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

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