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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
INTROIT. Gaudete. Philippians 4:4-6
REJOICE in the Lord alway:
and again I say, Rejoice: let your moderation be known unto all
men: the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in every
thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known unto God. Ps. 85:1 Lord, thou art
become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity
of Jacob. V. Glory be.
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: that 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 the same
Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without
O LORD Jesus 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 livest and
reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world
without end. AMEN.
EPISTLE. 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ,
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified:
but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come,
who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and
will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall
every man have praise of God.
GRADUAL. Ps. 80. Shew thyself, O Lord, thou
that sittest upon the Cherubims, stir up thy strength and come.
V. Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel: thou that leadest Joseph
like a sheep.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Stir up thy strength, O Lord: and
come and help us. Alleluia
GOSPEL. St. Matthew 11:2-10
2 Now when John had heard
in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those
things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers
are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and
the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes
concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see?
A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?
behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto
you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger
before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 85. Lord, thou art become
gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of
Jacob: thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people.
GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the continual oblation of
this our bounden duty and service: may evermore avail for the
fulfilment of the institution of thine ordinance and for the
accomplishment in us of the wondrous work of thy salvation. [Through.]
COMMUNION. Isa. 35. Say to them that are
of a fearful heart: Be strong, fear not: behold your God will
come and save you.
HAVE mercy upon us, O Lord, we beseech thee: and grant that the
heavenly assistance of thy holy mysteries may so cleanse us from
all our iniquities, that we may be made ready worthily to keep
thy coming festival. [Through.]