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Daily Prayer for 26 November 2022 (Week before Advent: Saturday)

Listen to a service of daily prayer for the Week before Advent: Saturday, 26 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 21.34-36 
Exhortation to Watch

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’ 


Jesus said: Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

At no point during his earthly ministry does Jesus offer us an easy way out of the trials and tribulations of earthly life. On the contrary, Jesus shares in every one of those trials and tribulations. However, Jesus does offer us a level of reassurance that we can find nowhere else. Jesus assures us that there is a divine home awaiting us when we have passed through our mortal lives, a divine home that will bring us into the nearer presence of God for all eternity.

When we go somewhere special, we make meticulous preparations. We cleanse ourselves and we put on special clothes. We may think of choosing a small gift as an act of gratitude for the invitation. There are so many different rituals we are prepared to go through as we get ready for that special moment away from the humdrum and the routine. Today we are being urged to be in a constant state of readiness for the moment when the invitation into God’s nearer presence arrives at our doorstep. The question for us is whether we are prepared to hold ourselves in such a state of constant preparedness.

When we prepare to go to an earthly party we know that the sense of gratification will not be long in coming. When we contemplate God’s invitation we know that its dawning may be many years away. But, that self-created sense of distance is an illusion. The reality is that we could receive that call at any given moment. The question is: will we be alert and ready?

Today is the end of the Church’s year. Tomorrow is the first day of Advent and we will be focusing on the prophetic words of John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary and others as we journey towards the great annual celebration of Christ’s Nativity. Throughout Advent we will be reminding ourselves of our need to be alert and ready for God’s coming into our midst. Let us pray that we might take that need seriously as we go forward in faith and hope and joy as loyal and committed disciples and 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.