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Thursday 25 December 2014    (other days)
Christmas Day
Solemnity

None (Afternoon Prayer)


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
Eternal Father, loving God,
Who made us from the dust of earth,
Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
Give value to our little worth.
Prepare us for that day of days
When Christ from heaven will come with might
To call us out of dust again,
Our bodies glorified in light.
O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
All things created bear your trace;
The seed of glory sown in man
Will flower when we see your face.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 18 (19)
Praise of God, the Lord of the law
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
The law of the Lord is spotless,
  it refreshes the soul.
The teaching of the Lord can be trusted,
  it gives wisdom to children.
The judgements of the Lord are right:
  they give joy to the heart.
The precepts of the Lord are clear:
  they give light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure:
  it lasts through all ages.
The decrees of the Lord are true:
  each one of them is just.
They are more desirable than gold,
  than heaps of precious stones.
They are sweeter than honey,
  than dripping honeycomb.
From them your servant learns;
  keeping them brings rich rewards.
But who knows his own errors?
  Save me from those I do not see.
Save me, your servant, from pride:
  let it have no hold over me.
Then I will be spotless
  washed clean of the gravest sin.
May the words of my mouth be pleasing
  and the thoughts of my heart, in your sight.
O Lord, you are my helper,
  O Lord, you are my redeemer.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 46 (47)
The Lord is King
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
All nations, clap your hands;
  cry out to God in exultation,
for the Lord, the Most High, is greatly to be feared,
  and King over all the earth.
He has made whole peoples our subjects,
  put nations beneath our feet.
He has chosen our inheritance for us,
  the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
God ascends amid rejoicing,
  the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing to God, sing praise.
  Sing to our king, sing praise.
God is king over the whole earth:
  sing to him with all your skill.
God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The nobles of the peoples join together
  with the people of the God of Abraham,
for to God belong the armies of the earth;
  he is high above all things.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 47 (48)
Thanksgiving for the safety of the people
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised
  in the city of our God.
His holy mountain is a beautiful sight,
  the joy of all the earth.
Mount Zion is at its northernmost edge,
  the city of the great king.
Here among its palaces,
  God has shown himself as its refuge.
For the kings assembled,
  made alliance against it –
but when they saw it, they were amazed.
  Panic took them and they scattered.
Trembling took hold of them,
  pain like that of childbirth.
With the east wind
  you will destroy the ships of Tarshish.
What we had heard, we saw in the city of the Lord of hosts,
  in the city of our God,
  which God has founded for ever.
We ponder your mercy, O God,
  as we stand in your temple.
Your name, O Lord, and your praise
  will reach to the ends of the earth.
  Your right hand delivers justice.
Let Mount Zion be glad
  and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
  because of your judgements.
Go round Zion, see it all,
  count every tower.
Feel its strength,
  visit its palaces,
  so that you can tell the next generation –
Here is God, our God,
  here he remains for ever;
  and for ever he will lead us and guide 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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 125 (126)
Gladness and hope in the Lord
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
Among the Gentiles they were saying,
  “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
  and filled us with rejoicing.
Give us back our captives, O Lord,
  as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord
  and walk in his ways.
The food you have worked for, you will eat:
  God’s blessing will bring you good things.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
  on the side of your house.
Your children will be like olive shoots,
  seated round your table.
See, this is how the man is blessed
  who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion:
  may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
  all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children.
  Peace be on Israel.
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.
My eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the presence of all the peoples.

CONCLUSION


Short ReadingActs 10:36 ©
God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is Lord of all men.

Kindness and faithfulness have met together.
Justice and peace have kissed.

Let us pray.
God, our Father,
  our human nature is the wonderful work of your hands,
  made still more wonderful by your work of redemption.
Your Son took to himself our manhood:
  grant us a share in the godhead of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.
Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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