Collect: IV Advent
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Isaiah 7:10-16 – the prophet insist that King Ahaz of Judah will receive a sign from God, whether he wants it or not, the sign of a young women bearing a son called, Emmanual.
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 – A lament and a plea to the Lord, the shepherd of Israel, that God will turn away divine anger and restore the people.
Romans 1:1-7 – Paul greets the new disciples in Rome and summarizes the gospel message
Matthew 1:18-25 – the story of the birth of Jesus.
Homily-for-the-4th-sunday-of-advent by Fr. Charles Irvin, Senior Priest Diocese of Lansing
Collect: 7th Sunday of the extended Advent Season
Eternal God, you do not abandon us in exile but hear our plea for return and rest: Visit us we pray with your presence and raise us to greet with hope and joy the promised day of salvation; through Jesus Christ, who with you and th4e Holy Spirit, lives and reigns now and forever. Amen
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, (Mathew 1:2)