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The Third Sunday in Advent







Patristic / Medieval 

Hilary (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Augustine (Gospel)
Gregory the Great (Gospel)
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Thomas Aquinas on Faith (Summa Theologica, Bk II Pt II Q. 1-16)

Dante (On faith, Paradiso, Canto XXIV, 52-154)


Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
Luther (Epistle)
Luther (Gospel)
Articles of Religion (1562) related to Ministers and Ministering
Exerpts from the Ordinal for the Church of England as amended in 1662

Caroline Divines 
Taylor (The Minister's Duty)


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


Oxford Movement 
Tracts for the Times - Advent 3 - [No. 16] (B.Harrison)
Keble (On the Collect)
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary



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

     - On Advent 1-4
     - Another season summary

     - Sermon for Advent 3

Crouse (On Advent 1-4)



Spurgeon (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Cusick (Meeting Christ in the Liturgy)


Additional Materials

Keble poem - Advent III from The Christian Year
Daily Readings - Table of Lessons -Canadian BCP
Links to Images of the Gospel
   - Biblical Art on the WWW



O LORD Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare the way before thee: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  1 Cor. 4. 1 
LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgement: yea, I judge not mine own self.  For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me is the Lord.  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Matth. 11. 2 
NOW 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.




INTROIT.  Ps 33:1-6 
Ant.  REJOICE in the Lord, O ye righteous; / for it becometh well the just to be thankful.
2 Praise the Lord with harp: / sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto the Lord a new song: / sing praises lustily with a good courage.
4 For the word of the Lord is true, / and all his works are faithful.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgement: / the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, / and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.

Ps 80:1-3 
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.
Alleluia, All.  Turn us again, O God; / show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole. All.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions