Advent Prayer and Carols

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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 Ghost, now and ever. Amen.    (Advent Prayer/Collect)

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.  (Advent Prayer/Collect)

Softly sleeping, sent from heaven,

Shining light against the cold,

You will renew me, waken my soul.

Bring me out of darkness and waken my soul.

Word of God born in darkness,

Gift of wisdom from afar,

You will refresh me, open my heart;

Bring me out of darkness and open my heart.


And may Your light burn in me;

May Your love endless be.

May You be always with me.

Child of God, sleeping Saviour,

As You rest my world awaits,

Needing forgiveness, needing Your kindness.

Now You have found me, waken my soul.

Bring me out of darkness and waken my soul

   -  Words and music by Will Todd (b. 1970)


                   The Angel Gabriel

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame:

“All hail” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!


“For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be,

All generations laud and honor thee:

Thy son Emmanuel, be seers foretold.

Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!


Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

“To me be as it pleaseth God” she said,

My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name.”

Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!


Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born

In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn;

And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:

Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!

  • Basque traditional carol, Translation by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)