Prayer During the Day
from All Saints’ Day until
the day before the First Sunday of Advent
    Tuesday, 21 November 2023
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    You have been my helper
  and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.
Psalm 63.8
    A hymn, song, canticle or extempore praise or
    For the gift of his Spirit:
blessed be Christ.
    For the catholic Church:
blessed be Christ.
    For the means of grace:
blessed be Christ.
    For the hope of glory:
blessed be Christ.
    For the triumphs of his gospel:
blessed be Christ.
    For the lives of his saints:
blessed be Christ.
    In joy and in sorrow:
blessed be Christ.
    In life and in death:
blessed be Christ.
    Now and to the end of the ages:
blessed be Christ.
from A Litany of the Resurrection
The Word of God
    Either, Tuesday Psalm 42.1-7
    Or, on any day Psalm 24.1-6
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.

Psalm 42.1-7

1  As the deer longs for the water brooks, 
   so longs my soul for you, O God.

2  My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God; 
   when shall I come before the presence of God?

3  My tears have been my bread day and night, 
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’

4  Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul: 
   how I went with the multitude
      and led the procession to the house of God,

5  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, 
   among those who kept holy day.

6  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, 
   and why are you so disquieted within me?

7  O put your trust in God; 
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Come, creator Spirit, source of life;
sustain us when our hearts are heavy
and our wells have run dry,
for you are the Father’s gift,
with him who is our living water,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


Psalm 24.1-6

Refrain: The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

1  The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, 
   the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.

2  For he has founded it upon the seas 
   and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, 
   or who can rise up in his holy place?’

4  ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, 
   who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,
      nor sworn an oath to a lie;

5  ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, 
   a just reward from the God of their salvation.’

6  Such is the company of those who seek him, 
   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Refrain: The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory.

O Lord of hosts,
purify our hearts
that the King of glory may come in,
your Son, Jesus our redeemer.

    Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
  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, Tuesday
    You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12.22-24
    Or, on any day from All Saints to Advent
    Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3.20
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
    Blessed are the poor in spirit,
  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5.3
    Prayers may include these concerns:
    The saints on earth, that they may live as citizens of heaven
    All people, that they may hear and believe the word of God
    All who fear the winter months
    All sovereigns and political leaders, that they may imitate the righteous rule of Christ
    All who grieve or wait with the dying
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
    Either, the following prayer is said
    Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening
into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter that gate and dwell in that house,
where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling,
      but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends or beginnings, but one equal eternity;
in the habitations of your glory and dominion,
world without end.
Eric Milner-White (1963)
after John Donne (1631)
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
    Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
      to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
    The Lord’s Prayer is said.
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
  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.
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
  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.
The Conclusion
    May God give us grace to follow the saints in glory.