Sunday, December 7, 2014

#Repentance #EpiscopalAdvent

The Proclamation of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8)
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,   who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:   “Prepare the way of the Lord,   make his paths straight” ’,

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

Taptap, Haiti

Second Sunday of Advent
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.

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