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The Birth of Saint John the Baptist Year A

Collect One

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.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour,
by the preaching of repentance:
Lead us to repent according to his preaching,
and, after his example, constantly to speak the truth,
boldly to rebuke vice, and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading - Isaiah 40: 1-11

The Psalm - Psalm 85: 7-13

The Second Reading - Acts 13: 14b-26 or Galatians 3: 23-29

The Gospel Reading - Luke 1: 57-66, 80

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Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Lord,
whose prophet John the Baptist
proclaimed your Son as the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world:
Grant, that we who in this sacrament have known
your forgiveness and your life-giving love,
may ever tell of your mercy and your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.