Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s and St Leo the Great
Ecumenical Morning Prayer
in St Leo’s
9th December 2010

Advent Carol (tune: Once in royal David’s city)

 Once our forebears watched and waited down the ages, year on year . . . . . . . . . . .

 Opening Responses

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.

  Psalm 79: God of hosts, bring us back; lead us and we shall be saved.

 

 O shepherd of Israel, hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might, come to our aid.
God of hosts, bring us back; lead us and we shall be saved.

 God of hosts, turn again, we implore you; look down from heaven and see,
O visit this vine and protect what your right hand has sown.
God of hosts, bring us back; lead us and we shall be saved.

 Lay your hand on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength,
O Lord, fill us with life, we call on your name.
God of hosts, bring us back; lead us and we shall be saved.


Let us pray

O God, open our hearts
to prepare the way for the coming of Christ.
Instruct us in your ways of compassion
so that we may show your kindness to all the people we meet.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
the Eternal word,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit forever.
Amen.

 Short reading: Isaiah 45:8

Send victory like a dew, you heavens, and let the clouds rain it down.
Let the earth open for salvation to spring up.
Let deliverance, too, bud forth which I, the Lord, shall create.

 

Prayers and intercessions

God the Father sent his Son to save the whole human family.
Brothers and sisters, may God’s Kingdom come.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

Most gentle Father, our voices trustingly proclaim the coming of your Son:
may our actions live up to what we proclaim.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

You sent your Son to rescue us:
wipe away all suffering from this community
and from the face of the whole earth.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

May our world be brightened by the coming of your Son;
may it experience more deeply the joy of your presence.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

In your mercy and love, let us live rightly and well
waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Christ in glory.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.ur Father . . . . . .

O

     
Clear a pathway, Lord, in our hearts
to make ready for your only Son,
so that when he comes
we may serve you in sincerity of heart.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who 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.

AMEN

 O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight;
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Copyrights: Once our forebears © Michael Joncas 2010. O come, O come, Emmanuel. From the ‘Great O Antiphons’ (12th -13th c.), tr J.M.Neale. Psalm 79 : Words taken from The Psalms: A New Translation  (c) The Grail; music (c) Gerry Fitzpatrick..  Hymns reproduced under licence:  Calamus lic: 0262 and CCL lic no: 74396