The First Sunday in Advent
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 Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
This Collect is to be repeated every day, after the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Day.
Source: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549 Prayer Book. Based on Romans 13:8-12 and Matheww 21:1-13 which are appointed for this Sunday [Barbee and Zahl]
Feasts, Memorials, and Fasts
Adventus - in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity, the church of 480AD fasted Mon, Wed, Fri., by 750 people only observed an abstinance and special devotion for "The Coming". The fast was followed by the 12 days of Christmas to the Epiphany with no fasting or abstinance on any day
Please pray for
Maranatha! in Advent
Centurions in harms way
Peace in the Mideast