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Last Sunday of the Church Year

November 26, 2023


Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity 27)

Liturgical Color: Green

Pericopes (H)

Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17-19

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13


Epistle: Revelation 21:1-7

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16


Collect (H)

O God, who in the glorious transfiguration of Thy only-begotten Son hast confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of the fathers, and who, in the voice that came from the bright cloud, didst in a wonderful manner foreshow the adoption of sons; Mercifully vouchsafe to make us co-heirs with the King of His glory, and bring us to the enjoyment of the same; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee arid the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Alternative Collect (VD)

O merciful and everlasting God, heavenly Father: We thank Thee that Thou hast revealed unto us the glory of Thy Son, and let the light of Thy gospel shine upon us: We pray Thee, guide us by this light that we may walk diligently as Christians in all good works, ever be strengthened by Thy grace, and conduct our lives In all godliness; through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen. 


Introit (Revelation 1:8; 21:3; Psalm 24:7)

I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending: which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them: and they shall be His people, and God Him self shall be with them, and be their God. Lift up your heads, ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of Glory shall come in. Glory be to the Father …

Gradual (John 8:12; Revelation 22:17, 20) 

I AM the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Spirit and the bride say, Come, and let him that heareth say Come: and let him that is athirst come. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Hallelujah!

Hallelujah (Psalm 119:124-125)

Hallelujah! O Lord, deal with Thy servant according unto Thy mercy and teach me Thy statutes. I am Thy servant, give me understanding: that I may know Thy testimonies. Hallelujah!

Proper Preface

… Who with Thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord. And in the confession of the only true God, we worship the Trinity in Person and the Unity in substance, of Majesty coequal. …


November 26, 2023