As difficult as it is to believe, Advent is here and, with it, a new Church Year begins. Blessings to all during this holy, penitential, and preparatory season! From the liturgy for this First Sunday in Advent:
To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame.
Let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.
The Collect of the Day:
Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
From the Old Testament Reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8):
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'"
None who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
From the Epistle (Romans 13:8-14):
"Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now that when we first believed."
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
From the Holy Gospel (Matthew 21:1-9):
"Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden' . . . Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
The Processional Hymn: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"(LSB 357):
The Hymn of the Day: "Savior of the Nations, Come" (LSB 332):