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Second Sunday after Epiphany preparation

Well, Second Sunday for some. The Universalist book I’ve been citing for months has a very long Christmas season. I’ll try to keep these synched. The Free Church collect is worth noting as a prayer to close prayer. Note, too, its Romans reading picked up where last week’s left off.

 

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Epistle: Rom. xii, 6-16a.
Gospel: John ii, 1-11

 

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Third Sunday after Christmas

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and known what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gospel, St. Luke ii 41
Epistle Rom xii. 1.

Sunday after Epiphany preparation

So most Christians mark the Epiphany on January 6, but what does that make the Sunday (January 8) that follows it? Epiphany — Magi, star, manifestation of the Gentiles — or the commemoration of Jesus’ baptism. I’d call it both or else one theme’s going to get lost. And since the theme of divine disclosure is shared between the two, there’s little lost for the worshiper. That said, I’d go with Free Church book. Let’s get to the propers.

 

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

or this,

O God, whose only-begotten Son was manifested in the substance of our flesh; grant, we beseech thee, that as we confess him to have been outwardly like unto ourselves, so we may be inwardly created anew by him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Epistle: Rom. xii, 1-5.
Gospel: Luke ii, 41-52 (end), or John i, 29-34.

 

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Second Sunday after Christmas

O Almighty and eternal God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ has shown the care thou takest of thy people; cultivate, we beseech thee, every branch of this thy vine, that it may be more fruitful: let not the thorns of sin prevail against us; but protect us by thy Spirit, that we may bring forth the fruits of thy holy living, to the glory of thy blessed name. Amen.

Gospel, St. John xv. 1.

 

Sunday after Christmas preparation

Merry Christmas!

The first couple of Sundays after Christmas have to be carefully watched in the church calendar. This year is easy: Christmas itself was on a Sunday meaning the first Sunday of the year is the Sunday after Christmas. (In some traditions, it’s known as the Circumcision of Jesus, or the Naming of Jesus or some variation.) Then the next Sunday is the Sunday after Epiphany.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

First Sunday after Christmas

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that as we are bathed in the new light of thine Incarnate Word, that which shines by faith in our minds may likewise brighten forth in our minds may likewise brighten forth in our actions; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Gal. iv, 1-7
Gospel: Matt. i, 18-25 (end)

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

The Sunday after Christmas 

Lord our God, Source of all light and truth, who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ into the world that the world through him might be saved; grant, we beseech thee, that the light of his doctrine and life may shine into our hearts, and dispel our darkness, and direct our steps, and lead us at last to the unspeakable glories and felicities of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen.

Gospel. St. Luke ii. 15.
Epistle. Gal iv. 1.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

The Circumcision of Christ, being New Year’s Day

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for men; grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Almighty God, who alone art without variableness or shadow of turning, and hast safely brought us through the changes of time to the beginning of another year; we beseech thee to pardon the sins we have committed in the year which is past, and give us grace that we may spend the remainder of our days to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O O God, our hearts as well as our times are in thy hands; help us, we beseech thee, with this new year to form new resolutions of serving thee faithfully, that we may finish the work which thou hast given us to do, and that our earthly life may be the beginning of a blessed eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph. ii, 11-18, or Rev. xxi, 1-7.
Gospel: Luke ii, 15-21, or Luke ix, 57-62.

The Most Holy Name of Jesus, being the Sunday between Circumcision and Epiphany, or, failing such, January 2nd.

O God, who hast made the most glorious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, thine only-begotten Son, to be supremely loveable to thy faithful servants, and tremendous to malignant spirits; mercifully grant that all who devoutly venerate the Name of Jesus on earth, may in this life receive thy holy comfort and in the life to come eternal gladness and never ending praise; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Phil. ii, 1-11.
Gospel: Luke ii, 15-21

The Collect, Epistle, and Gospel of the Most Holy Name of Jesus shall be used on the days following up to the Epiphany.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

First Sunday in the New Year 

O God, our hearts as well as our times are in thy hands; help us, we beseech thee,  with this new year to form new resolutions of serving thee faithfully in the spirit of thy Son Jesus Christ; that we may finish the work which thou shast given  us to do, and that our earthly life may be the beginning of a blessed eternity.

