The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Year C
BCP


Micah 5:2-4
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-49(50-56)
Psalm 80 or 80:1-7

The Collect

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Old Testament

Micah 5:2-4

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.

The Psalm

Psalm 80 or 80:1-7 Page 702, BCP

Qui regis Israel

1
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

3
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4
O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?

5
You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

8
You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.

9
You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.

10
The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

11
You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.

12
Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

13
The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

14
Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.

15
They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.

16
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17
And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


Hebrews 10:5-10

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

"Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, 'See, God, I have come to do your will, O God'
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me)."

When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then he added, "See, I have come to do your will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Luke 1:39-49(50-56)

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

And Mary said,

"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
[His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.]


Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.


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