Monday, December 1, 2014

The First Week of Advent, from the Book of Common Prayer

I haven't read much of the Book of Common Prayer. It's not something I grew up with, nor a tradition in the churches I've attended. But this prayer for Advent (and prayers for each week leading up to Christ's birth) is soaked in Scripture and reminds us of Jesus' whole journey through eternity and Earth.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the
works of darkness, and put upon us the armor 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 Ghost,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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