Welcome to a service of Matins using the historic liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer on the second Sunday of Advent
Who's doing what
- Ian Wyllie
- Ian Wyllie
- Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 & 2 Peter 3:8-15a & Mark 1:1-8
- Music Leader
- Francois Hugo
Come and enjoy Matins on the second Sunday of Advent, the season of waiting the churches keep before Christmas. The Book of Common Prayer is one of the sources of liturgy for the Church of England, and although it was written in 1662 it speaks of God in simple, dignified and awe inspiring ways. Come and try it out!
We promise that if you've never worshipped using the Book of Common prayer it will be an experience - and we will help you with anything you aren’t familiar with.
What on earth is Matins?
Benedictine monks kept, and keep, eight periods of prayer each day.
Matins was the first of those, and it’s come down from that root as the name of a church service in the morning where Holy Communion isn’t celebrated.
The language of the Book of Common Prayer can be a bit intimidating. We promise that if you’re visiting we will look after you and guide you through it on this second Sunday of Advent. Be welcome.
You might wonder why we are still using a prayer book published in 1662. Some people love the way it helps them to approach God in a dignified and awe inspiring way. But there’s more than that. It was given as ‘one prayer for one people’ at a time when England was in turmoil. Allowing the Book of Common Prayer to remind of us of a time where freedom of worship, and freedom period weren’t guaranteed is good at this time in this United Kingdom.
The second week of Advent
This service marks the second of the four weeks of Advent. It is a time of searching and waiting for something important. Both the coming of Jesus as child in Bethlehem, and his future return as judge and king to make right all the wrongs of the earth.
The Book of Common Prayer anchors our search in the Bible: the holy scriptures.
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
This second week of Advent we hear about John the Baptist, the enigmatic figure who called people to change their ways and be baptised before Jesus started his holy work.
Advent can be submerged with parties and purchasing things but it can be a tough time for those with money or relationship troubles and for those living with mental health issues, family overseas or separated from them or chronic illness. If you want to know more about who Jesus is and what he has done and will do or simply to talk about the stresses and strains of Advent we are here to help.