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1st December 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 November 2020

 Church of England

Prayer During the Day

on Sundays in Advent





O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.


Your words have I hidden within my heart,

that I should not sin against you.


Saviour eternal, life of the world unfailing, light everlasting and our true redemption. Taking our humanity in your loving freedom, you rescued our lost earth and filled the world with joy. By your first advent justify us, by your second, set us free: that when the great light dawns and you come as judge of all, we may be robed in immortality and ready, Lord, to follow in your footsteps blest, wherever they may lead.


The Word of God

Psalm 82

1    God has taken his stand in the council of heaven;  

in the midst of the gods he gives judgement:

2    ‘How long will you judge unjustly  

and show such favour to the wicked?

3    ‘You were to judge the weak and the orphan;  

defend the right of the humble and needy;

4    ‘Rescue the weak and the poor;  

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5    ‘They have no knowledge or wisdom;

    they walk on still in darkness:  

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6    ‘Therefore I say that though you are gods  

and all of you children of the Most High,

7    ‘Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals  

and fall like one of their princes.’

8    Arise, O God and judge the earth,  for it is you that shall

take all nations for your possession.

Glory 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

Short readings
Advent 1

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.Revelation 22.17,20,21

Advent 2Advent 2

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

                                                                                         Isaiah 11.1–4

Advent 3

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”’ John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.                                                                                             Mark 1.1–5

Advent 4

The angel said to Mary, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of theLord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.        Luke 1.35,38


Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.

Isaiah 40.1


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.



The Collect of the day


The Lord’s Prayer


The Conclusion

May the Lord make us ready for his coming in glory.



As we await our coming Saviour, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.


The Blessing

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;

and the blessing …


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