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

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1Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?”

3Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4Tremble, then, and do not sin; *speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5Offer the appointed sacrifices *and put your trust in the Lord.

6Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7You have put gladness in my heart, *more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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1O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; *save and deliver me from all who pursue me;

2Lest like a lion they tear me in pieces *and snatch me away with none to deliver me.

3O Lord my God, if I have done these things: *if there is any wickedness in my hands,

4If I have repaid my friend with evil, *or plundered him who without cause is my enemy;

5Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, *trample my life into the ground, and lay my honor in the dust.

6Stand up, O Lord, in your wrath; *rise up against the fury of my enemies.

7Awake, O my God, decree justice; *let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.

8Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; *O Lord, judge the nations.

9Give judgment for me according to my righteousness, O Lord, *and according to my innocence, O Most High.

10Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; *for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.

11God is my shield and defense; *he is the savior of the true in heart.

12God is a righteous judge; *God sits in judgment every day.

13If they will not repent, God will whet his sword; *he will bend his bow and make it ready.

14He has prepared his weapons of death; *he makes his arrows shafts of fire.

15Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, *who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.

16They dig a pit and make it deep *and fall into the hole that they have made.

17Their malice turns back upon their own head; *their violence falls on their own scalp.

18I will bear witness that the Lord is righteous; *I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

Daily Office Readings

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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.

2 Pet. 1:1-11

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.

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.”