Friday morning November 23

Saturday morning
Thursday morning


Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

All your faithful ones bless you.

They speak of the glory of your kingdom.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

ruler and judge of all,

to you be praise and glory forever.

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 forever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and forever.



The Mighty Conqueror Leaves the Dead

Charles Wesley

The mighty conqueror leaves the dead,

Jesus the Lord ascends on high;

The powers of hell are captive led,

Dragged to the portals of the sky.

There his triumphal chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay:

“Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates;

Ye everlasting doors, give way.

Loose all your bars of massy light,

And wide unfold the radiant scene;

He claims these mansions as his right,

Receive the King of Glory in.”

“Who is the King of Glory, who?”

“The Lord, that all our foes overcame;

The world, sin, death, and hell overthrew,

Jesus is the conqueror’s name.”

Lo! His triumphal chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay:

“Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates;

Ye everlasting doors, give way.”

“Who is the King of Glory, who?”

“The Lord, of boundless power possessed,

The King of saints and angels too,

God over all, forever blessed.”

Confession of sin

O King enthroned on high,

filling the earth with your glory:

holy is your name,

Lord God almighty.

A time of silence and self-examination may be kept.

In our sinfulness we cry to you

to take our guilt away,

and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the God of all healing and forgiveness

draw us to himself,

and cleanse us from all our sins

that we may behold the glory of his Son,

the Word made flesh,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of God

Psalm 63


My whole being thirsts for God.

God! My God! It’s you—

I search for you!

My whole being thirsts for you!

My body desires you

in a dry and tired land,

no water anywhere.

Yes, I’ve seen you in the sanctuary;

I’ve seen your power and glory.

My lips praise you

because your faithful love

is better than life itself!

So I will bless you as long as I’m alive;

I will lift up my hands in your name.

I’m fully satisfied—

as with a rich dinner.

My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips—

whenever I ponder you on my bed,

whenever I meditate on you

in the middle of the night—

because you’ve been a help to me and I shout for joy in the protection of your wings.

My whole being clings to you;

your strong hand upholds me.

But what about those people who want to destroy me?

Let them go into the bowels of the earth!

Let their blood flow by the sword!

Let them be food for wild jackals!

But the king should rejoice in God;

everyone who swears by God should give praise

when the mouths of liars are shut for good.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and will be forever. Amen.


My whole being thirsts for God.

Psalm prayer

To you we come, radiant Lord,

the goal of all our desiring,

beyond all earthly beauty;

gentle protector, strong deliverer,

in the night you are our confidence;

from first light be our joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 65


Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

God of Zion, to you even silence is praise.

Promises made to you are kept—

you listen to prayer—

and all living things come to you.

When wrongdoings become too much for me,

you forgive our sins.

How happy is the one you choose to bring close,

the one who lives in your courtyards!

We are filled full by the goodness of your house,

by the holiness of your temple.

In righteousness you answer us,

by your awesome deeds,

God of our salvation—

you, who are the security

of all the far edges of the earth,

even the distant seas.

You establish the mountains by your strength;

you are dressed in raw power.

You calm the roaring seas;

calm the roaring waves,

calm the noise of the nations.

Those who dwell on the far edges

stand in awe of your acts.

You make the gateways

of morning and evening sing for joy.

You visit the earth and make it abundant,

enriching it greatly

by God’s stream, full of water.

You provide people with grain

because that is what you’ve decided.

Drenching the earth’s furrows,

leveling its ridges,

you soften it with rain showers;

you bless its growth.

You crown the year with your goodness;

your paths overflow with rich food.

Even the desert pastures drip with it,

and the hills are dressed in pure joy.

The meadowlands are covered with flocks,

the valleys decked out in grain—

they shout for joy;

they break out in song!

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and will be forever. Amen.


Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!

Psalm prayer

May the richness of your creation, Lord,

and the mystery of your providence

lead us to that heavenly city

where all peoples will bring their wealth,

forsake their sins and find their true joy,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Daniel 10:1-11:1

In the third year of Persia’s King Cyrus, a message was revealed to Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar. The message was true: there would be a great conflict. Daniel understood the message, having discerned the meaning of the vision.

