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Advent Study Group #2

Second Sunday of Advent — December 6, 2020

As a community, we are doing a study of the Sunday Mass Readings to prepare our hearts for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. This is something you can do as an individual, a family, or a small group.

The road to Bethlehem

There is an a short video to watch each week on FORMED. Here is the information to log in if you don’t yet have an account:

  1. Visit
  2. Click Sign Up
  3. Select “I Belong to a Parish or
  4. Find Our Lady of the Lake,
    Lake Ozark or type 65049 in
    for the zip code.
  5. Enter your email.

For the Zoom group which meets Tuesdays at 6 PM beginning November 24th, all you need is internet access and audio on your computer or device. Video connection is optional.

Please email or call Kelly Hamrin to find out more or sign up:
573-365-2240 ext. 5 or

Below are buttons for pdf’s for Week 2 to print for your studies:

Advent Study Outline Week 2

Opening prayer: PS 85:9-14
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD—for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
The LORD himself will give his beneits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Commitment to Mission

As children of One Heavenly Father,
as brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ 
united as a family of faith by the Holy Spirit, 
we commit ourselves to the pastoral conversion of our parish.
We gladly accept the work the Lord entrusts to us 
as laity and clergy working together in the vineyard. 
We resolve to live as faithful stewards of God’s grace 
in service of the evangelizing mission of the Church. 
Charity and mercy will be the first response 
we offer to those we encounter on the Way.  
Fidelity to the Truth will light our path. 
All to the praise and glory of God 
with due honor to Our Blessed Lady of the Lake. Amen.

Please state your name and one thing for which you need prayers this week.

Video – FORMED – Opening the Word
2nd Sunday of Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Gospel Reading: MK 1:1-8
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
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. People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Lectio Divina Explanation
Lectio divina is an ancient Catholic prayer method for reading and praying with the Bible. We will be using the format described in the Advent Lectio document.

Lectio – Read the Gospel Aloud and Discuss
What is the context of this reading?
To whom is Mark addressing in his Gospel?
Why would he start with this passage?   

Meditatio – Read the Gospel again; silently answer the questions; then Discuss.
What is God saying to me today in this passage?
What word or passage stands out to me?

Oratio – Read the Gospel silently; then follow the instructions below.
What do I need to say to God? If you are struggling try using the ACTS form of prayer:
Adoration – Praise God’s Wonderfulness
Confession – Tell Him where you have missed the mark
Thanksgiving – Show gratitude for all He has provided
Suppliction – Ask for what you need from Him.

Contemplatio – Read the Gospel silently again; then follow the instructions below
Lord, what conversion of the mind, heart, and life are you asking of me? Listen for His answer.

Actio – Discuss
What can I do with this learned knowledge to bring forth God’s Kingdom?

Final Reflection and Closing Prayer
Second Reading 2 PT 3:8-14
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by ire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in lames and the elements melted by ire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.

Come, Holy Spirit.
We have seen the Lord, and we want to bring others
to Him who is the Bread of Eternal Life.
Come, O heavenly Light.
Enlighten our minds so that we may know
your Holy Will for our parish.
Come Divine Advocate.
Bring to fulillment the plan you have entrusted to us for bringing the good news of salvation
to those who lack the light of faith.
Come, Divine Consolation.
Grant us the fullness of joy
as we profess, celebrate, live and pray our faith in You. Come, Giver of every Good Gift.
Teach us the way of stewardship,
afirm us in our vocations,
and strengthen our commitment to charity,
that others may come to know, as we know,
the mercy of God Our Father,
and the Truth revealed in Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.