The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

Advent, Year C, December 8, 2018[1] Deacon Judy Krom

In preparation for your birth, we turn our eyes, our thoughts, our hearts to your coming, O blessed baby. Amen

Our first reading this morning is from the Apocrypha. The Apocryphal books have an interesting history in the Canons of Scripture. “The Canon of New Testament Scriptures is the list of inspired books recognized by the church to constitute the Holy Scriptures.” (An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church) It came out of a long process of setting criteria for acceptance, research, evaluation, and decision making through various Councils of the early church such as the Council of Hippo in 393 AD. The Canons of the Old Testament come out of an even longer and more complex process. According to Eerdmans: Dictionary of the Bible “The term Apocrypha, from the Greek for hidden or obscure, refers to a collection of 15 books deemed canonical by Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox but not by Jews or Protestants… the 15 books which comprise the Apocrypha include Baruch from which our reading of this morning comes.

[1] Baruch 5:1-9

  Malachi 3:1-4

  Philippians 1:3-11

  Luke 3:1-6​