The

Book of

Common

Prayer

and Administration of the Sacraments

and Other Rites

and Ceremonies of the Church

 

Together with The Psalter or Psalms of David

 

According to the use of

The Episcopal Church

 

 

HTML Edition 2/27/05

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Expanded Table of Contents

 
The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer (1789)
The Preface
Concerning the Service of the Church
The Calendar of the Church Year
1. Principal Feasts
2. Sundays
3. Holy Days
Other Feasts of Our Lord
Other Major Feasts
Fasts
4. Days of Special Devotion
5. Days of Optional Observance
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
The Titles of the Seasons Sundays and Major Holy Days observed in this Church throughout the Year
Advent Season
Christmas Season
Epiphany Season
Lenten Season
Holy Week
Easter Season
The Season After Pentecost
Holy Days
National Days

The Daily Office
Daily Morning Prayer: Rite One
Concerning the Service
Opening Prayer
Advent
Christmas
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter Season, including Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost
Trinity Sunday
All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days
Occasions of Thanksgiving
At any Time
Confession of Sin
The Invitatory and Psalter
Venite
Jubilate
Christ our Passover
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
The Lessons
Canticle 1. A Song of Creation
I Invocation
II The Cosmic Order
III The Earth and its Creatures
IV The People of God
Canticle 2 A Song of Praise
Canticle 3 The Song of Mary
Canticle 4. The Song of Zechariah
Canticle 5. The Song of Simeon
Canticle 6. Glory be to God
Canticle 7. We Praise Thee
The Apostles’ Creed
The Prayers
Suffrages A
Suffrages B
The Collect of the Day
A Collect for Sundays
A Collect for Fridays
A Collect for Saturdays
A Collect for the Renewal of Life
A Collect for Peace
A Collect for Grace
A Collect for Guidance
The General Thanksgiving
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Daily Evening Prayer: Rite One
Opening Prayer
Confession of Sin
The Invitatory and Psalter
O Gracious Light
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
The Lessons
The Song of Mary
The Song of Simeon
The Apostles’ Creed
The Prayers
Suffrages A
Suffrages B
The Collect of the Day
A Collect for Sundays
A Collect for Fridays
A Collect for Saturdays
A Collect for Peace
A Collect for Aid against Perils
A Collect for Protection
A Collect for the Presence of Christ
The General Thanksgiving
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Daily Morning Prayer: Rite Two
Concerning the Service
Opening Prayer
Advent
Christmas
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter Season, including Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost
Trinity Sunday
All Saints and other Major Saints’ Days
Occasions of Thanksgiving
At any Time
Confession of Sin
The Invitatory and Psalter
Venite
Jubilate
Christ our Passover
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
The Lessons
Canticle 8 The Song of Moses
Canticle 9. The First Song of Isaiah
Canticle 10. The Second Song of Isaiah
Canticle 11. The Third Song of Isaiah
Canticle 12. A Song of Creation
Invocation
I The Cosmic Order
II The Earth and its Creatures
III The People of God
Doxology
Canticle 13 A Song of Praise.
Canticle 14. A Song of Penitence
Canticle 15. The Song of Mary
Canticle 16. The Song of Zechariah
Canticle 17. The Song of Simeon
Canticle 18. A Song to the Lamb
Canticle 19. The Song of the Redeemed
Canticle 20. Glory to God
Canticle 21. You are God
The Apostles’ Creed
The Prayers
Suffrages A
Suffrages B
The Collect of the Day
A Collect for Sundays
A Collect for Fridays
A Collect for Saturdays
A Collect for the Renewal of Life
A Collect for Peace
A Collect for Grace
A Collect for Guidance
The General Thanksgiving
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

An Order of Service for Noonday
Psalm 119
Psalm 121
Psalm 126
 
An Order of Worship for the Evening
Concerning the Service
Opening Prayer
Advent
Christmas, Epiphany, and other Feasts of the Incarnation
Lent and other times of penitence
Easter Season
Festivals of Saints
O Gracious Light
Selection from the Psalter.
Bible Reading.
Canticle.
Prayers.
Blessing or Dismissal,

Daily Evening Prayer: Rite Two
Opening Prayer
Confession of Sin
The Invitatory and Psalter
O Gracious Light
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
The Lessons
The Song of Mary
Song of Simeon
The Apostles’ Creed
The Prayers
Suffrages A
Suffrages B
The Collect of the Day
A Collect for Sundays
A Collect for Fridays
A Collect for Saturdays
A Collect for Peace
A Collect for Aid against Perils
A Collect for Protection
A Collect for the Presence of Christ
The General Thanksgiving
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
 
An Order for Compline
Psalm 4
Psalm 31
Psalm 91
Psalm 134
A Collect for Saturdays

Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals
In the Morning
From Psalm 51
A Reading
The Lord’s Prayer
The Collect
At Noon
From Psalm 113
A Reading
The Lord’s Prayer
The Collect
In the Early Evening
A Reading
The Lord’s Prayer
The Collect
At the Close of Day
Psalm 134
A Reading
The Lord’s Prayer
The Collect

Additional Directions
Morning and Evening Prayer
When there is Communion
Order of Worship for the Evening
 
Table of Suggested Canticles
Suggested Canticles at Morning Prayer
After the Old Testament Reading
After the New Testament Reading
Suggested Canticles at Evening Prayer
After the Old Testament Reading
After the New Testament Reading
Psalm 95: Traditional

The Great Litany
The Great Litany
The Supplication
 
The Collects for the Church Year
Concerning the Proper of the Church Year
Collects: Traditional
Seasons of the Year
First Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
First Sunday after Christmas Day
The Holy Name
Second Sunday after Christmas Day
The Epiphany
First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Ash Wednesday
First Sunday in Lent
Second Sunday in Lent
Third Sunday in Lent
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday in Holy Week
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Easter Day
Monday in Easter Week
Tuesday in Easter Week
Wednesday in Easter Week
Thursday in Easter Week
Friday in Easter Week
Saturday in Easter Week
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Ascension Day
Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day
The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
The Season after Pentecost
Proper 1
Proper 2
Proper 3
Proper 4
Proper 5
Proper 6
Proper 7
Proper 8
Proper 9
Proper 10
Proper 11
Proper 12
Proper 13
Proper 14
Proper 15
Proper 16
Proper 17
Proper 18
Proper 19
Proper 20
Proper 21
Proper 22
Proper 23
Proper 24
Proper 25
Proper 26
Proper 27
Proper 28
Proper 29
Holy Days
Saint Andrew
Saint Thomas
Saint Stephen
Saint John
The Holy Innocents
Confession of Saint Peter
Conversion of Saint Paul
The Presentation
Saint Matthias
Saint Joseph
The Annunciation
Saint Mark
Saint Philip and Saint James
The Visitation
Saint Barnabas
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Independence Day
Saint Mary Magdalene
Saint James
The Transfiguration
Saint Mary the Virgin
Saint Bartholomew
Holy Cross Day
Saint Matthew
Saint Michael and All Angels
Saint Luke
Saint James of Jerusalem
Saint Simon and Saint Jude
All Saint’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
The Common of Saints
Of a Martyr
Of a Missionary
Of a Pastor
Of a Theologian and Teacher
Of a Monastic
Of a Saint
Various Occasions
1. Of the Holy Trinity
2. Of the Holy Spirit
3. Of the Holy Angels
4. Of the Incarnation
5. Of the Holy Eucharist
6. Of the Holy Cross
7. For all Baptized Christians
8. For the Departed
9. Of the Reign of Christ
10. At Baptism
11. At Confirmation
12. On the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church
13. For a Church Convention
14. For the Unity of the Church
15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)
I. For those to be ordained
II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry
III. For all Chistians in their vocation
16. For the Mission of the Church
17. For the Nation
18. For Peace
19. For Rogation Days
I. For fruitful seasons
II. For Commerce and Industry
III. For stewardship of creation
20. For the Sick
21. For Social Justice
22. For Social Service
23. For Education
24. For Vocation in Daily Work
25. For Labor Day

Collects: Contemporary
Seasons of the Year
First Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
First Sunday after Christmas Day
The Holy Name
Second Sunday after Christmas Day
The Epiphany
First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Ash Wednesday
First Sunday in Lent
Second Sunday in Lent
Third Sunday in Lent
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday in Holy Week
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Easter Day
Monday in Easter Week
Tuesday in Easter Week
Wednesday in Easter Week
Thursday in Easter Week
Friday in Easter Week
Saturday in Easter Week
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Ascension Day
Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day
The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
The Season after Pentecost
Proper 1
Proper 2
Proper 3
Proper 4
Proper 5
Proper 6
Proper 7
Proper 8
Proper 9
Proper 10
Proper 11
Proper 12
Proper 13
Proper 14
Proper 15
Proper 16
Proper 17
Proper 18
Proper 19
Proper 20
Proper 21
Proper 22
Proper 23
Proper 24
Proper 25
Proper 26
Proper 27
Proper 28
Proper 29
Holy Days
Saint Andrew
Saint Thomas
Saint Stephen
Saint John
The Holy Innocents
Confession of Saint Peter
Conversion of Saint Paul
The Presentation
Saint Matthias
Saint Joseph
The Annunciation
Saint Mark
Saint Philip and Saint James
The Visitation
Saint Barnabas
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Independence Day
Saint Mary Magdalene
Saint James
The Transfiguration
Saint Mary the Virgin
Saint Bartholomew
Holy Cross Day
Saint Matthew
Saint Michael and All Angels
Saint Luke
Saint James of Jerusalem
Saint Simon and Saint Jude
All Saint’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
The Common of Saints
Of a Martyr
Of a Missionary
Of a Pastor
Of a Theologian and Teacher
Of a Monastic
Of a Saint
Various Occasions
1. Of the Holy Trinity
2. Of the Holy Spirit
3. Of the Holy Angels
4. Of the Incarnation
5. Of the Holy Eucharist
6. Of the Holy Cross
7. For all Baptized Christians
8. For the Departed
9. Of the Reign of Christ
10. At Baptism
11. At Confirmation
12. On the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church
13. For a Church Convention
14. For the Unity of the Church
15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)
I. For those to be ordained
II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry
III. For all Chistians in their vocation
16. For the Mission of the Church
17. For the Nation
18. For Peace
19. For Rogation Days
I. For fruitful seasons
II. For Commerce and Industry
III. For stewardship of creation
20. For the Sick
21. For Social Justice
22. For Social Service
23. For Education
24. For Vocation in Daily Work
25. For Labor Day

Proper Liturgies for Special Days
Ash Wednesday
Psalm 51
Litany of Penitence
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
The Liturgy of the Palms
The Procession
At the Eucharist
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
The Solemn Collects
Anthem 1
Anthem 2
Anthem 3
Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of Easter
Concerning the Vigil
The Lighting of the Paschal Candle
The Liturgy of the Word
The story of Creation
The Flood
Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac
Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea
God’s Presence in a renewed Israel
Salvation offered freely to all
A new heart and a new spirit
The valley of dry bones
The gathering of God’s people
The Renewal of Baptismal Vows
At the Eucharist

Holy Baptism
Concerning the Service
Opening Prayers
The Collect of the Day
The Lessons
The Sermon
Presentation and Examination of the Candidates
Adults and Older Children
Infants and Younger Children
The Baptismal Covenant
Prayers for the Candidates
Thanksgiving over the Water
Consecration of the Chrism
The Baptism
At Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation
For Confirmation
For Reception
For Reaffirmation
At the Eucharist
Alternative Ending
Additional Directions
Conditional Baptism
Emergency Baptism
 
The Holy Eucharist
An Exhortation
The Decalogue: Traditional
 
A Penitential Order: Rite One
 
The Holy Eucharist: Rite One
Concerning the Celebration
The Word of God
The Collect of the Day
The Lessons
The Sermon
The Nicene Creed
The Prayers of the People
Confession of Sin
The Peace
The Holy Communion
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer I
The Breaking of the Bread
Alternative Form of the Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer II
Offertory Sentences
Proper Prefaces
Preface of the Lord’s Day
1. Of God the Father
2. Of God the Son
3. Of God the Holy Spirit
Prefaces for Seasons
Advent
Incarnation
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter
Ascension
Pentecost
Prefaces for Other Occasions
Trinity Sunday
All Saints
A Saint
Apostles and Ordinations
Dedication of a Church
Baptism
Marriage
Commemoration of the Dead
The Decalogue: Contemporary
 
A Penitential Order: Rite Two
 
The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
Concerning the Celebration
The Word of God
The Collect of the Day
The Lessons
The Sermon
The Nicene Creed
The Prayers of the People
Confession of Sin
The Peace
The Holy Communion
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer A
The Breaking of the Bread
Alternative Forms of the Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer B
Eucharistic Prayer C
Eucharistic Prayer D
Offertory Sentences
Proper Prefaces
Preface of the Lord’s Day
1. Of God the Father
2. Of God the Son
3. Of God the Holy Spirit
Prefaces for Seasons
Advent
Incarnation
Epiphany
Lent
Holy Week
Easter
Ascension
Pentecost
Prefaces for Other Occasions
Trinity Sunday
All Saints
A Saint
Apostles and Ordinations
Dedication of a Church
Baptism
Marriage
Commemoration of the Dead

