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Advent (traditional language)
     
    The First Sunday of Advent
Purple
     
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
      to judge both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
     
    This Collect may be used as the Post Communion on any day from the Second Sunday of Advent until Christmas Eve instead of the Post Communion provided.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O Lord our God,
as we wait for the coming of thy Son our Lord,
preserve us in watchfulness and faith,
that when he shall appear
he may not find us asleep in sin
but active to serve him
and joyful to praise him;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Second Sunday of Advent
Purple
     
    Collect
     
    O Lord, raise up we pray thee thy power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are sore let and hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
thy bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord,
to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit
be honour and glory, now and for ever.   
     
    Post Communion
     
    Heavenly Father,
who didst send thy Son to redeem the world
and wilt send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
      in the humility and purity of his first coming
that when he shall come again,
we may be found ready to greet him
with joyful love and steadfast faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Third Sunday of Advent
Purple
     
    Collect
     
    O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger
to prepare thy way before thee:
grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at thy second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight;
who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    We give thee thanks, O Lord, for these thy heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of thy Spirit
that when our Saviour Christ shall come again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who liveth and reigneth now and for ever.
     
     
                     The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Purple
     
    This provision is not used on weekdays after 23 December.
     
    Collect
     
    O God our redeemer,
who didst prepare the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of thy Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he shall come again to be our judge;
who liveth and reigneth with thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Heavenly Father,
who didst choose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of the promised saviour:
fill us thy servants with thy grace,
that in all things we may embrace thy holy will
and with her rejoice in thy salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
    24 December Christmas Eve
Purple
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance
      of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer,
so we may with sure confidence behold him
when he shall come to be our judge;
who liveth and reigneth with thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Eternal God, for whom we wait,
who hast fed us with the bread of eternal life:
we pray that thou wilt keep us ever watchful
so that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
  Christmas
         
    25 December Christmas Night
Gold or
     
Principal Feast
White
     
    Collect
     
    Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of thy one true light:
bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of thy heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    God our Father,
who in this night hast made known to us again
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him
until the dawning of the day
when Christ the Morning Star shall rise in our hearts;
to whom be glory both now and for ever.
     
     
    25 December          Christmas Day
Gold or
     
Principal Feast
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who hast given us thy only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, being regenerate
and made thy children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit,
now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God our Father,
whose Word hath come among us
in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:
grant that the light of faith may illumine our hearts
      and shine in all our words and deeds;
through him who is Christ the Lord.
     
     
                     The First Sunday of Christmas
White
     
    This provision is not used on weekdays after 5 January.
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who hast wonderfully created us in thine own image
and hast yet more wonderfully restored us
through thy Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:
grant to thy Church grace to live as one family,
united in love and obedience,
and at the last bring us all to our home in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Second Sunday of Christmas
White
     
    This provision is not used on weekdays after 5 January.
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who in the birth of thy Son
hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word
and revealed to us the fullness of thy love:
help us so to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    All praise to thee,
almighty God and heavenly king,
who hast sent thy Son into the world
to take our nature upon him
and to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that, as we are born again in him,
so he may continually dwell in us
and reign on earth as he reigneth in heaven,
now and for ever.
     
     
  Epiphany
     
    6 January    The Epiphany
Gold or
     
Principal Feast
White
     
    Collect
     
    O God,
who by the leading of a star
didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles:
mercifully grant that we,
who know thee now by faith,
may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O Lord our God,
the bright splendour whom the nations seek:
grant that we, who with the wise men
      have been drawn by thy light,
may discern the glory of thy presence in thy Son,
the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
      The Baptism of Christ
Gold or
     
The First Sunday of Epiphany
White
     
    Collect
     
    Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
didst reveal him to be thy Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we, being born again by water and the Spirit,
may be faithful to our calling as thine adopted children;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O Lord of all time and eternity,
who in the baptism of Jesus thy beloved Son
didst open the heavens
and didst reveal thyself as Father:
by the power of thy Spirit
make perfect the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Second Sunday of Epiphany
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who in Christ makest all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of thy grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known thy heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    God of glory,
as thou dost nourish us with thy Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with thy Holy Spirit
that through us the light of thy glory
may shine in all the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Third Sunday of Epiphany
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of thy saving presence:
renew thy people with thy heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by thy mighty power;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Almighty God,
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
grant that thy people,
illumined by thy word and sacraments,
may shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed
      to the ends of the earth,
who liveth and reigneth, now and for ever.
     
     
                     The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
White
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God, creator of all things,
who in the beginning
didst command the light to shine out of darkness:
grant that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all thy people,
and reveal the knowledge of thy glory
      in the face of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Gracious Lord,
by whose mercy we have proclaimed in word and sacrament
      the mystery of thy love:
help us so to live our lives
that we may show forth thy wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
     
     
    2 February              The Presentation of Christ
Gold or
      in the Temple
White
     
Candlemas
 
     
Principal Feast
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty and ever-living God,
we humbly beseech thy majesty,
that, as thy only-begotten Son
      was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh,
so we may be presented unto thee
with pure and clean hearts,
by thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O Lord,
who didst fulfil the hope of Simeon and Anna
that they might live to greet the coming of the Messiah:
grant that we, who have received these inexpressible gifts,
may be prepared to meet Christ Jesus when he shall come
      to bring us to eternal life;
for he liveth and reigneth, now and for ever.
   
     
 
  Ordinary Time
     
                     The Fifth Sunday before Lent
Green
     
    This provision is always used from the day after the Presentation of Christ in the Temple until the first of the Sundays before Lent.
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
by whose grace alone we are accepted
      and called to thy service:
strengthen us by thy Holy Spirit
and make us worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God of truth,
by whose grace we have seen with our eyes
      and touched with our hands the bread of life:
strengthen our faith
that we may grow in love for thee and for one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Fourth Sunday before Lent
Green
     
    Collect
     
    O God,
who knowest us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings
with thy most gracious favour,
and further us with thy continual help,
that in all our works
begun, continued and ended in thee,
we may glorify thy holy name,
and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
   
     
                     The Third Sunday before Lent
Green
     
    Collect
     
    O almighty God,
who alone canst order the unruly wills
      and affections of the sinful:
grant unto thy people
      that they may love the thing which thou commandest
and desire that which thou dost promise,
that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    Merciful Father,
who didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ
      to be for us the bread of life,
that those who come to him should never hunger:
draw us to him in faith and love,
that we may eat and drink with him
at his table in the kingdom,
where he liveth and reigneth, now and for ever.
     
     
                     The Second Sunday before Lent
Green
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who hast created the heavens and the earth
and hast made us in thine own image:
teach us to discern thy hand in all thy works
and thy likeness in all thy children;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O God our creator,
by whose gift
the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,
and the bread of life at the heart of thy Church:
may we who have been nourished at thy table on earth
be transformed by the glory of the Saviour's cross
and enjoy the delights of eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
     
                     The Sunday next before Lent
Green
     
    This provision is not used on or after Ash Wednesday.
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    O holy God,
we behold thy glory in the face of Jesus Christ:
grant that we who are partakers at his table
may reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know his power to change and save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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