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Revised Common Lectionary

Please note that two distinct lectionaries are provided on this page: the two-year Daily Lectionary from the Book of Common Worship and the three-year Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for Sundays and festivals; be sure you select the appropriate one.

Daily Readings Sunday/Festival Readings

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 3, 2023, the First Sunday of Advent (Year B)

First Reading Isaiah 64:1-9

1   O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
          so that the mountains would quake at your presence —
2   as when fire kindles brushwood
          and the fire causes water to boil —
     to make your name known to your adversaries,
          so that the nations might tremble at your presence
3   When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
          you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4   From ages past no one has heard,
          no ear has perceived,
     no eye has seen any God besides you,
          who works for those who wait for him.
5   You meet those who gladly do right,
          those who remember you in your ways.
     But you were angry, and we sinned;
          because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6   We have all become like one who is unclean,
          and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth
     We all fade like a leaf,
          and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7   There is no one who calls on your name,
          or attempts to take hold of you;
     for you have hidden your face from us,
          and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity
8   Yet, O LORD, you are our Father;
          we are the clay, and you are our potter;
          we are all the work of your hand.
9   Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD,
          and do not remember iniquity forever.
          Now consider, we are all your people.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

1   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
          you who lead Joseph like a flock!
     You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2        before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
     Stir up your might,
          and come to save us!

3   Restore us, O God;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4   O LORD God of hosts,
          how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5   You have fed them with the bread of tears,
          and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6   You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
          our enemies laugh among themselves.

7   Restore us, O God of hosts;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.

17  But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
          the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18   Then we will never turn back from you;
          give us life, and we will call on your name.

19  Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — 6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel Mark 13:24-37

24“But in those days, after that suffering,
     the sun will be darkened,
          and the moon will not give its light,
25  and the stars will be falling from heaven,
          and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”