The Lessons Appointed for Use
First Tuesday of Advent
Preface of Advent
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your 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 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. Amen.
- A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
- and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
- The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
- the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
- the spirit of counsel and might,
- the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
- His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
- He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
- or decide by what his ears hear;
- but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
- and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
- he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
- and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
- Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
- and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
- The wolf shall live with the lamb,
- the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
- the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
- and a little child shall lead them.
- The cow and the bear shall graze,
- their young shall lie down together;
- and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
- The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
- and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den.
- They will not hurt or destroy
- on all my holy mountain;
- for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
- as the waters cover the sea.
On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Psalm 72:1-8 Page 685, BCP
- Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King's Son;
- That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;
- That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
- He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
- He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
- He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
- In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
- He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
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