Morning Prayer: Wed, 21 Dec – Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45 ~ oh what joy!

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Advent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)

+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.

Reading: Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (NLT)

Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.

The Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken. What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Reading: Luke 1:39-45 (NLT)

Visitation, 1528-29 San Michele, Carmignano (Florence)
Visitation, 1528-29
San Michele, Carmignano (Florence)

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”


Lord Jesus Christ, our glory lies in praising you; come to save us, and we shall bless your name. Through faith you have already led us into light; may our lives be worthy of your call.

Lord Jesus, you entered our world and shared our condition; bring health to the sick and give the dying a share in your glory. Come, Lord, do not delay.

In your goodness, Lord Jesus, listen to your people’s prayer. We rejoice in your coming in flesh and blood like ours, grant that when you come again in glory we may receive the gift of eternal life.

We ask this in your name. Amen

“What Joy” – Sarah Emerson



Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell in me and be my peace today.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!