FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT — Year C

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

May our Savior Jesus Christ increase you and make you overflow with love for one another and for all people, even as our love does for you.  May Christ strengthen your hearts, making them blameless and holy before our God at the coming of Jesus Christ with all the holy ones.

Now, my sisters and brothers, we beg and exhort you in Christ Jesus that, even as you learned from us how to conduct yourselves in a way pleasing to God – which you are indeed doing – so you must learn to make still greater progress.  You know the instructions we gave you in Jesus Christ.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.