Notable Feast Days this Week:

December 11 - Daniel the Stylite, 493
December 12 - Finnian, Bishop of Clonard, 549
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1531 (Roman Catholic)
December 13 - 1st Day of Channukah, 25 Kislev
December 14 - John of the Cross (Lutheran / Roman Catholic)
December 15 - Stephen of Sourozh, 760
December 16 - The Prophet Haggai (Eastern)

Revised Common Lectionary

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Purple/Blue

--- The Third Sunday of Advent --- December 17, 2017 (Year B)
Hold Fast to Good While Waiting for Redemption
"John prepared the way for Jesus Christ (John 1:6-8, 19-28). God has done great things for us (Psalm 126); he brings good tidings to the afflicted and loves justice (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11). Rejoice always, pray constantly, hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)." - Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
A Week for Joy and Graditude...
The Third Sunday of Advent focuses on the joy of coming redemption. It is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, a day that, "...takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"). Throughout Scripture, God's people are reminded to take joy in the midst of waiting and to remember what God has done in the past:

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God (and) Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob (Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 84:1)."

The Advent process of waiting and gratitude is directed towards contemplating the depth of God's undeserved gift of grace. One that has come in the past and will be revealed in the future:
"What Advent is, really, is a discipline: a way of forming anticipation and channeling it toward its goal. There’s a flicker of rose on the third Sunday—Gaudete!, that day’s Mass begins: Rejoice!—but then it’s back to the dark purple that is the mark of the season in liturgical churches. And what those somber vestments symbolize is the deeply penitential design of Advent. Nothing we can do earns us the gift of Christmas, any more than Lent earns us Easter. But a season of contrition and sacrifice prepares us to understand and feel something about just how great the gift is when at last the day itself arrives." -Joseph Bottum, "The End of Advent" in First Things (Nov. 28, 2008)
Advent Resources
“Not everyone can wait: neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is supposed to come, before which they can only bow in humble timidity, waiting until he inclines himself toward us – the Holy One himself, God in the child in the manger. God is coming; the Lord Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming. Rejoice O Christendom.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy...

Commentary on Psalm 126
Benedict XVI

Psalm 126, Isaiah 61
1 Thessalonians 5, John 1

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Righteousness and praise will flourish

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Kept in faith until the coming of Christ

John 1:6-8, 19-28
A witness to the light
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Practicing Prayer
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. -from The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
Advent Compline Prayer (View and Download)
Further Prayer Resources

Advent and Christmas Daily Prayer Book 2017-2018 (Presbyterian)
Morning and Evening Prayer (Church of England-Protestant)
Liturgy of the Hours and Sung Breviary (Roman Catholic)
Sung Morning Prayer by Calvin Peters (Eastern Orthodox)
Audio Prayer Meditation (Pray as You Go)
Psalm Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn suggestions for the Third Week of Advent (Year B) from 

Music for the Third Sunday of Advent | OCP Music LIturgy Podcast 

Advent Gloria | by Bobby Krier (Castle Island Hymns) | Leadsheet 

Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending | Arranged by Holy City Hymns |Leadsheet

He Has Done Great Things (Magnificat) | by Philip Majorins | Leadsheet

Magnificat | by Rain for Roots | Capo Leadsheet

Mary's Song (Our King of Peace) | by Wendell Kimbrough | Leadsheet

Advent Hymn (The Lord Has Come to Dwell) | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet 

Savior of the Nations, Come | Leadsheet 

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus | by Charles Wesley (1744)

Come Light Our Hearts | by Sandra McCraken | Leadsheet

Psalm 126 | by Isaac Wardell | Leadsheet

Psalm 126 Anglican Chant Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 126 Metrical options
Commentary on John 1:6-8, 19-28

"We are not now discussing, brothers and sisters, possible ways of understanding the text, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It can only be understood in ways beyond words; human words cannot suffice for understanding the Word of God. What we are discussing and stating is why it is not understood. I am not speaking in order that it may be understood but telling you what prevents it being understood."​ -Augustine 
More Historic Commentary (View and Download)...
Music for Listening (Advent)
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Thematic Art 
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