Morning Prayer – Advent | Christmas

Daily Morning Prayer
Read the opening verse for the day:
Sunday: Watch , for you know not when the master of the house
will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or
in the morning; lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mark 13:35, 36

Monday: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

Tuesday: The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see
it together. Isaiah 40:5

Wednesday: Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy, which will come
to all the people; for unto you is born this day in the city of
David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10, 11

Thursday: Behold, the dwelling of God is with mankind. He will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will
be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3
Friday: Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 43:3
Saturday: Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15
Confession of Sin
We practice confession not to change God’s heart towards us, but to change our heart towards God
Take a few moments to pray and confess your sins and acknowledge your need for God’s grace and forgiveness.
The Officiant says to the People
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say

*Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.
*O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

*May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays
Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Invitatory
Invitatory – The invitation to worship, through Psalms.
All stand.
Officiant O Lord, open our lips;
People *And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant O God, make speed to save us;
People *O Lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant Our King and Savior now draws near
People Come, let us adore him.
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Venite – The liturgical name given to Psalm 95 used as a canticle or hymn in Christian liturgy, chiefly at morning prayer times.
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
*let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
*and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
* and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
* and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
* and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
* and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
*and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
Jubilate Psalm 100
Jubilate – a psalm of rejoicing
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
* serve the Lord with gladness
*and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God;
*he himself has made us, and we are his;
*we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
*go into his courts with praise;
*give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good;
*his mercy is everlasting;
*and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
The Reading of the Daily Psalm
The daily Psalm schedule is included on the next page along with the daily scripture reading.
At the end of the Psalms
*Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The Lessons
Choose one of the three readings below followed by the daily scripture reading.
Reading 1
Te Deum Laudamus** We Praise You, O God
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
The cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
we praise your name forever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;
have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope,
let us never be put to shame.

Reading 2
Benedictus es, Domine** A Song of Praise
Song of the Three Young Men
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
you of worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you, beholding the depths;
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Reading 3
Benedictus** The Song of Zechariah – Luke 1:68-79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
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 who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
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 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 ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers

The People kneel or stand.
Officiant The Lord be with you.
People *And with your spirit.
Officiant Let us pray.
Officiant Lord, have mercy.
People *Christ, have mercy.
Officiant Lord, have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer
Officiant and People together
Our 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, and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
Officiant O Lord, show us your mercy;
People *And grant us your salvation.
Officiant O Lord, save our nations;
People *And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People *And make your chosen people joyful.
Officiant O Lord, save your people;
People *And bless your inheritance.
Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People *For only in you can we live in safety.
Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People *Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People *And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day
Collect – a prayer that gathers together
Pray the corresponding daily collect together

A Collect for Strength to Await Christ’s Return (Sunday)
O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to
wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life (Monday)
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace (Tuesday)
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace (Wednesday)
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance (Thursday)
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Endurance (Friday)
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Sabbath Rest (Saturday)
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the
eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Intercessional Prayer and Thanksgivings
Take time to pray silently or aloud through the following categories
Prayers for the church
Prayers for the community
Prayers for those hurting or in any need
Prayers for those seeking God
Prayers for those serving others
Prayers for thanksgiving
The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Benediction
Benediction – the utterance or bestowing of a blessing
Officiant chooses one of the following Graces.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21