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First Sunday of Advent and Feast of St. Andrew - 2014

Again this year the weekly Collects will be from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. I will post the readings, along with any rubrics, with the Collect. Because we have a great resource on the Order’s website of homilies that have been pulled together according to the calendar – thanks to the work of the Fundator, Mark Carroll – I will attach a link to the homily that goes with the Collect.  On occasion I may also append some personal observations.

The First Sunday of Advent.
Psalm 1
Beatus vir, qui non abiit, &c.
1. BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side : that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
4. His leaf also shall not wither : and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
5. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
6. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
7. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The Collect.
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, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

[This Collect is to be repeated every day, with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-Eve.]

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 28.14-22
Psalter: Morning-8, 50; Evening-96, 97
Epistle Reading: Romans 13.8-14
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21.1-13

Personal note:  The Epistle reading, on which the Collect is beautifully based, is the very passage that had a powerful impact on St. Augustine. Remember, he heard the child’s voice say to him, “Tolle lege, tolle lege (take up and read)” and he picked up the Bible book in front of him (Romans) and it was opened to this passage. He read and was converted! Every year when I use this Collect I am reminded of this episode.

Saint Andrew the Apostle
(November 30)

[A helpful snippet from the Rubric in the 1962 BCP-Canada: “A Holy-day falling on a Sunday in Advent or Lent, or on Ash Wednesday or Ascension Day, shall be transferred  to the following Tuesday.”]

ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 55.1-5
Psalter: Psalm 34
Epistle Reading: Romans 10.9-21
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4.18-22 (see also John 1.35-42)

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