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Saint Joseph of Nazareth

19th March 2018

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Saint Joseph of Nazareth

Collect One

O God,
who from the family of thy servant David
didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thine incarnate Son
and spouse of his virgin mother;
Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life
and his obedience to thy commands:
through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

God our Father,
who from the family of your servant David
raised up Joseph the carpenter
to be the guardian of your incarnate Son
and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Give us grace to follow his example
of faithful obedience to your commands;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Lent Collect

God our Father,
who from the family of your servant David
raised up Joseph the carpenter
to be the guardian of your incarnate Son
and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Give us grace to follow his example
of faithful obedience to your commands;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

2 Samuel 7: 4–16

The Psalm

Psalm 89: 26–36

The Second Reading

Romans 4: 13–18

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 1: 18–25

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Post Communion Prayer

Heavenly Father,
whose Son grew in wisdom and stature
in the home of Joseph the carpenter of Nazareth,
and on the wood of the cross perfected
the work of the world’s salvation.
Help us, strengthened by this sacrament of his passion,
to count the wisdom of the world as foolishness,
and to walk with him in simplicity and trust;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading 2 Samuel 7: 4–16
342 Sweet is the solemn voice that calls
73* The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
343* We love the place, O God

Psalm Psalm 89: 26–36
670* Come, worship God who is worthy of honour
2 Faithful one, so unchanging
668* God is our fortress and our rock
557* Rock of ages, cleft for me

2nd Reading Romans 4: 13–18
418* Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face
545* Sing of Eve and sing of Adam

The Gospel Matthew 1: 18–25
250* All hail the power of Jesu’s name
148* [As Joseph was a–walking]
152* Come and join the celebration
119* Come, thou long–expected Jesus
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest
(vv.1, verse printed below, v.3)
462 For Mary, mother of our Lord
159* [Good Christians all, rejoice]
160* [Hark! the herald–angels sing]
92* How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
94* In the name of Jesus
99* Jesus, the name high over all
133* Long ago, prophets knew
168* Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour
102* Name of all majesty
135* [O come, O come, Emmanuel ]
174* [O little town of Bethlehem]
175 [Of the Father’s heart begotten]
472 Sing we of the blessed mother
139 [The angel Gabriel from heaven came]
117* To the name of our salvation
186 What Adam’s disobedience cost

When ‘For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest’ (no. 460) is used in relation to the above reading from Matthew 1: 18–25, the following verse from the ‘Companion to Church Hymnal’ (p.619) should be used as the second verse:

We praise you, Christ, for Joseph, a carpenter by fame,
who, as your earthly father, enriched your holy name.
He taught you faith and wisdom, and nurtured you in mind,
till you became his Master, the Saviour of mankind.

Daily Prayer


Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

Psalm 73

Psalm 73

A Canticle

Which may be said here or between the readings

1 We praise you, O God,
We acclaim you as the Lord; all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.

2 To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

3 Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

4 The glorious company of apostles praise you;
the noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

5 The white-robed army of martyrs praise you;
throughout the world, the holy Church acclaims you:

6 Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

Part 2

7 You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

8 When you took our flesh to set us free,
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

9 You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

10 You are seated at God’s right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come to be our judge.

11 Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,

12 and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

One or two readings

The Gospel Canticle


1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed



Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings

Creation in Christ: Creation and Providence

Almighty God,
maker of all good things:
Father, Lord of all creation,
in Christ you have shown us the purpose of your providence,
and call us to be responsible in the world.


We pray for [The World]
all the nations ...
our own country ...
those in authority ...
the peace of the world ...
racial harmony ...
those who maintain order ...


Almighty God, we give you thanks
and the gift of human life ...
for the continuing work of creation,
our share in it,
and for creative vision and inventive skill ...
for your faithfulness to us in patience and in love,
and for every human response of obedience
and humble achievement ...

Concluding Prayer

May we delight in your purpose
and work to bring all things to their true end;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
Grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross,
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen