First Sunday of Advent

Introit

Psalm 24:1-3

To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. Ps. Show me, O Lord, Thy ways: and teach me Thy paths. V. Glory be to the Father

Collect

Stir up Thy power, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come: that from the threatening dangers of our sins, by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued, and be saved by Thy deliverance: Who livest and reignest.

Epistle

Romans 13:11-14

Brethren, knowing that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gradual

Psalm 24:3-4

All they, that wait on Thee, shall not be confounded, O Lord. V. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me: and teach me Thy paths.

Alleluia

Psalm 84:4

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy: and grant us Thy salvation Alleluia

Gospel

Luke 21:25-33

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves: men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And He spoke to them a similitude: See the fig tree and all the trees: when they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh. So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away.

Offertory

Psalm 129:1-2

To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait for Thee shall be confounded.

Secret

May these holy Mysteries, O Lord, cleanse us by their powerful efficacy, and enable us to come with greater purity toHim who is their foundation. Through our Lord.

Communion

Psalm 84:13

The Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.

Postcommunion

May we receive Thy mercy, O Lord, in the midst of Thy temple: that we may with becoming honour prepare for the approaching solemnities of our redemption. Through our Lord.