The First Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the week:
Holy God; We are accustomed to imagery which portrays darkness and night as symbols of sin and ignorance. But darkness holds no fear for those who live without sight, and at night-time you bless us with restorative sleep. Give us humility to learn from those who experience the world in different ways, and take away our fear of the unknown; for in love Jesus overcame the power of sin, and the darkness is no darkness with you. Amen.
Canon Carol Wardman
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.