Let us pray (in silence) [that we long for the advent of Christ]
Almighty God, [or God of hope or God of justice and peace]
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in the which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
so that on the last day when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal,
through him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit now and for ever.
This is my rendering of a historic collect for Book of Prayers in Common.
Here is the commentary for that collect: Advent collect – reflection from the collect/opening prayer
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