Binding Type: 1979 Book of Common Prayer

The Collects: Traditional – Common of Saints

The festival of a saint is observed in accordance with the rules of
precedence set forth in the Calendar of the Church year.

At the discretion of the Celebrant, and as appropriate, any of the
following Collects, with one of the corresponding sets of Psalms and
Lessons, may be used

a) at the commemoration of a saint listed in the Calendar for which no
Proper is provided in this Book

b) at the patronal festival or commemoration of a saint not listed in
the Calendar.


Of a Martyr

O Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant N. boldness to
confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers
of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we
may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in
us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of the same our Lord
Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy martyr
N. triumphed over suffering and was faithful even unto
death: Grant us, who now remember him with thanksgiving,
to be so faithful in our witness to thee in this world, that we
may receive with him the crown of life; through Jesus Christ
our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or the following

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Almighty and everlasting God, who didst enkindle the flame
of thy love in the heart of thy holy martyr N.: Grant to us,
thy humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we
who rejoice in her triumph may profit by her example;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of a Saint


Of a Missionary

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank thee for thy
servant N., whom thou didst call to preach the Gospel to the
people of _________ (or to the __________ people). Raise
up, we beseech thee, in this and every land evangelists and
heralds of thy kingdom, that thy Church may proclaim the
unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth
and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and for ever. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, who willest to be glorified in thy saints, and
didst raise up thy servant N. to be a light in the world; Shine,
we pray, in our hearts, that we also in our generation
may show forth thy praise, who hast called us out of darkness
into thy marvelous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Pentecost


Of a Pastor

O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee
thanks for thy servant N., who was faithful in the care and
nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following his example
and the teaching of his holy life, we may by thy grace grow

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into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

O God, our heavenly Father, who didst raise up thy faithful
servant N., to be a [bishop and] pastor in thy Church and to
feed thy flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of thy
Holy Spirit, that they may minister in thy household as true
servants of Christ and stewards of thy divine mysteries;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
ever. Amen.

Preface of a Saint


Of a Theologian and Teacher

O God, who by thy Holy Spirit dost give to some the word of
wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the
word of faith: We praise thy Name for the gifts of grace
manifested in thy servant N., and we pray that thy Church
may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

O Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant N. special
gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in
Christ Jesus: Grant, we beseech thee, that by this teaching we
may know thee, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom
thou hast sent; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of a Saint, or of Trinity Sunday

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Of a Monastic

O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his
poverty might be rich: Deliver us, we pray thee from an
inordinate love of this world, that, inspired by the devotion
of thy servant N., we may serve thee with singleness of heart,
and attain to the riches of the age to come; through the same
thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever. Amen.

or this

O God, by whose grace thy servant N., enkindled with the
fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy
Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit
of love and discipline, and may ever walk before thee as
children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with
thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of a Saint


Of a Saint

O Almighty God, who hast compassed us about with so great
a cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good
example of thy servant N., may persevere in running the race
that is set before us, until at length, through thy mercy, we may
with him attain to thine eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the
author and perfecter of our faith, who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

O God, who hast brought us near to an innumerable
company of angels and to the spirits of just men made
perfect: Grant us during our earthly pilgrimage to abide in
their fellowship, and in our heavenly country to become

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partakers of their joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O Almighty God, who by thy Holy Spirit hast made us one
with thy saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our
earthly pilgrimage we may ever be supported by this
fellowship of love and prayer, and may know ourselves
to be surrounded by their witness to thy power and mercy.
We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our
intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who
liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of a Saint

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Catechism

Concerning the Catechism

This catechism is primarily intended for use by parish priests, deacons,
and lay catechists, to give an outline for instruction. It is a commentary
on the creeds, but is not meant to be a complete statement of belief and
practices; rather, it is a point of departure for the teacher, and it is cast in
the traditional question and answer form for ease of reference.

The second use of this catechism is to provide a brief summary of the
Church’s teaching for an inquiring stranger who picks up a Prayer Book.

It may also be used to form a simple service; since the matter is arranged
under headings, it is suitable for selective use, and the leader may
introduce prayers and hymns as needed.

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An Outline of the Faith
commonly called the Catechism

Human Nature

Q.What are we by nature?
A.We are part of God’s creation, made in the image of
God.
  
Q.What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A.It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to
create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation
and with God.
  
Q.Why then do we live apart from God and out of
harmony with creation?
A.From the beginning, human beings have misused their
freedom and made wrong choices.
  
Q.Why do we not use our freedom as we should?
A.Because we rebel against God, and we put ourselves in
the place of God.
  
Q,What help is there for us?
A.Our help is in God.
  
Q.How did God first help us?
A.God first helped us by revealing himself and his will,
through nature and history, through many seers and
saints, and especially the prophets of Israel.

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God the Father

Q.What do we learn about God as creator from the
revelation to Israel?
A.We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and
unseen.
  
Q.What does this mean?
A.This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of
a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.
  
Q.What does this mean about our place in the universe?
A.It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that
we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance
with God’s purposes.
  
Q.What does this mean about human life?
A.It means that all people are worthy of respect and
honor, because all are created in the image of God, and
all can respond to the love of God.
  
Q.How was this revelation handed down to us?
A.This revelation was handed down to us through a community
created by a covenant with God.

The Old Covenant

Q.What is meant by a covenant with God?
A.A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a
body of people responds in faith.
  
Q.What is the Old Covenant?
A.The Old Covenant is the one given by God to the
Hebrew people.
  
Q.What did God promise them?

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A.God promised that they would be his people to bring
all the nations of the world to him.
  
Q.What response did God require from the chosen people?
A.God required the chosen people to be faithful; to love
justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.
  
Q.Where is this Old Covenant to be found?
A.The covenant with the Hebrew people is to be found in
the books which we call the Old Testament.
  
Q.Where in the Old Testament is God’s will for us shown
most clearly?
A.God’s will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten
Commandments.

The Ten Commandments

See pages 317 and 350.

Q.What are the Ten Commandments?
A.The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses
and the people of Israel.
  
Q.What do we learn from these commandments?
A.We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to
our neighbors.
  
Q.What is our duty to God?
A.Our duty is to believe and trust in God;
 I   To love and obey God and to bring others to
know him;
 II   To put nothing in the place of God;
 III   To show God respect in thought, word, and
deed;
 IV   And to set aside regular times for worship,
prayer, and the study of God’s ways.

