St. John the Baptist Preaching
Mattia Preti
circa 1665
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Public Domain

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer

The collect

O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.

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.

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The Epistle and Gospel

Philippians 4:4-7John 1:19-28


Biennial Bible Reading Plan

Psalter Lessons, Holy Days, and Commemorations

20-Dec Psalm 139 (Coverdale)Psalm 139
21-DecSaint ThomasPsalm 140 (Coverdale)Psalm 140
22-DecMicah (Dec. 21)Psalm 141 (Coverdale)Psalm 141
23-DecAll Holy Ancestors of Christ (Dec. 24)Psalm 142 (Coverdale)Psalm 142
24-DecChristmas EvePsalm 143 (Coverdale)Psalm 143
25-DecChristmas DayPsalm 144 (Coverdale)Psalm 144
26-DecSaint StephenPsalm 145 (Coverdale)Psalm 145

Lessons From the Old and New Testaments

Sunday, December 20, 2020Zechariah 11 The 4th Sunday in Advent
Monday, December 21, 2020Zechariah 12 Revelation 17
Tuesday, December 22, 2020Zechariah 13 Revelation 18
Wednesday, December 23, 2020Zechariah 14 Revelation 19
Thursday, December 24, 2020Malachi 1 Revelation 20
Friday, December 25, 2020Malachi 2 Revelation 21
Saturday, December 26, 2020Malachi 3 Revelation 22