Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Year B, Advent 4 - Preceeding the Nativity

Advent 4 turns all attention to the stories of Matthew and Luke.

Year B records Luke's annunciation to Mary. Year C tells of Mary's subsequent trip to Elizabeth. Year A rounds off the story after a fashion with Joseph's decision to marry Mary after a vision in spite of her pregnancy.

Luke 1:26-38

1 occurences in 3 years

Luke will feature greatly in the next weeks. Christmas Eve or Morning focuses on Luke, as does the Sunday after Christmas. After that, there's no Luke until next Advent. 3 sermons in a row on Luke 1 and 2 might warrant some planning ahead to avoid running out of material. Though, if that happens, there are always other texts to rely on.

Romans 16:25-27

1 occurence in 3 years

Psalm: Luke 1:46b-55

2 occurences in 3 years
  • The other occurence is Advent 4, Year C; appropriate placement given that it is the year of Luke.
  • The Magnificat, as sung by Mary. Perhaps most appropriately sung after the reading of the Gospel, but that is a judgment call.

2 Samuel 7:1-11

1 Occurence in 3 years
  • The initiation of the Davidic covenant, establishing the house of David as king over Israel, of which Jesus is considered culmination and heir.

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