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Q.What is our duty to our neighbors?
A.Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves,
and to do to other people as we wish them to do to us;
 V  To love, honor, and help our parents and family; to honor those in
authority, and to meet their just demands;
 VI  To show respect for the life God has given us; to
work and pray for peace; to bear no malice,
prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be
kind to all the creatures of God;
 VII  To use our bodily desires as God intended;
 VIII  To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek
justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all
people; and to use our talents and possessions
as ones who must answer for them to God;
 IX  To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by
our silence;
 X  To resist temptations to envy, greed, and
jealousy; to rejoice in other people’s gifts and
graces; and to do our duty for the love of God,
who has called us into fellowship with him.
  
Q.What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?
A.The Ten Commandments were given to define our
relationship with God and our neighbors.
  
Q.Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?
A.Since we do not fully obey them, we see more clearly our
sin and our need for redemption.

Sin and Redemption

Q.What is sin?
A.Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of
God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other
people, and with all creation.

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Q.How does sin have power over us?
A.Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when
our relationship with God is distorted.
  
Q.What is redemption?
A.Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the
power of evil, sin, and death.
  
Q.How did God prepare us for redemption?
A.God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to
show us our need for redemption, and to announce the
coming of the Messiah.
  
Q.What is meant by the Messiah?
A.The Messiah is one sent by God to free us from the
power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in
harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbors,
and with all creation.
  
Q.Who do we believe is the Messiah?
A.The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only
Son of God.

God the Son

Q.What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only
Son of God?
AWe mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the
Father, and shows us the nature of God.
  
Q.What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?
A.God is love.
  
Q.What do we mean when we say that Jesus was
conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became
incarnate from the Virgin Mary?
A.We mean that by God’s own act, his divine Son received
our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.

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Q.Why did he take our human nature?
A.The divine Son became human, so that in him human
beings might be adopted as children of God, and be
made heirs of God’s kingdom.
  
Q.What is the great importance of Jesus’ suffering and
death?
A.By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus
made the offering which we could not make; in him we
are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.
  
Q.What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?
A.By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened
for us the way of eternal life.
  
Q.What do we mean when we say that he descended to the
dead?
A.We mean that he went to the departed and offered them
also the benefits of redemption.
  
Q.What do we mean when we say that he ascended into
heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father?
A.We mean that Jesus took our human nature into
heaven where he now reigns with the Father and
intercedes for us.
  
Q.How can we share in his victory over sin, suffering, and
death?
A.We share in his victory when we are baptized into the
New Covenant and become living members of Christ.

The New Covenant

Q.What is the New Covenant?
A.The New Covenant is the new relationship with God
given by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to the apostles; and,
through them, to all who believe in him.

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Q.What did the Messiah promise in the New Covenant?
A.Christ promised to bring us into the kingdom of God
and give life in all its fullness.
  
Q.What response did Christ require?
A.Christ commanded us to believe in him and to keep his
commandments.
  
Q.What are the commandments taught by Christ?
A.Christ taught us the Summary of the Law and gave us
the New Commandment.
  
Q.What is the Summary of the Law?
A.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the
first and great commandment. And the second is like
it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
  
Q.What is the New Commandment?
A.The New Commandment is that we love one another as
Christ loved us.
  
Q.Where may we find what Christians believe about
Christ?
A.What Christians believe about Christ is found in the
Scriptures and summed up in the creeds.

The Creeds

Q.What are the creeds?
A.The creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God.
  
Q.How many creeds does this Church use in its worship?
A.This Church uses two creeds: The Apostles’ Creed and the
Nicene Creed.

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Q.What is the Apostles’ Creed?
A.The Apostles’ Creed is the ancient creed of Baptism; it is
used in the Church’s daily worship to recall our
Baptismal Covenant.
  
Q.What is the Nicene Creed?
A.The Nicene Creed is the creed of the universal Church
and is used at the Eucharist.
  
Q.What, then, is the Athanasian Creed?
A.The Athanasian Creed is an ancient document
proclaiming the nature of the Incarnation and of God
as Trinity.
  
Q.What is the Trinity?
A.The Trinity is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit

Q.What is the Holy Spirit?
A.The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, God at
work in the world and in the Church even now.
  
Q.How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the Old Covenant?
A.The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Old Covenant as the
giver of life, the One who spoke through the prophets.
  
Q.How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Covenant?
A.The Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into
all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of
Christ.
  
Q.How do we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in
our lives?
A.We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we
confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love
and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our
neighbors, and with all creation.

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Q.How do we recognize the truths taught by the Holy
Spirit?
A.We recognize truths to be taught by the Holy Spirit
when they are in accord with the Scriptures.

The Holy Scriptures

Q.What are the Holy Scriptures?
A.The Holy Scriptures, commonly called the Bible, are the
books of the Old and New Testaments; other books,
called the Apocrypha, are often included in the Bible.
  
Q.What is the Old Testament?
A.The Old Testament consists of books written by the
people of the Old Covenant, under the inspiration of the
Holy Spirit, to show God at work in nature and history.
  
Q.What is the New Testament?
A.The New Testament consists of books written by the
people of the New Covenant, under the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit, to set forth the life and teachings of
Jesus and to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
for all people.
  
Q.What is the Apocrypha?
A.The Apocrypha is a collection of additional books
written by people of the Old Covenant, and used in
the Christian Church.
  
Q.Why do we call the Holy Scriptures the Word of God?
A.We call them the Word of God because God inspired
their human authors and because God still speaks to us
through the Bible.
  
Q.How do we understand the meaning of the Bible?
A.We understand the meaning of the Bible by the help of

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 the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the true
interpretation of the Scriptures.

The Church

Q.What is the Church?
A.The Church is the community of the New Covenant.
  
Q.How is the Church described in the Bible?
A.The Church is described as the Body of which Jesus
Christ is the Head and of which all baptized persons are
members. It is called the People of God, the New Israel,
a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and the pillar and
ground of truth.
  
Q.How is the Church described in the creeds?
A.The Church is described as one, holy, catholic, and
apostolic.
  
Q.Why is the Church described as one?
A.The Church is one, because it is one Body, under one
Head, our Lord Jesus Christ.
  
Q.Why is the Church described as holy?
A.The Church is holy, because the Holy Spirit dwells in it,
consecrates its members, and guides them to do God’s
work.
  
Q.Why is the Church described as catholic?
A.The Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole
Faith to all people, to the end of time.
  
Q.Why is the Church described as apostolic?
A.The Church is apostolic, because it continues in the
teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent
to carry out Christ’s mission to all people.

