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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent
Anglican Calendar: Advent 3

Today is a Solemnity
Colour: Purple or Rose Creed

Lectionary Year: C Weekday Readings:2

Divine Office:3


First Reading:First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm: Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 S
Second Reading: Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel: Gospel: Luke 3:10-18

Biography of the Saint of the Day from Exciting Holiness (first edition):

Samuel Johnson, Moralist
13 December -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of any Saint, page 531
Samuel Johnson was born in 1709 and is best known as a writer of dictionaries and a literary editor. Yet in his lifetime he was renowned for his religious beliefs and as a firm supporter of the practice and order of the Church of England. He had been converted to Christianity as young man after reading William Law s A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, and his support of the High Church party was unstinting. Amongst his other writings, his essays entitled the Rambler, which appeared twice-weekly between 1750 and 1752, earned him the nickname The Great Moralist , then a term of affection and honour. He died on this day in 1784.

Lucy of Syracuse
13 December -- Lesser Festival -- Martyr -- Red
Lucy was a native of Syracuse in Sicily. She lived at the beginning of the fourth century, when the Roman authorities were attempting to re-establish the worship of gods they approved. The emperor himself was the focus of one of the cults. Tradition has it that Lucy, as a young Christian, gave away her goods to the poor and was betrayed to the authorities by her angry betrothed, who felt that they should have become his property. She was put to death for her faith in the year 304. Her name in Latin means Light and, as her feast-day fell in December, she became associated with the one true Light who was coming as the redeemer of the world, the Light that would lighten the nations, the Light that would banish darkness and let the eyes of all behold Truth incarnate.

God our Redeemer,
who gave light to the world that was in darkness
by the healing power of the Saviour s cross:
shed that light on us, we pray,
that with your martyr Lucy
we may, by the purity of our lives,
reflect the light of Christ
and, by the merits of his passion,
come to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

A reading from the prophecy of Isaiah.

The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

This is the word of the Lord. Isaiah 60. 19-20

Responsorial Psalm
RIn your light do we see light, O God,
[for with you is the well of life].
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep. R

How priceless is your love, O God,
your people take refuge under your wings,
they feast upon the abundance of your house,
you give them drink from the river of your delights. R

Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you
and your favour to those who are true of heart,
let not the foot of the proud come near me
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside. R From Psalm 36

A reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

It is the God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture -- I believed, and so I spoke -- we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

This is the word of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4. 6-15

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Jesus said to his disciples, No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.

This is the gospel of Christ. Luke 11. 33-36

Post Communion
who gave us this holy meal
in which we have celebrated the glory of the cross
and the victory of your martyr Lucy:
by our communion with Christ
in his saving death and resurrection,
give us with all your saints the courage to conquer evil
and so to share the fruit of the tree of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

compiled from a variety of Liturgical Sources for his own use by Fr. Simon Rundell SCP
( and made available to others as PRAYERWARE: Available without cost or charge except that your prayers are asked for Fr. Simon and the Parish of S.Thomas the Apostle, Elson
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Sun Dec 13, 2009