During that time, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. I didn’t eat any rich foods. Neither meat nor wine passed my lips, and I didn’t clean up at all until the three weeks were up. Then, on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was on the bank of the great Tigris River, I looked up and suddenly saw a man clothed in linen in front of me. He had a brilliant gold belt around his waist, and his body was like topaz. His face was like a flash of lightning, and his eyes were like burning torches. His arms and feet looked like polished bronze. When he spoke, it sounded like the roar of a crowd. Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The other people who were with me didn’t see it. Despite that, they were terrified and ran away to hide.

So I was left alone to see this great vision all by myself. All my strength left me. My energy was sapped, and I couldn’t stay strong. Then I heard the sound of the man’s words. When I heard it, I fell into a trance with my face on the ground. But then a hand touched me, lifting me up to my hands and knees.

The man said to me, “Daniel, you are greatly treasured. Now grasp the meaning of what I’m saying to you. And stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.”

As he said this to me, I stood up, shaking.

Then the man said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, because from the day you first set your mind to understand things and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I’ve come because of your words! For twenty-one days the leader of the Persian kingdom blocked my way. But then Michael, one of the highest leaders, came to help me. I left Michael there with the leader of the Persian kingdom. But I’ve come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the future, because there is another vision concerning that time.”

While he said this to me, I turned my face to the ground and kept quiet. But then someone who looked like a human being touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to the person standing in front of me: “My lord, the vision bothered me deeply, and I couldn’t stay strong during it. So how can I, my lord’s servant, speak with you, my lord? Even now there’s no strength in me, and I can barely breathe.”

The one who looked like a human being touched me again and gave me strength. He said, “Don’t be afraid. You are greatly treasured. All will be well with you. Be strong!”

As he spoke to me, I suddenly felt strong. Then I said: “My lord can go on, because you’ve made me strong.”

Then he said: “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must go back to fight the leader of Persia. As I leave, the leader of Greece will come! But I will tell you what is written in the Scroll of Truth. No one stands strong with me against these leaders except your leader Michael.

“In the first year of Darius the Mede’s rule, I took my stand to strengthen and protect him.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 13:1-10

And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads. Each of its horns was decorated with a royal crown, and on its heads were blasphemous names. The beast I saw was like a leopard. Its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave it his power, throne, and great authority. One of its heads appeared to have been slain and killed, but its deadly wound was healed. So the whole earth was amazed and followed the beast. They worshipped the dragon because it had given the beast its authority. They worshipped the beast and said, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

The beast was given a mouth that spoke boastful and blasphemous things, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to speak blasphemies against God. It blasphemed God’s name and his dwelling place (that is, those who dwell in heaven).

It was also allowed to make war on the saints and to gain victory over them. It was given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation. All who live on earth worshipped it, all whose names hadn’t been written—from the time the earth was made—in the scroll of life of the Lamb who was slain. Whoever has ears must listen: If any are to be taken captive, then into captivity they will go. If any are to be killed by the sword, then by the sword they will be killed. This calls for endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

Bless the Lord God of Israel

because he has come to help and has delivered his people.

He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house,

just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago.

He has brought salvation from our enemies

and from the power of all those who hate us.

He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,

and remembered his holy covenant,

the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham.

He has granted that we would be rescued

from the power of our enemies

so that we could serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness in God’s eyes,

for as long as we live.

You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

You will tell his people how to be saved

through the forgiveness of their sins.

Because of our God’s deep compassion,

the dawn from heaven will break upon us,

to give light to those who are sitting in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide us on the path of peace.”

Luke 1:68-79

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and will be forever. Amen.


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

Brief silence.

The Apostle’s Creed

Let us unite in this historic confession of the Christian faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Intercession and thanksgiving

Prayers may be offered for:

the day and its tasks

the world and its needs

the church and her life

Prayers may include the following concerns:

The saints on earth, that they may live as citizens of heaven

All people, that they may hear and believe the word of God

All who fear the winter months

All sovereigns and political leaders, that they may imitate the righteous rule of Christ

All who grieve or wait with the dying

Other intercessions and supplications may be offered as the Holy Spirit leads.


Father, by your Spirit

Bring in your kingdom.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed

to destroy the works of the devil

and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:

grant that we, having this hope,

may purify ourselves even as he is pure;

that when he shall appear in power and great glory

we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;

where he is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven, as our Savior taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and forever.



May Christ, who has opened the kingdom of heaven, bring us to reign with him in glory.