Ut queant laxis resonare fibris
mira gestorum famuli tuorum,
solve polluti labiis reatum,
Nuntius celso veniens Olympo,
Ille promissi dubius superni
Laudibus cives celebrant superni
Ventris obstruso recubans cubili,
Sit decus Patri, genitaeque proli
Oh for your spirit, holy John to cleanse us
from all contentious and unholy speaking
that with lips chastened we may sing more fitly
your wondrous story
There by the altar at the hour of incense
God's great archangel came to Zechariah
your birth foretelling, and your name and calling
as Christ's forerunner.
Oh, may the power of your intercession,
all stony hardness from our heart expelling,
smooth the rough places and the crooked straighten
here in the desert.
Thus may our gracious Maker and Redeemer,
seeking a station for his hallowed footsteps,
find, when he comes here, temples unpolluted,
fit to receive him.
Praise to the Father, to the Sole-begotten,
and to the Spirit, with them both co-equal;
so we adore you, one and only Godhead,
through all the ages. Amen.
Lord God, who promised Zechariah a son filled with the spirit and power of Elijah, to prepare a people fit for the Lord
- we pray for reconciliation between all people. (R.)
Lord God, when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting the baby leapt in her womb
- may we bless among women she who believed your promise, and proclaim with joy the good news of your Christ. (R.)
Lord God, at John's birth Zechariah proclaimed he would be the prophet of the Most High
- we pray for all who preach the Good News. (R.)
Lord God, when your Son came to the Jordan and was baptized by John he saw the heavens open and the Spirit descending as a dove
- may we who are baptized into your Church faithfully proclaim in the world the words of your beloved Son. (R.)
Lord God, John proclaimed your Son as 'the Lamb of God' and John's disciples followed Jesus
- help us to follow him too, and by our words and deeds to bring our families and friends closer to you. (R.)
Lord God, who sent John to witness to the light, to be the voice of one crying in the wilderness and to prepare the way of the Lord
- comfort your people and bring your healing to the sick and needy, to the broken-hearted and the oppressed, to prisoners and captives. (R.)
Lord God, John preached the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and suffered imprisonment and death for proclaiming your Law
- we pray with and for all who have died in your service, joining our prayers with John the Baptist, and all the saints, and grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom. (R.)
In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us.
-Shine, Lord, on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and guide our feet into the way of peace.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
She that once was barren doth today bring forth Christ's Forerunner, John, the culmination and the crown of all the Prophets. For when he, in River Jordan, laid his hand on Him Whom the Prophets preached aforetime, he was revealed as God the Word's fore-chosen Prophet, His mighty preacher, and His Forerunner in grace
Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that your family may walk in the way of salvation
and, attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged,
may come safely to the One he foretold,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
O God, you raised up the blessed John the Baptist to make ready a perfect people for Christ the Lord.
Give your people the grace of spiritual joy
and guide the minds of all the faithful
onto the path of salvation and peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.