The First Sunday of Advent, Solemn Mass, by the Rector

This morning I woke up and realized that there is a high probability that Mark’s gospel was written during the Jewish-Roman War that began in Jerusalem in the year 66. Jerusalem was reconquered by the Romans at the end of August in the year 70. Masada, the last fortress holding out, fell to the Romans in the year 73.[1] But before we get to Mark, I want to begin this morning with Isaiah.
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