O Oriens

Holy One, open our lips:

and we shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen.


O come, O come, thou Morning Star,

a point of light eternal so singular,

an unexpected hope so bright

that puts our grey despair to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! The radiant dawn

shall soon console the hearts that mourn.


From Psalm 19, Cæli Enarrant

The heavens declare the glo-|ry of God, *

and the firmament shows the handiwork |of the Lord.

One day tells its tale |to another, *

and one night imparts knowledge |to another.

Although they have no |words or language, *

and their voices |are not heard,

their sound has gone out in-|to all lands, * 

and their message to the ends |of the world.

In the deep has God set a pavilion |for the sun; *

it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;

it rejoices like a champion to |run its course.

It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens

and runs about to the end of |it again; *

nothing is hidden from its |burning heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect and re-|vives the soul; *

the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom |to the innocent.

The statutes of the Lord are just and re-|joice the heart; *

the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light |to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean and en-|dures for ever; *

the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous |altogether.

More to be desired are |they than gold, *

more than much fine gold, sweeter |far than honey,

than honey |in the comb.

By them also is your ser-|vant enlightened, *

and in keeping them there is |great reward. 

Who can tell how often |they offend? *

Cleanse me from my |secret faults.

Above all, keep your servant from presump-|tuous sins; *

then shall I be |innocent of a great offense.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart

be acceptable |in your sight; *

O Lord, my strength and |my redeemer.

Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen.


Reading -Song of Songs 2.8-14

ok, he comes, leaping upon the mountains,

bounding over the hills.

My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.

Look, there he stands behind our wall,

gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.

My beloved speaks and says to me:

‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;

for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom;

they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff,

let me see your face, let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.



There is a longing, deep within us,

to be with you, O God.

We are expectant

of your coming to walk the earth.


Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*

for he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old* 

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:* 

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,*

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation*

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God*

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

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

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.


Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

On this day, we lift into the blessing of God’s compassionate gaze:

those who wait expectantly for news of loved ones;

all astronomers and scientists with eyes trained on the skies;

all whose presence brings light into dark days. Amen.

Our 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. 

Do not bring us to the time of trial, but deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, 

now and for ever. Amen.


Gracious God,

may our hearts leap for joy

in the silence of the approaching night,

as your living Word becomes a human being,

speaking to us through flesh and blood,

through our neighbours, our enemies, and our friends.



As we go from this place,

help us to remember that we are cradled in your loving hand,

developing alongside our brother, Jesus

and gifted with life by your Holy breath. Amen.

A priest and poet in the Scottish Episcopal Church, exploring the workings of the Holy Spirit in Banchory .