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Daily Prayer for 22 November 2022 (Week before Advent: Tuesday)

Listen to a service of daily prayer for the Week before Advent: Tuesday, 22 November 2022, including a reflection on the gospel reading


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

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
ruler and judge of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of this age that is passing away
may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy
surround our steps as we journey on.
May we reflect your glory this day
and so be made ready to see your face
in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Luke 21.5-11 
The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’ 

They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them. 

‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.’


Jesus said: Beware that you are not led astray.

As a parish priest I have often encountered those who put their love of a church building, along with its furniture and other adornments, ahead of their calling to love and serve in the name of Jesus Christ. I have often witnessed the hoarding (and hiding) of money “just in case” the church (that is, the building) “might” need some sort of maintenance or repair, rather than that money being used to support and develop the mission and ministry of the Church (that is, the universal community of faithful believers). Such inward-looking and self-serving attitudes fly in the face of Jesus’ words of warning: Beware that you are not led astray.

In today’s reading Jesus speaks of the inevitable destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition the first temple was built in the 10th century BC, and was destroyed by the Babylonians in c.587 BC. The temple of which Jesus was speaking, the second temple, had a longer history but was destined to be destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Like so many modern churchgoers, first century Jews attached much affection and great value to the place where they gathered in worship; it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts. But … what about their, and our, true mission in the name of God?

We live in a troubled and divided world; a world in which there are wars and insurrections; a world that seems overrun with famines and plagues; a world in which human greed and self-interest is wreaking havoc. And yet, despite these enormous issues, and the many others we have created for ourselves, there are still those who put ancient buildings before the welfare of others; there are still those who are led astray by greed and a level of selective deafness that separates them from God.

Let us pray that we might open our hearts and our minds, and use all our strength and our resources to take the light of Christ into the dark places of the world. Let us pray that we might come to understand that our places of worship are nothing but places of rest and refreshment, places where we are recharged in order that we might go out as active and self-sacrificial apostles of Christ.


In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Let us praise Christ our King, by whose cross we have citizenship in  heaven, saying: all your saints praise you.

Lord, you built your Church on the foundation of the apostles:
all your saints praise you.

You witness to your truth in the lives of your saints:
all your saints praise you.

You made us to be a kingdom and priests serving our God:
all your saints praise you.

You have shared our burdens,
revealing the holiness of our life and work:
all your saints praise you.

You stir us to seek the mysteries of the kingdom:
all your saints praise you.

You lead us to the eternal assembly of the saints:
all your saints praise you.

God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on 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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Christ our King make us faithful and strong to do his will,
that we may reign with him in glory;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.