Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

From the Introit:
Drop down dw, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.

Epistle from the First letter of Blessed Paul to the Corinthians (4: 1-5)

Brethren, let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required among the dispensers that a man be found faithful. But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you or by man's day: but neither do I judge my own self. For I am not conscious to myself of anything: yet am I not hereby justified, but He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge not before the time, until the Lord come: who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise from God.

Gospel according to St. Luke (3: 1-6)

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being govenor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrach of Iturea and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrach of Abilina, under the high priests Annas and Caiphas: the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert. And he came into all country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins, as it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the Prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord: make straight His paths: every valley shall be filled: and every mountain and hill shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain: and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

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