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Daily Office Readings

Week of Sunday, December-18-2011

An Order of Service for Noonday

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.
People O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People
Glory 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 suitable hymn may be sung.

One or more of the following Psalms is sung or said.

Psalm 119 Lucerna pedibus meis

105  Your word is a lantern to my feet *
 and a light upon my path. 

106  I have sworn and am determined *
 to keep your righteous judgments. 

107  I am deeply troubled; *
 preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word. 

108  Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, *
 and teach me your judgments. 

109  My life is always in my hand, *
 yet I do not forget your law. 

110  The wicked have set a trap for me, *
 but I have not strayed from your commandments. 

111  Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
 truly, they are the joy of my heart. 

112  I have applied my heart to fulfill your statues *
 for ever and to the end. 

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos

1  I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
 from where is my help to come? 

2  My help comes from the LORD, *
 the maker of heaven and earth. 

3  He will not let your foot be moved *
 and he who watches over you will not fall asleep. 

4  Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
 shall neither slumber nor sleep; 

5  The LORD himself watches over you; *
 the LORD is your shade at your right hand, 

6  So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
 nor the moon by night. 

7  The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
 it is he who shall keep you safe. 

8  The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
 from this time forth for evermore. 

Psalm 126 In convertendo

1  When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
 then were we like those who dream. 

2  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
 and our tongue with shouts of joy. 

3  Then they said among the nations, *
 "The LORD has done great things for them." 

4  The LORD has done great things for us, *
 and we are glad indeed. 

5  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
 like the watercourses of the Negev. 

6  Those who sowed with tears *
 will reap with songs of joy. 

7  Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
 will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. 

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read

If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

People Thanks be to God.

A meditation, silent or spoken, may follow.

The Officiant then begins the Prayers
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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. 

Officiant Lord, hear our prayer;
People And let our cry come to you.
Officiant Let us pray.

The Officiant then says the following Collect. If desired, the Collect of the Day may be used.

Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Collect of the Day
Fourth Sunday of Advent

We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son Jesus Christ cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen

Free intercessions may be offered.

The service concludes as follows

Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.





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