The Prayers of the People
Form I
Form II
Form III
Form IV
Form V
Form VI
 
The Collect at the Prayers
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 
Communion under Special Circumstances
 
An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist
The People and Priest
Gather in the Lord’s Name
Proclaim and Respond to the Word of God
Pray for the World and the Church
Exchange the Peace
Prepare the Table
Make Eucharist
Break the Bread
Share the Gifts of God
At the Great Thanksgiving
Form 1
Form 2
Additional Directions
Disciplinary Rubrics

Pastoral Offices
 
 
 
The Blessing of a Civil Marriage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Episcopal Services
Preface to the Ordination Rites
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8

Prayers and Thanksgivings

An Outline of the Faith

Historical Documents of the Church

Tables for Finding Holy Days

Daily Office Lectionary
Concerning the Daily Office Lectionary

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Hyperlinks to Collects

Collects for the Church Year traditional / contemporary

Collects from Morning Prayer traditional / contemporary

Collects from Noonday Prayer

Collects from the Service of Light = An Order of Worship for the Evening

Collects from Evening Prayer traditional / contemporary

Collects from Compline

Concluding Collects of the Prayers of the People

Collects appointed for use at the Burial of the Dead Rite One / Rite Two

The Solemn Collects

The Collects of the Great Vigil of Easter: Service of Lessons Collects / Concluding Collects

Collects from the Celebration of Marriage. 1; 2

Collect of Ordination: On the Church and God’s Plan for Salvation

Hyperlinks to Psalms

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Hyperlinks to Canticles

Canticle 1 A Song of Creation

Canticle 2 A Song of Praise

Canticle 3 The Song of Mary

Canticle 4 The Song of Zechariah

Canticle 5 The Song of Simeon

Canticle 6 Glory be to God

Canticle 7 We Praise Thee

Canticle 8 The Song of Moses

Canticle 9 The First Song of Isaiah

Canticle 10 The Second Song of Isaiah

Canticle 11 The Third Song of Isaiah

Canticle 12 A Song of Creation

Canticle 13 A Song of Praise

Canticle 14 A Song of Penitence

Canticle 15 The Song of Mary

Canticle 16 The Song of Zechariah

Canticle 17 The Song of Simeon

Canticle 18 A Song to the Lamb

Canticle 19 The Song of the Redeemed

Canticle 20 Glory to God

Canticle 21 You are God

Christ our Passover traditional contemporary

Hyperlinks to Prefaces

Preface of the Lord’s Day traditional / contemporary

Preface of Advent traditional / contemporary

Preface of the Incarnation traditional / contemporary

Preface of the Epiphany traditional / contemporary

Preface of Lent traditional / contemporary

Preface of Holy Week traditional / contemporary

Preface of Easter traditional / contemporary

Preface of the Ascension traditional / contemporary

Preface of Pentecost traditional / contemporary

Preface of Trinity Sunday traditional / contemporary

Preface of All Saints traditional / contemporary

Preface of a Saint traditional / contemporary

Preface of Apostles traditional / contemporary

Preface of the Dedication of a Church traditional / contemporary

Preface of Baptism traditional / contemporary

Preface of Marriage traditional / contemporary

Preface of the Commemoration of the Dead traditional / contemporary

Hyperlinks to Litanies

Great Litany

Litany of Penitence

Litany for Ordinations

Litany at the Time of Death

Litany of Thanksgiving for a Church

Litany of Thanksgiving

Hyperlinks to Sentences of Scripture

Sentences from Morning Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Sentences from Evening Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Sentences from the Service of Light = An Order of Worship for the Evening

Sentences from Compline

Sentences from the Penitential Order Rite One / Rite Two

Sentences from the Holy Eucharist

the Word of God, Rite One

Offertory Sentences Rite One / Rite Two

Communion Under Special Circumstances

Sentences from the Reconciliation of a Penitent

Hyperlinks to the Confessions of Sins

Confession of Sin, Morning Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Confession of Sin, Evening Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Confession of Sin, Compline

Confession of Sin, The Holy Eucharist Rite One / Rite Two

Confession of Sin, Communion under Special Circumstances

Penitential Order Rite One / Rite Two

Hyperlinks to Other Prayers

Antiphons

Antiphons of Morning Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Antiphon of Compline

Creeds

Apostles’ Creed traditional / contemporary

Athanasian Creed

Nicene Creed

Decalogue traditional / contemporary

Eucharistic Prayers I; II; A; B; C; D; Form 1; Form 2

Exsultet

Gloria Patri

Kyrie Eleison

Lord’s Prayer, The

Phos hilaron (O Gracious Light) traditional / contemporary

Prayer for Humble Access

Prayers for use by a Sick Person

Prayer for a Person near Death

Prayers for a Vigil at the Time of Death

Prayers for Light (from the Service of Light)

Prayer of St. Chrysostom traditional / contemporary

Prayers of the People Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI

Prayers of the People at the Burial of the Dead Rite One / Rite Two

Prayers for the World / General Thanksgivings

Prayers / Thanksgivings for the Church

Prayers / Thanksgivings for National Life

Prayers/ Thanksgivings for the Social Order

Prayers / Thanksgivings for the Natural Order

Prayers / Thanksgivings for Family and Personal Life

Prayers / Thanksgivings for the Birth or Adoption of a Child

Prayers, Other

Suffrages

Morning Prayer Suffrages A Rite One / Rite Two

Morning Prayer Suffrages B Rite One / Rite Two

Evening Prayer Suffrages A Rite One / Rite Two

Evening Prayer Suffrages B Rite One / Rite Two

Thanksgivings for the Departed traditional / contemporary

Trisagion

Hyperlinks to Common Services

Holy Eucharist Rite One / Rite Two

Morning Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Evening Prayer Rite One / Rite Two

Compline

Noonday Prayer

The Service of Light = An Order of Worship for the Evening

Holy Baptism

Confirmation

Celebration and Blessing of Marriage

Burial of the Dead Rite 1 / Rite 2

 

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and Other Rites

and Ceremonies of the Church

 

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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 tho 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 {p. 10} 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, {p. 11} 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 (Rite One / Rite Two), the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day and other major Feasts, and Daily Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) and Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two), 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 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 {p. 14} 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 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.

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The Calendar of the Church Year

The Church Year consists of two cycles of feasts and holy days: one is dependent upon the movable date of the Sunday of the Resurrection or Easter Day; the other, upon the fixed date of December 25, the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity or Christmas Day.

Easter Day is always the first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after March 21. It cannot occur before March 22 or after April 25.

The sequence of all Sundays of the Church Year depends upon the date of Easter Day. But the Sundays of Advent are always the four Sundays before Christmas Day, whether it occurs on a Sunday or a weekday. The date of Easter also determines the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and the feast of the Ascension on a Thursday forty days after Easter Day.

 

1. Principal Feasts

The Principle Feasts observed in this Church are the following:

 

Easter Day

Ascension Day

The Day of Pentecost

Trinity Sunday

All Saint’s Day: November 1

Christmas Day: December 25

The Epiphany: January 6

 

These feasts take precedence of any other day or observance. All Saints’ Day may always be observed on the Sunday following November 1, in addition to its observance on the fixed date.

 

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2. Sundays

All Sundays of the year are feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to the dated days listed above, only the following feasts, appointed on fixed days, take precedence of a Sunday:

 

The Holy Name

The Presentation

The Transfiguration

 

The feast of the Dedication of a Church, and the feast of its patron or title, may be observed on, or be transferred to, a Sunday, except in the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter.

All other Feasts of our Lord, and all other Major Feasts appointed on fixed days in the Calendar, when they occur on a Sunday, are normally transferred to the first convenient open day within the week. When desired, however, the Collect (traditional / contemporary), Preface (traditional / contemporary), and one or more of the Lessons appointed for the Feast may be substituted for those of the Sunday, but not from the Last Sunday after Pentecost through the First Sunday after the Epiphany, or from the Last Sunday after the Epiphany through Trinity Sunday.

With the express permission of the bishop, and for urgent and sufficient reason, some other special occasion may be observed on a Sunday.

 

3. Holy Days

The following Holy Days are regularly observed throughout the year. Unless otherwise ordered in the preceding rules concerning Sundays, they have precedence over all other days of commemoration or of special observance:

 

Other Feasts of Our Lord

The Holy Name

The Presentation

The Annunciation

The Visitation

Saint John the Baptist

The Transfiguration

Holy Cross Day

 

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Other Major Feasts

All feasts of Apostles

All feasts of Evangelists

Saint Stephen

The Holy Innocents

Saint Joseph

Saint Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary the Virgin

Saint Michael and All Angels

Saint James of Jerusalem

Independence Day

Thanksgiving Day

 

Fasts

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

 

Feasts appointed of fixed days in the Calendar are not observed on the days of Holy Week or of Easter Week. Major Feasts falling in these weeks are transferred to the week following the Second Sunday of Easter, in the order of their occurrence.

Feasts appointed on fixed days in the Calendar do not take precedence of Ash Wednesday.

Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts appointed on fixed days, which fall upon or are transferred to a weekday, may be observed on any open day within the week. This provision does not apply to Christmas Day, the Epiphany, and All Saints’ Day.

 

4. Days of Special Devotion

The following days are observed by special acts of discipline and self-denial:

 

Ash Wednesday and the other weekdays of Lent and of Holy Week, except the feast of the Annunciation.

Good Friday and all other Fridays of the year, in commemoration of the Lord’s crucifixion, except for Fridays in the Christmas and Easter seasons, and any Feasts of our Lord which occur on a Friday.

 

5. Days of Optional Observance

Subject to the rules of precedence governing Principal Feasts, Sundays, {p. 18} and Holy Days, the following may be observed with the Collects, Psalms, and Lessons duly authorized by this Church:

 

Commemorations listed in the Calendar

Other Commemorations, using the Common of Saints

The Ember Days, traditionally observed on the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after the First Sunday in Lent, the Day of Pentecost, Holy Cross Day, and December 13.

The Rogation Days, traditionally observed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day

Various Occasions

 

Provided, that there is no celebration of the Eucharist for any such occasion on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday; and provided further, that none of the Propers appointed for Various Occasions is used as a substitute for, or as an addition to, the Proper appointed for the Principal Feasts.

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January

1 A: The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

2 b

3 c

4 d

5 e

6 f: The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

7 g

8 A

9 b

10 c: William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

11 d

12 e

13 f: Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367

14 g

15 A

16 b

17 c: Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356

18 d: The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle

19 e: Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

20 f: Fabian, Bishop and Martyr of Rome, 250

21 g: Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304

22 A: Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, and Martyr, 304

23 b: Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893

24 c

25 d: The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

26 e: Timothy and Titus, Companions of Saint Paul

27 f: John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407

28 g: Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274

29 A

30 b

31 c

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February

1 d

2 e: The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

3 f: Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865

4 g: Cornelius the Centurion

5 A: The Martyrs of Japan, 1597

6 b

7 c

8 d

9 e

10 f

11 g

12 A

13 b: Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818

14 c: Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869, 885

15 d: Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730

16 e

17 f

18 g

19 A

20 b

21 c

22 d

23 e: Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156

24 f: Saint Matthias the Apostle

25 g

26 A

27 b: George Herbert, Priest, 1633

28 c

29

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March

1 d: David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales, c. 544

2 e: Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672

3 f: John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788

4 g

5 A

6 b

7 c: Perpetua and Her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202

8 d

9 e: Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394

10 f

11 g

12 A: Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604

13 b

14 c

15 d

16 e

17 f: Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461

18 g: Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386

19 A: Saint Joseph

20 b: Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 687

21 c: Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1711

22 d: James De Koven, Priest, 1879 (14)

23 e: Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, 332 (3)

24 f

25 g: The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary (11)

26 A

27 b: Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, 1929 (19)

28 c (8)

29 d: John Keble, Priest, 1866

30 e (16)

31 f: John Donne, Priest, 1631 (5)

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April

1 g: Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, 1872

2 A: James Lloyd Breck, Priest, 1876 (13)

3 b: Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253 (2)

4 c

5 d (10)

6 e

7 f (18)

8 g: William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877 (7)

9 A: William Law, Priest, 1761

10 b (15)

11 c: George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878 (4)

12 d

13 e (12)

14 f (1)

15 g

16 A (9)

17 b (17)

18 c (6)

19 d: Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr, 1012

20 e

21 f: Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109

22 g

23 A

24 b

25 c: Saint Mark the Evangelist

26 d

27 e

28 f

29 g: Catherine of Siena, 1380

30 A

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May

1 b: Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles

2 c: Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373

3 d

4 e: Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

5 f

6 g

7 A

8 b: Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417

9 c: Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, 389

10 d

11 e

12 f

13 g

14 A

15 b

16 c

17 d

18 e

19 f: Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

20 g: Alcuin, Deacon, and Abbot of Tours, 804

21 A

22 b

23 c

24 d: Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States, 1870

25 e: Bede, the Venerable, Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, 735

26 f: Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

27 g

28 A

29 b

30 c

31 d: The Visitation of the Virgin Mary

 

The First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, is appropriately observed on a weekday following the Day of Pentecost.

