THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 14, 2014
The Testimony of John the Baptist
This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. —John 1:19-23 (excerpt from Gospel)
The King shall come when morning dawns
and light and beauty brings:
Hail, Christ the Lord! Thy people pray,
come quickly, King of kings.
—Hymn 73 (excerpt), Greek; tr. John Brownlie (1859-1925), alt.
- 68, “Rejoice! rejoice, believers” —Entrance Hymn
- 615, “‘Thy Kingdom come!’ on bended knee” —Sequence Hymn
- 343, “Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless” —Communion Hymn
- 645, “The King of love my shepherd is” —Communion Hymn
- 344, “Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing” —Communion Hymn
- 73, “The King shall come when morning dawns” —Postcommunion Hymn
The Offertory (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.)
Sunday’s anthem was written by the Irish composer Charles Wood (1866-1926), who counted Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells among his pupils.
O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God’s ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen. —Henry Ramsden Bramley
Fugue on a theme of Archangelo Corelli, BWV 579 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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