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Monday 18 December 2017    (other days)
18 December 
 with a commemoration of
 (optional commemoration of Saint Flannan, Bishop)

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  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 ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Hymn
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
O come, now Wisdom from on high,
Who orders all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
O come, O come, now Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times you gave the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Psalm 83 (84)
Longing for the Lord's temple
Behold, the Lord, the ruler of the kings of the earth, will come. Happy are those who are ready to meet him.
How delightful is your dwelling-place, Lord of hosts!
  My soul is weak with longing for the courts of your palace.
  My heart and my body rejoice in the living God.
Even the sparrow finds itself a home,
  the swallow a nest to raise her young –
  in your altars, O Lord,
  Lord of strength, my king and my God.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house:
  they will praise you for ever.
Blessed the man whose help comes from you,
  who has set his heart on climbing to you.
They pass through the valley of thirst
  and make a spring there:
  the morning rain will cover it with blessings.
They will go from strength to strength:
  they will see the God of gods, in Zion.
Lord God of hosts, listen to my prayer;
  hear me, O God of Jacob.
Take notice of us, God our protector,
  and look on the face of your anointed one.
One day in the courts of my God
  is worth more than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be at the doorstep of the house of my God
  than live in the dwellings of sinners.
For the Lord my God is my sun and my shield.
  The Lord gives grace and glory.
He will not deny his good things
  to those who walk in purity.
Blessed is he who trusts in you,
  O Lord of hosts.
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, the Lord, the ruler of the kings of the earth, will come. Happy are those who are ready to meet him.

CanticleIsaiah 2
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Sing a new song to the Lord, his praise to the end of the earth.
In the last days, at the end of time,
  the mountain of the house of the Lord
  will be prepared high above all mountains.
It will be raised above the hills
  and all nations will come to it.
And many peoples will come there and say
  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
  to the house of the God of Jacob.
Let him teach us his ways,
  so that we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion the law will go forth,
  from Jerusalem the word of the Lord.
And he will judge the nations
  and rebuke many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
  and their spears into sickles.
Nation will lift sword against nation no longer.
  No longer will they go out into battle.
People of Jacob, come:
  let us walk in the light of the Lord.
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.
Sing a new song to the Lord, his praise to the end of the earth.

Psalm 95 (96)
The Lord, the universal King and judge
When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
  day after day, proclaim his saving power.
Proclaim his glory to the nations,
  proclaim to all peoples the wonders he has done.
For the Lord is great; great is the praise we owe him,
  he is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of the nations are foolishness,
  but the Lord made the heavens.
Majesty and splendour are all about him,
  power and honour in his holy place.
Bring to the Lord, clans of the peoples,
  bring to the Lord glory and power,
  bring to the Lord the glory that belongs to his name.
Bring your offerings, enter his courts,
  worship the Lord in holy attire.
Tremble at his presence, all the earth.
  Say to the nations: “The Lord reigns!”
For he has set the world firm, so that it cannot be shaken,
  and he will judge the peoples with fairness.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad,
  let the sea and its fullness resound.
The fields will rejoice, and all that is in them,
  all the trees of the woods will rejoice
  at the Lord’s presence – for he comes,
  for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge all the world with justice.
  He will judge all the peoples with fairness.
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.
When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?

Short ReadingRomans 13:11-12 ©
You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.

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
Watch! The Lord is near.
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.
Watch! The Lord is near.

Prayers and intercessions
It is time for us to wake out of our sleep: salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
Father of light, we praise you!
Christ is coming, the day is near:
  in our Eucharist today let us look forward with hope and joy.
Father of light, we praise you!
As today we hear the scriptures, heralding the coming of your Son,
  may our minds and hearts be touched by your Word.
Father of light, we praise you!
As we receive the Body and Blood of your Son,
  may we be healed and refreshed by your love.
Father of light, we praise you!
United in one body, may we pursue the things that make for peace,
  and build up our life together until Christ comes.
Father of light, we praise you!

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.

By the long-awaited coming of your new-born Son
  deliver us, Lord,
  from the age-old bondage of sin.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Watch! The Lord is near.
By the long-awaited coming of your new-born Son
  deliver us, Lord,
  from the age-old bondage of sin.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  one 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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