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Thursday 16 December 2021    (other days)
Thursday of the 3rd week of Advent 

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
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 86 (87)
Jerusalem, mother of all nations

Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Its foundations are set on the sacred mountains –
  the Lord loves the gates of Zion
  more than all the tents of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, city of God!
I shall count Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me.
  The Philistines, Tyrians, Ethiopians –
  all have their birthplace here.
Of Zion it will be said “Here is the birthplace of all people:
  the Most High himself has set it firm.”
The Lord shall write in the book of the nations:
  “Here is their birthplace.”
They will sing as in joyful processions:
  “All my being springs from you.”
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.
Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

CanticleIsaiah 40

The good shepherd is God, the Most High

The Lord is coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.
Behold, the Lord God comes in strength, and his right arm triumphs.
Behold, his reward is with him, his prize is before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock,
  he gathers the lambs in his arms and lifts them to his breast;
  he carries the pregnant ewes.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
  and arranged the heavens with his palms?
Who has measured the dust of the earth,
  weighed out the mountains,
  weighed the hills on the balance?
Who directed the spirit of the Lord?
Who gave him advice in his task?
With whom did he consult? Who taught him?
Who led him in the paths of justice,
  gave him knowledge,
  showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the Gentiles are like a drop in a bucket,
  a piece of fluff on the scales.
All the islands are a handful of dust.
What burnt-offering could be worthy of the Lord?
  The forests of Lebanon could not feed that fire;
  all the animals of Lebanon would not be enough for that sacrifice.
All the nations count for nothing before him:
  for him, they are nothingness and emptiness.
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 coming in power: the prize of his victory is with him.

Psalm 98 (99)
The Lord our God is holy

Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.
The Lord reigns! let the peoples tremble.
  He is enthroned on the cherubim: let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion,
  he is high above all the peoples.
Let them proclaim his name – great and terrible it is,
  let them proclaim his holy name,
  the powerful king, who loves justice.
The laws you establish are just:
  you have given Jacob uprightness and right judgement.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship at his footstool,
  for he is holy.
Moses and Aaron were among his prophets,
  Samuel one of those who called on him.
They called on the Lord and he listened,
  and from the pillar of cloud he spoke to them.
They kept his decrees
  and the commands he gave them.
Lord our God, you listened to them;
  O God, you were gracious to them,
  but you punished their wrongdoing.
Praise the Lord, our God,
  worship on his holy mountain,
  for the Lord our God is holy.
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.
Exalt the Lord our God; bow down before his holy mountain.

Short ReadingIsaiah 45:8 ©
Send victory like a dew, you heavens, and let the clouds rain it down. Let the earth open for salvation to spring up. Let deliverance, too, bud forth which I, the Lord, shall create.

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

Arise, arise, Lord, and show us your might.
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.
Arise, arise, Lord, and show us your might.

Prayers and intercessions
Let the heavens open, and the skies rain down the just one; let the earth bring forth Christ, who is the wisdom and power of God.
Be near us, Lord, today.
Lord Jesus Christ, you have called us into your kingdom:
  may we enter in, and live according to your call.
Be near us, Lord, today.
The world does not know you:
  show yourself, in our midst, to all our brothers.
Be near us, Lord, today.
We thank you, Lord, for all that we have:
  move us to give of our plenty to those who have little.
Be near us, Lord, today.
We look for your coming, Lord Jesus:
  when you knock, may we be found watching in prayer and rejoicing in praise.
Be near us, Lord, today.

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.

With sorrow, Lord, we confess our sins,
  unworthy servants that we are.
Heal us and bring us joy
  by the coming of your only Son,
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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