Last Sunday of Advent

Readings Psalms 80:1-8, (and 18-end) OT Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16 NT Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-end I didn't have the opportunity to visit a liturgical church this week (and indeed have not been able to for a long time, and who knows what the new year will bring? It does not seem to be a … Continue reading Last Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

Psalm: 146:4-10 or Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) OT Reading: Isaiah 36:1-10 NT Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Last Sunday was the third Sunday in Advent, and is known as 'Gaudete Sunday', that is Rejoicing Sunday. The readings all refer to the coming of the Lord, and the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven - … Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent year A

Psalm: 72:1-7, 18-19 OT Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 NT Reading: Romans 15:4-13 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Very belatedly now, I'm looking at the lectionary readings for the second Sunday in Advent. Often it is quite a challenge to perceive a connection between the readings. In this instance, there is the repeated refrain of Christ as 'the root … Continue reading Second Sunday of Advent year A

Romans 5:1-5

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, … Continue reading Romans 5:1-5