 4 verse 36:

“Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights,
and behold the joy which comes to you from God.”

2nd Sunday of Advent – Communion Antiphon (Baruch 5:5; 4:36)

As in the psalm for today, in the communion antiphon, the focus is on the coming of the Lord:

“the Joy which comes to you from God.”

Both the 1st reading from Isaiah and the Gospel reading for this Sunday refer to John the Baptist. Isaiah chapter 40 verse 3 states:

“A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!”

And in the Gospel reading from Mark chapter 1, verses 2 through 4, the same prophet Isaiah is mentioned by Mark:

“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

I find it interesting that, during Advent, although the focus is primarily on the coming of the Lord Jesus, there are still readings about John since he is preparing the way of the Lord. Not only as an adult, but also as a child.

Why would I make this claim? Because John was born first, and John the Baptist’s birth was also a great miracle. By the time Gabriel comes to Mary, Mary already knew that Elizabeth (in her old age) was pregnant – so John was from the very begging preparing the way of the Lord.

Now John the Baptist’s parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were advanced in years. It is debated in scholarly circles that Elizabeth was around 65, so definitely beyond her childbearing years, and unfortunately barren at the time. As a matter of fact, when the angel Gabriel came to Zechariah to announce that he would have a son, Zechariah couldn’t believe it.

Therefore he was made mute and couldn’t speak until John was born, for doubting what an ANGEL proclaimed to him.

So after nine months, John is born, and the family asked Elizabeth what the child is to be called. She says John, of course. But no one in the family has that name so they have to ask Zechariah, and Zechariah had to WRITE it down that his name is John.

Then all of sudden, after 9 months of not being able to talk, he is literally filled with the Holy Spirit and begins to proclaim this beautiful song of prophesy that is called “Benedictus” because in latin it begins with

“Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel”

which means

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel”

I composed a version of this canticle in English and Spanish that I want to share with you.

Here is the English version: “Benedictus: The Canticle of Zechariah”

Benedictus – The Canticle of Zechariah

That was “Benedictus: The Canticle of Zechariah” for the Second Sunday of Advent, year B.
Links to the recordings and sheet music can be found in the show notes or on our companion web site, TheModernPsalmist.com.

Benedictus is the first of the three Gospel Canticles. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of The Modern Psalmist Podcast. Until next week, O Come, Emanuel.

God bless you.

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