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Sunday next before Advent

News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel

The Sunday next before Advent

STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.





Turning from you, I dared to seek something that seemed to me to be more intellectual than faith, more certain than hope, and sweeter than love. Who is more foolish than me... [attributed to Augustine]






On the appointed psalm, homily at the link
But they who say, None save God sanctifieth, nor is any man good save by the gift of God; they bless in the name of the Lord, not in their own name: because they are the friends of the bridegroom, they refuse to be adulterers of the bride.


I am reminded of  the of the exchange of the peace in the Eucharist where the traditional salutation is not what one would find at a football game or cocktail party, but rather a blessing in the form of a greeting between churchmen such as " The Peace of the Lord be with you",  or  "God's Peace", or " Shalom", and a sign of God's Peace such as the kiss or an embrace. The same was true in ancient Israel; compare Ruth ii. 4&5 where Boaz greets his workers with a blessing in the LORD's name, and his workers respond with, "The Lord bless you."


"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]


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