Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus
it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of
Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see
the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those
who are of a fearful heart,
"Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your
He will come with vengeance,
He will come and save you."
Then the eyes
of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame
shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of
jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A highway shall
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not
be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Happy are they
who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
Who made heaven
and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;
justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The Lord shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
Canticle 15 Page 91, BCP
The Song of Mary Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day
all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on
those who fear him *
in every generation.
He has shown
the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast
down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled
the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to
the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he
made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,
‘See, I am
sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”