MATINS - Midnight Prayer

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Collect

Praise and glory to you,
God in highest heaven,
for the good news Gabriel brought;
give us grace to recognise
and to welcome the now risen saviour.
Amen.

New Testament Reading - Greater than angels

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1Long ago God spoke in many different ways to our fathers through the prophets, in visions, dreams, and even face to face,a telling them little by little about his plans.

2But now in these days He has spoken to us through his Son to whom He has given everything and through whom He made the world and everything there is.

3God’s Son shines out with God’s glory, and all that God’s Son is and does marks him as God. He regulates the universe by the mighty power of his command. He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of all sin, and then sat down in highest honor beside the great God of heaven.

4Thus he became far greater than the angels, as proved by the fact that his name “Son of God,” which was passed on to him from his Father, is far greater than the names and titles of the angels. 5-6For God never said to any angel, “You are my Son, and today I have given you the honor that goes with that name.”b But God said it about Jesus. Another time he said, “I am his Father and he is my Son.” And still another time — when his firstborn Son came to earth — God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”

7God speaks of his angels as messengers swift as the wind and as servants made of flaming fire.

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13 And did God ever say to an angel, as he does to his Son, “Sit here beside me in honor until I crush all your enemies beneath your feet”?

14 No, for the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive his salvation.

. . . . .Hebrews 1:1-7,13-14
  1. Implied
  2. Literally, “this day I have begotten you.”

Thanksgiving

Thank Him for 3 things that happened today (Good or Not!)

Prayer

Our Father,
save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Giver of the present, hope for the future:
save us from the time of trial.
When prophets warn us of doom,
of catastrophe and of suffering beyond belief,
then, God, free us from our helplessness,
and deliver us from evil.
Save us from our arrogance and folly,
for you are God who created the world;
you have redeemed us and you are our salvation.
Amen.

The Blessing

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.