Tuesday, December 6
The Morning Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.

First Week of Advent


The Call to Prayer
Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,* what awesome things he has done on earth.
Psalm 46:9

The Request for Presence
O LORD . . . answer us when we call.
Psalm 20:9


The Greeting

My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength;* for you, O God, are my stronghold.
Psalm 59:10

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

As a father cares for his children,* so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13

A Reading

The gospeler wrote, saying: “Now all this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: Look! The virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom they will call Immanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’ ”
Matthew 1:22-23

The Refrain

As a father cares for his children,* so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13

The Morning Psalm

Who May Abide on Your Holy Hill

LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle?* who may abide upon your holy hill? Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right,* who speaks the truth from his heart. There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend;* he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor. In his sight the wicked is rejected,* but he honors those who fear the LORD. He has sworn to do no wrong* and does not take back his word. He does not give his money in hope of gain,* nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things* shall never be overthrown.
Psalm 15

The Refrain

As a father cares for his children,* so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13

The Cry of the Church

O Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, give all of us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.†