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Tuesday 23 December 2014    (other days)
23 December
 (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest)

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 66 (67)
The Lord is at hand: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
O God, take pity on us and bless us,
  and let your face shine upon us,
so that your ways may be known across the world,
  and all nations learn of your salvation.
(repeat antiphon*)
Let the peoples praise you, O God,
  let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and rejoice,
  for you judge the peoples with fairness
  and you guide the nations of the earth.
(repeat antiphon*)
Let the peoples praise you, O God,
  let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has produced its harvest:
  may God, our God, bless us.
May God bless us,
  may the whole world revere him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
The Lord is at hand: come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymn
Hark! a herald voice is calling
  Through the shadows of the night
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness
  Christ descends with heavenly light.’
Wakened by the solemn warning,
  Let the earthbound soul arise;
Christ, her sun, all sloth dispelling,
  Shines upon the morning skies.
Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
  Comes with pardon down from heav’n;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
  One and all to be forgiv’n;
So, when next he comes with glory,
  And his judgement-day draws near,
Faithful he may find his servants,
  Watching till their Lord appear.
Honour, glory, might, and blessing
  To the Father and the Son,
With the everlasting Spirit,
  While eternal ages run.

Psalm 100 (101)
The declaration of a just ruler
The Lord will come out from his holy place: he will come to save his people.
I will sing of kindness and justice –
  to you, Lord, will I sing.
My thoughts shall follow the way of perfection:
  when will you come to me, Lord?
I will walk with an innocent heart
  through the halls of my palace.
I will allow no evil thing in my sight.
  I will hate the man who retreats from perfection:
  he may not stay near me.
The wicked of heart must leave me;
  the plotter of evil I will not acknowledge.
The man who plots against his neighbour in secret:
  I will suppress him.
The haughty of eye, the puffed-up and proud –
  I will not support them.
I will turn my eyes to the faithful of the land:
  they shall sit with me.
Whoever walks in the way of perfection –
  he shall be my servant.
The haughty shall not live in my palace;
  the slanderer shall not stand in my sight.
Each morning I will suppress
  all the wicked of the land.
I will rid the city of the Lord
  of all that do evil.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
The Lord will come out from his holy place: he will come to save his people.

CanticleDaniel 3
The prayer of Azariah in the furnace
We have a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.
Blessed are you, Lord God of our fathers:
  your name is glorious for ever
  for you are just in all you have done to us.
For we have sinned and done wrong, we have deserted you
  and done all things wrong.
Do not give us up for ever, for your name’s sake we beg you,
  do not dissolve your covenant.
Take not your loving kindness from us,
  for the sake of Abraham, your beloved;
  and Isaac your servant,
  and Israel your holy one.
You told them you would multiply their seed
  like the stars of the sky
  like the sand on the shores of the sea.
But we, Lord, are made the least of all nations.
Today we are brought low over all the earth
  on account of our sins.
Today there is no prince
  no prophet, no leader,
  no holocaust, no sacrifice.
No offering, no incense,
  no first-fruits offered to you
 – no way to obtain your mercy.
But in our contrite souls,
  in a spirit of humility,
  accept us, Lord.
Like a holocaust of rams and bulls,
  like fat sheep in their thousands,
  let our sacrifice be like these before you today.
Bring to fruition the quest of those who follow you,
  for those who trust in you can never be confounded.
And now we follow you with all our heart
  and we revere you and seek your face.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
We have a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.

Psalm 143 (144)
For victory and peace
Let us know your way on earth, Lord: let all the peoples know your saving power.
Blessed be the Lord, my help,
  who trains my hands for battle,
  my fingers for war.
The Lord is kindness and strength,
  my refuge and my liberator.
He is my shield, and I trust in him –
  he places my people under his rule.
Lord, what is man, that you should take notice of him?
  The son of man, that you should give him respect?
For man is as nothing,
  his day is like a shadow that passes.
Lord, descend from your heavens,
  touch the mountains so that they smoke.
Brandish your lightnings and scatter my enemies,
  fire your arrows, sow confusion among them.
Send down your power from above,
  raise me and free me from the flooding waters,
from the power of those of foreign race,
  whose speeches are not to be trusted,
  who lift up their hands in perjury.
I will sing a new song to you, God:
  I will sound your praise on the ten-stringed harp.
You give victory to kings,
  you rescue David your servant
  from the swords of his enemies.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Let us know your way on earth, Lord: let all the peoples know your saving power.

Short Reading
Jeremiah 30:21,22 ©
The Lord says this: Their prince will come from Jacob, their ruler come from their own people. I will let him come freely into my presence and he can come close to me. And you shall be my people and I will be your God.

Short Responsory
The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
His glory will appear in your midst.
The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The glory of the Lord will shine on you, Jerusalem. Like the sun he will rise over you.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Behold, everything is fulfilled which the angel promised to the Virgin Mary.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Behold, everything is fulfilled which the angel promised to the Virgin Mary.

Prayers and intercessions
Though the Lord’s coming is at hand, we must have patience: for he will come in his own time, in his own way.
Lord Jesus, help us to believe that you are coming.
We live in a world weighed down by unbelief:
  Lord, increase our faith.
Lord Jesus, help us to believe that you are coming.
Upon the richness and complexity of man’s thoughts, among the theories and philosophies of our world today,
  let your coming shed its own glorious light.
Lord Jesus, help us to believe that you are coming.
Give us the strong faith of the apostles,
  and their fervour in preaching your Word.
Lord Jesus, help us to believe that you are coming.
Let us love the Church,
  which continues to proclaim to all ages the reality of your coming.
Lord Jesus, help us to believe that you are coming.

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.

Almighty God,
  now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near,
we pray that your eternal Word,
  who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and came to dwell among men,
  will show your unworthy people the greatness of his love and mercy.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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