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for the Ember Days
Ember Wednesday in Advent
INTROIT. Rorate coeli. Isa. 45
DROP down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down
righteousness: let the earth open, and bring forth a Saviour.
Ps. 19. The heavens declare the glory of God: and the
firmament sheweth his hand-work V. Glory be.
After Kyrie eleison is said forthwith: Let us
pray. Let us bow the knew. R. Arise
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that the coming festival
of our redemption may obtain for us the comfort o thy succour
in this life, and in the life to come the reward of eternal felicity.
The Lesson. Isaiah 2:2-5
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain
of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up
to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:
for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of
GRADUAL. Ps. 24. Lift up your heads, O ye gates: and be ye lift
up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.
V. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall rise
up in his holy place? Even he that hath clean hands and a pure
Here is not said Let us bow the knee, but V. The Lord
be with you. Let us pray.
ARISE, O Lord, we pry thee: and delay not to bestow upon us the
succour of thy heavenly might; that they which put their trust
and confidence in thy mercy may be succoured by the comfort of
thy coming. Who livest and reignest with the Father.
2 of Advent; 3 of St. Mary, or COLLECT
15 from Various Prayers.
The Lesson. Isaiah 7:10-15
10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the
depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small
thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse
the evil, and choose the good.
GRADUAL. Ps. 145. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon
him: yea, all such as call upon him faithfully. V. My mouth shall
speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh give thanks unto
his holy Name.
GOSPEL. St Luke 1:26-38
26 AT THAT TIME: the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city
of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that
art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and
cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast
found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth
a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of
his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall
come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived
a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who
was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto
me according to thy word.
OFFERTORY. Isa. 35. Be strong, and fear not:
behold, your God will come with vengeance; even God with a recompence:
he will come and save you.
WE beseech thee, O Lord, that this our fast may be acceptable
in thy sight: that we, being cleansed and made worthy of thy
grace may obtain the promise of everlasting life which thou hast
given us in thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Who liveth and
reigneth with Thee.
SECRET 2 of Advent; 3 of St. Mary.
COMMUNION. Isa. 7. Behold, A Virgin shall conceive
and bear a son: and his Name shall be called Emmanuel.
O LORD, who hast vouchsafed to bestow upon us the healing fits
of thy bounty: grant, we beseech thee, that, like as we do rejoice
in the partaking of the same, so they may inwardly be profitable
to the renewing of our souls. Through.
POSTCOMMUNION 2 of Advent; 3 of St. Mary.
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