Category: Liturgy and Prayer

O Sapientia

Today we use the first of the Advent Antiphons at Vespers (Evening Prayer) which herald the recitation of the Magnificat from now until 23rd December. Today is ‘O Sapientia’.

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
– Common Worship Times and Seasons

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Easter Day

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Common Worship alternative collect

And while I’m doing hymns …

While I’m on the subject of hymns that have a particular resonance in holy Week, here is Graham Kendrick with “Meekness and majesty.” Many years ago, in a previous parish, I used this hymn as a basis for a Lent Course. We took a phrase from the hymn each week, and had a talk about the theological issues, sang the hymn and concluded with communion.

The woman at the well

This Sunday the gospel reading in the Revised Common Lectionary is the Samaritan woman at the well. I alluded in my sermon to the fact that she is remembered as Saint Photini, with her own feast day, in the Orthodox Church. For those who would like a fuller account of her life, according to Orthodox tradition, you can read more about her at, which also gives the following Orthodox prayer of Saint Photini:

Illuminated by the Holy Spirit, All-Glorious One,
from Christ the Saviour you drank the water of salvation.
With open hand you give it to those who thirst.
Great-Martyr Photini, Equal-to-the-Apostles,
pray to Christ for the salvation of our souls.

Christmas Day

Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.

Common Worship Additional Collect for Christmas Day

Happy Christmas to one and all, and may God bless you and yours today and through the coming year.