Sunday 26th November is the Feast of Christ the King, the Sunday next before Advent

First reading: Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24

Second reading: Ephesians 1.15-end

Gospel: Matthew 25.31-end

Current collect

Almighty God,
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 which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
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 is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Prayer for Israel and Gaza

The Archbishop of York and the Bishops of Whitby, Selby, and Hull ask us to join in the following prayer by Archbishop Hosam, the Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem:

O God of all justice and peace
we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma
of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.
Be with those who need you in these days of suffering;
we pray for people of all faiths — Jews, Muslims and Christians, and for all people of the land.
While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace,
we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples.
Guide us into your kingdom
where all peoples are treated with dignity and honour as your children
for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.