Gospel. St. Matt. xxv. 14.
Epistle. 1 St. Peter. i.  13.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day preparation

Christmas Eve is on … oh, you know when it is. And Christmas Day, which is Sunday this year.  Here are the propers as usual. To be plain, I prefer the Free Church one to the rather unitarian theology of the Universalist ones. (And which I suspect are cribbed from James Martineau.) Why? There’s a parallel between God’s promise in Christ that doesn’t devolve to niceness without talking about Christmas as if the festival were the end in itself.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Christmas Eve

God, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ; grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confience behold him when he shall come to be our Judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Or,

O God, who hast made this most sacred night to shine with the illumination of the true Light; grant, we beseech thee, that, as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, we may also perfectly enjoy it in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Epistle: Micah v, 2-5a
Gospel: Luke ii, 1-14

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Christmas Eve

O God, who makest us to rejoice in the yearly celebration of the festival of Christmas; grant that we who thankfully receive thy best-beloved Son may through him become thy faithful children, and be admitted into thy kingdom of light and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Amen.

Gospel, St. Luke ii. 1.

Christmas Day

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, to thy people an inviolable firmness of faith, that as they confess thine only-begotten Son, the everlasting partaker of thy glory, to have been born in our very flesh, they may be delivered from present adversities, and admitted into joys that shall abide; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We beseech thee, O Lord, let our hearts be graciously enlightened by the holy radience of thy Son’s Incarnation; that so we may escape the darkness of this world, and by his guidance attain to the country of eternal brightness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful and most loving God, by whose will and bounty Jesus Christ our Lord humbled himself for this, that he might exalt the whole race of man, and descended to the depths for the purpose of lifting the lowly, and as at this time was born that he might restore in us the lost celetial image; grant that thy people may cleave unto thee, that as thou hast redeemed them by thy bounty, they may ever please thee by devoted service; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Heb i, 1-12, or Tit. ii, 11-14.
Gospel: John i, 1-14.

¶ The Collects, Epistle, and Gospel of Christmas Day shall be used on the days following unto the Circumsision, except when other provision has been made.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Christmas Day

Grant, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord God, that, enlightened by the memory of thy wonderful providence in the birth of Jesus Christ, our eyes may be evermore fixed on thy goodness; which still graciously worketh towards the accomplishment of thy promise, to call at length all the earth to a true knowledge of thee and thy glorified Son. Amen.

Or,

O Almighty God, our heavenly Father, from whom every good and perfect gift proceedeth; we thine unworthy servants, deeply sensible of thy manifold and great mercies, would print to the our united offering of praise and thanksgiving, as for innumerable other proofs of thy loving-kindness, so especially for that wonderful event which laid the foundation of all our Christian hopes. Grant that we may with such true joy celebrate this happy festival of Christmas, as to be heartily disposed to srive after that heavenly righteousness which thou hast set before us in the life and gospel of thy Son Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Gospel, St. John i. 1.
Epistle, Heb. i. 1.

Fourth Sunday in Advent preparation

The fourth Sunday in Advent is December 18, 2011.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Fourth Sunday in Advent

O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sings and wickedness, we are sore left and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

or,

The Preparation of John the Baptist (p. 173).

Epistle: Phil. iv, 4-7 or Is. xl. 1-11.
Gospel: John i, 19-28.

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist, was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For Epistle: Is. xl. 1-11
Gospel: Luke i, 57-80 (end)

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

John the Baptist

Almighty God, by whose gracious providence thy servant John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of thy Son, our Saviour, by by preaching repentance; make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, after his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for conscience’ sake. Amen.

Gospel, St. John i. 19.
Epistle, Phil. iv. 4.

Third Sunday in Advent preparation

The third Sunday in Advent is tomorrow, December 11, 2011

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Third Sunday in Advent

O Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who lives and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

or this,
The Preparation of Prophecy.

Almighty God, who by thy chosen prophets didst warn the sinful, comfort the oppressed and sorrowful, and point onwards to the glad days of thy kingdom; grant that we, whose eyes are blessed with the sight of thy power and glory in Jesus Christ, may indeed acknowledge that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, and devote ourselves to thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; though the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: 1 Cor. iv, 1-5, or Is, lxii, 10-12 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xi, 2-15.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Preparation of Prophecy

Almighty God, who by thy chosen prophets didst warn the sinful, comfort the oppressed and sorrowful, and point onwards to the glad days of thy kingdom; grant that we, whose eyes are blseed with the sight of thy power and glory in Jesus Christ, may indeed acknowledge that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, and devote ourselves to thee in holiness and rightousness all our days. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xi. 2.
Epistle, 1 Cor. iv. 1.

Second Sunday of Advent preparation

All those weeks after Pentecost and then I let the first Sunday in Advent slip my me. Bad blogger! But I’ve got the propers for the first and second Sunday in Advent below.

First Sunday of Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; tat in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with the and the Holy Ghost, now and forever. Amen.

¶ The above Collect may be used after the other Collects every day in Advent until Christmas Eve. The following Collect may be said on Advent Sunday instead of or in addition to the foregoing.

The Preparation of the Patriarchs.

