Prayer During the Day
Epiphany Season
    Friday, 12 January 2018
Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167 [Lesser Festival]
Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689 [Commemoration]
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    With you, O God, is the well of life
All
  and in your light shall we see light.
   
cf Psalm 36.9
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
     
    Christ Jesus was revealed in the flesh
and vindicated in the spirit.
     
    He was seen by angels
and proclaimed among the nations.
     
    Believed in throughout the world,
he was taken up in glory.
     
    This will be made manifest at the proper time
by the blessed and only Sovereign,
     
    Who alone has immortality,
and dwells in unapproachable light.
     
    To the King of kings and Lord of lords
be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.
   
I Timothy 3.16; 6.15,16
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, Friday Psalm 138
     
    (or)
     
    Or, on any day Psalm 72.10-15
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 138

Refrain: Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

1  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; 
   before the gods will I sing praise to you.

2  I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,
      because of your love and faithfulness; 
   for you have glorified your name
      and your word above all things.

3  In the day that I called to you, you answered me; 
   you put new strength in my soul.

4  All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, 
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5  They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, 
   that great is the glory of the Lord.

6  Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly; 
   as for the proud, he regards them from afar.

7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
      you will preserve me; 
   you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
      your right hand will save me.

8  The Lord shall make good his purpose for me; 
   your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;
      forsake not the work of your hands.

Refrain: Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

Lord our God, supreme over all things,
look upon the humble and lowly
and put new strength into our souls
to complete your purpose for us
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 72.10-15

Refrain: The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; 
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.

11  All kings shall fall down before him; 
   all nations shall do him service.

12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, 
   the needy and those who have no helper.

13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; 
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, 
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

15  Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba; 
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.

Refrain: The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

May your kingdom come, O God,
with deliverance for the needy,
with peace for the righteous,
with overflowing blessing for all nations,
with glory, honour and praise
for Christ, the only Saviour.

    Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
     
All
  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
 
     
    Either, Friday
    With all wisdom and insight the Father has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
   
Ephesians 1.8b-10
     
    Or, on any day in Epiphany
    Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’
   
John 8.12
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Blessed are the meek,
All
  for they will inherit the earth.
   
Matthew 5.5
     
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    The unity of the Church
    The peace of the world
    The healing of the sick
    The revelation of Christ to those from whom his glory is hidden
    All who travel
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    O good Jesus,
Word of the Father and
      brightness of his glory,
whom angels desire to behold:
teach me to do your will
that, guided by your Spirit,
I may come to that blessed city of
      everlasting day,
where all are one in heart and mind,
where there is safety and eternal peace,
happiness and delight,
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
world without end.
All
  Amen.
   
after Gregory the Great (604)
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    Almighty God,
who endowed Aelred the abbot
with the gift of Christian friendship
and the wisdom to lead others in the way of holiness:
grant to your people that same spirit of mutual affection,
so that, in loving one another,
we may know the love of Christ
and rejoice in the eternal possession
      of your supreme goodness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.
     
    The Lord’s Prayer is said.
     
    (Either)
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
     
All
  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.
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)
     
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
     
All
  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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.
     
   
The Conclusion
 
     
    May the light of Christ our Lord shine in all our hearts.
All
  Amen.