Morning Prayer for the Second Sunday before Advent

Morning Prayer

Sunday, 15 November 2020



O Lord, open our lips
All and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Your faithful servants bless you.
All They make known the glory of your kingdom.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
ruler and judge of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of this age that is passing away
may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy
surround our steps as we journey on.
May we reflect your glory this day
and so be made ready to see your face
in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All Blessed be God for ever.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 91

Refrain:Keep me as the apple of your eye.

1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, 
my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler 
and from the deadly pestilence.

4He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers; 
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. R

5You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, 
nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, 
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, 
yet it shall not come near you.

8Your eyes have only to behold 
to see the reward of the wicked. R

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge 
and the Most High your stronghold,

10There shall no evil happen to you, 
neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11For he shall give his angels charge over you, 
to keep you in all your ways.

12They shall bear you in their hands, 
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13You shall tread upon the lion and adder; 
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. R

14Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them; 
I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15They will call upon me and I will answer them; 
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16With long life will I satisfy them 
and show them my salvation.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.


Wisdom 6.12-20

Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.

The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality,
and immortality brings one near to God;
so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.



All I will make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.

1‘I am the Lord, your Holy One, 
the Creator of Israel, your King.’

2Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, 
a path in the mighty waters,

3‘Remember not the former things, 
nor consider the things of old.

4‘Behold, I am doing a new thing; 
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

5‘I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert, 
to give drink to my chosen people,

6‘The people whom I formed for myself, 
that they might declare my praise.’                  Isaiah 43.15, 16, 18, 19, 20c, 21

All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

All I will make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.


Scripture Reading

Matthew 25.1-13

‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord,
All my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.
The heavens bear witness to your wonders;
All I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.
The assembly of your saints proclaims your truth;
All my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
All I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord,
my lips shall proclaim your faithfulness.    from Psalm 89


Gospel Canticle


All You will guide us with your counsel, O God,
and afterwards receive us with glory.

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

2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
born of the house of his servant David.

3Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke 1.68-79

All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.


All You will guide us with your counsel, O God,
and afterwards receive us with glory.


Rosie's Prayers


Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

The Conclusion

May Christ, who has opened the kingdom of heaven,
bring us to reign with him in glory.
All Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.




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