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Q.What is the mission of the Church?
A.The mission of the Church is to restore all people to
unity with God and each other in Christ.
  
Q.How does the Church pursue its mission?
A.The Church pursues its mission as it prays and
worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice,
peace, and love.
  
Q.Through whom does the Church carry out its mission?
A.The church carries out its mission through the ministry
of all its members.

The Ministry

Q.Who are the ministers of the Church?
A.The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops,
priests, and deacons.
  
Q.What is the ministry of the laity?
A.The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his
Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be;
and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on
Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take
their place in the life, worship, and governance of the
Church.
  
Q.What is the ministry of a bishop?
A.The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his
Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor
of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of
the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act
in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and
the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to
continue Christ’s ministry.

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Q.What is the ministry of a priest or presbyter?
A.The ministry of a priest is to represent Christ and his
Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to share
with the bishop in the overseeing of the Church; to proclaim
the Gospel; to administer the sacraments; and to bless and
declare pardon in the name of God.
  
Q.What is the ministry of a deacon?
A.The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his
Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and
to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the
Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.
  
Q.What is the duty of all Christians?
A.The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come
together week by week for corporate worship; and to
work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of
God.

Prayer and Worship

Q.What is prayer?
A.Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds,
with or without words.
  
Q.What is Christian Prayer?
A.Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through
Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  
Q.What prayer did Christ teach us?
A.Our Lord gave us the example of prayer known as the
Lord’s Prayer.   See page 364.
  
Q.What are the principal kinds of prayer?
A.The principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise,
thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and
petition.

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Q.What is adoration?
A.Adoration is the lifting up of the heart and mind to God,
asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence.
  
Q.Why do we praise God?
A.We praise God, not to obtain anything, but because
God’s Being draws praise from us.
  
Q.For what do we offer thanksgiving?
A.Thanksgiving is offered to God for all the blessings of
this life, for our redemption, and for whatever draws us
closer to God.
  
Q.What is penitence?
A.In penitence, we confess our sins and make restitution
where possible, with the intention to amend our lives.
  
Q.What is prayer of oblation?
A.Oblation is an offering of ourselves, our lives and
labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God.
  
Q.What are intercession and petition?
A.Intercession brings before God the needs of others; in
petition, we present our own needs, that God’s will may
be done.
  
Q.What is corporate worship?
A.In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to
acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word,
to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.

The Sacraments

Q.What are the sacraments?
A.The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward
and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain
means by which we receive that grace.

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Q.What is grace?
A.Grace is God’s favor toward us, unearned and
undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens
our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.
  
Q.What are the two great sacraments of the Gospel?
A.The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church
are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

Holy Baptism

Q.What is Holy Baptism?
A.Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us
as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body,
the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
  
Q.What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
A.The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in
which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
  
Q.What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?
A.The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with
Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s
family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in
the Holy Spirit.
  
Q.What is required of us at Baptism?
A.It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins,
and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
  
Q.Why then are infants baptized?
A.Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in
the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption
by God.
  
Q.How are the promises for infants made and carried out?

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A.Promises are made for them by their parents and
sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be
brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be
able to follow him.

The Holy Eucharist

Q.What is the Holy Eucharist?
A.The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by
Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death,
and resurrection, until his coming again.
  
Q.Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?
A.Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and
thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is
made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering
of himself.
  
Q.By what other names is this service known?
A.The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and
Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine
Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.
  
Q.What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?
A.The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread
and wine, given and received according to Christ’s
command.
  
Q.What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the
Eucharist?
A.The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion
is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and
received by faith.
  
Q.What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s
Supper?
A.The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins,

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 the strengthening of our union with Christ and one
another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which
is our nourishment in eternal life.
  
Q.What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?
A.It is required that we should examine our lives, repent
of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.

Other Sacramental Rites

Q.What other sacramental rites evolved in the Church
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
A.Other sacramental rites which evolved in the Church
include confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony,
reconciliation of a penitent, and unction.
  
Q.How do they differ from the two sacraments of the
Gospel?
A.Although they are means of grace, they are not
necessary for all persons in the same way that Baptism
and the Eucharist are.
  
Q.What is Confirmation?
A.Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature
commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the
Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands
by a bishop.
  
Q.What is required of those to be confirmed?
A.It is required of those to be confirmed that they have
been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian
Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm
their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  
Q.What is Ordination?
A.Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and
the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops,

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 priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying on
of hands by bishops.
  
Q.What is Holy Matrimony?
A.Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the
woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their
vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace
and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.
  
Q.What is Reconciliation of a Penitent?
A.Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in
which those who repent of their sins may confess them
to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the
assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.
  
Q.What is Unction of the Sick?
A.Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the
laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the
healing of spirit, mind, and body.
  
Q.Is God’s activity limited to these rites?
A.God does not limit himself to these rites; they are
patterns of countless ways by which God uses material
things to reach out to us.
  
Q.How are the sacraments related to our Christian hope?
A.Sacraments sustain our present hope and anticipate its
future fulfillment.

The Christian Hope

Q.What is the Christian hope?
A.The Christian hope is to live with confidence in newness
and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in
glory, and the completion of God’s purpose for the
world.

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Q.What do we mean by the coming of Christ in glory?
A.By the coming of Christ in glory, we mean that Christ
will come, not in weakness but in power, and will make
all things new.
  
Q.What do we mean by heaven and hell?
A.By heaven, we mean eternal life in our enjoyment of God;
by hell, we mean eternal death in our rejection of God.
  
Q.Why do we pray for the dead?
A.We pray for them, because we still hold them in our
love, and because we trust that in God’s presence those
who have chosen to serve him will grow in his love, until
they see him as he is.
  
Q.What do we mean by the last judgment?
A.We believe that Christ will come in glory and judge the
living and the dead.
  
Q.What do we mean by the resurrection of the body?
A.We mean that God will raise us from death in the
fullness of our being, that we may live with Christ in the
communion of the saints.
  
Q.What is the communion of saints?
A.The communion of saints is the whole family of God,
the living and the dead, those whom we love and those
whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament,
prayer, and praise.
  
Q.What do we mean by everlasting life?
A.By everlasting life, we mean a new existence, in which we
are united with all the people of God, in the joy of fully
knowing and loving God and each other.
  
Q.What, then, is our assurance as Christians?
A.Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even
death, shall separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

862    Catechism


(The Certificate 1979)

Certificate

I certify that this edition of The Book of Common Prayer
has been compared with a certified copy of the Standard Book,
as the Canon directs, and that it conforms thereto.

