Sherbrooke – St Gilbert’s and St Leo the Great Ecumenical Morning Prayer 4th Week of Advent 2010

Once our forebears watched and waited (Advent Carol (c)  Michael Joncas 2010.  Tune: Once in David’s Royal City)

 O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.

We sit for the canticle :
We bless the God and Father : Canticle Ephesians 1: 3-10 (c)  Stephen E Smyth with music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick

We bless the God and Father of Jesus for he has blessed us freely in Christ.
He chose to lavish spiritual blessings from highest heaven.
All this through Christ.

Long before founding all of creation, God made his plan and chose us in Christ,
that we be holy, blameless and loving, children adopted.
All this through Christ.

God’s will is always that we might love him, source of all graces, witnessed in Christ;
love manifested, gift of redemption, pardon for sinners.
All this through Christ.

Out of his wisdom God chose to tell us his loving purpose, set forth in Christ:
time has its fullness, God and creation will be united.
All this through Christ.
Short reading: Jeremiah 30: 21, 22

The Lord says this: Their prince will come from Jacob, their ruler come from their own people.
I will let him come freely into my presence and he can come close to me.
And you shall be my people and I will be your God.

Reflection

Benedictus:  Now bless the God of Israel (Words John Bell (c) WGRG)

Intercessions
Christ our redeemer is coming to bring us his grace and restore us to righteousness.
Full of rejoicing let us say once again: – Come, Lord Jesus.

The prophets of old foretold your birth in the flesh: strengthen the virtues that are born within us.
– Come, Lord Jesus.

Give us this gift: that, proclaiming your good news, we may attain salvation in you.
– Come, Lord Jesus. –

You came to heal the contrite of heart: we are feeble, give us strength.
– Come, Lord Jesus. –

You deigned to come to reconcile the world to yourself:
when you come again in judgement, free us from pain and punishment.
– Come, Lord Jesus.

Our Father . . . . . .

Almighty God, now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near,
we pray that your eternal Word, who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary
and came to dwell among us,
will show your unworthy people the greatness of his love and mercy.
He lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm;
and may he lead us to eternal life.

Copyrights: Once our forbears: © Michael Joncas. We bless the God and Father: Words (c) Stephen Smyth taken from Ephesians 1: 3-10.  Now bless the God of Israel (Words John Bell (c) WGRG)