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Readings for December 2018

Readings for the principle services of Holy Communion on Wednesdays & Sundays in December, plus Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Also included are the weekly prayers for the various communities in Menorca, part of our local cycle of prayer. 

2 December – Advent 1
Jeremiah 33.14–16; Psalm 25.1–9; 1 Thessalonians 3.9–13; Luke 21.25–36 

Hymns: 
128 Jesu, Lover Of My Soul – tune: Aberystwyth
30 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – tune: Cross of Jesus
36 Hark The Glad Sound – tune: Bristol
476 Forth In Thy Name, O Lord I Go – tune: Song 34 (Angels Song)

Menorca Cycle of Prayer: Addaya town, Addaya port, Cala Molí, Macaret 

5 December
Isaiah 25.6-10a; Psalm 23; Matthew 15.29-37 

9 December – Advent 2
Malachi 3.1-4; Canticle – Benedictus; Philippians 1.3-11; Luke 3.1-6 

Hymns: 
2 Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies – tune: Ratisbon
46 On Jordan’s Bank The Baptist’s Cry – tune: Winchester New
50 The Advent Of Our King – tune: St Thomas
39 Hills Of The North, Rejoice – tune: Little Cornard

Menorca Cycle of Prayer: Arenal, Binifabini, Cala Pregonda, Cala Tirant, Coves Noves 

12 December
Isaiah 40.25-31; Psalm 103.8-13; Matthew 11.28-30 

16 December – Advent 3
Zephaniah 3.14-20; Canticle – Isaiah 12.2-6; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.7-18 

Hymns: 
769 Rejoice, The Lord Is King – tune: Gopsal
27 Colours Of Day Dawn Into The Mind – tune: Light Up The Fire
41 Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending – tune Helmsley
28 Come And See The Shining Hope – tune Marching Through Georgia

Menorca Cycle of Prayer: Es Migjorn town, Es Migjorn polígono, Santo Tomás 

19 December
Judges 13.2-7,24-25; Psalm 71.3-8; Luke 1.5-25

23 December – Advent 4
Micah 5.2-5a; Canticle – Magnificat; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45 

Hymns: 
45 O Come, O Come Emmanuel – tune: Veni Emmanuel
85 The Angel Gabriel – tune: Gabriel’s Message
55 When The King Shall Come Again – tune: Tempus Adest Floridum
394 Tell Out My Soul – tune: Woodlands

Menorca Cycle of Prayer: Ferreries town, Ferreries polígono, Cala Galdana 

24 December – Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9.2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 

Hymns: 
81 Once In Royal David’s City – tune: Irby
— Gloria In Excelsis Deo
90 Who Would Think – tune: Scarlet Ribbons
60 Away In A Manger -tune: Cradle Song
78 O Come, All Ye Faithful – tune: Adeste Fideles  vv. 1,2,6,7
84 Silent Night – tune: Stille Nacht

25 December – Christmas Day
Isaiah 52.7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1.1-4; John 1.1-14

Hymns: 
72 Joy To The World – tune: Antioch
66 Hark, The Herald Angels Sing – tune: Mendelssohn
83 See Amid The Winter’s Snow – tune: Humility (Oxford)
60 Away In A Manger -tune: Cradle Song  [communion]
78 O Come, All Ye Faithful – tune: Adeste Fideles  verses 1,2,3,6,7

26 December – Stephen, Martyr
2 Chronicles 24.20-22; Psalm 119.161-168; Acts 7.51-60; Matthew 10.17-22 

30 December
1 Samuel 2.18-20,26; Canticle – Balearic Benedicite; Colossians 3.12-17; Luke 2.41-52 

Hymns: 
79 O Little Town Of Bethlehem – tune: Forest Green
— Good King Wenceslas – tune: Tempus Adest Floridum
65 Good Christians All Rejoice – tune: In Dulci Jubilo
90 Who Would Think – tune: Scarlet Ribbons  [communion]
64 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – tune God rest You Merry

Menorca Cycle of Prayer: Sant Lluís town, Sant Lluís polígono, Binifadet, Es Consey, Pou Nou 

31 December – Service for the New Year; Eve of Holy Name
Psalm 8; Galatians 4.4–7; Luke 2.15–21

 

Other Festivals, Celebrations & Commemorations 

3 December
Francis Xavier, missionary, 1552

4 December
John of Damascus, monk, teacher of the faith, c 749
Nicholas Ferrar, deacon, founder of Little Gidding Community, 1637

6 December
Nicholas, bishop, c 326

7 December
Ambrose, bishop, teacher of the faith, 397

8 December
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

13 December
Lucy, martyr, 304; Samuel Johnson, moralist, 1784

14 December
John of the Cross, poet, teacher of the faith, 1591; Ember Day

15 December
Ember Day

17 December
O Sapientia; Eglantyne Jebb, social reformer, 1928

27 December
John, Apostle and Evangelist

28 December
Holy Innocents

29 December
Thomas Becket, archbishop, martyr, 1170

 

 

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