SUNDAY OF ADVENT
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility,
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the
promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In
those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to
spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and
righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and
Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it
will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."
REFRAIN To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let
me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be
disappointed in their schemes. R
me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.
me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my
salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R
O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember
me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O
and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly.
the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep
his covenant and his testimonies. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we
feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most
earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is
lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our
Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you
increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as
we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in
holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at
the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
1 THESSALONIANS 3:9-13
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the
stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the
roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and
foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the
heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming
in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things
begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your
redemption is drawing near." Then he told them a parable:
"Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they
sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is
already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you
know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this
generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with
dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that
day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all
who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times,
praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things
that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."
OVER THE GIFTS
of love and power,
your word stirs within us
the expectation of the coming of your Son.
Accept all we offer you this day,
and sustain us with your promise of eternal life.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
for whom we wait,
you have fed us with the bread of eternal life.
Keep us ever watchful,
that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man.
We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord.