The Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent

Today marks the Second Sunday in Advent. Below is the classic collect (prayer) from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in modern English to mark this week:

Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This collect is paired with the following Bible lessons: Romans 15:4-13 and Luke 21:25-33.

If you are curious about the collect and the relationship between it and the first lesson, check out this blog post here.

Advent and Sirach 18

Sirach 18 so happens to be the first lesson for the Morning Prayer according to the 2019 lectionary. It is a reading from the Apocrypha and there is always plenty of good examples of Christian life to be learnt, just like how Article 6 of The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion defines how the Apocrypha should be rightly used. You can check out the Sirach 18 passage here.

It opens by extolling God before moving on to the subject of humanity. There is God’s grace and mercy to humans even when He disciplines (verses 11 to 14). The rest of the chapter is advice on how to conduct one’s self. In verses 19 to 26, it talks about sin, judgment and death. God’s grace and mercy taken together with our sin, death and judgment are things which Christians should bear in mind particularly during this Advent season as we think of Jesus’ first coming and prepare for the second.

Brench & Chaiphakdi Productions

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8

B&C P is a collaborative project between Fr. Matthew Brench and Ms. Parady Chaiphakdi to harness the renaissance of classical Anglicanism taking place at the grassroots level across the world, especially online, and make such writings and wisdom accessible to the faithful, particularly in South East Asia.

Our premier work will be The Anglican Life of Prayer, which is a modernisation of the 1662 Prayer Book’s Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer. It will contain further excerpts from the 1662 BCP and a glossed edition of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, and is particularly prepared for the Anglican churches in South East Asia.

On this site, Brench and Chaiphakdi also provide periodic insights and encouragements for the use of the daily prayers and the Scripture lessons that accompany them.