Charles Mortimer Guilbert
Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer
September, 1979

[Note that this electronic text is NOT approved by the
Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer.]


The Ratification of The Book of Common Prayer (1789)

By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this Sixteenth
Day of October, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred
and Eighty-Nine.

This Convention having, in their present session, set forth A Book of
Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites
and Ceremonies of the Church,
 do hereby establish the said Book: And
they declare it to be the Liturgy of this Church: And require that it be
received as such by all the members of the same: And this Book shall be
in use from and after the First Day of October, in the Year of Our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and ninety.

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Preface

It is a most invaluable part of that blessed “liberty wherewith Christ
hath made us free,” that in his worship different forms and usages may
without offense be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept
entire; and that, in every Church, what cannot be clearly determined to
belong to Doctrine must be referred to Discipline; and therefore, by
common consent and authority, may be altered, abridged, enlarged,
amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient for the
edification of the people, “according to the various exigency of times and
occasions.”

The Church of England, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in
these States is indebted, under God, for her first foundation and a long
continuance of nursing care and protection, hath, in the Preface of her
Book of Common Prayer, laid it down as a rule, that “The particular
Forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be
used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent, and alterable,
and so acknowledged; it is but reasonable that upon weighty and
important considerations, according to the various exigency of times and
occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to
those that are in place of Authority should, from time to time, seem either
necessary or expedient.”

The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles
and Homilies, declared the necessity and expediency of occasional
alterations and amendments in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find
accordingly, that, seeking to keep the happy mean between too much
stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting variations in

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things once advisedly established, she hath, in the reign of several Princes,
since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of Edward the Sixth,
upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, yielded to
make such alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times
were thought convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts
of the same (as well in the chiefest materials, as in the frame and order
thereof) have still been continued firm and unshaken.

Her general aim in these different reviews and alterations hath been, as
she further declares in her said Preface, to do that which, according to her
best understanding, might most tend to the preservation of peace and
unity in the Church; the procuring of reverence, and the exciting of piety
and devotion in the worship of God; and, finally, the cutting off occasion,
from them that seek occasion, of cavil or quarrel against her Liturgy. And
although, according to her judgment, there be not any thing in it contrary
to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, or which a godly man may not
with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which is not fairly
defensible, if allowed such just and favourable construction as in
common equity ought to be allowed to all human writings; yet upon the
principles already laid down, it cannot but be supposed that further
alterations would be found expedient. Accordingly, a Commission
for a review was issued in the year 1689: but this great and good work
miscarried at that time; and the Civil Authority has not since thought
proper to revive it by any new Commission.

But when in the course of Divine Providence, these American States
became independent with respect to civil government, their ecclesiastical
independence was necessarily included; and the different religious
denominations of Christians in these States were left at full and equal
liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of
worship, and discipline, in such manner as they might judge most
convenient for their future prosperity; consistently with the constitution
and laws of their country.

The attention of this Church was in the first place drawn to those
alterations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the prayers for our
Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care
herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper
end of all such prayers, namely, that “Rulers may have grace, wisdom,

10    Preface


and understanding to execute justice, and to maintain truth;” and that the
people “may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty.”

But while these alterations were in review before the Convention, they
could not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which
was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrained by any worldly
authority whatsoever) to take a further review of the Public Service, and
to establish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be
deemed expedient.

It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and
amendments. They will appear, and it is to be hoped, the reasons of them
also, upon a comparison of this with the Book of Common Prayer of the
Church of England. In which it will also appear that this Church is far
from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential
point of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further than local
circumstances require.

And now, this important work being brought to a conclusion, it is hoped
the whole will be received and examined by every true member of our
Church, and every sincere Christian, with a meek, candid, and charitable
frame of mind; without prejudice or prepossessions; seriously considering
what Christianity is, and what the truths of the Gospel are; and earnestly
beseeching Almighty God to accompany with his blessing every endeavour
for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting
and majestic manner, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed
Lord and Saviour.

Philadelphia, October, 1789

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Concerning the Service of the Church

The Holy Eucharist, the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s
Day and other major Feasts, and Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, as
set forth in this Book, are the regular services appointed for public
worship in the Church.

In addition to these services and the other rites contained in this Book,
other forms set forth by authority within this Church may be used. Also,
subject to the direction of the bishop, special devotions taken from this
Book, or from Holy Scripture, may be used when the needs of the
congregation so require.

For special days of fasting or thanksgiving, appointed by civil or Church
authority, and for other special occasions for which no service or prayer
has been provided in this Book, the bishop may set forth such forms as
are fitting to the occasion.

In all services, the entire Christian assembly participates in such a way
that the members of each order within the Church, lay persons, bishops,
priests, and deacons, fulfill the functions proper to their respective
orders, as set forth in the rubrical directions for each service.

The leader of worship in a Christian assembly is normally a bishop or
priest. Deacons by virtue of their order do not exercise a presiding
function; but, like lay persons, may officiate in the Liturgy of the Word,
whether in the form provided in the Daily Office, or (when a bishop or
priest is not present) in the form appointed at the Eucharist. Under
exceptional circumstances, when the services of a priest cannot be
obtained, the bishop may, at discretion, authorize a deacon to preside

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at other rites also, subject to the limitations described in the directions
for each service.

In any of the Proper Liturgies for Special Days, and in other services
contained within this Book celebrated in the context of a Rite One service,
the contemporary idiom may be conformed to traditional language.

Hymns referred to in the rubrics of this Book are to be understood as
those authorized by this Church. The words of anthems are to be from
Holy Scripture, or from this Book, or from texts congruent with them.

On occasion, and as appropriate, instrumental music may be substituted
for a hymn or anthem.

Where rubrics indicate that a part of a service is to be “said,” it must be
understood to include “or sung,” and vice versa.

When it is desired to use music composed for them, previously authorized
liturgical texts may be used in place of the corresponding texts in this
Book.

Scriptural citations in this Book, except for the Psalms, follow the
numeration of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

14    Service of the Church


Daily Morning Prayer: Rite One

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of
Scripture, or with the versicle “O Lord, open thou our lips” on page 42.

