Third Sunday in Advent (December 17)
The first lesson is from the Book of Isaiah, and presents the prophecy that One will come to the people of God to address their misfortunes and give them joy. The Response is Psalm 126, which continues the same theme of God’s doing great things for those who had been suffering. The second lesson is from Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, in which he teaches the faithful to give thanks in all circumstances and to strive to be blameless. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from John, in which John the Baptist is questioned by the authorities about his ministry.

Mass at St. Thomas’ at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20 will commemorate Sundar Singh, a convert in India in the early twentieth century, who traveled the world as an evangelist.

Mass at St. John’s at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21 will commemorate Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Fourth Sunday in Advent (December 24)
The first lesson is from the second Book of Samuel, and tells of God’s promise to King David that his house and kingdom would last forever. The Response is a portion of Psalm 89, which retells the prophecy that David’s kingdom would stretch across the entire world. The second lesson is from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, and announces that Jesus fulfills a plan long known by God but now revealed to the world. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Luke, and is the account of the calling of the virgin Mary to be the mother of the Messiah.

This service will be celebrated at St. John’s on Saturday, December 23, at 4:00 p.m. At St. John’s on Sunday, December 24, there will be a service of Morning Prayer.

Masses for Christmas will be celebrated on Christmas Eve, at St. John’s at 4:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas’ at 6:00 p.m. with caroling beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mass at St. Thomas’ at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27 will commemorate Saint John the Apostle.

Mass at St. John’s at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28 will commemorate the Holy Innocents, the children killed by Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus.

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