Third Sunday in Advent




Gaudete. Philippians 4:4-6
Rejoice ye in the Lord, and again I say, rejoice ye; let your moderation be known unto all men, the Lord is at hand: be careful for nothing, nor troubled; but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. [Psalm 85:1] Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Rejoice ye in the Lord . . .


O LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son, Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.


I Corinthians 4:1-5
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing against myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.


[Psalm 80] Shew thyself, O Lord, thou that sittest upon the Cherubims: stir up thy strength and come. Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.


Alleluia, alleluia. Stir up thy strength, O Lord: and come and help us. Alleluia.


St. Matthew 11:2–10
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.


[Psalm 85] O Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob: thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people.


[Isaiah 35] Say to them that are of a fearful heart: Be strong, fear not; behold, your God will come and save you.

Psalms from the Daily Office

The O Antiphons traditionally sung during the final week of Advent — beginning on December 17th — are presented on this page.

Below are plainsong renditions of the Psalms as published in the Saint Dunstan’s Plainsong Psalter.

MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 22:20-32 (Tonus Peregrinus A)
Erue a framea, Deus
MORNING PRAYERPsalm 99 (Tone IV 4)
Dominus regnavit: irascantur populi
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 85 (Tone IV 5)
Benedixisti, Domine, terram tuam
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 107:1–16 (Tone VIII 1)
Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 132 (Tone VI C)
Memento, Domine, David
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 134 (Tone VIII 1)
Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 30 (Tone I B 10)
Exaltabo te, Domine
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 130 (Tone IV 6)
De profundis clamavi
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 84 (Tone III A 1)
Quam dilecta tabernacula tua Domine
EVENING PRAYERPsalm 75 (Tone I A 3)
Confitebimur tibi, Deus, confitebimur
Notus in Judæa Deus
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 90 (Tone I A 2)
Domine, refugium factus es nobis
Qui habitat in adjutorio Altissimi
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 1 (Tone I B 1)
Beatus vir qui non abiit
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 15 (Tone III A 5)
Domine, quis habitabit?
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 92 (Tone VI C)
Bonum est confiteri Domino
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 96 (Tone VIII 1)
Cantate Domino canticum novum
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 93 (Tone V 3)
Dominus regnavit, decorem indutus est
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 98 (Tone VI A)
Cantate Domino canticum novum
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 40 (Tone VI A)
Expectans expectavi Dominum
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 51 (Tone IV 4)
Miserere mei, Deus
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 42 (Tone V1)
Quemadmodum desiderat cervus
MORNING PRAYER — Psalm 43 (Tone V 1)
Judica me, Deus
EVENING PRAYER — Psalm 103 (Tone V 3)
Benedic, anime mea, Domino