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Book of Common Prayer Sunday Eucharistic Lectionary Propers

Appointed for the Week of

The Second Sunday in Advent

THE COLLECTS.

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.

Amen.


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 Spirit, now and ever.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE. Romans 15. 4.


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 like-minded one towards 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 give praise 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, Isaiah saith,

There shall be a root of Jesse,
And he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In him shall the Gentiles hope.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

that ye may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

THE GOSPEL. St Luke 22. 21.


JESUS said unto his disciples,

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.

 
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Book of Common Prayer

Sunday Eucharistic Lectionary Message


A Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent

By:  Fr. Dr. Robert Crouse

“When ye see these things come to pass,

know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”

(St. Luke 21:31; KJV)

Advent is a season of hope and solemn expectations.

Thus, St. Paul, in today’s Epistle lesson,

speaks to us of the promises of God, and recalls Isaiah’s prophecy: 


“There shall be a root of Jesse, 
And he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,  
In him shall the Gentiles hope.” 

That is to say, there will rise from the house of David, Jesse’s son, a Redeemer,

in whose coming and whose kingdom all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed.

St. Paul assures the Roman Christians, Gentiles as well as Jews,

that they are heirs of those universal promises, “made unto the fathers,”

and confirmed in Jesus Christ,

and he urges them to live together in the spirit of that common hope.

“Now the God of hope,” he says, “fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

that ye may abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.” 


The message of Advent is a message of hope: the hope of salvation.

This is hope for deliverance from all the chains that bind us:

deliverance from the bondage of our sins and manifold perversities,

deliverance from the blindness and deafness of heart and mind

which keep us from the truth of God.

It is a message of hope for a kingdom of righteousness and peace,

hope for a new and better life for ourselves and for all mankind.

All that hope is focused in the coming of the Child of Bethlehem,

in whom and through whom God’s kingdom comes.

Advent speaks to us of a new and better world,

of the hopes of countless ages coming to fulfillment. 

“And lo, already on the hills 
The flags of dawn appear; 
Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls, 
Proclaim the day is near: 
The day in whose clear-shining light 
All wrong shall stand revealed, 
When justice shall be throned in might, 
And every hurt be healed.” 


(From Hymn by F. L. Hosmer 1840-1929) 

 
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Book of Common Prayer

Daily Office Lectionary

Appointed for the Week of

The Second Sunday in Advent - Year 2

Holy Scripture Readings for Morning and Evening Prayer
as appointed by the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer (BCP).