Second Sunday in Advent

First Class (Violet) Double I class.
Station of S. Cross in Jerusalem.

Introit. Is. 30:30. Populus Sion.
People of Sion, behold, the Lord is nigh at hand to redeem the nations: and in the gladness of your heart the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard. § Ps. 79. Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. People of Sion . . . §

The Collect. [BCP]
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ: Who liveth.

Or the following Collect. [EF]
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of thine only-begotten Son: that through his advent we may be cleansed from our offences, and may serve thee with a ready mind: Who liveth.

The Epistle. Rom. 15:4-13.
The Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
Brethren: Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning: that we through patience, and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say, that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles: and laud him, all ye people. And again, Esaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing: that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Gradual. Ps. 50:2-3,5. Ex Sion.
Out of Sion hath God appeared: in perfect beauty. V. Gather my saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice.

The following Alleluia with the Verse is said on Sunday only, on Ferias it is omitted.

Alleluia. Ps. 122:1. Laetatus sum.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. I was glad when they said unto me: we will go into the house of the Lord. Alleluia.

The Gospel. Lk. 21:25-33. [BCP]
The Continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. and when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Or the following Gospel. Mt. 11:2-10. [EF]
The Continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time: When John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him: Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them: Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them: and blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John: What went ye out into the wilderness to see? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.


Offertory. Ps. 85:7-8. Deus, in conversus.
Wilt thou not turn again, O God, and quicken us, that thy people may rejoice in thee: shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.

We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to accept the prayers and sacrifices of thy humble servants: that we, who cannot of our own prayers and merits help ourselves, may be defended by thy succour. Through.

Preface of the Most Holy Trinity.

Communion. Baruch 5:5; 4:36. Jerusalem, surge.
Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from thy God.

O Lord, who hast fulfilled us with spiritual food and sustenance, we humbly beseech thee: that through the partaking of these holy mysteries thou wouldest teach us to despise things earthly, and to love the things that are heavenly. Through.