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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Advent Collect

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Advent Collect.

Thou Power Supreme, who hast hitherto guided thy children under other names, but in this generation hast come to thy own in thy own proper person, revealed for all ages to come by thy Servant, Auguste Comte, we praise thee that under his teaching we are enabled to see the early dawn of thy glory brightening towards the perfect day; and we pray that, drawing inspiration from thy Past and Future, we may be strong to proclaim thy advent to the world around us, so that each successive year devoted to thy service may bring more and more disciples of thy faith, avowed adherents of thy holy church. Amen.

Holy and Glorious Humanity, on this thy High Day, at the beginning of a new year, we are met in praise, in prayer, in thanksgiving, to celebrate thy coming, in the fulness of time, for the visible perfecting of thy as yet unseen work.

Priest—We bow before thee in thankfulness,

People—As children of thy Past;

Priest—We adore thee in hope,

People—As thy ministers and stewards for the Future;

Priest—We would commune with thee humbly in prayer,

People—As thy servants in the Present.

All—May our worship, as our lives, grow more and more worthy of thy great name.