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June

1 e: Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

2 f: The Martyrs of Lyons, 177

3 g: The Martyrs of Uganda, 1886

4 A

5 b: Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, and Martyr, 754

6 c

7 d

8 e

9 f: Columba, Abbot of Iona, 597

10 g: Ephrem of Edessa, Syria, Deacon, 373

11 A: Saint Barnabas the Apostle

12 b

13 c

14 d: Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379

15 e

16 f: Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752

17 g

18 A: Bernard Mizeki, Catechist and Martyr in Rhodesia, 1896

19 b

20 c

21 d

22 e: Alban, First Martyr of Britain, c. 304

23 f

24 g: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

25 A

26 b

27 c

28 d: Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202

29 e: Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

30 f

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July

1 g

2 A

3 b

4 c: Independence Day

5 d

6 e

7 f

8 g

9 A

10 b

11 c: Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Casino, c. 540

12 d

13 e

14 f

15 g

16 A

17 b: William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania, 1836

18 c

19 d

20 e

21 f

22 g: Saint Mary Magdalene

23 A

24 b: Thomas a Kempis, Priest, 1471

25 c: Saint James the Apostle

26 d: The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

27 e: William Reed Huntington, Priest, 1909

28 f

29 g: Mary and Martha of Bethany

30 A: William Wilberforce, 1833

31 b: Joseph of Arimathaea

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August

1 c

2 d

3 e

4 f

5 g

6 A: The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

7 b: John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866

8 c: Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221

9 d

10 e: Lawrence, Deacon, and Martyr at Rome, 258

11 f: Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253

12 g

13 A: Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore, 1667

14 b

15 c: Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ

16 d

17 e

18 f: William Porcher DuBose, Priest, 1918

19 g

20 A: Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153

21 b

22 c

23 d

24 e: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

25 f: Louis, King of France, 1270

26 g

27 A

28 b: Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 430

29 c

30 d

31 e: Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 651

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September

1 f

2 g: The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942

3 A

4 b

5 c

6 d

7 e

8 f

9 g

10 A

11 b

12 c: John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York, 1830

13 d: Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr of Carthage, 258

14 e: Holy Cross Day

15 f

16 g: Ninian, Bishop in Galloway, c. 430

17 A

18 b: Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, 1882

19 c: Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690

20 d: John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1971

21 e: Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

22 f

23 g

24 A

25 b: Sergius, Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow, 1392

26 c: Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, 1626

27 d

28 e

29 f: Saint Michael and All Angels

30 g: Jerome, Priest, and Monk of Bethlehem, 420

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October

1 A: Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, c. 530

2 b

3 c

4 d: Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226

5 e

6 f: William Tyndale, Priest, 1536

7 g

8 A

9 b: Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln

10 c

11 d

12 e

13 f

14 g

15 A: Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Bishop of Shanghai, 1906

16 b: Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops, 1555, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556

17 c: Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, and Martyr, c. 115

18 d: Saint Luke the Evangelist

19 e: Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary to India and Persia, 1812

20 f

21 g

22 A

23 b: Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, c. 62

24 c

25 d

26 e: Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, 899

27 f

28 g: Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

29 A: James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1885

30 b

31 c

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November

1 d: All Saints

2 e: Commemoration of All Faithful Departed

3 f: Richard Hooker, Priest, 1600

4 g

5 A

6 b

7 c: Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht, Missionary to Frisia, 739

8 d

9 e

10 f: Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461

11 g: Martin, Bishop of Tours, 397

12 A: Charles Simeon, Priest, 1836

13 b

14 c: Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop, 1784

15 d

16 e: Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1093

17 f: Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200

18 g: Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680

19 A: Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, 1231

20 b

21 c

22 d

23 e: Clement, Bishop of Rome, c. 100

24 f

25 g

26 A

27 b

28 c 29 d

30 e: Saint Andrew the Apostle

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December

1 f: Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, 1637

2 g: Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop in China and Japan, 1910

3 A

4 b: John of Damascus, Priest, c. 760

5 c: Clement of Alexandria, Priest, c. 210

6 d: Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342

7 e: Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397

8 f

9 g

10 A

11 b

12 c

13 d

14 e

15 f

16 g

17 A

18 b

19 c

20 d

21 e: Saint Thomas the Apostle

22 f

23 g

24 A

25 b: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

26 c: Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

27 d: Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

28 e: The Holy Innocents

29 f

30 g

31 A

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The Titles of the Seasons

Sundays and Major Holy Days observed in this Church throughout the Year

Advent Season

The First Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

Christmas Season

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day, December 25

The First Sunday after Christmas Day

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, January 1

The Second Sunday after Christmas Day

 

Epiphany Season

The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, January 6

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Second Sunday through the Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

 

Lenten Season

The First Day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday

The First Sunday in Lent

The Second Sunday in Lent

The Third Sunday in Lent

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

Holy Week

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week

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Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

 

Easter Season

Easter Eve

The Sunday of the Resurrection, or Easter Day

Monday in Easter Week

Tuesday in Easter Week

Wednesday in Easter Week

Thursday in Easter Week

Friday in Easter Week

Saturday in Easter Week

The Second Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Ascension Day

The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

 

The Season After Pentecost

The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

The Second Sunday through the Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

The Last Sunday after Pentecost

 

Holy Days

Saint Andrew the Apostle, November 30

Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21

Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, December 26

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, December 27

The Holy Innocents, December 28

The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle, January 18

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The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, January 25

The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, also called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, February 2

Saint Matthias the Apostle, February 24

Saint Joseph, March 19

The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 25

Saint Mark the Evangelist, April 25

Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles, May 1

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31

Saint Barnabas the Apostle, June 11

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, June 24

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles, June 29

Saint Mary Magdalene, July 22

Saint James the Apostle, July 25

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, August 6

Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, August 15

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, August 24

Holy Cross Day, September 14

Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, September 21

Saint Michael and All Angels, September 29

Saint Luke the Evangelist, October 18

Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, October 23

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles, October 28

All Saints’ Day, November 1

 

National Days

Independence Day, July 4

Thanksgiving Day

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The Daily Office

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Daily Morning Prayer: Rite One

Concerning the Service

In the Daily Office, the term “Officiant” is used to denote the person, clerical or lay, who leads the Office.

It is appropriate that others persons be assigned to read the Lessons, and to lead other parts of the service not assigned to the officiant. The bishop, when present, appropriately concludes the Office with a blessing.

At celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), the Order for Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used in place of all that precedes the Offertory.

Additional Directions are on page 141.

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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 brightness 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.

1 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 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

 

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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 a 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.

Phillipians 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 is 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, {p. 41} 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 this 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, {p. 42} 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

 

Officiant

O Lord, open thou our lips.

 

People

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Officiant and People (the Gloria Patri)

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.

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

 

In Advent

Our King and Savior now 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 adore him. 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 ascendedeth 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 his 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 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 world 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.

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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.

 

Answer

Thanks 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.

 

Canticle 1. A Song of Creation

Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

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 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.

 

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 Ord; * 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.

 

Canticle 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 are thou for the name of thy Majesty; * praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed are thou in the temple of thy holiness; * praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed are 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 are thou in the firmament of heaven; * praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed are thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; * praised and exalted above all for ever.

 

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Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 6. Glory be to God

Gloria in Excelsis

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

 

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.

 

Canticle 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

 

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Officiant

Let 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

 

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.

 

Suffrages 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, hve 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 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 Jesus Christ your Son 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 (Rite One / Rite Two) 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 you; 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 unfaignedly 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 Spirit, 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, {p. 63} 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

 

Officiant

O God, make speed to save us.

 

People

O 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.

 

Answer

Thanks 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 96 may be used instead.

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The Prayers

The People stand or kneel

 

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Officiant

Let 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 tresspasses, 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

 

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.

 

Suffrages 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 thy Church 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, out 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 (Rite One / Rite Two) 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 heaven adore: Let the whole earth worship thee, all the nations obey thee, all tongues confess and bless thee, and men and women everywhere 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; {p. 72} 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 Spirit, 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 Morning Prayer: Rite Two

Concerning the Service

In the Daily Office, the term “Officiant” is used to denote the person, clerical or lay, who leads the Office.

It is appropriate that other persons be assigned to read the Lessons, and to lead other parts of the service not assigned to the officiant. The bishop, when present, appropriately concludes the Office with a blessing.

At celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), the Order for Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used in place of all that precedes the Offertory.

Additional Directions are on page 141.

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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 do not know 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 to 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

 

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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.

1 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 would 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 {p. 77} 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 has 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

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 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 you 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 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

 

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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 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

 

Officiant

Lord, open our lips.

 

People

And 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: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

 

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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 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 his holiness: Come let us adore him.

 

or this

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

 

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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 song.

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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 also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

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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.

 

Answer

Thanks 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.

 

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Canticle 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 Pharoah 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.

 

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Canticle 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 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.

 

Canticle 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.

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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.

 

Canticle 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.

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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.

 

Canticle 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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Canticle 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 you holy Name; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of you 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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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.

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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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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;

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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.

 

Canticle 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.

 

Canticle 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,

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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.

 

Canticle 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.

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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.

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The Prayers

The People stand or kneel

 

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Officiant

Let 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.

 

or

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

 

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.

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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 by your Holy Spirit.

 

Suffrages 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 on 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 you 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.

 

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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 your Son our Lord.

Amen.

 

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all you 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.

 

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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 (Rite One / Rite Two) or a form of general intercession is to follow, one of these prayer 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 your for all members of you 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

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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.

 

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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

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An Order of Service for Noonday

 

Officiant

O God, make speed to save us.

 

People

O 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

105 Your word is a lantern to my feet * and a light upon my path.

106 I have sworn and am determined * to keep your righteous judgments.

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107 I am deeply troubled; * preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.

108 Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, * and teach me your judgments.

109 My life is always in my hand, * yet I do not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a trap for me, * but I have not strayed from your commandments.

111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; * truly, they are the joy of my heart.

112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statues * for ever and to the end.

 

Psalm 121

Levavi oculos

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come?

2 My help comes from the LORD, * the maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved * and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep;

5 The LORD himself watches over you; * the LORD is your shade at your right hand,

6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, * nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; * it is he who shall keep you safe.

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8 The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

 

Psalm 126

In convertendo

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, * then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, * “The LORD has done great things for them.”

4 The LORD has done great things for us, * and we are glad indeed.

5 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, * like the watercourses of the Negev.

6 Those who sowed with tears * will reap with songs of joy.

7 Those 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

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or the following

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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

People

Thanks 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

People

Thanks 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.

 

or

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.

 

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Officiant

Lord, hear our prayer;

 

People

And let our cry come to you.

 

Officiant

Let us pray.

 

The Officiant then says one of the following Collects. If desired, the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary) 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

 

Officiant

Let us bless the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

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An Order of Worship for the Evening

Concerning the Service

This Order provides a form of evening service or vespers for use on suitable occasions in the late afternoon or evening. It may be used as a complete rite in place of Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two), or as the introduction to Evening Prayer or some other service, or as the prelude to an evening meal or other activity. It is appropriate also for use in private houses.

Any part or parts of this service may be lead by lay persons. A priest or deacon, when presiding, should read the Prayer for Light, and the Blessing or Dismissal at the end. The bishop, when present, should give the Blessing.

This order is not appropriate for use on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in Holy Week, or on Good Friday. Easter Eve has its own form for the Lighting of the Paschal Candle.

For the Short Lesson at the beginning of the service, any one of the following is also appropriate, especially for the seasons suggested:

 

Isaiah 60: 19-20 (Advent)
Luke 12: 35-37 (Advent)
John 1: 1-5 (Christmas)
Isaiah 60: 1-3 (Epiphany)
1 John 1: 5-7 (Lent)
John 12: 35-36a (Lent)

 

Revelation 21: 10, 22-24 (Easter)
Psalm 36: 5-9 (Ascension)
Joel 2: 28-30 (Whitsunday)
Colossians 1: 9, 11-14 (Saints' Days)
1 Peter 2: 9 (Saints' Days)
Revelation 22: 1, 4-5 (Saints' Days)

 

Any of the prayers in contemporary language may be adapted to traditional language by changing the pronouns and the corresponding verbs.

Additional Directions are on page 142.

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An Order of Worship for the Evening

 

The church is dark, or partially so, when the service is to begin.

 

All stand, and the Officiant greets the people with these words.

Light and Peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

People

Thanks be to God.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
Officiant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions
Officiant

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

 

People

His mercy endures for ever.

 

One of the following, or some other Short Lesson of Scripture appropriate to the occasion or to the season, may then be read

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp to put it under a bucket, but on a lamp-stand where it gives light for everyone in the house. And you, like the lamp, must shed light among your fellow men, so that they may see the deed you do, and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5: 14-16

 

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It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4: 5-6

 

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

Psalm 139: 10-11

 

The Officiant then says the Prayer for Light, using any one of the following for some other suitable prayer, first saying

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Grant us, Lord, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light on those around us, and that by its brightness we may have a vision of that holy City, where dwells the true and never-failing Light, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

O Lord God Almighty, as you have taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and have made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by your brightness we may know you to be the true God and eternal light, living and reigning for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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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.

