Readings from the Bible for the Roman Catholic liturgy in the ordinary form

Second Sunday of Advent

Saint John the Baptist (Alexandre Cabanel, 1849, Musée Fabre, Montpellier)
Mt 3:4-8

John wore clothing made of camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.

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