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The Second Sunday in Advent







Patristic / Medieval 

Ambrose (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Gregory the Great (Gospel)

Catena Aurea (Gospel)

Thomas Aquinas on Hope (Summa Theologica, Bk II Pt II Q. 17-22)

Dante on Hope (Paradiso, Canto XXV, 67-99)



Calvin (Gospel)

Calvin (Epistle)
Luther (Gospel)

  - Preface to the Great Bible (1540)
  - Homily (1543) (On the Fruitful

    Exortation to the Reading and

     Knowledge of Holy Scripture)

 - From the Preface to the Book of

     Common Prayer (1549)
Articles of Religion (1562) related to the Holy Scriptures
Jewel (Essay on the Scriptures)


Caroline Divines 
Taylor (On reading Scripture)

Taylor (Interpreting Scripture)
Pearson - On the Creed (He shall come to judge)


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


Oxford Movement 
Tracts for the Times - Advent 2 - [No. 16] (B.Harrison)
Keble (On the Collect)
Newman on Gospel theme
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary



Pieper (from On Hope)

Farrer (Weekly Paragraph for the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary

     - On Advent 1-4
     - Another season summary

     - Sermon for Advent 2    
     - Anothr Sermon for Advent 2



Spurgeon on Rom 15:13
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Cusick (Meeting Christ in the Liturgy)


Additional Materials 

Keble poem - Advent 2 from The Christian Year
Daily Readings - Table of Lessons -Canadian BCP
Links to Images of the Gospel
   - Biblical Art on the WWW
   - Textweek (Last Judgement)



Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear, 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.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  Rom. 15. 4 
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 towards 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.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Luke 21. 25 
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. 



INTROIT.  Ps 80:1-7  
Ant. HEAR, O thou Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; / show thyself also, thou that sittest upon the cherubim.
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, / stir up thy strength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God; / show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
4 O Lord God of hosts, / how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, / and hast given them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou makest us a very strife unto our neighbours, / and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts; / show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 50:1-6 
THE Lord, even the most mighty God, hath spoken, / and called the world, from the rising up of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2 Out of Sion, the perfection of beauty, / God hath shined forth.
3 Our God cometh, and keepeth not silence; / there goeth before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest is stirred up round about him.
4 He calleth to the heavens from above, / and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 'Gather my saints together unto me: / those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice.'
Alleluia, All.  And the heavens declare his righteousness; / for God is judge himself.  All.
Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions