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

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

First Sunday of Advent

Psalms: Psalm 122 OT: Isaiah 2:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44 Epistles: Romans 13:11-14 The Psalm for today was 122, "I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord." I was unable to go to church this Sunday because, in addition to my own health issues, I am now … Continue reading First Sunday of Advent

Christ the King

The festival of 'Christ the King' was last week, the last Sunday of the liturgical year so, like Simchat Torah, the church year ends on a joyous note, looking forward to a time when the Kingdom will be fully realised, where there will finally be peace and justice, "And God shall wipe away all tears … Continue reading Christ the King

First Sunday of Lent

I am running a week behind now, as life has got in the way. Around a couple of weeks of a roller-coaster of looking after a very poorly, elderly dog, we had to have him put down last night. So right now I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed with grief . The next couple … Continue reading First Sunday of Lent

Quinquagesima / The Sunday Next Before Lent

Psalms/ Canticles: Psalm 99 OT Reading: Exodus 34:29-end Gospel: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 NT Reading: Luke 9 28:36 (27-43a) "Moses and Aaron were among his priests... they called on the LORD and he answered them. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud... Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for … Continue reading Quinquagesima / The Sunday Next Before Lent

4th Sunday of Epiphany/ Sexagesima

Psalms/ Canticles Psalm 48 OT Reading Ezekiel 43:27-44:4 Gospel Luke 2:22-40 NT Reading 1 Corinthians 13 "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion on the side of the north, … Continue reading 4th Sunday of Epiphany/ Sexagesima