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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
INTROIT. Rorate coeli. Isa. 45
DROP down, ye heavens,
from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the
earth open and bring forth a Saviour. Ps. 19. The heavens
declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handy-work.
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 , raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us,
and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins
and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race
that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily
help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom,
with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without
EPISTLE. Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
GRADUAL. Ps. 145. The LORD is nigh unto
all them that call upon him: yea,. all such as call upon him
faithfully. V. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and
let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Come, O Lord, and tarry not: forgive
the misdeeds of thy people. Alleluia
GOSPEL. St. John 1:19-28
19 And this is the record
of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem
to ask him, Who art thou?
20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith,
I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an
answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make
straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou
then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there
standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose
shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John
OFFERTORY. St Luke 1. Hail Mary, full of
grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
WE beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to have respect unto these
our oblations: that the same may be profitable unto us for our
increase in all godliness, and for the attainment of everlasting
COMMUNION. Isa. 7. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive
and bear a Son: and his Name shall be called Emmanuel.
O LORD, who hast here vouchsafed unto us to be partakers of thy
bounty: grant, we beseech thee, that we may so continue to draw
near unto the same; that growing more and more in grace, we may
attain in the end to everlasting life. [Through]