Sunday, December 14, 2014

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT


Collect
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


(Book of Common Prayer)
Another wonderful passage from Isaiah in today's lessons:
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.


(Isaiah 61:1-4)

3 comments:

tachesterton said...

I like your collect for Advent 3 way better than ours; yours is much more like the old 1662 prayer book. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Tim

June Butler said...

"Stir up..." I like the collect, too. My favorite Advent collect is for the First Sunday.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

tachesterton said...

That is one of my favourites, too, Mimi, in fact, I'm pretty sure it's my favourite of all Thomas Cranmer's collects.

Tim