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Third Sunday in Advent preparation

The third Sunday in Advent is tomorrow, December 11, 2011

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Third Sunday in Advent

O Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy 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 lives and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

or this,
The Preparation of Prophecy.

Almighty God, who by thy chosen prophets didst warn the sinful, comfort the oppressed and sorrowful, and point onwards to the glad days of thy kingdom; grant that we, whose eyes are blessed with the sight of thy power and glory in Jesus Christ, may indeed acknowledge that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, and devote ourselves to thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; though the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: 1 Cor. iv, 1-5, or Is, lxii, 10-12 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xi, 2-15.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Preparation of Prophecy

Almighty God, who by thy chosen prophets didst warn the sinful, comfort the oppressed and sorrowful, and point onwards to the glad days of thy kingdom; grant that we, whose eyes are blseed with the sight of thy power and glory in Jesus Christ, may indeed acknowledge that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, and devote ourselves to thee in holiness and rightousness all our days. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xi. 2.
Epistle, 1 Cor. iv. 1.

Second Sunday of Advent preparation

All those weeks after Pentecost and then I let the first Sunday in Advent slip my me. Bad blogger! But I’ve got the propers for the first and second Sunday in Advent below.

First Sunday of Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

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; tat 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 the and the Holy Ghost, now and forever. Amen.

¶ The above Collect may be used after the other Collects every day in Advent until Christmas Eve. The following Collect may be said on Advent Sunday instead of or in addition to the foregoing.

The Preparation of the Patriarchs.

O God, the God of our fathers, who in thy wonderful providence hast made all ages a preparation for the kingdom of thy Son; we thank thee for the morning light which thou didst cause to shine in the holy patriarchs; and we beseech thee to make ready our hearts for the brightness of thy glory, and the fulness of thy blessing in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Rom. xiii, 11-14 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xxi, 1-13.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

THE PREPARATION OF THE PATRIARCHS.

O God, the God of our fathers, who in thy wonderful providence hast made all ages a preparation for the kingdom of thy Son; we thank thee for the morning light which thou didst cause to shine in the holy patriarchs; and we beseech thee to make ready our hearts for the brightness of thy glory, and the fulness of thy blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 1.
Epistle. Rom. viii. 8.

Second Sunday of Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Blessed Lord, who hast cause 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 Amen.

or this,
The Preparation of Moses.

O gracious Lord God, who by means of thy servant Moses didst prepare the way for thy own best-beloved Son; grant, we beseech thee, that as in the infancy of our race thou didst govern us by laws of holiness, so now thou wilt perfect within us the spirit of sonship; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Rom. xv, 4-13, or 2 Cor. iii, 4-18 (end).
Gospel: Luke xxi, 25-31, or Mark vii, 5-23.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

THE PREPARATION OF MOSES.

O Gracious Lord God, who by means of thy servant Moses didst prepare the way for one far greater than Moses, even thy own best-beloved Son; grant, we beseech thee, that as in the infancy of our race thou didst govern us by the laws of holiness, so now thou wilt perfect within us that spirit of sonship, of which we have a spotless example in thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gospel. St. Luke. xxi. 25.
Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.

The remaining Sundays after Pentecost

Easter has to come pretty early for you to have more than twenty-three Sundays in Pentecost, though in theory there can be up to twenty-eight Sundays after Pentecost, but that won’t happen again until 2035. The resources I have cited go as far as the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, which we will see next in 2012, 2015 and 2017: a more practical requisite. (Modern prayer books, including the King’s Chapel book, have a common set of propers shared with the season after Epiphany. If one is short, the other is long so there’s an inescapable logic in that arrangement.)

The Free Church prayer book has a “next before Advent” set of propers, which I should have used in the main lectionary entry this week.

Nevertheless, the missing propers follow.

For the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O God, our Refuge and Strength, who art the Author of all godliness; be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; though Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.

Epistle: Phil iii, 17-21 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xxii, 15-22.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who at his coming didst sent thy messenger to prepare his way; grant that the ministers of thy word may likewise so prepare and make ready his way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that we may all be found acceptable in thy sight, and that there may be one family in heaven and on the earth. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xxii. 15.
Epistle, St. Jude 17.

