Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the nations;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

A shoot shall come out of the stump of Jesse,
     and a branch shall grow out of his roots —Isaiah 11.1

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious. — Isaiah 11.10

So he shall startle many nations;
     kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
For that which had not been told them they shall see,
     and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. — Isaiah 52.15

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” — Revelation 5.5

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

O Adonai (O Lord)
O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
Who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
And gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

But with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
     and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
     and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
     and faithfulness the belt around his loins. —Isaiah 11.4-5

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler,
     the Lord is our King; he will save us. — Isaiah 33.22

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, 
     who are one of the little clans of Judah,
From you shall come forth for me
     one who is to rule in Israel, 
whose origin is from of old,
     from ancient days. — Micah 5.2

There the angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] in a flame of fire out of a bush; [Moses] looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. — Exodus 3.2

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” — Exodus 24.12

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, 
reaching from one end to the other, 
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
     the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
     the spirit of counsel and might,
     the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. —Isaiah 11.2-3

He is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom. —Isaiah 28.29

He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus — who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 1 Corinthians 1.30

[Wisdom says,] “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High and covered the earth like a mist.” — Sirach 24.3

[Wisdom] reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well. —Wisdom 8.1

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014 — Advent 3

Prayer
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Tanakh Lesson — Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, 
     because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
     he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
     and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
     and the day of vengeance of our God;
     to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
     to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, 
     the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
     the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
     they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
     the devastations of many generations.

For I, the Lord, love justice;
     I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
     and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 
Their offspring shall be known among the nations, 
     and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them, 
     that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed. 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
     my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
     he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, 
     and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
     to sprout up before all the nations.

Psalm 126
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, 
     we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
      and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
     "The Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord has done great things for us;
     we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
     like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
     shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, 
     bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, 
     bring his sheaves with him.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
     and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, 
     and will be forever. Amen. 

Epistle Lesson — 1 Thessalonian 5.16-24
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 

Holy Gospel — John 1.6-8, 19-28
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 

And this is the testimony of John, when the [Pharisees] sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask [John], "Who are you?" [John] confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" [John] said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" [John] answered, "No." So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" [John] said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."