Readings

Monday after the First Sunday of Advent

The Collect of the Day

First Sunday of Advent

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.

John of Damascus

Confirm our minds, O Lord, in the mysteries ofthe true faith, set forth with power by your servant John of Damascus; that we, with him, confessing Jesus to be true God and true Man and singing the praises of the risen Lord, may, by the power of the resurrection, attain to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalms

1

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1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

2Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *and they meditate on his law day and night.

3They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *everything they do shall prosper.

4It is not so with the wicked; *they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *but the way of the wicked is doomed.

2

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1Why are the nations in an uproar? *Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?

2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, *against the Lord and against his Anointed?

3“Let us break their yoke,” they say; *“let us cast off their bonds from us.”

4He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *the Lord has them in derision.

5Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *and his rage fills them with terror.

6“I myself have set my king *upon my holy hill of Zion.”

7Let me announce the decree of the Lord: *he said to me, “You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.

8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *and the ends of the earth for your possession.

9You shall crush them with an iron rod *and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”

10And now, you kings, be wise; *be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11Submit to the Lord with fear, *and with trembling bow before him;

12Lest he be angry and you perish; *for his wrath is quickly kindled.

13Happy are they all *who take refuge in him!

3

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1Lord, how many adversaries I have! *how many there are who rise up against me!

2How many there are who say of me, *“There is no help for him in his God.”

3But you, O Lord, are a shield about me; *you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.

4I call aloud upon the Lord, *and he answers me from his holy hill;

5I lie down and go to sleep; *I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

6I do not fear the multitudes of people *who set themselves against me all around.

7Rise up, O Lord; set me free, O my God; *surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face, you will break the teeth of the wicked.

8Deliverance belongs to the Lord. *Your blessing be upon your people!

Daily Office Readings

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2 Pet. 1:1-11

A Reading from the Second Letter of Peter.

1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 5 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. 8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.

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Matt. 21:1-11

1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Amos 2:6-16

6 Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals— 7 they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way; father and son go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned; 8 they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink wine bought with fines they imposed. 9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of cedars, and who was as strong as oaks; I destroyed his fruit above, and his roots beneath. 10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. 11 And I raised up some of your children to be prophets and some of your youths to be nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel? says the Lord. 12 But you made the nazirites drink wine, and commanded the prophets, saying, “You shall not prophesy.” 13 So, I will press you down in your place, just as a cart presses down when it is full of sheaves. 14 Flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not retain their strength, nor shall the mighty save their lives; 15 those who handle the bow shall not stand, and those who are swift of foot shall not save themselves, nor shall those who ride horses save their lives; 16 and those who are stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, says the Lord.