1st Sunday of Advent
The Collect: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal. Through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen
The Introit. Ps. 25. (Ad te levavi) Unto thee lift I up my soul; my God in thee have I trusted, let me not be confounded: neither let mine enemies triumph over me, for all they that look for thee shall not be ashamed. Ps. ibid. Show me thy ways, O Lord: and teach me thy paths.
The Epistle: Romans 13:8-14 Brethren: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet; and if there by any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Gradual & Alleluia. Ps. 25. All they that look for thee shall not be ashamed, O Lord. Show me thy ways, O Lord: and teach me thy paths. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps 85. Show us thy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy salvation. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. Matthew 21:1-9 At that time: When they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, he shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass. And the Disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Offertory. Ps 25. Unto thee lift I up my soul; my God in thee have I trusted, let me not be confounded: neither let mine enemies triumph over me, for all they that look for thee shall not be ashamed.
Communion. Ps 85. The Lord shall show loving-kindness: and our land shall give her increase.
At the Divine Office
The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:
Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons
At 1st Vespers: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, Mary; fear not, thou shalt bear in thy womb the Son of God, alleluia.
At Matins: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, Mary; fear not, thou shalt bear in thy womb the Son of God, alleluia.
At 2nd Vespers: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with the Lord: behold, thou shalt conceive, and bring forth a Son, alleluia