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Incarnation

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,*
as we have put our trust in you.

Opening – From Psalm 33
The eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him*
on those who wait upon his love.
To pluck their lives from death,*
and to feed them in time of famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;*
he is our help and our shield.
Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,*
for in his holy name we put our trust.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 110
The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool.’
The Lord will send the sceptre of your power out of Zion,*
saying, ‘Rule over your enemies round about you.
Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning.’
The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath;*
he will rule over the nations.
He will heap high the corpses;*
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook beside the road;*
therefore he will lift high his head.
Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, born as a man, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, judge who will come at the end of time, glory to you for ever and ever.

Conclusion (from Philippians 2)
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:*
the divine nature was his from the first:
Yet he did not grasp at equality with God;*
he emptied himself and became like a slave.
Taking the nature of man he was revealed in human form;*
he humbled himself and became obedient even to death,
death on a cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,*
and has given him a name above every other name;
So that in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,*
in heaven, on earth, and in the depths;
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;*
to the glory of God the Father.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
as we have put our trust in you.

READINGS

Isaiah 65: 15b-25
You shall leave your name to my chosen to use as a curse,
and the Lord God will put you to death;
but to his servants he will give a different name.
Then whoever invokes a blessing in the land
shall bless by the God of faithfulness,
and whoever takes an oath in the land
shall swear by the God of faithfulness;
because the former troubles are forgotten
and are hidden from my sight.

For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.

Revelation 21: 1-6
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’
And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Silence

Response (Ps.89.27)
V. I will make him my first-born.
R. I will make him my first-born.
V. Higher than the kings of the earth.
R. My first-born.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will make him my first-born.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forbears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father.

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects

God of power and life, the glory of all who believe in you, fill the world with your splendour and show the nations the light of your truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

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

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Incarnation

V. O Lord, open our lips:
R. and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light;*

its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

Opening – From Psalm 85
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying,*

for he is speaking peace to his faithful people.

Truly his salvation is very near to those who fear him,*

that his glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth have met together;*

righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Truth shall spring up from the earth,*

and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 2

Why are the nations in an uproar?*
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together,*
against the Lord and against his anointed?
‘Let us break their yoke,’ they say;*
‘let us cast off their bonds from us.’
He whose throne is in heaven is laughing;*
the Lord has them in derision.
Then he speaks to them in his wrath,*
and his rage fills them with terror.
‘I myself have set my king*
upon my holy hill of Zion.’
Let me announce the decree of the Lord;*
he said to me, ‘You are my Son;
this day have I begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for
your inheritance*
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall crush them with an iron rod*
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.’
1And now, you kings, be wise;*
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
1Submit to the Lord with fear,*
and with trembling bow before him;
1Lest he be angry and you perish;*
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
1Happy are they all*
who take refuge in him!

Ruler of heaven and earth, you sent your only Son into the world to be our Redeemer, and by raising him from the dead you gave him victory over all his enemies.  Show us the power of your saving love and bring us to share in your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Conclusion (Isaiah 60)
Arise, shine, for your light has come,*

the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For behold darkness shall cover the earth,*

thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you;*

God’s glory will be seen upon you.

Nations shall come to your light;*

kings to the brightness of your rising.

The sun shall be no more your light by day;*

nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night;

but the Lord will be your everlasting light,*

your God will be your glory.

Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light,

its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

READINGS

Isaiah 26: 1-9
On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city;
he sets up victory
like walls and bulwarks.
Open the gates,
so that the righteous nation that keeps faith
may enter in.
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord for ever,
for in the Lord God
you have an everlasting rock.
For he has brought low
the inhabitants of the height;
the lofty city he lays low.
He lays it low to the ground,
casts it to the dust.
The foot tramples it,
the feet of the poor,
the steps of the needy.
The way of the righteous is level;
O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.
In the path of your judgements,
O Lord, we wait for you;
your name and your renown
are the soul’s desire.
My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgements are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5: 16-6: 2
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,
‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

John 8: 12-19
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’

Silence

Response (Ps. 119.130)
V. When your word goes forth it gives light.

R. When your word goes forth it gives light.

V. It gives understanding to the simple.

R. It gives light.

V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

R. When your word goes forth it gives light.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon:

To us is born this day a Saviour,*

Christ the Lord

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
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 that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
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 all 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 be to the Father.

Benedictus Antiphon:

To us is born this day a Saviour,*

Christ the Lord

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects

Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word.  May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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Incarnation

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,*
as we have put our trust in you.