For the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Epistle: Col. i, 3-13.
Gospel: Matt. ix, 18-26.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O Holy and ever-blessed God, teach us to love one another with pure hearts fervently; to exercize forbearance and forgiveness towards our enemies; to recompense no man evil for evil, but to be merciful as thou, Father in heave, art merciful; that in the spirt of thy Son Jesus Christ we may follow after thee as dear children. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. ix. 18
Epistle, Coloss. i. 3.

For the twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Almighty and ever-living God, grant us, we beseech thee, a constant renewal of thy Holy Spirit and of thy manifold gifts, till we grow to the full measure of our perfection in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel, St. John x. 22.
Epistle, Jer. xxiii, 5.

The Sunday next before Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Epistle: Jer. xxiii, 5-8.
Gospel: Matt. xxiv, 15-36.

¶ If there be any more Sundays before Advent Sunday, the Service of some of those Sundays that were omitted after Epiphany shall be taken in to supply so many as are here wanting. And if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted: Provided that this last Collect, Epistle, and Gospel shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.


Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost preparation

November 20, 2011 is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. The last week of Pentecost this year — there are three more possible Sundays after Pentecost, and I’ll get those propers up some time. Thanksgiving, too.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Phil i, 3-11.
Gospel: Matt. xviii, 21-35 (end).

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Give us grace, O Lord, to endeavor to do thy will with the same diligence and industry, the same zeal and cheerfulness, as thy blessed angels do it in heaven; that, imitating their exemplary obedience and unspotted purity while we are in this life, we may be permitted to be fellow-workers with them in thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xviii. 21.
Epistle, Phil. i. 3.

 

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost preparation

November 13, 2011 is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. Fear not! Advent is coming soon.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph. vi, 10-20.
Gospel: John iv, 46b-54 (end).

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O Holy Father, give us a lively view of heaven by the eye of faith; and so raise our minds thither that we may always have our thoughts, our desires, and our conversation there, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel, St. John iv. 46.
Epistle, Ephes. vi. 10.

 

All Souls Day (or Sunday) preparation

The twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost notwithstanding, if I was preaching Sunday, it would be to remember All Souls Sunday, which from late in the nineteenth century onward in Universalist churches — indeed, commended by the Universalist General Convention — was transferred forward to the Sunday following November 2. Which makes sense, since public daily prayer doesn’t have much of a tradition within Universalism so far as I can tell. As for the missing observance of All Saints Day, November 1? Victorian Protestants would have have had a poor view on observing the saints, especially those not mentioned in the New Testament. But there’s also a clue in the All Souls Sunday service in G. L. Demarest’s A Year of Worship: for Sunday Schools and Homes(1891) commending it as devoted “to the hope of the final blessedness of all souls” and not as a memorial. All Saints can’t make that claim.

See another All Souls Sunday service in Gloria Patri Revised (1903).

There are also references in religious education and youth publications, such as this from 1896 issue of Onward of the Young People’s Christian Union and this All Souls prayer in The redeemer: a series of opening services for the Sunday School, founded on the life of Jesus Christ (Universalist Publishing House, 1888):

O Thou that hearest prayer, Unto thee shall all flesh come. The aged shall bring to thee the deep experience of their years; the strong man shall lay his trials and his joys at thy feet; and the little children shall fearlessly look up to thee and put their trust in thy wisdom and love. O Shepherd of Israel, we bless thee that thou dost lead thy people like a flock, and carry the young Iambs in thy bosom. Guard tenderly, we beseech thee, these lambs that are given into thine arms to-day. Lead them in green pastures, and by still waters; and if they should wander from thy fold, O seek thou after them, and forsake them not until thou bring them back, to wander no more. May the seal of thy love be upon them, and the dews of thy grace nourish them, that they may grow up into thee, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sanctify to all our hearts, our Father, the beautiful lessons of this day. Teach us to behold thy love in all the blessings that surround us, in the beauty of the flowers, in the warmth and glory of the summer, in the dear friends thou hast given to love us and care for us. May our lives blossom with good deeds, and with love to each other and to thee. Lead us all by thy wisdom here below, and at last receive us into thy great fold above, through Jesus our Redeemer. Amen.