O God, the God of our fathers, who in thy wonderful providence hast made all ages a preparation for the kingdom of thy Son; we thank thee for the morning light which thou didst cause to shine in the holy patriarchs; and we beseech thee to make ready our hearts for the brightness of thy glory, and the fulness of thy blessing in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Rom. xiii, 11-14 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xxi, 1-13.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

THE PREPARATION OF THE PATRIARCHS.

O God, the God of our fathers, who in thy wonderful providence hast made all ages a preparation for the kingdom of thy Son; we thank thee for the morning light which thou didst cause to shine in the holy patriarchs; and we beseech thee to make ready our hearts for the brightness of thy glory, and the fulness of thy blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 1.
Epistle. Rom. viii. 8.

Second Sunday of Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Blessed Lord, who hast cause all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

or this,
The Preparation of Moses.

O gracious Lord God, who by means of thy servant Moses didst prepare the way for thy own best-beloved Son; grant, we beseech thee, that as in the infancy of our race thou didst govern us by laws of holiness, so now thou wilt perfect within us the spirit of sonship; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Rom. xv, 4-13, or 2 Cor. iii, 4-18 (end).
Gospel: Luke xxi, 25-31, or Mark vii, 5-23.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

THE PREPARATION OF MOSES.

O Gracious Lord God, who by means of thy servant Moses didst prepare the way for one far greater than Moses, even thy own best-beloved Son; grant, we beseech thee, that as in the infancy of our race thou didst govern us by the laws of holiness, so now thou wilt perfect within us that spirit of sonship, of which we have a spotless example in thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gospel. St. Luke. xxi. 25.
Epistle. Rom. xv. 4.

The remaining Sundays after Pentecost

Easter has to come pretty early for you to have more than twenty-three Sundays in Pentecost, though in theory there can be up to twenty-eight Sundays after Pentecost, but that won’t happen again until 2035. The resources I have cited go as far as the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, which we will see next in 2012, 2015 and 2017: a more practical requisite. (Modern prayer books, including the King’s Chapel book, have a common set of propers shared with the season after Epiphany. If one is short, the other is long so there’s an inescapable logic in that arrangement.)

The Free Church prayer book has a “next before Advent” set of propers, which I should have used in the main lectionary entry this week.

Nevertheless, the missing propers follow.

For the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O God, our Refuge and Strength, who art the Author of all godliness; be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; though Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.

Epistle: Phil iii, 17-21 (end).
Gospel: Matt. xxii, 15-22.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who at his coming didst sent thy messenger to prepare his way; grant that the ministers of thy word may likewise so prepare and make ready his way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that we may all be found acceptable in thy sight, and that there may be one family in heaven and on the earth. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xxii. 15.
Epistle, St. Jude 17.

For the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

O Lord, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Epistle: Col. i, 3-13.
Gospel: Matt. ix, 18-26.

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O Holy and ever-blessed God, teach us to love one another with pure hearts fervently; to exercize forbearance and forgiveness towards our enemies; to recompense no man evil for evil, but to be merciful as thou, Father in heave, art merciful; that in the spirt of thy Son Jesus Christ we may follow after thee as dear children. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. ix. 18
Epistle, Coloss. i. 3.

For the twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Almighty and ever-living God, grant us, we beseech thee, a constant renewal of thy Holy Spirit and of thy manifold gifts, till we grow to the full measure of our perfection in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel, St. John x. 22.
Epistle, Jer. xxiii, 5.

The Sunday next before Advent

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Epistle: Jer. xxiii, 5-8.
Gospel: Matt. xxiv, 15-36.

¶ If there be any more Sundays before Advent Sunday, the Service of some of those Sundays that were omitted after Epiphany shall be taken in to supply so many as are here wanting. And if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted: Provided that this last Collect, Epistle, and Gospel shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.


Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost preparation

November 20, 2011 is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. The last week of Pentecost this year — there are three more possible Sundays after Pentecost, and I’ll get those propers up some time. Thanksgiving, too.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Phil i, 3-11.
Gospel: Matt. xviii, 21-35 (end).

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Give us grace, O Lord, to endeavor to do thy will with the same diligence and industry, the same zeal and cheerfulness, as thy blessed angels do it in heaven; that, imitating their exemplary obedience and unspotted purity while we are in this life, we may be permitted to be fellow-workers with them in thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Gospel, St. Matt. xviii. 21.
Epistle, Phil. i. 3.

 

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost preparation

November 13, 2011 is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. Fear not! Advent is coming soon.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Eph. vi, 10-20.
Gospel: John iv, 46b-54 (end).

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

O Holy Father, give us a lively view of heaven by the eye of faith; and so raise our minds thither that we may always have our thoughts, our desires, and our conversation there, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel, St. John iv. 46.
Epistle, Ephes. vi. 10.