There are 4 prayers - in a variety of styles - for each of the Sundays of Advent and for Christmas Day.
The first three prayers in each set follow the traditional sequence:
- Advent Sunday - The Patriarchs
- Second Sunday of Advent - The Prophets
- Third Sunday of Advent - The Forerunner (John the Baptist)
- Fourth Sunday of Advent - The Virgin Mary
- Christmas Day - The Christ
The fourth prayer in each set picks up on themes to be found in the Bible readings set for that Sunday.
The 3rd Sunday of Advent
Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, just and true:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth
as a burning and shining light.
May we your servants rejoice in his light,
and so be led to witness to him
who is the Lord of our coming kingdom,
Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.
Blessed be God for ever.
God our Father,
you gave to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age
a son called John.
He grew up strong in spirit,
prepared the people for the coming of the Lord,
and baptized them in the Jordan to wash away their sins.
Help us, who have been baptized into Christ,
to be ready to welcome him into our hearts,
and to grow strong in faith by the power of the Spirit.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world. Amen.
Lord Jesus, Light of the world,
John told the people to prepare,
for you were very near.
As Christmas grows closer day by day,
help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.
People of God: return!
You are called to be God's own.
From the mountains announce the good news.
God comes in justice and peace,
to all who follow his ways.
You are God's children.
Lord make us one in the peace of Christ
today and for ever. Amen.
Common Worship: Times and Seasons
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