Opening – From Psalm 33
The eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him*
on those who wait upon his love.
To pluck their lives from death,*
and to feed them in time of famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;*
he is our help and our shield.
Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,*
for in his holy name we put our trust.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, O God my King,*
and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you*
and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another*
and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty*
and all your marvellous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,*
and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;*
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,*
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone*
and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O Lord,*
and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom*
and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power*
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;*
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is faithful in all his words*
and merciful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall;*
he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,*
and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand*
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways*
and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,*
to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him,*
he hears their cry and helps them.
The Lord preserves all those who love him,*
but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;*
let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Almighty God, give us grace to know you more and more, that knowing we may love and loving we may praise, that the whole world may hear your name and worship you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Conclusion (from Philippians 2)
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:*
the divine nature was his from the first:
Yet he did not grasp at equality with God;*
he emptied himself and became like a slave.
Taking the nature of man he was revealed in human form;*
he humbled himself and became obedient even to death,
death on a cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,*
and has given him a name above every other name;
So that in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,*
in heaven, on earth, and in the depths;
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;*
to the glory of God the Father.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
as we have put our trust in you.

READINGS

John 7: 53-8: 11
Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’]]

Silence

Response (Ps.89.27)
V. I will make him my first-born.
R. I will make him my first-born.
V. Higher than the kings of the earth.
R. My first-born.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will make him my first-born.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forbears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father.

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word.  May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord:

Thanks be to God!

 

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:

through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

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Incarnation

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,*
as we have put our trust in you.

Opening – From Psalm 33
The eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him*
on those who wait upon his love.
To pluck their lives from death,*
and to feed them in time of famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;*
he is our help and our shield.
Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,*
for in his holy name we put our trust.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 110
The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool.’
The Lord will send the sceptre of your power out of Zion,*
saying, ‘Rule over your enemies round about you.
Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning.’
The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath;*
he will rule over the nations.
He will heap high the corpses;*
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook beside the road;*
therefore he will lift high his head.
Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, born as a man, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, judge who will come at the end of time, glory to you for ever and ever.

Conclusion (from Philippians 2)
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:*
the divine nature was his from the first:
Yet he did not grasp at equality with God;*
he emptied himself and became like a slave.
Taking the nature of man he was revealed in human form;*
he humbled himself and became obedient even to death,
death on a cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,*
and has given him a name above every other name;
So that in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,*
in heaven, on earth, and in the depths;
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;*
to the glory of God the Father.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
as we have put our trust in you.

READINGS

Wisdom 4: 7-15
But the righteous, though they die early, will be at rest.
For old age is not honoured for length of time,
or measured by number of years;
but understanding is grey hair for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.
There were some who pleased God and were loved by him,
and while living among sinners were taken up.
They were caught up so that evil might not change their understanding
or guile deceive their souls.
For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good,
and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.
Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years;
for their souls were pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took them quickly from the midst of wickedness.
Yet the peoples saw and did not understand,
or take such a thing to heart,
that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect,
and that he watches over his holy ones.

 

Acts 7: 59-8: 8
While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died. And Saul approved of their killing him.

That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison.

Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralysed or lame were cured. So there was great joy in that city.

 

Silence

Response (Ps.89.27)
V. I will make him my first-born.
R. I will make him my first-born.
V. Higher than the kings of the earth.
R. My first-born.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will make him my first-born.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forbears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father.

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word.  May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:

Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:

through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

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Incarnation

V. O Lord, open our lips:
R. and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light;*
its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

Opening – From Psalm 85
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying,*
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people.
Truly his salvation is very near to those who fear him,*
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;*
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring up from the earth,*
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 2

Why are the nations in an uproar?*
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together,*
against the Lord and against his anointed?
‘Let us break their yoke,’ they say;*
‘let us cast off their bonds from us.’
He whose throne is in heaven is laughing;*
the Lord has them in derision.
Then he speaks to them in his wrath,*
and his rage fills them with terror.
‘I myself have set my king*
upon my holy hill of Zion.’
Let me announce the decree of the Lord;*
he said to me, ‘You are my Son;
this day have I begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for
your inheritance*
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall crush them with an iron rod*
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.’
And now, you kings, be wise;*
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Submit to the Lord with fear,*
and with trembling bow before him;
Lest he be angry and you perish;*
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Happy are they all*
who take refuge in him!
Ruler of heaven and earth, you sent your only Son into the world to be our Redeemer, and by raising him from the dead you gave him victory over all his enemies.  Show us the power of your saving love and bring us to share in your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Conclusion (Isaiah 60)
Arise, shine, for your light has come,*
the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold darkness shall cover the earth,*
thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you;*
God’s glory will be seen upon you.
Nations shall come to your light;*
kings to the brightness of your rising.
The sun shall be no more your light by day;*
nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,*
your God will be your glory.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light,
its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

READINGS

2 Chronicles 24: 17-22
Now after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king listened to them. They abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and served the sacred poles and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs. Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord; they testified against them, but they would not listen.

Then the spirit of God took possession of Zechariah son of the priest Jehoiada; he stood above the people and said to them, ‘Thus says God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has also forsaken you.’ But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the Lord. King Joash did not remember the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son. As he was dying, he said, ‘May the Lord see and avenge!’

