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Collect 25 (Text shown)
Post Communion Prayer 26 (Text shown)
Principle Service (Text shown)
Ezekiel 43.27 – 44.4
1 Corinthians 13. 1-13
Luke 2. 22-40
Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 34. or 34. 1-10
1 Chronicles 29. 6-19
Acts 7. 44-50
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
John 4. 19-29a
Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 71. 1-6, 15-17
Micah 6. 1-8
1 Corinthians 6. 12-20
1984 (Text not shown)
1984 Prayer Book
Almighty and ever-loving God, whose power and glory are revealed in thy Son Jesus Christ: renew and strengthen us with thy grace, that we who worship thee in thy Church, may joyfully witness to thy glory in the world; through the same our Saviour Jesus Christ.
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion Prayer 26
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed
the mystery of your love:
help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Ezekiel 43.27 – 44.4
When these days are over, then from the eighth day onwards the priests shall offer upon the altar your burnt-offerings and your offerings of well-being; and I will accept you, says the Lord God.
Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east; and it was shut. The Lord said to me: This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it; for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it; therefore it shall remain shut. Only the prince, because he is a prince, may sit in it to eat food before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way.
Then he brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; and I looked, and lo! the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord; and I fell upon my face.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defence.
Then the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labour, as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes for ever.
We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgements.
Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God for ever and ever. He will be our guide for ever.
Great is the Lord and / highly • to be / praised :
in the / city / of our / God.
His holy mountain is fair and / lifted / high :
the / joy of / all the / earth.
On Mount Zion, the di/vine / dwelling place :
stands the / city • of the / great / king.
In her palaces God has / shown him/self :
to / be a / sure / refuge.
For behold, the kings of the / earth as/sembled :
and / swept / forward to/gether.
They saw, and / were dumb/founded :
dis/mayed, they / fled in / terror.
Trembling seized them there;
they writhed like a / woman in / labour :
as when the east wind / shatters the / ships of / Tarshish.
As we had heard, so have we seen
in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city / of our / God :
God has es/tablished / her for / ever.
We have waited on your loving/kindness, O / God :
in the / midst / of your / temple.
As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the / ends of the / earth :
your right / hand is / full of / justice.
Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of / Judah be / glad :
be/cause of your / judgements, O / Lord.
Walk about Zion and go round about her;
count / all her / towers :
consider well her / bulwarks; pass / through her / citadels,
That you may tell those who come after
that such is our God for / ever and / ever :
It is he that shall be our / guide for / ever/more.
1 Corinthians 13. 1-13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Luke 2. 22-40
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’
And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.