Advent 4: Preaching Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, the Magnificat, and John 1:6-8, 19-28

In this fourth episode of Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community, we speak with Episcopalians committed to the Beloved Community about the lectionary texts for Advent 4 (B). The texts covered in this episode are 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 and Luke 1:26-38 – plus a bit more this week on the Magnificat. Our guests are:

  • The Rev. Anna E. Rossi, an Episcopal priest, liturgist, and interfaith advocate, who serves as the Succentor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Calif.
  • The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, Penn., and creator of The Hive, an online spirituality and wellness digital community.
  • Ed Stewart, Director of Academic Administration at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Ed recently earned his M.Div. at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and M.A. in Theology at the Graduate Theological Union.


Prophetic Voices is hosted by the Rev. Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg, The Episcopal Church’s staff officer for Racial Reconciliation. For more information on Becoming Beloved Community, visit