 

Acts 6: 1-7
Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait at tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.’ What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Silence

Response (Ps. 119.130)
V. When your word goes forth it gives light.
R. When your word goes forth it gives light.
V. It gives understanding to the simple.
R. It gives light.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. When your word goes forth it gives light.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
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 that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
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 all 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 be to the Father.

Benedictus Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord.

 

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word.  May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

 

 

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Incarnation

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,*
as we have put our trust in you.

Opening – From Psalm 33
The eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him*
on those who wait upon his love.
To pluck their lives from death,*
and to feed them in time of famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;*
he is our help and our shield.
Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,*
for in his holy name we put our trust.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 110
The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool.’
The Lord will send the sceptre of your power out of Zion,*
saying, ‘Rule over your enemies round about you.
Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning.’
The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath;*
he will rule over the nations.
He will heap high the corpses;*
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook beside the road;*
therefore he will lift high his head.
Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, born as a man, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, judge who will come at the end of time, glory to you for ever and ever.

Conclusion (from Philippians 2)
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus:*
the divine nature was his from the first:
Yet he did not grasp at equality with God;*
he emptied himself and became like a slave.
Taking the nature of man he was revealed in human form;*
he humbled himself and became obedient even to death,
death on a cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,*
and has given him a name above every other name;
So that in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,*
in heaven, on earth, and in the depths;
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;*
to the glory of God the Father.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
as we have put our trust in you.

READING

Isaiah 54: 1-13
Sing, O barren one who did not bear;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labour!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
than the children of her that is married, says the Lord.
Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left,
and your descendants will possess the nations
and will settle the desolate towns.
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband,
the Lord of hosts is his name;
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This is like the days of Noah to me:
Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I am about to set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
your gates of jewels,
and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the prosperity of your children.

Mark 10: 13-16

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Silence

Response (Ps.89.27)
V. I will make him my first-born.
R. I will make him my first-born.
V. Higher than the kings of the earth.
R. My first-born.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will make him my first-born.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

 

Magnificat Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose children suffered at the hands of Herod: receive, we pray, all innocent victims into the arms of your mercy.  By your great might frustrate all evil designs and establish your reign of justice, love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

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

 

 


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Incarnation

V. O Lord, open our lips:
R. and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory be 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.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light;*
its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

Opening – From Psalm 85
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying,*
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people.
Truly his salvation is very near to those who fear him,*
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;*
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring up from the earth,*
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 2

Why are the nations in an uproar?*
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together,*
against the Lord and against his anointed?
‘Let us break their yoke,’ they say;*
‘let us cast off their bonds from us.’
He whose throne is in heaven is laughing;*
the Lord has them in derision.
Then he speaks to them in his wrath,*
and his rage fills them with terror.
‘I myself have set my king*
upon my holy hill of Zion.’
Let me announce the decree of the Lord;*
he said to me, ‘You are my Son;
this day have I begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for
your inheritance*
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall crush them with an iron rod*
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.’
And now, you kings, be wise;*
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Submit to the Lord with fear,*
and with trembling bow before him;
Lest he be angry and you perish;*
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Happy are they all*
who take refuge in him!

Ruler of heaven and earth, you sent your only Son into the world to be our Redeemer, and by raising him from the dead you gave him victory over all his enemies.  Show us the power of your saving love and bring us to share in your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Conclusion (Isaiah 60)
Arise, shine, for your light has come,*
the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold darkness shall cover the earth,*
thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you;*
God’s glory will be seen upon you.
Nations shall come to your light;*
kings to the brightness of your rising.
The sun shall be no more your light by day;*
nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,*
your God will be your glory.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Your justice Lord dawns like morning light,
its dawning is as sure as the sunrise.

READINGS

Isaiah 49: 13-23
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.’
Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
Your builders outdo your destroyers,
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.

Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land—
surely now you will be too crowded for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
The children born in the time of your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing:
‘The place is too crowded for me;
make room for me to settle.’
Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away—
so who has reared these?
I was left all alone—
where then have these come from?’
Thus says the Lord God:
I will soon lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
Kings shall be your foster-fathers,
and their queens your nursing-mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.

Matthew 18: 1-14
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling-blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling-block comes!

‘If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.

‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Silence

Response (Ps. 119.130)
V. When your word goes forth it gives light.
R. When your word goes forth it gives light.
V. It gives understanding to the simple.
R. It gives light.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. When your word goes forth it gives light.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord.

Epiphany, Glory to Christ* who is preached among the
nations and believed on in the world.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
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 that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
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 all 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 be to the Father.

Benedictus Antiphon: To us is born this day a Saviour,*
Christ the Lord.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, whose children suffered at the hands of Herod: receive, we pray, all innocent victims into the arms of your mercy.  By your great might frustrate all evil designs and establish your reign of justice, love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

 

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