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2nd Sunday of Advent
The Collect: Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
The Introit. Isaiah 30. (Populus Sion) People of Sion, behold: the Lord is near at hand to redeem the nations: and in the gladness of your heart the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard. Ps. 80. Hear O thou Shepherd of Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.
Epistle: Romans 15:4-13. Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 50. Out of Sion hath God appeared in perfect beauty. Gather my Saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps 123. I was glad when they said unto me: we will go into the house of the Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel: St. Luke 21:25-33 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Offertory. Ps 85. Wilt thou not turn again, O God, and quicken us that thy people may rejoice in thee? Show us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
Communion. From Baruch 5. Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from thy God.
At the Divine Office
The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:
||Isa. 13:1-5, 16-22
Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons
At 1st Vespers: Come, O Lord, in peace; visit us with thy salvation, that we may rejoice before thee with a perfect heart.
At Matins: He shall sit upon the throne of David, and of his kingdom there shall be no end, alleluia!
At 2nd Vespers: Blessed art thou, O Mary, for thou hast believed the Lord: and there shall be a performance in thee of those things which were told thee from the Lord, alleluia.
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