Four Prayers for Advent

Four Collects for Advent
from The Book of Common Prayer:

The Collect for Advent 1:

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;
that 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 thee and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever. Amen.

The Collect for Advent 2

Blessed Lord,
who hast caused 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.

The Collect for Advent 3

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 livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God,
world without end. Amen.

The Collect for Advent 4

Raise up, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy power,
and come among us, and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness,
we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us,
thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us;
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God,
world without end. Amen.

The entire Book of Common Prayer is available online here.

“Discovering the Book of Common Prayer” by Sue Careless


Four Prayers for Advent
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