Church of England Diocese of Winchester St. Ambrose Bournemouth

🎦 20th December, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Advent πŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―πŸ•―

Fr Adrian offers a short address for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2020 - based on the Old Testament Lesson and Gospel of the day. As before the second Covid-19 lockdown, though now in Tier 2, we have returned to our interim pattern of Mass on Sundays (10 a.m.) and Thursdays (8:45 a.m.). We follow our normal Common Worship liturgy as closely as is safely practical given the current restrictions.

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β–Ά THE COLLECT β—€

God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


β–Ά THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON (II Samuel 7.1-11,16) β—€

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, β€˜See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, β€˜Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, β€˜Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.


β–Ά THE NEW TESTAMENT LESSON (Romans 16.25-end) β—€

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faithβ€” to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever! Amen.


β–Ά THE GOSPEL (Luke 1.26-38) β—€

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, β€˜Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, β€˜Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, β€˜How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, β€˜The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, β€˜Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.


β–Ά POST COMMUNION PRAYER β—€

Heavenly Father,
who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of the promised saviour:
fill us your servants with your grace,
that in all things we may embrace your holy will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


β–Ά RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP β—€

At St Ambrose Church we are settling down to our interim pattern of Mass on Sundays (10 a.m. – livestreamed on Facebook) and Thursdays (8:45 a.m.). Tier 2 restrictions remain but we follow our normal Common Worship liturgy as closely as is safely practical. Following a safety audit with the Diocese of Winchester the Covid-19 measures we have adopted include:
Β· separate entrance and exit doors,
Β· sanitiser stations,
Β· an internal one-way system with floor signage,
Β· roped off rows,
Β· availability of facemasks (now mandatory unless exempted),
Β· recording everyone who visits for track-and-trace purposes (records kept for 21 days),
Β· a thermometer-gun,
Β· no offertory procession or collection,
Β· no congregational singing yet,
Β· the distribution of communion from the front of the nave,
Β· Communion in one kind only, the host being dropped into the communicant’s hand,
Β· books and leaflets quarantined for 72 hours after use, and
Β· no refreshments afterwards (socialising is best done outdoors, weather permitting).

Access to the church at other times is still possible by private arrangement with Fr Adrian on 01202 911569 or [email protected]