Advent

Watch ye , for ye know not when the master of the house
cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in
the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Mark 13:35, 36

Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a
highway for our God.    Isaiah 40:3

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see
it together.    Isaiah 40:5

Christmas

Behold, I bring you good tidings of a great joy, which shall be
to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of
David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.    Luke 2:10, 11

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself
shall be with them, and be their God.    Revelation 21:3

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Epiphany

The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the bright-
ness of thy rising.    Isaiah 60:3

I will give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be
my salvation unto the end of the earth.    Isaiah 49:6b

From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the
same my Name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in
every place incense shall be offered unto my Name, and a
pure offering: for my Name shall be great among the heathen,
saith the Lord of hosts.    Malachi 1:11

Lent

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.    I John 1:8, 9

Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the
Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to
anger and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Joel 2:13

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and
am no more worthy to be called thy son.”    Luke 15:18, 19

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses,
though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed
the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he
set before us.    Daniel 9:9, 10

Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”    Mark 8:34

38    Morning Prayer I


Holy Week

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one
to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of
us all.    Isaiah 53:6

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold and see if
there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow which is done unto
me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me.    Lamentations 1:12

Easter Season, including Ascension Day and the Day of
Pentecost


Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and
be glad in it.    Psalm 118:24

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Corinthians 15:57

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek the things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1

Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,
which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now
to appear in the presence of God for us.    Hebrews 9:24

Ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come
upon you; and ye shall be witness unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto
the uttermost part of the earth.    Acts 1:8

Trinity Sunday

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and
is to come.    Revelation 4:8

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All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days

We give thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Colossians 1:12

Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens
with the saints and of the household of God.    Ephesians 2:19

Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words into
the ends of the world.    Psalm 19:4

Occasions of Thanksgiving

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name; tell the
people what things he hath done.    Psalm 105:1

At any Time

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ.    Philippians 1:2

I was glad when they said unto me, “We will go into the
house of the Lord.”    Psalm 122:1

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be alway acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and
my redeemer.    Psalm 19:14

O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me,
and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
Psalm 43:3

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence
before him.    Habakkuk 2:20

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father
seeketh such to worship him.    John 4:23

Thus saith the high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity,

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whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with
him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the
spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite
ones.”    Isaiah 57:15

The following Confession of Sin may then be said; or the Office may
continue at once with “O Lord, open thou our lips.”

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of
Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the
great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth
his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for
ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are
necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may
prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us
kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts
confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his
infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our
    own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to
    have done,

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and we have done those things which we ought not to
    have done.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and
remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of
life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and
substitutes “us” for “you” and “our” for “your.”

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

OfficiantO Lord, open thou our lips.
PeopleAnd our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent,    Alleluia    may be added.

Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalms, Venite or Jubilate.

42    Morning Prayer I


One of the following Antiphons may be sung or said with the Invitatory
Psalm

In Advent

Our King and Savior draweth nigh: O come, let us adore him.

On the Twelve Days of Christmas

Alleluia. Unto us a child is born: O come, let us adorehim.
Alleluia.

From the Epiphany through the Baptism of Christ, and on the Feasts of
the Transfiguration and Holy Cross

The Lord hath manifested forth his glory: O come, let us
adore him.

In Lent

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us
adore him.

From Easter Day until the Ascension

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us adore him.
Alleluia.

From Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven: O come,
let us adore him. Alleluia.

On the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: O come,
let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Trinity Sunday

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God: O come, let us
adore him.

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On other Sundays and weekdays

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: O come, let us
adore him.

or this

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: O come, let us
adore him.

or this

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: O come, let us adore him.

The Alleluias in the following Antiphons are used only in Easter Season.

On Feasts of the Incarnation

[Alleluia.] The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us:
O come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]

On All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days

[Alleluia.] The Lord is glorious in his saints: O come, let us
adore him. [Alleluia.]

Venite     Psalm 95:1-7

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *
    let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
    and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *
    and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it, *
    and his hands prepared the dry land.

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O come, let us worship and fall down, *
    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God, *
    and we are the people of his pasture
    and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *
    let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *
    and with righteousness to judge the world
    and the peoples with his truth.

or Psalm 95, page 146.

Jubilate     Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands; *
    serve the Lord with gladness
    and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God;
it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; *
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his courts with praise; *
    be thankful unto him and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious;
his mercy is everlasting; *
    and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

In Easter Week, in place of an Invitatory Psalm, the following is sung or
said. It may also be used daily until the Day of Pentecost.

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Christ our Passover     Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *
    death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *
    but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *
    but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ is risen from the dead, *
    and become the first fruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, *
    by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
    even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

46    Morning Prayer I


The Lessons

One or two lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from _______________.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

Or the Reader may say        Here endeth the Lesson (Reading).

Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles,
or one of those on pages 85-95 (Canticles 8-21), is sung or said after
each Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is
read after the second Canticle.

1    A Song of Creation     Benedicite, omnia opera Domini
        Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

This Canticle may be shortened by omitting section II or III

I    Invocation

O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

II    The Cosmic Order

O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

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O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord;
O ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord;
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye dews and frosts, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye frost and cold, bless ye the Lord;
O ye ice and snow, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord;
O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

III    The Earth and its Creatures

O let the earth bless the Lord; *
    O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye wells, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord;
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord;
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; *
    O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord;
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

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IV    The People of God

O ye people of God, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord;
O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord; *
    O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; *
    praise him and magnify him for ever.

2    A Song of Praise     Benedictus es, Domine
        Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou for the name of thy Majesty; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,
and dwellest between the Cherubim; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.

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3    The Song of Mary     Magnificat
        Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *
    and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded *
    the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth *
    all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *
    and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him *
    throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; *
    he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *
    and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, *
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *
    as he promised to our forefathers,
    Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

4     The Song of Zechariah     Benedictus Dominus Deus
        Luke 1:68-79

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
    for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *
    in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *
    which have been since the world began:

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That we should be saved from our enemies, *
    and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *
    and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, *
    that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *
    might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, *
    all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
    for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
                               to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *
    for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, *
    whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, *
    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

5     The Song of Simeon     Nunc dimittis
          Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *
    according to thy word;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *
    which thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
    and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

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Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

6     Glory be to God     Gloria in Excelsis

Glory be to God on high,
    and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,
    we worship thee,
    we glorify thee,
    we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
    that takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
    have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy,
thou only art the Lord,
thou only, O Christ,
    with the Holy Ghost,
    art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

7     We Praise Thee     Te Deum laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

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    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
    Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world
                              doth acknowledge thee,
    the Father, of an infinite majesty,
    thine adorable, true, and only Son,
    also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
    We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
    whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
    Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
    in glory everlasting.

