December 7th, 2018

Ambrose of Milan, Pastor and Hymnwriter


First Reading: Is. 24:1-13


 1Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

 2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

 3The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

 4The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

 5The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

 6Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

 7The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

 8The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

 9They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

 10The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

 11There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

 12In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

 13When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.



Second Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:14


 1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

 2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

 3That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 7Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

 8Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

 10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

 11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

 12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

 13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

 14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.



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