Monday 21st December Morning Prayer

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. OPENING Mondays: From Psalm 25, Ad TE DOMINE LEVAVI To you, O Lord, * I lift up my soul;Show me your ways, O Lord, * and teach me your paths.Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation;in you have I trusted all the day long.Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, * for they are from everlasting.Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.Gracious and upright are you, O Lord; * therefore you teach sinners in your way.You guide the humble in doing right * and teach your way to the lowly.O Lord, all your paths are

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Advent 4, Peace: Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. 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. Opening Sundays: From Psalm 25 Ad te, Domine, levavi To you, O Lord, * I lift up my soul;Show me your ways, O Lord, * and teach me your paths.Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation;in you have I trusted all the day long.Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, * for they are from everlasting.Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.Gracious and upright are you, O Lord; * therefore you teach sinners in your way.You guide the humble in doing right * and teach your way to the lowly.O Lord, all

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Advent 4 Morning Prayer

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. OPENING Sundays: From Psalm 85, Benedixisti, Domine You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.You have forgiven all the iniquity of your people * and blotted out all their sins.You have withdrawn all your fury * and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.Restore us then, O God our Saviour; * let your anger depart from us.Show us your mercy, O Lord, * and grant us your salvation.I will listen to what you, Lord God, are saying, * for you are speaking peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you.Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, *that your glory may dwell in our land.Mercy and truth

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19th December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. 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. Opening Saturdays: From Psalm 122, Lætatus sum I was glad when they said to me, * “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”She is built as a city * that is at unity with itself.To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, * to praise the name of the Lord.Pray for the peace of the Lord’s house: * “May they prosper who love you.Peace be within your walls * and quietness within your towers.Because of the house of the Lord our God, * I will seek to do you good.” Reflection: Boniface We all know the story of how Queen Victoria’s consort Albert brought the tradition of Christmas trees to England from Germany but how did

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Saturday 19th December Morning Prayer

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. OPENING Saturdays: From Psalm 27, Dominus illuminatio The Lord is my light and my salvation; * whom then shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life; * of whom then shall I be afraid?One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; *that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.For in the day of trouble, O God, you shall keep me safe in your shelter; * you shall hide me in the secrecy of your dwelling and set me high upon a rock.Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; * have mercy on me and answer me.You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” * Your face,

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18th December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. 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. Opening Fridays: FROM Psalm 80, Qui regis Israel Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.Restore us, O God of hosts; *show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.O Lord God of hosts, * how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your peopleYou have fed them with the bread of tears; *you have given them bowls of tears to drink.You have made us the derision of our neighbours, * and our enemies laugh us to scorn.Restore us, O God of hosts; *show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.Turn now, O God of hosts, * look down from heaven;Let your hand

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Friday 18th December Morning Prayer

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. OPENING Fridays: FROM Psalm 31, In te, Domine, speravi In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *deliver me in your righteousness. Incline your ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, *for you are my crag and my stronghold;for the sake of your name, * lead me and guide me.Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *for you are my tower of strength.Into your hands I commend my spirit, *for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; *for you have seen my affliction; you know my distress.You have not

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17th December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. 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. Opening Thursdays: From Psalm 126, In convertendo When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, * then were we like those who dream.Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with shouts of joy.The Lord has done great things for us, * and we are glad indeed.Restore our fortunes, O Lord, * like the watercourses of the Negev.Let those who go out weeping, carry-ing the seed, *come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. Reflection: Faustyna Maria Faustyna Kowalska (born Helena Kowalska; 25 August 1905 – 5 October 1938[1]), also known as Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament and popularly spelled Faustina, was a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic. Her apparitions of Jesus Christ inspired the

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Thursday 17th December Morning Prayer

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. OPENING Thursdays: From Psalm 130, De profundis Out of the depths * have I called you, O Lord;Lord, hear my voice; *let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, * O Lord, who could stand?For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits for you; * in your word is my hope.My soul waits for you, O Lord, * more than sentinels for the morning.All you people, wait for the Lord, * for with the Lord there is mercy;with God there is plenteous redemption, *the Lord shall redeem the people from all their sins. CLOSING Isaiah 9.18-10.4 For wickedness burned like a

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16th December Evening Prayer

Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. 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. Opening Wednesdays: From Psalm 44, Deus, auribus We have heard with our ears, O God, our ancestors have told us, *the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.Every day we gloried in God, * and we will praise your name for ever.Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us * and do not go forth with our armies.My humiliation is daily before me, * and shame has covered my face;Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? * Arise! Do not reject us for ever.Why have you hidden your face * and forgotten our affliction and oppression?We sink down into the dust; * our body cleaves to the ground.Rise up, and help us, * and save us, for the

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