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Morning Prayer Advent Tuesday, 15 December 2020


O Lord, open our lips Alland our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Reveal among us the light of your presence Allthat we may behold your power and glory.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all, to you be praise and glory for ever. In your tender compassion the dawn from on high is breaking upon us to dispel the lingering shadows of night. As we look for your coming among us this day, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AllBlessed be God for ever.

a suitable hymn, or A Song of the King’s Glory

1The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.

2For he has founded it upon the seas and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, or who can rise up in his holy place?’

4‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not lifted up their soul to an idol, nor sworn an oath to a lie;

5‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a just reward from the God of their salvation.’

6Such is the company of those who seek him, of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

7Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8‘Who is the King of glory?’ ‘The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord who is mighty in battle.’

9Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10‘Who is this King of glory?’ ‘The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.’

Psalm 24

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. AllAmen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 70

Refrain:Come to me quickly, O God.

1O God, make speed to save me; O Lord, make haste to help me.

2Let those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; let them be turned back and disgraced who wish me evil.

3Let those who mock and deride me turn back because of their shame. R

4But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those who love your salvation say always, ‘Great is the Lord!’

5As for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quickly, O God.

6You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.

Refrain:Come to me quickly, O God.

O God, our helper and defender, deliver us in our weakness, answer our longings and vindicate our faith, that we may see your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Psalm 74

Refrain:Arise, O God, maintain your own cause.

1O God, why have you utterly disowned us? Why does your anger burn against the sheep of your pasture?

2Remember your congregation that you purchased of old, the tribe you redeemed for your own possession, and Mount Zion where you dwelt.

3Hasten your steps towards the endless ruins, where the enemy has laid waste all your sanctuary.

4Your adversaries roared in the place of your worship; they set up their banners as tokens of victory.

5Like men brandishing axes on high in a thicket of trees, all her carved work they smashed down with hatchet and hammer.

6They set fire to your holy place; they defiled the dwelling place of your name and razed it to the ground.

7They said in their heart, ‘Let us make havoc of them altogether,’ and they burned down all the sanctuaries of God in the land.

8There are no signs to see, not one prophet left, not one among us who knows how long.

9How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? Shall the enemy blaspheme your name for ever?

10Why have you withheld your hand and hidden your right hand in your bosom? R

11Yet God is my king from of old, who did deeds of salvation in the midst of the earth.

12It was you that divided the sea by your might and shattered the heads of the dragons on the waters;

13You alone crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him to the beasts of the desert for food.

14You cleft the rock for fountain and flood; you dried up ever-flowing rivers.

15Yours is the day, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun.

16You set all the bounds of the earth; you fashioned both summer and winter. R

17Remember now, Lord, how the enemy scoffed, how a foolish people despised your name.

18Do not give to wild beasts the soul of your turtle dove; forget not the lives of your poor for ever.

19Look upon your creation, for the earth is full of darkness, full of the haunts of violence.

20Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed, but let the poor and needy praise your name.

21Arise, O God, maintain your own cause; remember how fools revile you all the day long.

22Forget not the clamour of your adversaries, the tumult of your enemies that ascends continually.


Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Canticle

A Song of the Wilderness, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 30 (page 581) or number 49 (page 601), may be said

Refrain:

AllLift up your voice with strength, O herald of good tidings.

1The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice, the desert shall blossom and burst into song.

2They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

3Strengthen the weary hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

4Say to the anxious, ‘Be strong, fear not, your God is coming with judgement, coming with judgement to save you.’

5Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

6Then shall the lame leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.

7For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

8The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads.

9Joy and gladness shall be theirs, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 35.1, 2b-4a, 4c-6, 10

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

AllLift up your voice with strength, O herald of good tidings.

Scripture Reading

Isaiah 7:10-17 New International Version

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”

13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”


A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Now it is time to awake out of sleep, Allfor the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed, Allfor the night is far spent. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, Allfor the day is at hand. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, Allfor the night is far spent and the day is at hand.

from Romans 13

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said, or A Song of Redemption (page 620) may be said

Refrain:

AllLook towards the east, O Jerusalem, and see the glory that is coming from God.

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who has come to his people and set them free.

2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his servant David.

3Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

4To show mercy to our ancestors, and to remember his holy covenant.

5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Refrain:

AllLook towards the east, O Jerusalem, and see the glory that is coming from God.

Prayers

Intercessions are offered for the day and its tasks for the world and its needs for the Church and her life

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 364–365

The Church, that she may be ready for the coming of Christ The leaders of the Church The nations, that they may be subject to the rule of God Those who are working for justice in the world The broken, that they may find God’s healing

A form of prayer found on page 377 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said


Almighty and everlasting God, who stooped to raise fallen humanity through the child-bearing of blessed Mary: grant that we, who have seen your glory revealed in our human nature and your love made perfect in our weakness, may daily be renewed in your image and conformed to the pattern of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AllAmen.


Prayer for Advent Candle

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, compassionate and gentle: to you be praise and glory for ever. Your light has shone in our dark world through Mary’s acceptance to be the mother of Jesus. We ask that we who have seen your glory may daily be renewed in your image and prepared like her for the coming of your Son, who is the Lord and Saviour of all.


The Lord’s Prayer is said

Awaiting his coming in glory, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

(or)

Awaiting his coming in glory, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. AllAmen.

Let us bless the Lord. AllThanks be to God.










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