 

Advent

Collect for the First Sunday of Advent (traditional / contemporary)

 

Christmas, Epiphany, and other Feasts of the Incarnation

Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas (traditional / contemporary)

 

Lent and other times of penitence

Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Easter Season

Eternal God, who led your ancient people into freedom by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Grant that we who walk in the light of your presence may rejoice in the liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Festivals of Saints

Lord Christ, your saints have been the lights of the world in every generation: Grant that we who follow in their footsteps may be made worthy to enter with them into that heavenly country where you live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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The candles at the Altar are now lighted, as are other candles and lamps as may be convenient.
During the candle-lighting, an appropriate anthem or psalm may be sung, or silence kept.
The following hymn, or a metrical version of it, or some other hymn, is then sung

 

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 your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

 

The service may then continue in any of the following ways:
With Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two), beginning with the Psalms; or with some other Office or Devotion;
With the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), beginning with the Salutation and Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary);
Or, it may be followed by a meal or other activity, in which case Phos hilaron may be followed by the Lord’s Prayer and a grace or blessing;
Or, it may continue as a complete evening Office with the following elements:

 

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Selection from the Psalter.

Silence, or a suitable Collect, or both, may follow the Psalmody.

 

Bible Reading.

A sermon or homily, a passage from Christian literature, or a brief silence, may follow the Reading.

 

Canticle.

The Magnificat (Canticle 3 or Canticle 15) or other canticle, or some other hymn of praise.

 

Prayers.

A litany, or other suitable devotions, including the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Blessing or Dismissal,

or both. The Peace may then be exchanged.

 

On feasts or other days of special significance, the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary), or one proper to the season, may precede the Blessing or Dismissal. On other days, either of the following, or one of the Collects from Evening Prayer Rite One / Rite Two or from Compline, may be so used.

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To you be glory for endless ages.

Amen.

 

Almighty, everlasting God, let our prayer in your sight be as incense, the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. Give us grace to behold you, present in your Word and Sacraments, and to recognize you in the lives of those around us. Stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as he bore his passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages.

Amen.

 

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A bishop or priest may use the following or some other blessing or grace

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Amen.

 

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

Amen.

 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Amen.

 

A deacon or lay person using the preceding blessing substitutes “us” for “you.”

 

A dismissal may be used (adding “Alleluia, alleluia” in Easter Season)

 

The People respond

Thanks be to God.

 

In Easter Season the People respond

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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Daily Evening Prayer: Rite Two

 

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture, or of those on pages 75 - 78;
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 117

 

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Psalm 141: 2

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1: 2

 

Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.

Psalm 96: 9

 

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 15, 16

 

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches 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

 

Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name.

Amos 5: 8

 

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

Psalm 139: 10, 11

 

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will 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 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. {p. 117} 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.

 

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

 

Officiant

O God, make speed to save us.

 

People

O 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.

 

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

 

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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 your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through 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.

 

Answer

Thanks be to God.

 

Or the Reader may sPay

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

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

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The Prayers

The People stand or kneel

 

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Officiant

Let 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.

 

or

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

 

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.

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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 by your Holy Spirit.

 

Suffrages B

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of [ ______ and ] all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, 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

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of you 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.

 

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 your Son our Lord.

Amen.

 

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all you 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 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.

 

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

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A Collect for Protection

O God, 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 you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your 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 you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love.

Amen.

 

Then, unless the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) or a form of general intercession is to follow, one of these prayer for mission is added

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

Amen.

 

or this

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your 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 your love’s sake.

Amen.

 

or the following

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O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your 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 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.

 

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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

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An Order for Compline

 

The Officiant begins

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

Amen.

 

Officiant

Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

 

People

The maker of heaven and earth.

 

The Officiant may then say

Let us confess our sins to God.

 

Officiant and People

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

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Officiant

May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

The Officiant then says

O God, make speed to save us.

 

People

O 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.

 

One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said. Other suitable selections may be substituted.

 

Psalm 4

Cum invocarem

1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; * you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; * how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?”

3 Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; * when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.

4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; * speak to your heart in silence upon your bead.

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices * and put your trust in the LORD.

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6 Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” * Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, * more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; * for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

 

Psalm 31

In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame: * deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; * for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, * for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, * for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

 

Psalm 91

Qui habitat

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High * abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 He shall say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, * my God in whom I put my trust.”

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3 He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter * and from the deadly pestilence.

4 he shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings; * his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, * nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, * nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.

7 A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, * but it shall not come near you.

8 Your eyes only have to behold * to see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD your refuge, * and the Most High your habitation,

10 There shall no evil happen to you, * neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, * to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands, * lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; * you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.

14 Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; * I will protect him, because he knows my Name.

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15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; * I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.

 

Psalm 134

Ecce nunc

1 Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, * you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.

2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; * the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

 

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

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God.

Jeremiah 14: 9, 22

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or this

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11: 28-30

 

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or the following

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May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

Hebrews 13: 20-21

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or this

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

1 Peter 5: 8-9a

People

Thanks be to God.

 

A hymn suitable for the evening may be sung.

 

Then follows

V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;

R. For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;

R. Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

 

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.

{p. 133}

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.

 

or

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.

 

Officiant

Lord, hear our prayer;

 

People

And let our cry come to you.

 

Officiant

Let us pray.

 

The Officiant then says one of the following Collects

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snare of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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A Collect for Saturdays

We give thanks, O God, for revealing your Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

One of the following prayers may be added

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your 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 your love’s sake.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Silence may be kept, and free intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered.

 

The service concludes with the Song of Simeon (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17) with this Antiphon, which is sung or said by all

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

In Easter Season, add

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

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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.

 

All repeat the Antiphon

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

In Easter Season, add

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Officiant

Let us bless the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

The Officiant concludes

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.

Amen.

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Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals

These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church.

When more than one person is present, the Reading and the Collect should be read by one person, and the other parts said in unison, or in some other convenient manner. (For suggestions about reading the Psalms, see page 582.)

For convenience, appropriate Psalms, Readings, and Collects are provided in each service. When desired, however, the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary), or any of the Collects appointed in the Daily Offices (Morning Prayer traditional / contemporary; Noonday Prayer; Service of Light; Evening Prayer traditional / contemporary; Compline), may be used instead.

The Psalms and Readings may be replaced by those appointed in

 

a) the Lectionary for Sundays, Holy Days, the Common of Saints, and Various Occasions, page 888.

b) the Daily Office Lectionary, page 934

c) some other manual of devotion which provides daily selections for the Church Year.

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In the Morning

From Psalm 51

Open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

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.

 

A Reading

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1: 3

 

A period of silence my follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Apostles’ Creed (traditional / contemporary) may be said.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Collect

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.

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At Noon

From Psalm 113

Give praise, you servants of the LORD; * praise the Name of the LORD.

Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, * from this time forth for evermore.

From the rising of the sun to its going down * let the Name of the LORD be praised.

The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.

 

A Reading

O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength.

Isaiah 26: 3; 30: 15

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Collect

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 mercies’ sake.

Amen.

 

or this

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own 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.

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In the Early Evening

This devotion my be used before or after the evening meal.
The Order of Worship for the Evening, page 109, may be used instead.

 

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 your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

 

A Reading

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4: 5-6

 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Collect

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 you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love.

Amen.

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At the Close of Day

Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, * you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.

Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; * the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

 

A Reading

Lord, you are in the midst of us and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God.

Jeremiah 14: 9, 22

 

The following may be said

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.

 

Prayers for ourselves and others may follow. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our sins, be included.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angles dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.

Amen.

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Additional Directions

Morning and Evening Prayer

Any of the opening sentences of Scripture, including those listed for specific seasons or days, may be used at any time according to the discretion of the officiant.

The proper antiphons on pages 43- 44 and 80- 82 may be used as refrains with either of the invitatory Psalms.

Antiphons drawn from the Psalms themselves, or from the opening sentences given in the Offices, or from other passages of Scripture may be used with the Psalms and biblical Canticles.

Gloria Patri is always sung or said at the conclusion of the entire portion of the Psalter; and may be used after the Invitatory Psalm or the Canticle ”Christ our Passover” (traditional / contemporary), after each Psalm, and after each section of Psalm 119.

The Gloria printed at the conclusion of certain Canticles may be omitted when desired.

The following pointing of the Gloria may be used:

 

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.

 

In Rite One services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, the following form of the Gloria may be used:

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

 

Metrical versions of the Invitatory Psalms, and of the Canticles after the Readings, may be used.

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In special circumstances, in place of a Canticle, a hymn may be sung.

The Apostles’ Creed (traditional / contemporary) is omitted from the Office when the Eucharist with its own Creed is to follow. It may also be omitted at one of the Offices on weekdays.

The Lord’s Prayer may be omitted from the Office when the Litany or the Eucharist is to follow immediately.

In the Intercessions and Thanksgivings, opportunity may be given for the members of the congregation to express intentions or objects of prayer and thanksgiving, either at the bidding, or in the course of the prayer; and opportunity may be given for silent prayer.

A sermon may be preached after the Office; or, within the Office, after the Readings or at the time of the hymn or anthem after the Collects.

On occasion, at the discretion of the Minister, a reading from non-biblical Christian literature may follow the biblical Readings.

An offering may be received and presented at the Office.

 

When there is Communion

When Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two) is used as the Liturgy of the Word at the Eucharist, the Nicene Creed may take the place of the Apostles’ Creed (traditional / contemporary), and the officiant may pass at once from the salutation “The Lord be with you,” and its response, to the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary). A Lesson from the Gospel is always included.

The Intercessions on such occasions are to conform to the directions on page 383.

The service then continues with the [Peace and] Offertory.

 

Order of Worship for the Evening

Before this service, there should be as little artificial light as possible in the church. A musical prelude or processional is not appropriate.

When the ministers enter, one or two lighted candles may be carried {p. 143} before them, and used to provide light for reading the opening Short Lesson and Prayer for Light. From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost, the Paschal Candle, if used, should be burning in its customary place before the people assemble; the officiant then goes to a place close by it to begin the service by its light.

The Short Lessons may be read from any version of the Scriptures authorized for public worship in this Church, and should be read without announcement or conclusion. When one or more Scripture Lessons are to be read later in the service, the Short Lesson may be omitted.

For the lighting of the candles at the Altar and elsewhere, in Easter Season the flame may be taken from the Paschal Candle. At other times, the candle or candles carried in at the beginning of the service may be placed on or near the Altar, and other candles may be lighted from them. During Advent, the lighting of an Advent Wreath may take place after the Prayer for Light. On special occasions, lighted candles may be distributed to members of the congregation.

When this service is used in private houses, candles may be lighted at the dining table, or at some other convenient place.

If incense is to be used, it is appropriate after the candles have been lighted and while the hymn Phos hilaron (traditional / contemporary) is being sung.

When this service continues as a complete Office, Psalms and Lessons from the Office Lectionary or the Proper of the Day, or ones suitable to the season or the occasion, may be used. Psalms generally appropriate to the evening include: 8, 23, 27, 36, 84, 93, 113, 114, 117, 121, 134, 139, 141, 143. When desired, more than one Lesson may be read, with silence or singing between them.

If an additional hymn is desired, it may be sung immediately before the Blessing or Dismissal.

When a meal is to follow, a blessing over food may serve as the conclusion of this form of service.

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Table of Suggested Canticles

Suggested Canticles at Morning Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two)

After the Old Testament Reading

Sun.:

4. or 16. Benedictus Dominus

Advent:

11. Surge, illuminare

Lent:

14. Kyrie Pantokrator

Easter:

8. Cantemus Domino

Mon.:

9. Ecce, Deusr

Tue.:

2. or 13. Benedictus es

Wed.:

11. Surge, illuminare

Lent:

14. Kyrie Pantokrator;

Thu.:

8. Cantemus Domino

Fri.:

10. Quaerite Dominum

Lent:

14. Kyrie Pantokrator

Sat.:

1. or 12. Benedicite

On Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts:

4. or 16 Benedictus Dominus

 

After the New Testament Reading

Sun.:

7. or 21. Te Deum laudamus

Advent and Lent:

4. or 16. Benedictus Dominus

Mon.:

19. Magna et mirabilia

Tue.:

18. Dignus es

Wed.:

4. or 16. Benedictus Dominus

Thu.:

6. or 20. Gloria in excelsis

Advent and Lent:

19. Magna et mirabilia

Fri.:

18. Dignus es

Sat.:

19. Magna et mirabilia

On Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts:

7. or 21. Te Deum laudamus

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Suggested Canticles at Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two)

After the Old Testament Reading

Sun.:

Magnificat (3 or 15)

Mon.:

8. Cantemus Domino

Lent:

14. Kyrie Pantokrator

Tue.:

10. Quaerite Dominum

Wed.:

1. or 12. Benedicite

Thu.:

11. Surge, illuminare

Fri.:

2. or 13. Benedictus es

Sat.:

9. Ecce, Deus

On Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts:

Magnificat (Canticle 3 or Canticle 15)

 

After the New Testament Reading

Sun.:

Nunc Dimittis* (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17)

Mon.:

Nunc Dimittis (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17)

Tue.:

Magnificat (Cantilce 3 or Canticle 15)

Wed.:

Nunc Dimittis (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17)

Thu.:

Magnificat (Canticle 3 or Canticle 15)

Fri.:

Nunc Dimittis (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17)

Sat.:

Magnificat (Canticle 3 or Canticle 15)

On Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts:

Nunc Dimittis* (Canticle 5 or Canticle 17)

 

*If only one Reading is used, the suggested Canticle is the Magnificat (Canticle 3 or Canticle 15).

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Psalm 95: Traditional

Venite, exultemus

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 are his also.

The sea is his and he made it, * and his hands prepared the dry land.

 

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.

 

Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts * as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;

When your fathers tempted me, * proved me, and saw my works.

