praising God

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Daily prayer for 21st October 2014


Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

A Psalm - Psalm 60, 61

A Canticle Which may be said here or between the readings


1 Bless the Lord all created things:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

2 Bless the Lord you heavens:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

3 Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
bless the Lord all you his hosts.

4 Bless the Lord you waters above the heavens:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

5 Bless the Lord sun and moon:
bless the Lord you stars of heaven.

6 Bless the Lord all rain and dew:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

7 Bless the Lord all winds that blow:
bless the Lord you fire and heat.

8 Bless the Lord scorching wind and bitter cold:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

9 Bless the Lord dews and falling snows:
bless the Lord you nights and days.

10 Bless the Lord light and darkness:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

11 Bless the Lord frost and cold:
bless the Lord you ice and snow.

12 Bless the Lord lightnings and clouds:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

13 O let the earth bless the Lord;
bless the Lord you mountains and hills.

14 Bless the Lord all that grows in the ground:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

15 Bless the Lord you springs:
bless the Lord you seas and rivers.

16 Bless the Lord you whales and all that swim in the waters:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

17 Bless the Lord all birds of the air:
bless the Lord you beasts and cattle.

18 Bless the Lord all men on the earth:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

19 O people of God bless the Lord:
bless the Lord you priests of the Lord.

20 Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

21 Bless the Lord all men of upright spirit:
bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.

22 Bless the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit:
sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

One or two readings

A cycle | B cycle | Holy Communion cycle

The Gospel Canticle Benedictus

1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed (show)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 again 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. Amen.


Let us pray
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings


God our Father,
you gave us your Son, Jesus Christ,
to share our life on earth,
to grow in wisdom,
to toil with his hands,
and to make known the ways of your kingdom


We pray for The Community
those who work ...
the unemployed ...
those in education ...
those in research ...
those in communications ...
those who maintain the life of the community ...


God our Father, we give you thanks
for Christ’s revelation of yourself,
his care for people,
for the order of created things, the resources of the earth,
and his joy in obedience ...
for the value he gave to human labour,
the strength he promised us for service,
the call to follow in his way ...
for all opportunities of work and of leisure,
all truth that we have learned,
and all discoveries we have made ...


Give us deeper reverence for the truth,
and such wisdom in the use of knowledge
that your kingdom may be advanced
and your name glorified;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God:
Increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everliving God,
we give you thanks for bringing us safely to this day:
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,
and in all things guide us to know and do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Go before us, Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favour,
and further us with your continual help;
that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you,
we may glorify your holy name,
and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father,
in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us
that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,
we may never forget your presence
but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

The Ending

The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.
2 Corinthians 13: 14

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God
be honour and glory for ever and ever.
1 Timothy 1: 17

May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope.
Romans 15: 13