The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell.

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    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The text of the Creed on page 96 may be used instead.

The Prayers

The People stand or kneel

OfficiantThe Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
OfficiantLet us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

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Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

        A

V.    O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R.    And grant us thy salvation.
V.    Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R.    And make thy chosen people joyful.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in thee can we live in safety.
V.    Lord, keep this nation under thy care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let thy way be known upon earth;
R.    Thy saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

        B

V.    O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage;
R.    Govern them and lift them up for ever.
V.    Day by day we magnify thee;
R.    And we worship thy name for ever, world without end.
V.    Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;
R.    O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
V.    O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;
R.    As our trust is in thee.
V.    O Lord, in thee have I trusted;
R.    Let me never be confounded.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day

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A Collect for Sundays

O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of
the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this
day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days
to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world didst rest
from all thy works and sanctify a day of rest for all thy
creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
may be duly prepared for the service of thy sanctuary, and
that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the
eternal rest promised to thy people in heaven; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the
night and turnest the shadow of death into the morning:
Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep
thy law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that,
having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we
may, when night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A Collect for Peace

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in
knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service
is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all
assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy
defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through
the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God,
who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day:
Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that
this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of
danger; but that we, being ordered by thy governance, may
do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our
being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy
Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life
we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever
walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow,
one of these prayers for mission is added

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole
body of thy faithful people is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before
thee for all members of thy holy Church, that in their
vocation and ministry they may truly and godly serve thee;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

or the following

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O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people
everywhere may seek after thee and find thee; bring the
nations into thy fold; pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh; and
hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy
Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Lord Jesus Christ, who didst stretch out thine arms of love
on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come
within the reach of thy saving embrace: So clothe us in thy
Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring
those who do not know thee to the knowledge and love of
thee; for the honor of thy Name. Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

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And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication unto thee; and
hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this
world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life
everlasting. Amen.

Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may
be added to the preceding versicle and response.

The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore.
Amen.    2 Corinthians 13:14

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May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in
believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely
more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from
generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus
for ever and ever. Amen.     Ephesians 3:20,21

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Daily Evening Prayer: Rite One

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following
sentences of Scripture, or of those on pages 37-40;

or with the Service of Light on pages 109-112, and continuing with the
appointed Psalmody;

or with the versicle “O God, make speed to save us” on page 63.

Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and let
the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141:2

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ.     Philippians 1:2

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole
earth stand in awe of him.     Psalm 96:9

Thine is the day, O God, thine also the night; thou hast
established the moon and the sun. Thou hast fixed all the
boundaries of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter.
Psalm 74:15,16

I will bless the Lord, who giveth me counsel; my heart
teacheth me, night after night. I have set the Lord always
before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall.
Psalm 16:7,8

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Seek him that made the Pleiades and Orion, that turneth deep
darkness into the morning, and darkeneth the day into night;
that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out
upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his Name.     Amos 5:8

If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light
around me turn to night,” darkness is not dark to thee, O Lord;
the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to thee
are both alike.     Psalm 139:10,11

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
John 8:12

The following Confession of Sin may then be said; or the Office may
continue at once with “O God make speed to save us.”

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Dear friends in Christ, here in the presence of Almighty God,
let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts
confess our sins, so that we may obtain forgiveness by his
infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our
    own hearts,

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we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to
    have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to
    have done.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and
remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of
life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.   Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and
substitutes “us” for “you” and “our” for “your.”

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

OfficiantO God, make speed to save us.
PeopleO Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent,    Alleluia    may be added.

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The following, or some other suitable hymn, or an Invitatory Psalm, may
be sung or said

O Gracious Light     Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified though all the worlds.

Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

One or two lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from _______________.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

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After each Lesson the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

Or the Reader may say      Here endeth the Lesson (Reading).

Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles,
or one of those on pages 47-52, or 85-95, is sung or said after each
Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is read
after the second Canticle.

The Song of Mary    Magnificat
 Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *
    and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded *
    the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth *
    all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *
    and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him *
    throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; *
    he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *
    and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, *
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *
    as he promised to our forefathers,
    Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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The Song of Simeon     Nunc dimittis
         Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *
    according to thy word;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *
    which thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
    and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The text of the Creed on page 120 may be used instead.

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The Prayers

The People stand or kneel

OfficiantThe Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
OfficiantLet us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

        A

V.    O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R.    And grant us thy salvation.
V.    Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R.    And make thy chosen people joyful.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in thee can we live in safety.
V.    Lord, keep this nation under thy care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

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V.    Let thy way be known upon earth;
R.    Thy saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

        B

That this evening may be holy,good, and peaceful,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That thy holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and
goodwill,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins
and offenses,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That there may be peace to thyChurch and to the whole
world,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in thy faith and fear, and
not be condemned before the great judgment seat
of Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by thy Holy Spirit in
the communion of [___________ and] all thy saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day

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A Collect for Sundays

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed
over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the
new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given
thanks for his resurrection, may praise thee in that City of
which he is the light; and where he liveth and reigneth for ever
and ever.     Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the
sting of death: Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in
faith where thou hast led the way, that we may at length fall
asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness; for
thy tender mercies’ sake.    Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth thine unending
day upon us who watch for thee, that our lips may praise thee,
our lives may bless thee, and our worship on the morrow may
give thee glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen.

A Collect for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and
all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace
which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to
obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being
defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in
rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our
Savior.     Amen.

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A Collect for Aid against Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy
great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this
night; for the love of thy only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A Collect for Protection

O God, who art the life of all who live, the light of the faithful,
the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead:
We thank thee for the timely blessings of the day, and humbly
beseech thy merciful protection all the night. Bring us, we
pray thee, in safety to the morning hours; through him who
died for us and rose again, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day
is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and
awaken hope, that we may know thee as thou art revealed in
Scripture and the breaking of bread.  Grant this for the sake
of thy love.    Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow,
one of these prayers for mission is added

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore:
Let the whole earth also worship thee, all nations obey thee,
all tongues confess and bless thee, and men and women every-
where love thee and serve thee in peace; through Jesus Christ
our Lord.    Amen.

or the following

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Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give thine angels charge over those who
sleep.  Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for thy love’s sake.    Amen.

or this

O God, who dost manifest in thy servants the signs of thy
presence:  Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in
companionship with one another thine abounding grace may
increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;

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and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost,
be all honor and glory, world without end.     Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication unto thee; and
hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions
of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this
world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life
everlasting.     Amen.

Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may
be added to the preceding versicle and response.

The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore.
Amen.    2 Corinthians 13:14

72    Evening Prayer I


May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in
believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.     Amen.
Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely
more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from
generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus
for ever and ever.     Amen.     Ephesians 3:20,21

Evening Prayer I    73


Daily Morning Prayer: Rite Two

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of
Scripture, or with the versicle “Lord, open our lips” on page 80.


Advent

Watch , for you know not when the master of the house
will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or
in the morning; lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mark 13:35, 36

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God.    Isaiah 40:3

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see
it together.    Isaiah 40:5


Christmas

Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy, which will come
to all the people; for unto you is born this day in the city of
David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.    Luke 2:10, 11

Behold, the dwelling of God is with mankind. He will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will
be with them, and be their God.    Revelation 21:3

Morning Prayer II    75


Epiphany

Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness
of your rising.    Isaiah 60:3

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth.    Isaiah 49:6b

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great
among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered
to my Name, and a pure offering: for my Name shall be great
among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.    Malachi 1:11


Lent

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God who is faithful
and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.    I John 1:8, 9

Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord
your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and
abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.
Joel 2:13

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you; I am
no longer worthy to be called your son.”    Luke 15:18, 19

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because
we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice
of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set
before us.    Daniel 9:9, 10

Jesus said, “If anyone will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”    Mark 8:34


Holy Week

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one

76    Morning Prayer II


to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of
us all.    Isaiah 53:6

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if
there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon
me, whom the Lord hath afflicted.    Lamentations 1:12


Easter Season, including Ascension Day
and the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in
it.    Psalm 118:24

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ.    1 Corinthians 15:57

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that
are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1

Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a
copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in
the presence of God on our behalf.    Hebrews 9:24

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.    Acts 1:8


Trinity Sunday

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is,
and is to come.    Revelation 4:8


All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days

We give thanks to the Father, who has made us worthy to
share in the inheritance of the saints in light.    Colossians 1:12

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You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow
citizens with the saints and members of the household of
God.    Ephesians 2:19

Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to
the ends of the world.    Psalm 19:4


Occasions of Thanksgiving

O give thanks to the Lord, and call upon his Name; make
known his deeds among the peoples.    Psalm 105:1


At any Time

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord
Jesus Christ.    Philippians 1:2

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of
the Lord.”    Psalm 122:1

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my
redeemer.    Psalm 19:14

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,
and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 43:3

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence
before him.    Habakkuk 2:20

The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the
Father seeks to worship him.    John 4:23

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity,
whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place and
also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to
revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the
contrite.”    Isaiah 57:15

78    Morning Prayer II


The following Confession of Sin may then be said; or the Office may
continue at once with “Lord, open our lips.”

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of
Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to
hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf
of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our
salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and
mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with
penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may
obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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The Priest alone stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and
substitutes “us” for “you” and “our” for “your.”

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

OfficiantLord, open our lips.
PeopleAnd our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent, add    Alleluia.

Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalms, Venite or Jubilate.

One of the following Antiphons may be sung or said with the Invitatory
Psalm

In Advent

Our King and Savior now draws near: Come, let us adore him.

On the Twelve Days of Christmas

Alleluia. To us a child is born: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

80    Morning Prayer II


From the Epiphany through the Baptism of Christ, and on the Feasts of
the Transfiguration and Holy Cross

The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come let us adore him.

In Lent

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come let us
adore him.

From Easter Day until the Ascension

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: Come let us adore him.
Alleluia.

From Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven: Come
let us adore him. Alleluia.

On the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Trinity Sunday

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God: Come let us adore him.

On other Sundays and weekdays

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: Come let us adore him.

or this

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us
adore him.

or this

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

Morning Prayer II    81


The Alleluias in the following Antiphons are used only in Easter Season.

On Feasts of the Incarnation

[Alleluia.] The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us:
Come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]

On All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days

[Alleluia.] The Lord is glorious in his saints: Come, let us
adore him. [Alleluia.]

Venite     Psalm 95:1-7

Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
    and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, *
    and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

or Psalm 95, page 724

Jubilate      Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
    serve the Lord with gladness
    and come before his presence with a song.

82    Morning Prayer II


Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
    he himself has made us, and we are his;
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
    give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
    and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

In Easter Week, in place of an Invitatory Psalm, the following is sung or
said. It may also be used daily until the Day of Pentecost.

Christ our Passover     Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
    death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
    but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Morning Prayer II    83


Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

One or two lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from _______________.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

Or the Reader may say    Here ends the Lesson (Reading).

Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles,
or one of those on pages 47-52 (Canticles 1-7), is sung or said after
each Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is
read after the second Canticle.

84    Morning Prayer II


8    The Song of Moses    Cantemus Domino
         Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

Especially suitable for use in Easter Season

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
    the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
    the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
    the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
    Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea; *
    the finest of those who bear armor have been
                             drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
    they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
    your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
    who is like you, glorious in holiness,
    awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
    the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
    with your might you brought them in safety to
                             your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
    on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
    the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
    for ever and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Morning Prayer II    85


9    The First Song of Isaiah    Ecce, Deus
         Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely, it is God who saves me; *
    I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
    and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
    from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
    Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
    see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
    and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
    for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


10    The Second Song of Isaiah        Quaerite Dominum
          Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
    call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways *
    and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *
    and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *
    nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *
    so are my ways higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

86    Morning Prayer II


For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *
    and return not again, but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
    seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *
    it will not return to me empty;
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *
    and prosper in that for which I sent it.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


11    The Third Song of Isaiah    Surge, illuminare
          Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *
    and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
For behold, darkness covers the land; *
    deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.
But over you the Lord will rise, *
    and his glory will appear upon you.
Nations will stream to your light, *
    and kings to the brightness of your dawning.
Your gates will always be open; *
    by day or night they will never be shut.
They will call you, The City of the Lord, *
    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Violence will no more be heard in your land, *
    ruin or destruction within your borders.
You will call your walls, Salvation, *
    and all your portals, Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day; *
    by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

Morning Prayer II    87


The Lord will be your everlasting light, *
    and your God will be your glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


12    A Song of Creation    Benedicite, omnia opera Domini
          Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

One or more sections of this Canticle may be used. Whatever the
selection, it begins with the Invocation and concludes with the Doxology.

Invocation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

I    The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
    O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
    all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

88    Morning Prayer II


Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
    O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

II    The Earth and its Creatures

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
    O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
    and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

III    The People of God

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Morning Prayer II    89


Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


13    A Song of Praise    Benedictus es, Domine
          Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
    you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
    on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
    in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
    we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.


