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Family Prayer
In the Morning

Tuesday after the Second Sunday in Advent

Advent


These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church and are particularly appropriate for families with young children.

The Reading and the Collect may be read by one person, and the other parts said in unison, or in some other convenient manner.

Opening Sentence

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

PSALM 51:15

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

ISAIAH 40:3

The Psalm

Psalm 51:10-12

Miserere mei, Deus

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,*

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

12 O give me the comfort of your help again,*

and sustain me with your willing Spirit.

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.

A READING FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE

1 PETER 1:3


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Sirach 47


Nathan

47 And after him Nathan rose up
    to prophesy in the days of David.

David

As the fat is selected from the peace offering,
    so David was selected from the sons of Israel.
He played with lions as with young goats,
    and with bears as with lambs of the flock.
In his youth did he not kill a giant,
    and take away reproach from the people,
when he lifted his hand with a stone in the sling
    and struck down the boasting of Goliath?
For he appealed to the Lord, the Most High,
    and he gave him strength in his right hand
to slay a man mighty in war,
    to exalt the power of his people.
So they glorified him for his ten thousands,
    and praised him for the blessings of the Lord,
    when the glorious diadem was bestowed upon him.
For he wiped out his enemies on every side,
    and annihilated his adversaries the Philistines;
    he crushed their power even to this day.
In all that he did he gave thanks
    to the Holy One, the Most High, with ascriptions of glory;
he sang praise with all his heart,
    and he loved his Maker.
He placed singers before the altar,
    to make sweet melody with their voices.
10 He gave beauty to the feasts,
    and arranged their times throughout the year,
while they praised God’s holy name,
    and the sanctuary resounded from early morning.
11 The Lord took away his sins,
    and exalted his power for ever;
he gave him the covenant of kings
    and a throne of glory in Israel.

Solomon

12 After him rose up a wise son
    who fared amply because of him;
13 Solomon reigned in days of peace,
    and God gave him rest on every side,
that he might build a house for his name
    and prepare a sanctuary to stand for ever.
14 How wise you became in your youth!
    You overflowed like a river with understanding.
15 Your soul covered the earth,
    and you filled it with parables and riddles.
16 Your name reached to far-off islands,
    and you were loved for your peace.
17 For your songs and proverbs and parables,
    and for your interpretations, the countries marveled at you.
18 In the name of the Lord God,
    who is called the God of Israel,
you gathered gold like tin
    and amassed silver like lead.
19 But you laid your loins beside women,
    and through your body you were brought into subjection.
20 You put a stain upon your honor,
    and defiled your posterity,
so that you brought wrath upon your children
    and they were grieved at your folly,
21 so that the sovereignty was divided
    and a disobedient kingdom arose out of E′phraim.
22 But the Lord will never give up his mercy,
    nor cause any of his works to perish;
he will never blot out the descendants of his chosen one,
    nor destroy the posterity of him who loved him;
so he gave a remnant to Jacob,
    and to David a root of his stock.

Rehoboam and Jeroboam

23 Solomon rested with his fathers,
    and left behind him one of his sons,
ample in folly and lacking in understanding,
    Rehobo′am, whose policy caused the people to revolt.
Also Jerobo′am the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin
    and gave to E′phraim a sinful way.
24 Their sins became exceedingly many,
    so as to remove them from their land.
25 For they sought out every sort of wickedness,
    till vengeance came upon them.

A period of silence may follow.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Intercessions

A hymn or canticle may be used.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

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.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday after the Second Sunday in Advent

Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR PEACE

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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