Ember Wednesday in Advent
Introit • Isaiah 45: 8
Drop down dew, ye heavens from above, and let the clouds rain the Just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior. (Ps. 18:2) The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands. Glory be …
Let us pray.
Let us kneel.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the coming solemnity of our redemption may both confer upon us assistance in this present life and bestow the rewards of everlasting blessedness. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Isaiah 2: 2-5
In those days, the prophet Isaias, said: In the last days the mountain of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: come and let us go to the mountain of the Lord. and to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge the Gentiles and rebuke many peopleL and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation: neither shall they be exercised any more to war. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord our God.
Gradual • Psalms 23: 7, 3, 4
Lift up your gates, O ye princes: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of glory shall enter in. Who shall descend into the mountain of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place? The innocent in hands and clean of heart.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Hasten, we beseech Thee, O Lord, tarry not: and grant us the help of Thy heavenly power, that they who trust in Thy loving kindness may be relieved by the consolations of Thy coming. Who lives and reigns, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
For St. Eusebius
O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Eusebius, Thy martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that we who celebrate his heavenly birthday may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Isaiah 7: 10-15
In those days the Lord spoke to Achaz, saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God, either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above. And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord. And He said: Hear ye therefore, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to be grievous to my God also? Therefore the. Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that He may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.
Gradual • Psalms 144: 18, 21
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His Holy Name.
Gospel • Luke 1: 26-38
At that time, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the Angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying: and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.And the Angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God: behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His Father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the Angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the Angel answering, said to her: The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall come upon thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren; because no work shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.
Offertory • Isaiah 35: 4
Take courage, and now fear not: for behold our God will bring judgment: He Himself will come and will save us.
May our fasts, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be acceptable unto Thee, and by expiating our sins, make us worthy of Thy grace, and bring us to Thine everlasting promises. Through our Lord.
For St. Eusebius
Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts dedicated to Thee, and through them, by the intercession of blessed Eusebius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, graciously regard us. Through our Lord.
Communion • Isaiah 7: 14
Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son: and His name shall be called Emmanuel.
O Lord, we humbly beseech Thee, that being filled with the gift of Thy salvation, we may be renewed by the effect of that which we taste with joy. Through our Lord.
For St. Eusebius
May this Communion, O Lord, cleanse us from guilt: and through the intercession of blessed Eusebius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, may it make us sharers in the heavenly healing. Through our Lord.