 

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, * It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.

Unto whom I sware in my wrath, * that they should not enter into my rest.

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The Great Litany

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The Great Litany

 

To be said or sung, kneeling, standing, or in procession; before the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) or after the Collects of Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two); or separately; especially in Lent and on Rogation days.

 

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy upon us.

 

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

 

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.

 

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us.

 

Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers; neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and by thy mercy preserve us, for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

 

From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; and from everlasting damnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

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From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all want of charity,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

From all inordinate and sinful affections; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

From lightening and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from violence, battle, and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; by thy holy Nativity and submission to the Law; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

By thine Agony and Bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by thy precious Death and Burial; by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the Coming of thy Holy Ghost,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

 

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We sinners do beseech the to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please thee to rule and govern thy holy Church Universal in the right way,

We beesech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to illumine all bishops, priests, and deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word; and that both by their preaching and living, they may set it forth, and show it accordingly,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to send forth laborers into thy harvest, and to draw all mankind into thy kingdom,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to give to all people increase of grace to hear and receive thy Word, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to give us a heart to love and fear thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee so to rule the hearts of thy servants, the President of the United States (or of this nation), and all others in authority, that they may do justice, and love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

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That it may please thee to make wars to cease in all the world; to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord; and to bestow freedom upon all peoples,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to show thy pity upon all prisoners and captives, the homeless and the hungry, and all who are desolate and oppressed,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the bountiful fruits of the earth, so that in due time all may enjoy them,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to inspire us, in our several callings, to do the work which thou givest us to do with singleness of heart as thy servants, and for the common good,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to preserve all who are in danger by reason of their labor or their travel,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to preserve, and provide for, all women in childbirth, young children and orphans, the widowed, and all whose homes are broken or torn by strife,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to visit the lonely; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, and spirit; and to comfort with thy presence those who are failing and infirm,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to support, help, and comfort all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

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That it may please thee to have mercy upon all mankind,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand; to comfort and help the weak-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to grant to all the faithful departed eternal life and peace,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

That it may please thee to grant that, in the fellowship of [______. and] all the saints, we may attain to thy heavenly kingdom,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

 

Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.

 

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

 

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

 

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Grant us thy peace.

 

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O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear us.

 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

or

Kyrie Eleison.

Christe Eleison.

Kyrie Eleison.

 

When the Litany is sung or said immediately before the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), the Litany concludes here, and the Eucharist begins with the Salutation and the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary).

 

On all other occasions, the Officiant and People say together

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. Amen.

 

V. O Lord, let thy mercy be showed upon us;

R. As we do put our trust in thee.

 

The Officiant concludes with the following or some other Collect

Let us pray.

Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son’s Name: We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ear to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have asked faithfully according to thy will, may be obtained effectually, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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The Officiant may add other Prayers, and end the Litany, saying

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.

The Supplication

For use in the Litany in place of the Versicle and Collect which follows the Lord’s Prayer; or at the end or Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two); or as a separate devotion; especially in times of war, or of national anxiety, or of disaster.

O Lord, arise, help us;

And deliver us for thy Name’s sake.

 

O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us, the noble works that thou didst in their days, and in the old time before them.

O Lord, arise, help us; and deliver us for thy Name’s sake.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Lord, arise, help us; and deliver us for thy Name’s sake.

 

V. From our enemies defend us, O Christ;

R. Graciously behold our afflictions.

V. With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts;

R. Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.

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V. Favorably with mercy hear our prayers;

R. O Son of David, have mercy upon us.

V. Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ;

R. Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

 

The Officiant concludes

Let us pray.

We humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and, for the glory of your Name, turn from us all those evils that we most justly have deserved; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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The Collects for the Church Year

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Concerning the Proper of the Church Year

The Proper of the Church Year includes the appointed Collects (traditional / contemporary); the Proper Prefaces (traditional / contemporary), directions for which are to be found in the pages following; and the appointed Psalms and Lessons, which appear in tables beginning on page 889.

The Proper appointed for the Sunday is also used at celebrations of the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) on the weekdays following, unless otherwise ordered for Holy Days and Various Occasions.

The Proper to be used on each of the Sundays after Pentecost (except for Trinity Sunday) is determined by the calendar date of that Sunday. Thus, in any year, the Proper for the Sunday after Trinity Sunday (the Second Sunday after Pentecost) is the numbered Proper (number 3 traditional / contemporary through number 8 traditional / contemporary), the calendar date of which falls on that Sunday, or is closest to it, whether before or after. Thereafter, the Propers are used consecutively. For example, if the Sunday after Trinity Sunday is May 26, the sequence begins with Proper 3 traditional / contemporary (Propers 1 traditional / contemporary and 2 traditional / contemporary being used on the weekdays of Pentecost and Trinity weeks). If the Sunday after Trinity Sunday is June 13, the sequence begins with Proper 6 traditional / contemporary (Propers 1 traditional / contemporary through 3 traditional / contemporary being omitted that year, and Propers 4 traditional / contemporary and 5 traditional / contemporary being used in Pentecost and Trinity weeks). See also the Table on pages 884- 885.

The Collect appointed for any Sunday or other Feast may be used at the evening service of the day before.

Directions concerning the Common of Saints and services for Various Occasions are on pages 195, 199, 246 and 251.

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Collects: Traditional

Seasons of the Year

 

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

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Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional winter Ember Days.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son Jesus Christ cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day

December 25

O God, who makest us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

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O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

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Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Collect immediately preceding and any of the sets of Proper Lessons for Christmas Day serve for any weekdays between Holy Innocents’ Day and the First Sunday after Christmas Day.

 

First Sunday after Christmas Day

This Sunday takes precedence over the three Holy Days which follow Christmas Day. As necessary, the observance of one, two, or all three of them, is postponed one day.

Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word: Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

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The Holy Name

January 1

Eternal Father, who didst give to thine incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we beseech thee, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, even our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

Second Sunday after Christmas Day

O God, who didst wonderfully creat, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Epiphany

January 6

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only- begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

The preceding Collect, with the Psalm and Lessons for the Epiphany, or those for the Second Sunday after Christmas, serves for weekdays between the Epiphany and the following Sunday. The Preface of the Epiphany is used.

 

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First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that thy people, illumined by thy Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and in our time grant us thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us, we beseech thee, the liberty of that abundant life which thou hast manifested to us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, give us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour {p. 165} into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

Most loving Father, who willest us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of thee, and to cast all our care on thee who carest for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, ang grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which thou hast manifested to us in 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.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

This Proper is always used on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday

O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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Ash Wednesday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 264.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

This Collect, with the corresponding Psalm and Lessons, also serves for the weekdays which follow, except as otherwise appointed.

 

First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional spring Ember Days.

 

Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astry from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ {p. 167} thy Son; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 Preface of Lent

 

Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which giveth life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

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Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 270.

Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be make partakers of his resurrection; 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 Holy Week

 

Monday in Holy Week

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 that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

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Wednesday in Holy Week

O Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: Give us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Maundy Thursday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 274.

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Good Friday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 276.

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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Holy Saturday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 283.

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Easter Day

The Liturgy of the Easter Vigil is on page 285.

O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

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O God, who didst make this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in thy Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship thee in sincerity and truth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

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Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the {p. 171} day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Monday in Easter Week

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Tuesday in Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Wednesday in Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; 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.

 

Preface of Easter

 

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Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 Easter

 

Friday in Easter Week

Almighty Father, who hast given thy only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: Give us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Saturday in Easter Week

We thank thee, heavenly Father, for that thous hast delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and hast brought us into the kingdom of thy Son; and we pray that, as by his death he hath recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to joys eternal; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s {p. 173} Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 Easter

 

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; 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.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week are the traditional Rogation Days.

 

Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

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Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell; who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension

 

Either of the preceding Collects, with the proper Psalm and Lessons for Ascension Day, serves for the following weekdays, except as otherwise appointed.

 

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Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us to the same place where our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension

 

The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

When a Vigil of Pentecost is observed, it begins with the Service of Light, page 109 (substituting, if desired, the Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional or Canticle 20 contemporary) for the Phos hilaron (traditional / contemporary)), and continues with the Salutation and Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary). Three or more of the appointed Lessons are read before the Gospel, each followed by a Psalm, Canticle 1-7 / 8-21), or hymn. Holy Baptism or Confirmation (beginning with the Presentation of the Candidates), or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, page 292, follows the Sermon.

Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost

 

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On the weekdays which follow, the numbered Proper which corresponds most closely to the date of Pentecost in that year is used. See page 158.

 

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional summer Ember Days.

 

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of thy Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee that thou wouldst keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see thee in thy one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

On the weekdays which follow, the numbered Proper which corresponds most closely to the date of Trinity Sunday in that year is used.

 

The Season after Pentecost

Directions for the use of the Propers which follow are on page 158.

 

Proper 1

Week of the Sunday closest to May 11

Remember, O Lord, what thou hast wrought in us and not what we deserve; and, as thou hast called us to thy service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our {p. 177} Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

No Proper Preface is used.

 

Proper 2

Week of the Sunday closest to May 18

Almighty and merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in body and soul, may with free hearts accomplish those things which belong to thy purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

No Proper Preface is used.

 

Proper 3

The Sunday closest to May 25

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by thy providence; and that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 4

The Sunday closest to June 1

O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 5

The Sunday closest to June 8

O God, from whom all good doth come: Grant that by thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 6

The Sunday closest to June 15

Keep, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy household the Church in thy steadfast faith and love, that through thy grace we may proclaim thy truth with boldness, and minister thy justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 7

The Sunday closest to June 22

O Lord, we beseech thee, make us have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 8

The Sunday closest to June 29

O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an {p. 179} holy temple acceptable unto thee; 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 the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 9

The Sunday closest to July 6

O God, who hast taught us to keep all thy commandments by loving thee and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to thee with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 10

The Sunday closest to July 13

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 11

The Sunday closest to July 20

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 12

The Sunday closest to July 27

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 13

The Sunday closest to August 3

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succor, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Proper 14

The Sunday closest to August 10

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot exist without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 15

The Sunday closest to August 17

Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor {p. 181} ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 16

The Sunday closest to August 24

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirt, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 17

The Sunday closest to August 31

Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 18

The Sunday closest to September 7

Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in you with all our heart; for, as thou dost alway resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so thou dost not forsake those who make their boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 19

The Sunday closest to September 14

O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

The Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after September 14 are the traditional autumnal Ember Days.

 

Proper 20

The Sunday closest to September 21

Grant us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to cleave to those that shall abide; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 21

The Sunday closest to September 28

O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running to obtain thy promises, may be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 22

The Sunday closest to October 5

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of {p. 183} thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 23

The Sunday closest to October 12

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 24

The Sunday closest to October 19

Almighty and everlasting God, who in Christ hast revealed thy glory among the nations: Preserve the works of thy mercy, that thy Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of thy Name; 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 the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 25

The Sunday closest to October 26

Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 26

The Sunday closest to November 2

Almighty and merciful God, of whose only thy gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service: Grant, we beseech thee, that we may run without stumbling to obtain thy heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 27

The Sunday closest to November 9

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 28

The Sunday closest to November 16

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 29

The Sunday closest to November 23

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day, or of Baptism

Holy Days

Saint Andrew

November 30

Almighty God, who didst give such grace to thine apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of thy Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by thy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Thomas

December 21

Everliving God, who didst strengthen thy apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

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Saint Stephen

December 26

We give the thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to thy Son Jesus Christ, who standeth at thy right hand; where he liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

Saint John

December 27

Shed upon thy Church, we beseech thee, O Lord, the brightness of thy light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of thine apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Holy Innocents

December 28

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, , one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

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Confession of Saint Peter

January 18

Almighty Father, who didst inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25

O God, who, by the preaching of thine apostle Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Presentation

February 2

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by the same Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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Saint Matthias

February 24

O Almighty God, who in the place of Judas didst chose thy faithful servant Matthias to of the number of the Twelve: Grant that thy Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Joseph

March 19

O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thy incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to thy commands; 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 the Epiphany

 

The Annunciation

March 25

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts, that we who have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Saint Mark

April 25

Almighty God, who by the hand of Mark the evangelist hast given to thy Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of {p. 189} God: We thank thee for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; 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 All Saints

 

Saint Philip and Saint James

May 1

Almighty God, who didst give to thine apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Visitation

May 31

Father in heaven, by whose grace the virgin mother of thy incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping thy word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to thy will; 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 the Epiphany

 

Saint Barnabas

June 11

Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of thy faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well-being of thy Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

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The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, after his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

June 29

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that thy Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by thy Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Independence Day

July 4

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Collect “For the Nation,” page 207, may be used instead.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

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Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by thy grace we may be healed of all our infirmities and know thee in the power of his endless life; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint James

July 25

O gracious God, we remember before thee this day thy servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that thou wilt pour out upon the leaders of thy Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among thy people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Transfiguration

August 6

O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses thy well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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Saint Mary the Virgin

August 15

O God, you have taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; 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.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

Saint Bartholomew

August 24

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to thine apostle Bartholomew grace and truly to believe and preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church to love what he believed and to preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Holy Cross Day

September 14

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Saint Matthew

September 21

We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of thine apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of thy Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with {p. 193} ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Michael and All Angels

September 29

O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

Saint Luke

October 18

Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of thy Name; 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.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint James of Jerusalem

October 23

Grant, we beseech thee, O God, that after the example of thy servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, thy Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

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Saint Simon and Saint Jude

October 28

O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

All Saint’s Day

November 1

Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

For the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), the Litany of Thanksgiving on page 836 may be used.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

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The 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

Almighty God, who didst give 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 himwith 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 you for thy servant N., whom you called 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 the following

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

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 {p. 197} 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

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 you, 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 flame 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 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 {p. 199} 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 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

Various Occasions

 

For optional use, when desire, subject to the rules set forth in the Calendar of the Church Year.

