Notable Feast Days this Week:

December 17 - The Prophet Daniel (Eastern/Lutheran)
December 18 - Gatian, Bishop of Tours
December 19 - Adam and Eve (Lutheran)
December 20 - Ignatius of Antioch, 115 (Eastern)
December 21 - St. Thomas, Apostle (Anglican, Lutheran)
December 22 - Anastasia, Martyr, 304 (Eastern, Roman Dec. 25)
December 23 - Ten Martyrs of Crete, 250

Revised Common Lectionary

Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55

Daily Readings

Abbreviated Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - Purple/Blue

--- The Fourth Sunday of Advent --- December 23, 2018 (Year C)
"The prophets foretold the birth of Christ (Micah 5:2-5a), who would "be great to the ends of the earth." We look to God for restoration and salvation (Psalm 80:1-7) through the ultimate sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:5-10), whose birth through the virgin Mary was prophesied by Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-55) and which we anticipate during this Advent season." 
-Thomas Oden
Christmas is coming...
The air is thick with expectation. We enter this story with awe and hope. Just like Mary and Elizabeth, what we anticipate is being formed within us. We are preparing for God's presence among us. The mystery of God clothed in helpless human flesh is at the heart of our faith. Like Mary, we must humbly receive his presence and salvation.

The "O" Antiphons 
Many Western Christian traditions make use of the "O" antiphons during this final week of Advent. These prayers, or congregational responsorials, are recited beginning on December 17. Each prayer addresses God using different names like "O Radiant Dawn" and "O Wisdom." The Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" contains words from each of the "O" antiphons. The tradition of singing and reciting these prayers has been with the church for well over 1500 years.

17 December: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
18 December: O Adonai (O Lord)
19 December: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
20 December: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
21 December: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
22 December: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
23 December: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

Los Posadas 
Hispanic cultures in Mexico and the USA take time this week to re-enact the story of Mary and Joseph as they search for lodging and a place to give birth. A couple may dress up and go door to door in their neighborhood asking for a place to board for the night. They knock on the door and are then turned away after requesting posada ...a place to stay. This drama ends at a home designated to let them inside. Upon entering, carols are sung and the story is read from the Bible. Sorrow begins to turn to joy, even as all are reminded that the Savior was turned away before his birth.   
Advent Resources
"Blush my soul, when today you see
that God has become your relative in Mary."
-Catherine of Sienna
Scripture Readings

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved....

Commentary on Psalm 80
John Paul II

Psalm 80, Micah 5,
Hebrews 10, Luke 1

Micah 5:2-5a
From Bethlehem comes a ruler

Hebrews 10:5-10
I have come to do your will

Luke 1:39-55
Blessed are you among women
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Practicing Prayer
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
-from The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
Advent Compline Prayer (View and Download)
Resources for Daily Prayer
Psalm Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn suggestions for the Fourth Week of Advent from 

Kings College Lessons and Carols 2018 | PDF Booklet 

Music for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Eve) | OCP Music LIturgy Podcast 

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

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

Savior of the Nations, Come | Leadsheets 

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending | Leadsheets 

Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay | Leadsheets

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

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence | Arranged by Lowana Wallace - Porter | Leadsheet 

All Praise to Thee | Words: Martin Luther / Music: Greg Gilbertson | Leadsheet

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

Shine On Us | by Deborah D. and Michael W. Smith | Choral Arrangement

Restore Us O God (Psalm 80) by Greg Scheer & Naaman Wood | Leadsheet

Psalm 80 (Tune: Bryn Calfaria) | Music by William Owen 1852 | Leadsheet |Leadsheet (Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor)

Restoration (Psalm 80) | by James Block | Chords

Psalm 80 | by Sons of Korah | Chord Chart

Psalm 80 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 80 Metrical options
Music for Listening (Advent)
Thematic Art 
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