Prayer for the Week – First Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 1, 2008

Over time, I have come to appreciate the beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer (BOCP), the official worship manual of the Anglican Communion.  The BOCP was originally assembled by Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1549, during the early days of the English Reformation.  Over the years, it has been revised and updated extensively.  But the simple, yet powerful, character of the book has endured.

Inspired by Scot McKnight, an emergent Christian author and leader, I am going to post the weekly collects (pronounced CAW-lects) found in the BOCP that follow the liturgical year.  In general, I do not follow any set lectionary for our church’s worship life, but there is great meaning in following the rhythm of the church year.  Since last Sunday was the beginning of a new liturgical year, I am posting the collect for the first Sunday of Advent (I am also adding the BOCP as a link on my Cool Web Sites, to the right).  I hope you will pray along with the church, that God might be glorified in our lives and that his purposes may be fulfilled in the world.

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of
darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of
this mortal life in which your 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 living and the
dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

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