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The First Sunday in Advent







Patristic / Medieval

Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)

Catena Aurea (Gospel)

Thomas Aquinas on Love (Summa Theologica, Bk II Pt II Q. 23-46)



Luther (Gospel)
Luther (Epistle)
Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
An Homily Concerning Prayer

Caroline Divines 
Sparrow (Advent Sundays)
Taylor (Advent Sunday)

     - Sermon I
     - Sermon II
     - Sermon III


Evangelical Revival 
Wesley's Notes (Epistle)
Westley's Notes (Gospel)


Oxford Movement 
Tracts for the Times - Advent - [No. 16] (B. Harrison)
Keble (Sermon on Collect)
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt Commentary (Advent)
Blunt Commentary (Advent 1)
Scott's Commentary




Farrer (Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary
     - On Advent 1-4
     - Another season summary
     - Sermon 1
     - Sermon 2
     - On Prayer
Curry 1
Curry 2
Benedict XVI (see The Spirit of the Liturgy, I.2, for discussion of Christ's coming to the Temple)

Additional Materials 

Keble's Poem - Advent I from The Christian Year
Daily Readings - Table of Lessons -Canadian BCP
Images of the Gospel:
    - Biblical Art on the WWW
    - Textweek





Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy 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 quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever.  Amen.

The Sarum Missal, appointed Rom 13:11-14, and the Reformers lengthened it by adding Rom 13:8-10 to the beginning (Rom 13:8-10 was appointed in Sarum for Epiphany IV, so the Reformers replaced that Epistle):
THE EPISTLE Romans 13. 8-14
OWE no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

The Sarum Missal, appointed S. Matthew 21:1-9, and the Reformers lengthened it by adding the clearnsing of the Temple, S. Matthew 21:10-13:

THE GOSPELS. Matthew 21. 1-13
WHEN they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.  And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.  And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them; and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.  And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?  And the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.  And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple; and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.




INTROITPs 25:1-7  
Ant. UNTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; / my God, I have put my trust in thee.
2 O let me not be confounded, / neither let mine enemies triumph over me.
3 For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed; / but such as transgress without a cause shall be put to confusion.
4 Show me thy ways, O Lord, / and teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me forth in thy truth, and teach me : / for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee is my hope all the day long.
6 Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies, / and thy loving-kindnesses, which have been ever of old.
7 O remember not the sins and offences of my youth; / but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUALPs 85:4-7
TURN us, O God our Saviour, / and let thine anger cease from us.  5 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever? / and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
6 Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us, / that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Alleluia, All.  O Lord, show thy mercy upon us, / and grant us thy salvation.  All.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotion