More Advent Good News

5 12 2008

There are many great reasons to be an Episcopalian but one of my favourites is the season of Advent.  I mean, read these collects for the four Sundays of Advent, I mean REALLY read them ….

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of
darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of
this mortal life in which your 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 living and the
dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to
preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our
Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.


And then, of course, the Proper Preface said during the Eucharistic prayer …

Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and
death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that
when he shall come again in power and great triumph to
judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to
behold his appearing.

I mean, it doesn’t get too much better than this, does it?

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2 responses

8 12 2008
Jeffrey

The Advent collects are sheer poetry:

“give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light”

“Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us”

“Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself”

It just doesn’t get much better than this’ makes one thankful for our Anglican heritage.

8 12 2008
Reverend boy

Quite true. No one “does” Advent liturgy like Anglicans at least in my experience.

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