Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: 

to you be praise and glory for ever. 

Your prophet John the Baptist was witness 

to the truth as a burning and shining light. 

May we your servants rejoice in 

his light, and so be led to witness to him 

who is the Lord of our coming kingdom, 

Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages. 

Blessed be God for ever.Lord Jesus, light of the world, 

John told the people to prepare, for you were very near. 

as Christmas grows closer day by day, 

help us to be ready to welcome you now.

Amen