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Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Advent Season

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

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Missal Propers

The Collect.

O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Advent 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, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle. Philippians iv. 4.

REJOICE in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Gospel. St. John i. 19.

THIS is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Hymn Suggestions

Come, thou long expected Jesus - Stuttgart 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel - Veni Emmanuel 2
Creator of the stars of night - Conditor Alme 6
Creator of the stars of night - Breslau 6
Hark a thrilling voice is sounding - Merton 9
On Jordan's bank- Winchester New 10
The King shall come - St. Stephen 11
Christ, whose glory fills the sky - Ratisbon 153
Let all mortal flesh - Picardy 197
My God, thy table now is spread - Rockingham 203
Humbly I adore thee - Adoro Devote 204
Wherefore, O Father, we thy humble servants - Oblation 205
Awake, thou spirit of the watchman - Crasselius 255
O Zion, haste thy mission high fulfilling - Tidings 261
The Lord will come and not be slow - York 312
Jerusalem, my happy home - Land of Rest 585


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