Second Sunday before Advent – 15 November

Collect
Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
   to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Daniel 10.19-21
He said, ‘Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!’ When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’ Then he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.

from Psalm 89
      You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people:
   ‘I have set a youth above the mighty;
      I have raised a young man over the people.
      ‘I have found David my servant;
   with my holy oil have I anointed him.
      ‘My hand shall hold him fast
   and my arm shall strengthen him.
      ‘No enemy shall deceive him,
   nor any wicked person afflict him.
      ‘I will strike down his foes before his face
   and beat down those that hate him.
      ‘My truth also and my steadfast love shall be with him,
   and in my name shall his head be exalted.
      ‘I will set his dominion upon the sea
   and his right hand upon the rivers.
      ‘He shall call to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the rock of my salvation;”
      ‘And I will make him my firstborn,
   the most high above the kings of the earth.
      ‘The love I have pledged to him will I keep for ever,
   and my covenant will stand fast with him.
      ‘His seed also will I make to endure for ever
   and his throne as the days of heaven.
      ‘But if his children forsake my law
   and cease to walk in my judgements,
      ‘If they break my statutes
   and do not keep my commandments,
      ‘I will punish their offences with a rod
   and their sin with scourges.
      ‘But I will not take from him my steadfast love
   nor suffer my truth to fail.
      ‘My covenant will I not break
   nor alter what has gone out of my lips.
      ‘Once for all have I sworn by my holiness
   that I will not prove false to David.
      ‘His seed shall endure for ever
   and his throne as the sun before me;
      ‘It shall stand fast for ever as the moon,
   the enduring witness in the heavens.’