There was no such prayer in A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866) which I’ve featured each week but there is one in the *Free Church Book of Common Prayer *(1929), so for completeness I’ve included it, though it returns to the memorial theme:

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of thy servants departed the forgiveness of all their sins, that by our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Epistle: Rev. xx. 11-13, or Wisd. iii, 1-9.

Gospel: John v, 24-29.

For more background on the distinctly Universalist development of All Souls Sunday, see this blog post from 2007.

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost preparation

November 6 is the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. The readings and collects from the Free Church Book of Common Prayer and a Universalist prayerbook follow. Oh, and for last week, after the jump, which I forgot. Sorry. (Oh, and readings for All Souls follows.)

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph v, 15-21
Gospel: Matt. xxii, 1-14

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; and so prepare our spirits, that we may accomplish whatsoever thou desire of us, and approve ourselves in thy sight as humble disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel, Matt. xxii. 1.
Epistle, 2 St. Peter i. 2

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost preparation

The nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost is October 23. The Universalist collect is clearly derived from the Anglican prayer book collect for All Saints Day, and it would be better used thus, or as a common for saints.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

God, the Bestower of peace and Lover of good will; grant to thy servants to stay their minds on thee, and to live in true agreement with thy holy will, that they may be delivered from all evils that overtake them, and stand fast in all time of temptation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: 1 Cor i, 4-9.
Gospel: Matt. xxii, 34-46 (end).

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O God, who art the fountain of all holiness; grant unto thy servants grace to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living; that we may be with them come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for them that love thee and keep thy commandments. Amen.

Gospel. St. Matt. xxii. 34.
Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. 13

Back in the saddle; catching up with the lectionary, too

Well, gang. I’m back from my vacation. It was refreshing to see some interesting things and a visit with friends. I also have some ideas that I hope will make this blog a bit more interesting.

But for now, and for the record, let me post the lectionary texts I missed in the meantime.

It’s worth noting the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, on Ocotber 2, was also World Communion Sunday, observed in some churches, including a handful of Unitarian Universalist churches, and would be a good time to have communion if it’s an infrequent or restored observance. I’m going to try and add in some special observances, especially since All Souls is coming.

The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost was October 9.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual piety cleans and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph. iii. 13-21 (end)
Gospel: Luke vii., 11-17

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O merciful God, who art a Father to all thy people; grant that thy holy gospel may be proclaimed in the uttermost parts of the earth, gladdening the hearts of all who hear it; and, O blessed Lord, so fetch thy wanderers home to thy flock that there may be one fold under one shepherd. Amen.

Epistle: St. Luke vii. 11.
Gospel: Ephes. iii. 13.

Today, October 16, 2011 is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph, iv. 1-6
Gospel: Luke xiv, 1-11

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O tender and merciful Father, who dost sustain those who suffer for righteousness’ sake, and hast made the blood of the martyrs the seed of the Church; grant, we beseech thee, that we may readily made the sacrifices that may be required of us for the good of mankind, and that all our sufferings may be sweetened by that love of thee which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Gospel: St. Luke. xiv. 1.
Epistle: Ephes. iv. 1.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost preparation

October 2, 2011 is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Very different collects and readings. The Universalist collect promotes learned ministry (and missionaries?); it comes from James Martineau and is appointed for the same day.

Keeping with a reduction in Google services, I’ve linked the Universalist service book from Archive.org. Do use their resources and consider a donation.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Collect:

Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle. Gal. vi. 11-18 (end)
Gospel: Matt. vi. 24-34 (end)

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Collect:

O God, who by thy Son hast opened the kingdom of heaven to all mankind, and welcomed them into it as dear children; raise up, we beseech thee, an increasing number of faithful teachers, to spread abroad the blessed and glorious light of thy gospel, till it shall shine throughout the world. Amen.

Gospel: St. Matt. vi. 24.
Epistle: Rev. ii. 1.