14    A Song of Penitence    Kyrie Pantokrator
          Prayer of Manasseh 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15

Especially suitable in Lent, and on other penitential occasions

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, *
    God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    and of all their righteous offspring:
You made the heavens and the earth, *
    with all their vast array.

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All things quake with fear at your presence; *
    they tremble because of your power.
But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *
    it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
O Lord, you are full of compassion, *
    long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand; *
    you do not punish as we deserve.
In your great goodness, Lord,
you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *
    that they may repent of their sin and be saved.
And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *
    and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *
    and I know my wickedness only too well.
Therefore I make this prayer to you: *
    Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
Do not let me perish in my sin, *
    nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *
    and in me you will show forth your goodness.
Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
in accordance with your great mercy, *
    and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.
For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, *
    and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.


15    The Song of Mary    Magnificat
          Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

Morning Prayer II    91


From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
    the Almighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
    in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
    and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
    to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


16    The Song of Zechariah    Benedictus Dominus Deus
          Luke 1: 68-79

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
    he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
    born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
    from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
    and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
    to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
    holy and righteous in his sight
    all the days of our life.

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You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
    by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
    the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the
                             shadow of death, *
    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


17    The Song of Simeon    Nunc Dimittis
          Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
    to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
    whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
    and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


18    A Song to the Lamb    Dignus es
          Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13

Splendor and honor and kingly power *
    are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
    and by your will they were created and have their being;

Morning Prayer II    93


And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
    for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
    a kingdom of priests to serve our God.

And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
    and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
    for ever and for evermore.


19    The Song of the Redeemed    Magna et mirabilia
          Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
    surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *
    for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
    because your just and holy works have been revealed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


20    Glory to God    Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,

94    Morning Prayer II


    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
    have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
    receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ,
    with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


21    You are God   Te Deum laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
    heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
    Father, of majesty unbounded,
    your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
    and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

Morning Prayer II    95


You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
    Come then, Lord, and help your people,
    bought with the price of your own blood,
    and bring us with your saints
    to glory everlasting.


The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

96    Morning Prayer II


The Prayers


The People stand or kneel

OfficiantThe Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd also with you.
OfficiantLet us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed be thy Name,
     thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done,
         on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
     as we forgive those
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
     and the power, and the glory,
     for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your Name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
         on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those
         who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
     and the glory are yours,
     now and for ever. Amen.

Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

        A

V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.

Morning Prayer II    97


V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

        B

V.    Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.    Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.    Day by day we bless you;
R.    We praise your name for ever.
V.    Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.    Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
V.    Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.    For we put our trust in you.
V.    In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.    And we shall never hope in vain.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day


A Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of
the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this
day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week
to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

98    Morning Prayer II


A Collect for Fridays

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested
from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your
creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and
that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the
eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the
night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive
far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your
law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having
done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may,
when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Peace

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know
you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend
us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that
we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of
any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Morning Prayer II    99


A Collect for Grace

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have
brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your
mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome
by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of
your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our
being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by
your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our
life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are
ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow,
one of these prayers for mission is added

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole
body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before
you for all members of your holy Church, that in their
vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

or this

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people
everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the
nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh;
and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

or the following

100    Morning Prayer II


Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on
the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within
the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit
that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those
who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for
the honor of your Name. Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.


Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Morning Prayer II    101


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.


Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may
be added to the preceding versicle and response.


The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.
Amen.    2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in
believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely
more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from
generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus
for ever and ever. Amen.    Ephesians 3:20,21

102    Morning Prayer II


An Order of Service for Noonday

OfficiantO God, make speed to save us.
PeopleO Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent, add    Alleluia.

A suitable hymn may be sung.

One or more of the following Psalms is sung or said. Other suitable
selections include Psalms 19,67, one or more sections of Psalm 119, or a
selection from Psalms 120 through 133.

Psalm 119    Lucerna pedibus meis
 
105Your word is a lantern to my feet *
    and a light upon my path.
 
106I have sworn and am determined *
    to keep your righteous judgments.

Noonday    103


107I am deeply troubled; *
    preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
 
108Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, *
    and teach me your judgments.
 
109My life is always in my hand, *
    yet I do not forget your law.
 
110The wicked have set a trap for me, *
    but I have not strayed from your commandments.
 
111Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
    truly, they are the joy of my heart.
 
112I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
    for ever and to the end.
 
Psalm 121    Levavi oculos
 
1I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
    from where is my help to come?
 
2My help comes from the LORD, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.
 
3He will not let your foot be moved *
    and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
 
4Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
    shall neither slumber nor sleep;
 
5The LORD himself watches over you; *
    the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
 
6So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
    nor the moon by night.
 
7The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
    it is he who shall keep you safe.

104    Noonday


8The LORD shall watch over your going out and
                             your coming in, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
 
Psalm 126    In convertendo
 
1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
    then were we like those who dream.
 
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
    and our tongue with shouts of joy.
 
3Then they said among the nations, *
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
 
4The LORD has done great things for us, *
    and we are glad indeed.
 
5Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
    like the watercourses of the Negev.
 
6Those who sowed with tears *
    will reap with songs of joy.
 
7Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
 

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read

The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the
Holy Spirit that has been given to us.    Romans 5:5

PeopleThanks be to God.

or the following

Noonday    105


If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed
away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who
through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry
of reconciliation.    2 Corinthians 5:17-18

PeopleThanks be to God.

or this

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be
great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be
offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be
great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.    Malachi 1:11

PeopleThanks be to God.

A meditation, silent or spoken, may follow.

The Officiant then begins the Prayers

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed be thy Name,
     thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done,
         on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
     as we forgive those
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your Name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
         on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those
         who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
     and deliver us from evil.

106    Noonday


OfficiantLord, hear our prayer;
PeopleAnd let our cry come to you.
OfficiantLet us pray.

The Officiant then says one of the following Collect. If desired, the
Collect of the Day may be used.

Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to
direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all
our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into
all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross,
stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of
the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender
mercies’ sake. Amen.

Almighty Savior, who at noonday called your servant Saint
Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles: We pray you to illumine
the world with the radiance of your glory, that all nations
may come and worship you; for you live and reign for ever
and ever. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to
you; my peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins,
but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and
unity of that heavenly city, where with the Father and the
Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

Free intercessions may be offered.

The service concludes as follows

OfficiantLet us bless the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

Noonday    107


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