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Collect

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your 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 living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(This Collect is to be repeated every day after the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Eve.)

Psalm 5

Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
 give heed to my sighing.
Listen to the sound of my cry,
 my King and my God,
 for to you I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
 in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
 evil will not sojourn with you.
The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
 you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
 the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
 will enter your house,
I will bow down towards your holy temple
 in awe of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
 because of my enemies;
 make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouths;
 their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
 they flatter with their tongues.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
 let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
 for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
 let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
 so that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
 you cover them with favour as with a shield.

Isaiah 1:21–31

The Degenerate City

How the faithful city
 has become a whore!
 She that was full of justice,
righteousness lodged in her—
 but now murderers!
Your silver has become dross,
 your wine is mixed with water.
Your princes are rebels
 and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
 and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
 and the widow’s cause does not come before them.

Therefore says the Sovereign, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel:
Ah, I will pour out my wrath on my enemies,
 and avenge myself on my foes!
I will turn my hand against you;
 I will smelt away your dross as with lye
 and remove all your alloy.
And I will restore your judges as at the first,
 and your counsellors as at the beginning.
Afterwards you shall be called the city of righteousness,
 the faithful city.

Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
 and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together,
 and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
For you shall be ashamed of the oaks
 in which you delighted;
and you shall blush for the gardens
 that you have chosen.
For you shall be like an oak
 whose leaf withers,
 and like a garden without water.
The strong shall become like tinder,
 and their work like a spark;
they and their work shall burn together,
 with no one to quench them.

I Thessalonians 2:1–12

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

St. Luke 20:9–18

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

He began to tell the people this parable: ‘A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty–handed. Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty–handed. And he sent yet a third; this one also they wounded and threw out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.” But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, “This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.” So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.’ When they heard this, they said, ‘Heaven forbid!’ But he looked at them and said, ‘What then does this text mean:

“The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone”?

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’

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Source for Collects: The Collects are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

Source for Revised Common Lectionary Prayers: Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available through Augsburg Fortress.

Source for Scripture Passages: Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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