Advent is near.

Looking for a creative way to journey through Advent? Christine Sine has a wonderful blog called “Godspace”. The invitation below will take you to this blog offering a variety of ways to experience the wonder of Advent…

An Invitation to Join Us for Advent..

the quiet gift of evensong

Evening Light (Vasili Nesterenko)

As I prepare to officiate my last Evensong at St. Paul’s, I sense the deep roots of this gentle liturgy. Chanted and sung in cathedral and mission for hundreds of years, we come together, grateful for the day’s end and humble as we pray for a peaceful night.

While choosing prayers, I came across one to share —

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of all, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing
upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. In your glory. Amen. (BCP pg.113 adapted for inclusion)

and we give thanks for the new year’s first evening

there is something very special about evening prayer on New Year’s Day — thank you ‘unapologetically Episcopalian

The Presentation Window Trinity Episcopal Church Galveston, Texas

The Holy Name of Jesus

• Opening Sentence

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

• Collect of the Day ~ The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.