 

1. Of the Holy Trinity

Almighty God, who hast revealed to thy Church thine eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace to continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of the, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

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2. Of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and most merciful God, grant, we beseech thee, that by the indwelling of thy Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost

 

3. Of the Holy Angels

O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

4. Of the Incarnation

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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5. Of the Holy Eucharist

Especially suitable for Thursdays

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament hath left unto us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

6. Of the Holy Cross

Especially suitable for Fridays

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage, we beseech thee, to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

7. For all Baptized Christians

Especially suitable for Saturdays

Grant, O Lord God, to all who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, that, as we have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism

 

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8. For the Departed

O eternal Lord God, who holdest all souls in life: Give, we beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth thy light and thy peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of those who have served you here and are now at rest, may at the last enter with them into thine unending joy; through 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

Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant N.; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive him more and more into thy joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served thee in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Any of the Collects appointed for use at the Burial of the Dead (Rite 1 / Rite 2) may be used instead.

 

For the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), one of the forms appointed for the Burial of the Dead (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used.

 

Preface of the Commemoration of the Dead

 

The postcommunion prayer on page 498 may be used.

 

9. Of the Reign of Christ

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of {p. 203} lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension, or of Baptism

 

10. At Baptism

Almighty God, who by our baptism into the death and resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ dost turn us from the old life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism

 

11. At Confirmation

Grant, Almighty God, that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our baptism into the death and resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed in thy Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of Pentecost

 

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12. On the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church

Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer: We give thee thanks for the fellowship of those who have worshiped in this place, and we pray that all who seek thee here may find thee, and be filled with thy joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Litany of Thanksgiving for a Church, page 578, may be used for the Prayers of the People.

Preface of the Dedication of a Church

 

13. For a Church Convention

Almighty and everlasting Father, who hast given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we beseech thee, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity here (or now, or soon to be) assembled in thy Name, that thy Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, thy Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost or of the Season

 

14. For the Unity of the Church

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, even as thou and he are one: Grant that thy Church, being bound together in love and obedience to thee, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom thou {p. 205} didst send, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of Trinity Sunday

 

15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

For use on the traditional days or at other times

 

I. For those to be ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are [now] called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry

O God, who didst lead thy holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that thy Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of thy kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

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III. For all Chistians in their vocation

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 devoutly serve thee; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of the Season

 

16. For the Mission of the Church

O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent 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, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God of all the nations of the earth: Remember the multitudes who have been created in thine image but have not known the redeeming work of our Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that, by the prayers and labors of thy holy Church, they may be brought to know and worship thee as thou hast been revealed in thy Son; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season or of Pentecost

 

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17. For the Nation

Lord God Almighty, who hast made all the peoples of the earth for thy glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with thy gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Collect for Independence Day may be used instead.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

18. For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we beseech thee, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with thy wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity thy dominion may increase till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

19. For Rogation Days

For use on the traditional days or at other times

 

I. For fruitful seasons

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that thy gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who constantly receive good things from thy hand, may always give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

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II. For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with thy people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to thy will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

III. For stewardship of creation

O merciful Creator, thy hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us, we beseech thee, ever thankful for thy loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

20. For the Sick

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve thy sick servants, and give thy power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those (or N., or NN.) for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in thy loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

The postcommunion prayer on page 457 may be used.

 

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21. For Social Justice

Almighty God, who hast created us in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

22. For Social Service

O Lord our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless, we beseech thee, all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, the same thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

23. For Education

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by thy Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of thy truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

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24. For Vocation in Daily Work

Almighty God our heavenly Father, who declarest thy glory and showest forth thy handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us, we beseech thee, in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work which thou givest us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one that serveth, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

25. For Labor Day

Almighty God, who hast so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

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Collects: Contemporary

Seasons of the Year

 

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

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Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional winter Ember Days.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day

December 25

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

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or this

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Collect immediately preceding and any of the sets of Proper Lessons for Christmas Day serve for any weekdays between Holy Innocents’ Day and the First Sunday after Christmas Day.

 

First Sunday after Christmas Day

This Sunday takes precedence over the three Holy Days which follow Christmas Day. As necessary, the observance of one, two, or all three of them, is postponed one day.

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Holy Name

January 1

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

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Second Sunday after Christmas Day

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, you Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Epiphany

January 6

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

The preceding Collect, with the Psalm and Lessons for the Epiphany, or those for the Second Sunday after Christmas, serves for weekdays between the Epiphany and the following Sunday. The Preface of the Epiphany is used.

 

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all {p. 217} our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany or of the Lord’s Day

 

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

This Proper is always used on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Ash Wednesday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 264.

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

This Collect, with the corresponding Psalm and Lessons, also serves for the weekdays which follow, except as otherwise appointed.

 

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First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional spring Ember Days.

 

Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Lent

 

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 270.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

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Monday in Holy Week

Almighty God, whose 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 that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Wednesday in Holy Week

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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Maundy Thursday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 274.

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Good Friday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 276.

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Holy Saturday

The Proper Liturgy for this day is on page 283.

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Easter Day

The Liturgy of the Easter Vigil is on page 285.

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Monday in Easter Week

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to {p. 223} everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Tuesday in Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Wednesday in Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

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Friday in Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Saturday in Easter Week

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives {p. 225} and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Easter

 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week are the traditional Rogation Days.

 

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Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

or this

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension

 

Either of the preceding Collects, with the proper Psalm and Lessons for Ascension Day, serves for the following weekdays, except as otherwise appointed.

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension

 

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The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

When a Vigil of Pentecost is observed, it begins with the Service of Light, page 109 (substituting, if desired, the Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional or Canticle 20 contemporary) for the Phos hilaron (traditional / contemporary), and continues with the Salutation and Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary). Three or more of the appointed Lessons are read before the Gospel, each followed by a Psalm, Canticle (1-7 / 8-21), or hymn. Holy Baptism or Confirmation (beginning with the Presentation of the Candidates), or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, page 292, follows the Sermon.

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost

 

On the weekdays which follow, the numbered Proper which corresponds most closely to the date of Pentecost in that year is used. See page 158.
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional summer Ember Days.

 

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First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

On the weekdays which follow, the numbered Proper which corresponds most closely to the date of Trinity Sunday in that year is used.

 

The Season after Pentecost

Directions for the use of the Propers which follow are on page 158.

 

Proper 1

Week of the Sunday closest to May 11

Remember, O Lord, what you have wrought in us and not what we deserve; and, as you have called us to your service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

No Proper Preface is used.

 

Proper 2

Week of the Sunday closest to May 18

Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready {p. 229} both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

No Proper Preface is used.

 

Proper 3

The Sunday closest to May 25

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 4

The Sunday closest to June 1

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 5

The Sunday closest to June 8

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 6

The Sunday closest to June 15

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 7

The Sunday closest to June 22

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 8

The Sunday closest to June 29

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 9

The Sunday closest to July 6

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to your with our whole {p. 231} heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 10

The Sunday closest to July 13

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 11

The Sunday closest to July 20

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 12

The Sunday closest to July 27

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 13

The Sunday closest to August 3

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Proper 14

The Sunday closest to August 10

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 15

The Sunday closest to August 17

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 16

The Sunday closest to August 24

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; {p. 233} through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 17

The Sunday closest to August 31

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 18

The Sunday closest to September 7

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 19

The Sunday closest to September 14

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

The Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after September 14 are the traditional autumnal Ember Days.

 

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Proper 20

The Sunday closest to September 21

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 21

The Sunday closest to September 28

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 22

The Sunday closest to October 5

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 23

The Sunday closest to October 12

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; {p. 235} through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 24

The Sunday closest to October 19

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 25

The Sunday closest to October 26

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 26

The Sunday closest to November 2

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

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Proper 27

The Sunday closest to November 9

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 28

The Sunday closest to November 16

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day

 

Proper 29

The Sunday closest to November 23

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Lord’s Day, or of Baptism

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Holy Days

 

Saint Andrew

November 30

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Thomas

December 21

Everliving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with youo and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Stephen

December 26

We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

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Saint John

December 27

Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

The Holy Innocents

December 28

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

Confession of Saint Peter

January 18

Almighty Father, who inspired Saint Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25

O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: {p. 239} Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Presentation

February 2

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Saint Matthias

February 24

Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Joseph

March 19

O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

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The Annunciation

March 25

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Saint Mark

April 25

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint Philip and Saint James

May 1

Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Visitation

May 31

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who {p. 241} lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Saint Barnabas

June 11

Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well-being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Advent

 

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

June 29

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

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Independence Day

July 4

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Collect “For the Nation,” page 258, may be used instead.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint James

July 25

O gracious God, we remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

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The Transfiguration

August 6

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

Saint Mary the Virgin

August 15

O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Incarnation

 

Saint Bartholomew

August 24

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace and truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

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Holy Cross Day

September 14

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

Saint Matthew

September 21

We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

Saint Michael and All Angels

September 29

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

Saint Luke

October 18

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power {p. 245} to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint James of Jerusalem

October 23

Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

Saint Simon and Saint Jude

October 28

O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

All Saint’s Day

November 1

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

 

Preface of All Saints

 

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Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

For the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), the Litany of Thanksgiving on page 836 may be used.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

The 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

Almighty God, who gave your servant N. boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers {p. 247} 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 our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

or this

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

Amen.

 

or this

Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr N.: Grant to us, your 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 lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of a Saint

 

Of a Missionary

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant N., whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of ______ (or to the ______ people). Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or the following

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Almighty God, whose will it is to be glorified in your saints, and who raised up your servant N. to be a light in the world; Shine, we pray, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may show forth your praise, who called us out of darkness into your marvelous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost

 

Of a Pastor

Heavenly Father, Shepherd of your people, we thank you for your servant N., who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by your grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

or this

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

Amen.

 

Preface of a Saint

 

Of a Theologian and Teacher

O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom, to others the world of knowledge, and to others the word of faith: We praise your Name for the gifts of grace {p. 249} manifested in your servant N., and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

or this

Almighty God, you gave to your servant N. special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of a Saint or of Trinity Sunday

 

Of a Monastic

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

Amen.

 

or this

O God, by whose grace your servant N., kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of a Saint

 

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Of a Saint

Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant N., may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with him attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, you have 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 partakers of their joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

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

Amen.

 

Preface of a Saint

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Various Occasions

 

For optional use, when desire, subject to the rules set forth in the Calendar of the Church Year.

 

1. Of the Holy Trinity

Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace to continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

2. Of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost

 

3. Of the Holy Angels

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

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4. Of the Incarnation

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

5. Of the Holy Eucharist

Especially suitable for Thursdays

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Epiphany

 

6. Of the Holy Cross

Especially suitable for Fridays

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Holy Week

 

7. For all Baptized Christians

Especially suitable for Saturdays

Grant, Lord God, to all who have been baptized into the {p. 253} death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, that, as we have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism

 

8. For the Departed

Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of those who have served you here and are now at rest, may at the last enter with them into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant N.; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Any of the Collects appointed for use at the Burial of the Dead (Rite 1 / Rite 2) may be used instead.
For the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), one of the forms appointed for the Burial of the Dead (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used.

 

Preface of the Commemoration of the Dead

 

The postcommunion prayer on page 498 may be used.

 

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9. Of the Reign of Christ

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Ascension, or of Baptism

 

10. At Baptism

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism

 

11. At Confirmation

Grant, Almighty God, that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed in your Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of Pentecost

 

12. On the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church

Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer: We give you thanks for the fellowship {p. 255} of those who have worshiped in this place, and we pray that all who seek you here may find you, and be filled with your joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Litany of Thanksgiving for a Church, page 578, may be used for the Prayers of the People.

 

Preface of the Dedication of a Church

 

13. For a Church Convention

Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity here (or now, or soon to be) assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Pentecost or of the Season

 

14. For the Unity of the Church

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of Trinity Sunday

 

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15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

For use on the traditional days or at other times

 

I. For those to be ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in your Church: Give your grace, we humbly pray, to all who are [now] called to any office and ministry for your people; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great Name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Apostles

 

II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry

O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

III. For all Chistians in their vocation

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 {p. 257} you for all members of you holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of Baptism, or of the Season

 

16. For the Mission of the Church

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, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God of all the nations of the earth: Remember the multitudes who have been created in your image but have not known the redeeming work of our Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that, by the prayers and labors of your holy Church, they may be brought to know and worship you as you have been revealed in your Son; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season or of Pentecost

 

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17. For the Nation

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Collect for Independence Day may be used instead.

 

Preface of Trinity Sunday

 

18. For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

19. For Rogation Days

For use on the traditional days or at other times
I. For fruitful seasons

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you {p. 259} thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

II. For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

III. For stewardship of creation

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

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20. For the Sick

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those (or N., or NN.) for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

The postcommunion prayer on page 457 may be used.

