Advent, Day 3


Celestial city


Today’s readings for Advent:


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.  (Isaiah 11:1-10, KJV)


Rembrandt, Head of Jesus


In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.  (Luke 10:21-24, KJV)




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  • Morgan Davis

    Nice to see this attention to Advent. I have thought for some time that it couldn’t hurt for us to bring some attention to the traditions of Christianity that, though not scriptural nevertheless point us to the scriptures and the good news they announce.

    I’m curious, though, what calendar or lectionary, if any, you are following. It’s not the daily office in Book of Common Prayer (which is what I like to use) or anything else I’ve been able to turn up in a half-hour of half-waking Google searches.

    • danpeterson

      For particular reasons, I’ve been taking my Advent readings schedule this year from the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

      But I really like the Book of Common Prayer, and will almost certainly use it as the basis of my Advent posts next year. I’ll use an older version, though, as the language in the original Book of Common Prayer seems to me much richer.