The Second Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

Posted By on December 7, 2014

Anne Boleyn With Rose Following on from last Sunday’s post regarding Anne’s ownership of an illuminated manuscript of French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ “Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an”, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”, I wanted to share with you Lefèvre’s readings for the second Sunday of Advent, what Anne would have read on this day in history in the 1530s.

In Anne’s manuscript and my copy of Lefèvre’s book, the readings are in French but I am giving the New International Version’s readings. Lefèvre also included an exhortation in French, but that is too long to translate and copy here. I just thought it woule be interesting to read the same Bible verses today that Anne would have been contemplating.

Romans 15:4-13

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.”

Again, it says,

“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
let all the peoples extol him.”

And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
in him the Gentiles will hope.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 21:25-33

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Click here to read the readings for the first Sunday of Advent.

4 thoughts on “The Second Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read”

  1. Just been watching today’s Advent calendar film of the feast at Haddon Hall – really enjoyable, thank you. Now up to the freezing attic to find the Christmas decorations, seems like only a few weeks ago that we put them back up there!

    1. Claire says:

      I know! Time flies!

  2. Posy88 says:

    Is this what Anne would have read each year? Each year the same Bible verses, I mean?

    1. Claire says:

      Her brother George gave her an illuminated manuscript which contained these readings so it would have been very special to her and I’m sure she read these readings every Sunday. The idea of the book was to take the reader through the year with readings from the Epistles and Gospels for each Sunday, accompanied by an exhortation for them to think about and learn from. You would start from the beginning each year.

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