 

21. For Social Justice

Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

22. For Social Service

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

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23. For Education

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

 

24. For Vocation in Daily Work

Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

25. For Labor Day

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Preface of the Season

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Proper Liturgies for Special Days

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Ash Wednesday

 

On this day, the Celebrant begins the liturgy with the Salutation and the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary).

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wickedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Old Testament

Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17, or Isaiah 58: 1-12

 

Psalm

103, or 103: 8-14

 

Epistle

2 Corinthians 5: 20b-6: 10

 

Gospel

Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

 

After the Sermon, all stand, and the Celebrant or Minister appointed invites the people to the observance of a holy Lent, saying

 

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a {p. 265} season of penitence and fasting. This is season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

 

Silence is then kept for a time, all kneeling.

 

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If ashes are to be imposed, the Celebrant says the following prayer

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Amen.

 

The ashes are imposed with the following words

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.]]

 

The following Psalm is then sung or said

 

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Psalm 51

Miserere mei, Deus

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness * and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother’s womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.

12 Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13 Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

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14 I shall teach your ways to the wicked, * and sinners shall return to you.

15 Deliver me from death, O God, * and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.

16 Open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

17 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice; * but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

18 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; * a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

 

Litany of Penitence

The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

 

The Celebrant continues

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

Have mercy on us, Lord.

 

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy on us, Lord.

 

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We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

We confess to you, Lord.

 

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,

We confess to you, Lord.

 

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

We confess to you, Lord.

 

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

We confess to you, Lord.

 

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

We confess to you, Lord.

 

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

Accept our repentance, Lord.

 

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.

 

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.

 

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;

Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

 

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

That we may show forth your glory in the world.

 

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By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

 

The Bishop, if present, or the Priest, stands and, facing the people, says

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.

Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

A deacon or lay reader leading the service remains kneeling and substitutes the prayer for forgiveness appointed at Morning Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two).

 

The Peace is then exchanged.

 

In the absence of a bishop or priest, all that precedes may be led by a deacon or lay reader.

 

The Litany of Penitence may be used at other times, and may be preceded by an appropriate invitation and a penitential psalm.

 

When Communion follows, the service continues with the Offertory (Rite One / Rite Two).

 

Preface of Lent (traditional / contemporary)

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The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

 

The Liturgy of the Palms

When circumstances permit, the congregation may gather at a place apart from the church, so that all may go into the church in procession.

 

The branches of palm or of other trees or shrubs to be carried in the procession may be distributed to the people before the service, or after the prayer of blessing.

 

The following or some other suitable anthem is sung or said, the people standing

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

 

Celebrant

Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Here a Deacon or other person appointed reads one of the following

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Year A: Matthew 21: 1-11

Year B: Mark 11: 1-11a

Year C: Luke 19: 29-40

 

The Celebrant then says the following blessing

 

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Celebrant

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

 

People

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The following or some other suitable anthem may then be sung or said

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Procession
Deacon

Let us go forth in peace.

 

People

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

During the procession, all hold branches in their hands, and appropriate hymns, psalms, or anthems are sung, such as the hymn “All glory, laid, and honor” and Psalm 118: 19-29.

 

At a suitable place, the procession may halt while the following or some other appropriate Collect is said

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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.

 

In the absence of a bishop or priest, the preceding service may be led by a deacon or lay reader.

 

At services on this day other than the principal celebration, suitable portions of the preceding may be used.

 

At the Eucharist

When the Liturgy of the Palms immediately precedes the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), the celebration begins with the Salutation and Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary)

 

Let us pray.

 

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Old Testament

Isaiah 45: 21-25, or Isaiah 52: 13—53: 12

 

Psalm

22: 1-21, or 22: 1-11

 

Epistle

Philippians 2: 5-11

 

The Passion Gospel is announced in the following manner

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to ______.

 

The customary reponses before and after the Gospel are omitted.

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Year A: Matthew 26: 36—27: 54(55-66) or 27: 1-54(55-66)

Year B: Mark 14: 32—15: 39(40-47) or 15: 1-39(40-47)

Year C: Luke 22: 39—23: 49(50-56) or 23: 1-49(50-56)

 

The Passion Gospel may be read or chanted by different persons. Specific roles may be assigned to different persons, the congregation taking the part of the crowd.
The congregation may be seated for the first part of the Passion. At the verse which mentions the arrival at Golgotha (Matthew 27: 33, Mark 15: 22, Luke 23: 33) all stand.
When the Liturgy of the Palms has preceded, the Nicene Creed and the Confession of Sin may be omitted at this service.

 

Preface of Holy Week (traditional / contemporary)

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Maundy Thursday

 

The Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) begins in the usual manner, using the following Collect, Psalm, and Lessons

 

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Old Testament

Exodus 12: 1-14a

 

Psalm

78: 14-20, 23-25

 

Epistle

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26(27-32)

 

Gospel

John 13: 1-15, or Luke 22: 14-30

 

When observed, the ceremony of the washing of feet appropriately follows the Gospel and homily.

 

During the ceremony, the following or other words may be sung or said

The Lord Jesus, after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, “Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done.”

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Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

 

I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

 

By this shall the world know that you are my disciples: That you have love for one another.

 

The service continues with the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI).
Where it is desired to administer Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament on Good Friday, the Sacrament for that purpose is consecrated at this service.

 

Preface of Holy Week (traditional / contemporary)

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Good Friday

 

On this day the ministers enter in silence.

 

All then kneel for silent prayer, after which the Celebrant stands and begins the liturgy with the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary).

 

Immediately before the Collect, the Celebrant may say

Blessed be our God.

 

People

For ever and ever. Amen.

 

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Old Testament

Isaiah 52: 13—53: 12, or Genesis 22: 1-18, or Wisdom 2: 1, 12-24

 

Psalm

22: 1-11(12-21), or 40: 1-14, or 69: 1-23

 

Epistle

Hebrews 10: 1-25

 

The Passion Gospel is announced in the following manner

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The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

The customary responses before and after the Gospel are omitted.

 

John 18: 1—19: 37 or 19: 1-37

 

The Passion Gospel may be read or chanted by lay persons. Specific roles may be assigned to different persons, the congregation taking the part of the crowd.
The congregation may be seated for the first part of the Passion. At the verse which mentions the arrival at Golgotha (John 19: 17) all stand.

 

The Sermon follows.

 

A hymn may then be sung.

 

The Solemn Collects

All standing, the Deacon, or other person appointed, says to the people

Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life.

We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their needs.

 

In the biddings which follow, the indented portions may be adapted by addition or omission, as appropriate, at the discretion of the Celebrant. The people may be directed to stand or kneel.
The biddings may be read by a Deacon or other person appointed. The Celebrant says the Collects.

 

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Let us pray for the holy Catholic Church of Christ throughout the world;

 

For its unity in witness and service

For all bishops and other ministers and the people whom they serve

For N., our Bishop, and all the people of this diocese

For all Christians in this community

For those about to be baptized (particularly ______.)

That God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace.

 

Silence

 

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 member 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.

 

Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those in authority among them;

 

For N., the President of the United States

For the Congress and the Supreme Court

For the Members and Representatives of the United Nations

For all who serve the common good

 

That by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord.

 

Silence

 

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may {p. 279} increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;

 

For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute and the oppressed

For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled

For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish

For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair

For the sorrowful and bereaved

For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger

 

That God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs.

 

Silence

 

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;

 

For those who have never heard the word of salvation

For those who have lost their faith

For those hardened by sin or indifference

For the contemptuous and the scornful

For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and persecutors of his disciples

For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others

 

That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and obedience.

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Silence

 

Merciful God, Creater of all the peoples of the earth and lover of souls: Have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Let us commit ourselves to God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection.

 

Silence

 

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The service may be concluded here with the singing of a hymn or anthem, the Lord’s Prayer, and the final prayer on page 282.

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If desired, a wooden cross may now be brought into the church and placed in the sight of the people.

 

Appropriate devotions may follow, which may include any or all of the following, or other suitable anthems. If the texts are recited rather than sung, the congregation reads the parts in italics.

 

Anthem 1

We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and praise and glorify your holy resurrection; for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

 

May God be merciful to us and bless us, show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.

 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise and glorify your holy resurrection; for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.

 

Anthem 2

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him.

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Anthem 3

O Savior of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:

Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

 

The hymn “Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,” or some other hymn extolling the glory of the cross, is then sung.
The service may be concluded here with the Lord’s Prayer and the final prayer below.
In the absence of a bishop or priest, all that precedes may be led by a deacon or lay reader.
In places where Holy Communion is to be administered from the reserved Sacrament, the following order is observed

 

A Confession of Sin

The Lord’s Prayer

The Communion

 

The service concludes with the following prayer. No blessing or dismissal is added.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

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Holy Saturday

 

There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.

 

When there is a Liturgy of the word, the Celebrant begins with the Collect of the Day (traditional / contemporary)

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Old Testament

Job 14: 1-14

 

Psalm

130, or 31: 1-5

 

Epistle

1 Peter 4: 1-8

 

Gospel

Matthew 27: 57-66, or John 19: 38-42

 

After the Gospel (and homily), in place of the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), the Anthem “In the midst of life” (page 484 or 492) is sung or said.
The service then concludes with the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace.

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The Great Vigil of Easter

Concerning the Vigil

The Great Vigil, when observed, is the first service of Easter Day. It is celebrated at a convenient time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning.

The service normally consists of four parts:

 

1. The Service of Light.

2. The Service of Lessons.

3. Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

4. The Holy Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) with the administration of Easter Communion.

 

It is customary for all the ordained ministry present, together with lay readers, singers, and other persons, to take active parts in the service.

The bishop, when present, is the chief celebrant, presides at Baptism and administers Communion, and normally preaches the sermon.

The priests who are present share among them the reading of the Collects which follow each Lesson, and assist at Baptism and the Eucharist . In the absence of a bishop, a priest presides at the service.

It is the prerogative of a deacon to carry the Paschal Candle to its place, and to chant the Exsultet. Deacons likewise assist at Baptism and the Eucharist according to their order.

Lay persons should read the Lessons and the Epistle, and assist in other ways. A lay person may be assigned to chant the Exsultet. It is desirable that each Lesson be read by a different reader.

In the absence of a bishop or priest, a deacon or lay reader may lead the first two parts of the service, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the Ministry of the Word of the Vigil Eucharist, concluding with the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI), the Lord’s Prayer, and the Dismissal.

A deacon may also, when the services of a priest cannot be obtained, and with the authorization of the bishop, officiate at public Baptism; and may administer Easter Communion from the Sacrament previously consecrated.

When the Vigil is not celebrated, the Service of Light may take place at a convenient time before the Liturgy on Easter Day.

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The Great Vigil of Easter

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

In the darkness, fire is kindled; after which the Celebrant may address the people in these or similar words

Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.

 

The Celebrant may say the following prayer

Let us pray.

O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Paschal Candle is then lighted from the newly kindled fire, and the Deacon (the Celebrant if there is no deacon) bearing the Candle, leads the procession to the chancel, pausing three times and singing or saying

The light of Christ.

 

People

Thanks be to God.

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If candles have been distributed to members of the congregation, they are lighted from the Paschal Candle at this time. Other candles and lamps in the church, except for those at the Altar, may also be lighted.

 

The Paschal Candle placed in its stand.

 

Then the Deacon, or other person appointed, standing near the Candle, sings or says the Exsultet, as follows (the indicated sections may be omitted)

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels,

and let your trumpets shout Salvation

for the victory of our mighty King.

 

Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth,

bright with a glorious splendour,

for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.

 

Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church,

and let your holy courts, in radiant light,

resound with the praises of your people.

 

[[All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame,

pray with me to God the Almighty

for the grace to sing the worthy praise of this great light;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.]]

 

The Lord be with you.

 

Answer

And also with you.

 

Deacon

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

 

Answer

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Deacon

It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our {p. 287} whole heart and mind to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.

This is the night, when you brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.

This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.

This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.

 

[[How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a Son.]]

 

[[How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord.]]

 

[[How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God.]]

 

Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning—he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

It is customary that the Paschal Candle burn at all services from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost.

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The Liturgy of the Word

The Celebrant may introduce the Scripture readings in these or similar words

Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.

 

At least two of the following Lessons are read, of which one is always the Lesson from Exodus. After each Lesson, the Psalm or Canticle listed, or some other suitable psalm, canticle, or hymn may be sung. A period of silence may be kept; and the Collect provided, or some other suitable Collect, may be said.

 

The story of Creation

Genesis 1: 1—2: 2

 

Psalm 33: 1-11, or Psalm 36: 5-10

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Flood

Genesis 7: 1-5, 11-18; 8: 8-18; 9: 8-13

 

Psalm 46

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

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Almighty God, you have placed in the skies the sign of your covenant with all living things: Grant that we, who are saved through water and the Spirit, may worthily offer to you our sacrifice of thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac

Genesis 22: 1-18

 

Psalm 33: 12-22, or Psalm 16

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

God and Father of all believers, for the glory of your Name multiply, by the grace of the Paschal sacrament, the number of your children; that your Church may rejoice to see fulfilled your promise to our father Abraham; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea

Exodus 14: 10—15: 1

 

Canticle 8, The Song of Moses

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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God’s Presence in a renewed Israel

Isaiah 4: 2-6

 

Psalm 122

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

O God, you led your ancient people by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Grant that we, who serve you now on earth, may come to the joy of that heavenly Jerusalem, where all tears are wiped away and where your saints for ever sing your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Salvation offered freely to all

Isaiah 55: 1-11

 

Canticle 9, The First Song of Isaiah, or Psalm 42: 1-7

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

O God, you have created all things by the power of your Word, and you renew the earth by your Spirit: Give now the water of life to those who thirst for you, that they may bring forth abundant fruit in your glorious kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

A new heart and a new spirit

Ezekiel 36: 24-28

 

Psalm 42: 1-7, or Canticle 9, The First Song of Isaiah

 

Let us pray.

