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The First Sunday of Advent

1st December 2019

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For services, please see Daily Prayer (Morning), Daily Prayer (Evening) and Holy Communion.

Principal Service

Collect One

This collect is said after the Collect of the day until Christmas Eve.

Almighty God,
Give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty
to judge both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

God our deliverer,
Awaken our hearts
to prepare the way for the advent of your Son,
that, with minds purified by the grace of his coming,
we may serve you faithfully all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading. Isaiah 2:1–5
118 Behold the mountain of the Lord
501 Christ is the world’s true light
263* Crown him with many crowns
496* For the healing of the nations
538 O Lord, the clouds are gathering
539 Rejoice, O land, in God thy might
509* Your kingdom come, O God


Psalm Psalm 122 [DFBC/Ember]
683* All people that on earth do dwell
670* Jerusalem the golden
506 Pray that Jerusalem may have
342 Sweet is the solemn voice that calls

2nd Reading Romans 13: 11–14
549* Dear Lord and Father of mankind
74 First of the week and finest day
126* Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding
487* Soldiers of Christ, arise
488* Stand up, stand up for Jesus
498 What does the Lord require for praise and offering?


The Gospel Matthew 24: 36–44
119* Come, thou long–expected Jesus
127* Hark what a sound and too divine for hearing
132* Lo! he comes with clouds descending
140 The Lord will come and not be slow
143 Waken, O sleeper, wake and rise
145* You servants of the Lord

Second Service

Collect One

This collect is said after the Collect of the day until Christmas Eve.

Almighty God,
Give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty
to judge both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

God our deliverer,
Awaken our hearts
to prepare the way for the advent of your Son,
that, with minds purified by the grace of his coming,
we may serve you faithfully all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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