Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. On this final Sunday of Advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of the one born to save us from the power of sin and death.


Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

This Weeks Readings

THIS WEEK, beginning December 22, 2019
Monday2 Samuel 7:18-23-29
Luke 1:46b-55
Galatians 3:6-14
TuesdayChristmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14
WednesdayChristmas Day
Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2::(1-7) 8-20
ThursdayStephen, Deacon and Martyr
2 Chronicles 24:17-22
Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51-60
Matthew 23:34-39
FridayJohn, Apostle and Evangelist
Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31
Psalm 116: 12-19
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 21:20-25
SaturdayThe Holy Innocents, Martyrs
Jeremiah 31:15-17
Psalm 124
1 Peter 4:12-19
Matthew 2:13-18

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