The Collect: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4 both will be read from the New Revised Standard Version Bible Anglicized
Psalm: Canticle — The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) read from the Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer
Epistle: Philippians 1:3-11 read from the New American Standard Bible
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 read from the New Century Version Bible
Closing Prayer: On December 10 we celebrate the life of Thomas Merton, Contemplative and Writer. Read from A Great Cloud of Witnesses.