Prayer During the Day
Advent
    Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Francis Xavier, Missionary, Apostle of the Indies, 1552 [Commemoration]
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Your words have I hidden within my heart,
All
  that I should not sin against you.
   
Psalm 119.11
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
     
    Saviour eternal,
life of the world unfailing,
light everlasting
and our true redemption.
     
    Taking our humanity
in your loving freedom,
you rescued our lost earth
and filled the world with joy.
     
    By your first advent justify us,
by your second, set us free:
that when the great light dawns
and you come as judge of all,
we may be robed in immortality
and ready, Lord, to follow
in your footsteps blest, wherever they may lead.
   
Salus Aeterna
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, Tuesday Psalm 14
     
    Or, on any day Psalm 80.1-8
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 14

Refrain: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

1  The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ 
   Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
      there is no one that does good.

2  The Lord has looked down from heaven
      upon the children of earth, 
   to see if there is anyone who is wise
      and seeks after God.

3  But every one has turned back;
      all alike have become corrupt: 
   there is none that does good; no, not one.

4  Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, 
   who eat up my people as if they ate bread
      and do not call upon the Lord?

5  There shall they be in great fear; 
   for God is in the company of the righteous.

6  Though they would confound the counsel of the poor, 
   yet the Lord shall be their refuge.

7  O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion! 
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
      then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

Refrain: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

God of heaven,
look with mercy on all who are consumed
by ignorance and greed,
and let the children of earth know
that you are God for ever.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 80.1-8

1  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, 
   you that led Joseph like a flock;

2  Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, 
   before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

3  Stir up your mighty strength 
   and come to our salvation.

4  Turn us again, O God; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

5  O Lord God of hosts, 
   how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?

6  You feed them with the bread of tears; 
   you give them abundance of tears to drink.

7  You have made us the derision of our neighbours, 
   and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

8  Turn us again, O God of hosts; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Faithful shepherd of your people,
as we look for the light of your countenance,
restore in us the image of your glory
and graft us into the risen life of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

    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
 
     
    Tuesday
    The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
   
Mark 1.1-5
     
    Or, on any day in Advent
    Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
   
Isaiah 40.1
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
All
  for they will be filled.
   
Matthew 5.6
     
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    The Church, that she may be ready for the coming of Christ
    The leaders of the Church
    The nations, that they may be subject to the rule of God
    Those who are working for justice in the world
    The broken, that they may find God’s healing
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    Keep us, O Lord,
while we tarry on this earth,
in a serious seeking after you,
and in an affectionate walking with you,
every day of our lives;
that when you come,
we may be found not hiding our talent,
nor serving the flesh,
nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished,
but waiting and longing for our Lord,
our glorious God for ever.
All
  Amen.
   
Richard Baxter (1691)
     
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
      to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him 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 Lord make us ready for his coming in glory.
All
  Amen.