St Leo the Great and Sherbrooke – St Gilbert’s
Ecumenical Morning Prayer
in Sherbrooke- St Gilbert’s
December 2nd

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 Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save, and give them vic’try  o’er the grave.
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.

Prayer:

 

Psalm / Canticle (Psalm  72: 1-7, 17-19)

Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.

May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.

May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.

May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.

May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.

In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May his name endure for ever;
may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvellous deeds.

Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 4:2-6

Reflection
Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer

For all people of faith, we pray, that in their daily living they may glorify you.
God, enable us to be your people.

That in this season of Advent we may prepare ourselves for the coming again of your holy Son as our Saviour.
God, give us grace to prepare our hearts to receive him anew.

For the sick in body and mind we pray and for those who bring healing and comfort.
God, let us be instruments of your healing love.

Lord God, for the powerbrokers of this world, we ask humility of heart and purpose.
God, may they be humble servants of all people.

For ourselves, our families, and the community of faith in this part of Glasgow.
God, strengthen us to love you more dearly.

Morning hymn:

Thy kingdom come! on bended knee
The passing ages pray;
And faithful souls have yearned to see
On earth that kingdom’s day.

But the slow watches of the night
Not less to God belong;
And for the everlasting right
The silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills
The flags of dawn appear;
Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
Proclaim the day is near.

The day in whose clear shining light
All wrong shall stand revealed,
When justice shall be throned in might,
And every hurt be healed.

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
Shall walk the earth abroad;
The day of perfect righteousness,
The promised day of God.

Blessing

The blessing of God almighty
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
Amen.

 Copyrights: O come, O come, Emmanuel. From the ‘Great O Antiphons’ (12th -13th c.),  tr J.M.Neale
Thy kingdom come: words: Frederick L. Hosmer, 1891;Music: Irish, mel­o­dy from A Col­lect­ion of Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, by S. Pow­ell (Dub­lin: 1749)

After the Advent Morning Prayer service