The Advent season is a season of preparation – of prayer, contemplation, fasting, and spiritual renewal.  It is a time in which the people of God, by God’s grace, make straight His paths in their hearts.  Rather than simply being an extension of the Christmas celebration, Advent prepares us to more truly and fully celebrate Christ’s birth. 

To help us observe Advent, here is a collection of Scripture readings for each day of the season, drawn from the Book of Common Prayer.  The readings for week four are taken from Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, and John.      

The readings may be done in one sitting, or divided into morning, noon, and evening.  Contemplate each reading in light of the coming Christmas season – as a means of preparation for the birth of Christ.

Sunday, December 18th – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Psalm 24
Isaiah 42:1-12
John 3:16-21

Monday, December 19th
Psalm 61
Isaiah 11:1-9
John 5:30-47  

Tuesday, December 20th
Psalm 66
Isaiah 11:10-16
Luke 1:5-25

Wednesday, December 21th
Psalm 72
Isaiah 28:9-22
Luke 1:26-38

Thursday, December 22th
Psalm 80
Isaiah 29:13-24
Luke 1:39-48

Friday, December 23th
Psalm 93
Isaiah 33:17-22
Luke 1:57-66

Saturday, December 24th
Psalm 45
Isaiah 35:1-10
Luke 1:67-80