Prayer During the Day
Epiphany Season
    Sunday, 28 January 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
     
     
      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, Sunday Psalm 67
     
    (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 67

1  God be gracious to us and bless us 
   and make his face to shine upon us,

2  That your way may be known upon earth, 
   your saving power among all nations.

3  Let the peoples praise you, O God; 
   let all the peoples praise you.

4  O let the nations rejoice and be glad, 
   for you will judge the peoples righteously
      and govern the nations upon earth.

5  Let the peoples praise you, O God; 
   let all the peoples praise you.

6  Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, 
   and God, our own God, will bless us.

7  God will bless us, 
   and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

In the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth,
O God of all the nations;
with all your people,
may we make known your grace
and walk in the ways of peace;
for your name’s sake.

     
    (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, Sunday
    From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.
   
Malachi 1.11
     
    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
     
    God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
      in the face of 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.