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SUNDAY 20th December


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Advent Season

BCP Matins (scroll down)

A Worship Service for Advent Season

To accompany the video service on Sunday morning or the Audio Service (but then we omit the Gloria and Creed)

We Gather to Worship God


In the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We Ask for God’s Forgiveness


When the Lord comes, 

he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, 

and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.


Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly,
love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God.


We Receive God’s Forgiveness


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Prayer for Today

We Listen to God’s Word


First Reading


At the end the reader may say


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading


Alleluia, alleluia.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.



At the end the reader may say


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.




We Affirm Our Faith


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.



Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.


We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.


We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.


We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

We Share God’s Peace


In the tender compassion of our God,

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Thanksgiving Prayer


God of all goodness and grace, receive the gifts we offer;

and grant that our whole life may give you glory and praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



We Pray for the World


This response may be used


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

and at the end ;

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son

our Saviour, Jesus Christ.



The Lord’s Prayer


Awaiting his coming in glory, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.



We Take Part in Spiritual Communion


Loving God, we give thanks for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus, and we ask you to be close to us just now.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  Amen.


We Go With God’s Blessing


Christ the Sun of righteousness shine upon you,

scatter the darkness from before your path,

and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;

and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.



May God the Father, judge all merciful,

make us worthy of a place in his kingdom.


May God the Son, coming among us in power,

reveal in our midst the promise of his glory.


May God the Holy Spirit, make us steadfast in faith,

joyful in hope and constant in love.





As we await our coming Saviour,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.


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Kingdom Season

To accompany the audio service on Sunday morning


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to   forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 St. John i. 8, 9.


Dearly  beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;


Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against thy holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done;
And there is no health in us.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.
Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults.
Restore thou those who are penitent;
According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord.
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake;
That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.


Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now,

and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord's Name be praised.



Te Deum Laudamus (verses 1-7)


We praise thee, O God :

we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :

the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world :

doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.




Blessed be the Lord God of Israel :

for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us :

in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets :

which have been since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies :

and from the hand of all that hate us.
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers :

and to remember his holy Covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham : that he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies : might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him :

all the days of our life.
And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest :
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people :

for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God :

whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death :
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

world without end. Amen.




I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth :
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell;

The third day he rose again from the dead:

He ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholick Church;

The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins:

The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.


The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.


Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation

O Lord, save the Queen.
And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.

And make thy chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save thy people.
And bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Because there is none other that fighteth for us,

but only thou, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


Then the priest shall say the Collect of the day and the two Collects following.


O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




A sermon may be preached



These responses may be used


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer


And at the end


Merciful father

accept these prayers for the sake of your son

our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.



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Extracts from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version are vested in the Crown.  Extracts from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown

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