Sunday Next Before Advent
Collect: Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may be thee be plenteously rewarded. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Introit: Jeremiah 29. (Dixit Dominus) Thus saith the Lord: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction: ye shall call upon me and I will hearken unto you: and will bring again your captivity from all places. Ps. 85. Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord.
The Epistle: Jeremiah 23:5-8. Jeremiah prophesizes the coming of a Righteous Branch from the line of David to execute justice and judgment not only over Israel but over all the earth. This is, of course, a clear reference to Christ, the Hope of the Ages, God Incarnate, who receives human flesh from Mary the Theotokos.
Gradual.: Ps. 44. It is thou, Lord, that savest us from our enemies, and putest them to confusion that hate us. We make our boast of God all day long, and will praise thy Name for ever.
Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Ps 130. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord hear my voice. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. John 6:5-14. This is one of the accounts of Jesus miraculously feeding a large crowd. In this particular account, note that Jesus asks Philip what should be done, though he knows, of course, what He will do. About five thousand were fed, and a great amount was left over.
Offertory: Ps 130. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Out of the deep I have called unto thee, O Lord.
Communion: St Mark 9. Verily, I say unto you: what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and it shall be done unto you.
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: Thou that upholdest the throne of the heavens and beholdest the depths, O Lord, King of kings; that weighest the mountains and holdest the earth in the hollow of thine hand; give ear, O Lord, unto us, in the midst of our groanings. (1st Vespers for the 4th Sunday of November)
At Matins: When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
At 2nd Vespers: Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said among themselves, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.