(Silence)

 

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Amen.

 

The valley of dry bones

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

 

Psalm 30, or Psalm 143

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

Almighty God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness and out of death into life: Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and the power to proclaim you to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The gathering of God’s people

Zephaniah 3: 12-20

 

Psalm 98, or Psalm 126

 

Let us pray

(Silence)

 

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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A homily may be preached after any of the preceding Readings.
Holy Baptism (beginning with the Presentation of the Candidates, page 305, and concluding with the reception of the newly baptized) may be administered here or after the Gospel. Confirmation may also be administered.

 

The Celebrant may first address the people in these or similar words, all standing

Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Celebrant

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

 

People

I do.

 

Celebrant

Do you believe in God the Father?

 

People

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

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Celebrant

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

 

People

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.

 

Celebrant

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

 

People

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.

 

Celebrant

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

 

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord

 

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

 

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

 

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

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Celebrant

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

 

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

At the Eucharist

The candles at the Altar may now be lighted from the Paschal Candle.

 

One of the following Canticles is then sung. Immediately before the Canticle the Celebrant may say to the people

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

The Canticles

Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional / Canticle 20 contemporary)

Te Deum laudamus (Canticle 7 traditional / Canticle 21 contemporary)

Pascha nostrum “Christ our Passover” (traditional / contemporary)

 

The Celebrant then says

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Celebrant

Let us pray.

 

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The Celebrant says one of the following Collects

Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only- begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

or this

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Epistle

Romans 6: 3-11

 

”Alleluia” may be sung and repeated.

 

Psalm

114

or some other suitable psalm or a hymn may be sung.

 

Gospel

Matthew 28: 1-10

 

If a sermon or homily was not preached earlier, it follows here.
The Nicene Creed is not used at this service
Holy Baptism, Confirmation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows may take place here.
The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI).

 

Preface of Easter (traditional / contemporary)

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Holy Baptism

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Holy Baptism

Concerning the Service

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.

Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast.

The bishop, when present, is the celebrant; and is expected to preach the Word and preside at Baptism and the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two). At Baptism, the bishop officiates at the Presentation and Examination of Candidates; says the Thanksgiving over the Water; [consecrates the Chrism;] reads the prayer, “Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit;” and officiates at what follows.

In the absence of a bishop, a priest is the celebrant and presides at the service. If a priest uses Chrism in signing the newly baptized, it must have been previously consecrated by the bishop.

Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.

Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.

It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

Additional Directions are on page 312.

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Holy Baptism

 

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

 

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 

Celebrant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

 

Celebrant

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

 

People

His mercy endures for ever.

 

The Celebrant then continues

There is one Body and one Spirit;

 

People

There is one hope in God’s call to us;

 

Celebrant

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

 

People

One God and Father of all.

 

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Celebrant

Let us pray.

 

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The Collect of the Day

(traditional / contemporary)

People

Amen.

 

At the principal service on a Sunday or other feast, the Collect and Lessons are properly those of the Day. On other occasions, they are selected from “At Baptism.” (See Additional Directions, page 312.)

 

The Lessons

The people sit. 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 Reading, the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.

 

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or the Reader may say

Here ends the Reading (Epistle).

 

Silence may follow.

 

A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.

 

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to ______.

 

People

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

People

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

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The Sermon

Or the Sermon may be preached after the Peace.

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

 

The Celebrant says

The Candidate(s) for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

 

Adults and Older Children

The candidates who are able to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Sponsors, as follows

 

Sponsor

I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

The Celebrant asks each candidate when presented

Do you desire to be baptized?

 

Candidate

I do.

 

Infants and Younger Children

Then the candidates who are unable to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Parents and Godparents, as follows

 

Parents and Godparents

I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

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When all have been presented the Celebrant asks the parents and godparents

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

 

Parents and Godparents

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

 

Parents and Godparents

I will, with God’s help.

 

The the Celebrant asks the following questions of the candidates who can speak for themselves, and of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infants and younger children

 

Question

Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer

I renounce them.

 

Question

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer

I renounce them.

 

Question

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

Answer

I renounce them.

 

Question

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer

I do.

 

Question

Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer

I do.

 

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Question

Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Answer

I do.

 

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When there are others to be presented, the Bishop says

The other Candidate(s) will now be presented.

 

Presenters

I present these persons for Confirmation.

 

or

I present these persons to be received into this Communion.

 

or

I present these persons who desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows.

 

The Bishop asks the candidates

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

Candidate

I do.

 

Bishop

Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Candidate

I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.]]

 

After all have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

 

People

We will.

 

The Celebrant then says these or similar words

Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

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The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant

Do you believe in God the Father?

People

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

Celebrant

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People

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.

 

Celebrant

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People

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.

 

Celebrant

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

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Celebrant

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People

I will, with God’s help.

 

Prayers for the Candidates

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for these persons who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth [and for those (this person) who have renewed their commitment to Christ.]

 

A Person appointed leads tho following petitions

 

Leader

Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader

Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader

Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader

Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader

Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

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Leader

Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader

Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

The Celebrant says

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever.

Amen.

 

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Celebrant

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

 

People

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Celebrant

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, throught his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his {p. 307} fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

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Consecration of the Chrism

The Bishop may then consecrate oil of Chrism, placing a hand on the vessel of oil, and saying

Eternal Father, whose blessed Son was anointed by the Holy Spirit to be the Savior and servant of all, we pray you to consecrate this oil, that those who are sealed with it may share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

Amen.]]

The Baptism

 

Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, or to an assisting priest or deacon, who then immerses, or pours water upon, the candidate, saying

N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

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When this action has been completed for all candidates, the Bishop or Priest, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them, saying

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.

Amen.

 

Then the Bishop or Priest places a hand on the person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying to each one

N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever.

Amen.

 

Or this action may be done immediately after the administration of the water and before the preceding prayer.

 

When all have been baptized, the Celebrant says

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

 

Celebrant and People

We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

 

If Confirmation, Reception, or the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is not to follow, the Peace is now exchanged

 

Celebrant

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

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At Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation

The Bishop says to the congregation

Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment to Christ.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Then the Bishop says

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

For Confirmation

The Bishop lays hands upon each one and says

Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit; empower him for your service; and sustain him all the days of his life. Amen.

 

or this

Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace, that he may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to your everlasting kingdom.

Amen.

 

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For Reception

N., we recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of this Communion. God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you.

Amen.

 

For Reaffirmation

N., may the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom.

Amen.

 

Then the Bishop says

Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Peace is then exchanged

 

Bishop

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

At the Eucharist

The service then continues with the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI) or the Offertory of the Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two), at which the Bishop, when present, should be the princpal Celebrant.

 

Except on Principal Feasts, the Proper Preface of Baptism (traditional / contemporary) may be used.

 

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Alternative Ending

If there is no celebration of the Eucharist, the service continues with the Lord’s Prayer

 

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.

 

or

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.

 

The Celebrant then says

All praise and thanks to you, most merciful Father, for adopting us as your own children, for incorporating us into your holy Church, and for making us worthy to share in the inheritance of the saints in light; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Alms may be received and presented, and other prayers may be added, concluding with this prayer

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named, grant you to be strengthened with might by his Holy Spirit, that, Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith, you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Amen.

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Additional Directions

Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). It is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present.

If on any one of the above-named days the ministry of a bishop or priest cannot be obtained, the bishop may specially authorize a deacon to preside. In that case, the deacon omits the prayer over the candidates, page 308, and the formula and action which follow.

These omitted portions of the rite may be administered on some subsequent occasion of public baptism at which a bishop or priest presides.

If on the four days listed above there are no candidates for Baptism, the Renewal of Baptismal vows, page 292, may take the place of the Nicene Creed at the Eucharist.

If desired, the hymn Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional or Canticle 20 contemporary) may be sung immediately after the opening versicles and before the salutation “The Lord be with you.”

When a bishop is present, or on other occasions for sufficient reason, the Collect (traditional / contemporary) (page 203 or 254) and one or more of the Lessons provided for use at Baptism (page 928) may be substituted for the Proper of the Day.

Lay persons may act as readers, and it is appropriate for sponsors to be assigned this function. The petitions (page 303) map also be led by one of the sponsors.

The Nicene Creed is not used at this service.

If the Presentation of the Candidates does not take place at the font, then before or during the petitions (page 305), the ministers, candidates, and sponsors go to the font for the Thanksgiving over the Water.

If the movement to the font is a formal procession, a suitable psalm, such as Psalm 42, or a hymn or anthem, may be sung.

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Where practicable, the font is to be filled with clean water immediately before the Thanksgiving over the Water.

At the Thanksgiving over the Water, and at the administration of Baptism, the celebrant, whenever possible, should face the people across the font, and the sponsors should be so grouped that the people may have a clear view of the action.

After the Baptism, a candle (which may be lifted from the Paschal Candle) may be given to each of the newly baptized or to a godparent.

It may be found desirable to return to the front of the church for the prayer, “Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit,” and the ceremonies that follow it. A suitable psalm, such as Psalm 23, or a hymn or anthem, may be sung during the procession.

The oblations of bread and wine at the baptismal Eucharist (Rite One / Rite Two) may be presented by the newly baptized or their godparents.

 

Conditional Baptism

If there is reasonable doubt that a person has been baptized with water, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (which are the essential parts of Baptism), the person is baptized in the usual manner, but this form of words is used

If you are not already baptized, N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Emergency Baptism

In case of emergency, any baptized person may administer Baptism according to the following form.

 

Using the given name of the one baptized (if known), pour water on him or her, saying

I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

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The Lord’s Prayer is then said.

 

Other prayers, such as the following, may be added

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed on upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin and have raised him to the new life of grace. Strengthen him, O Lord, with your presence, enfold him in the arms of your mercy, and keep him safe forever.

 

The person who administers emergency Baptism should inform the priest of the appropriate parish, so that the fact can be properly recorded.
If the baptized person recovers, the Baptism should be recognized at a public celebration of the Sacrament with a bishop or priest presiding, and the person baptized under emergency conditions, together with the sponsors or godparents, taking part in everything except the administration of the water.

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The Holy Eucharist

 

The Liturgy for the Proclamation of the Word of God and Celebration of the Holy Communion

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An Exhortation

This Exhortation may be used, in whole or in part, either during the Liturgy or at other times. In the absence of a deacon or priest, this Exhortation may be read by a lay person. The people stand or sit.

 

Beloved in the Lord: Our Savior Christ, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood as a sign and pledge of his love, for the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, and for a spiritual sharing in his risen life. For in these holy Mysteries we are made one with Christ, and Christ with us; we are made one body in him, and members one of another.

Having in mind, therefore, his great love for us, and in obedience to his command, his Church renders to Almighty God our heavenly Father never-ending thanks for the creation of the world, for his continual providence over us, for his love for all mankind, and for the redemption of the world by our Savior Christ, who took upon himsely our flesh, and humbled himself even to death on the cross, that he might make us the children of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, and exalt us to everlasting life.

But if we are to share rightly in the celebration of those holy Mysteries, and be nourished by that spritual Food, we must remember the dignity of that holy Sacrament. I therefore call upon you to consider how Saint Paul exhorts all persons to prepare themselves carefully before eating of that Bread and drinking of that Cup.

For, as the benefit is great, if with penitent hearts and living faith we receive the holy Sacrament, so is the danger great, if we receive it improperly, not recognizing the Lord’s Body. Judge yourselves, therefore, lest you me judged by the Lord.

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Examine your lives and conduct by the rule of God’s commandments, that you may perceive wherein you have offended in what you have done or left undone, whether in thought, word, or deed. And acknowledge your sins before Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life, being ready to make restitution for all injuries and wrongs done by you to others; and also being ready to forgive those who have offended you, in order that you yourselves may be forgiven. And then, being reconciled with one another, come to the banquet of that most heavenly Food.

And if, in your preparation, you need help and counsel, then go and open your grief to a discreet and understanding priest, and confess your sins, that you may receive the benefit of absolution, and spiritual counsel and advice; to the removal of scruple and doubt, the assurance of pardon, and the strengthening of your faith.

To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood, and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory in the Church evermore. Through him let us offer continually the sacrifice of praise, which is our bounden duty and service, and, with faith in him, come boldly before the throne of grace [and humbly confess our sins to Almighty God].

The Decalogue: Traditional

God spake these words, and said: I am the Lord thy God who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

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Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Honor thy father and thy mother.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt do no murder.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt not commit adultry.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt not steal.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

 

Thou shalt not covet.

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

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A Penitential Order: Rite One

 

For use at the beginning of the Liturgy, or as a separate service.
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

 

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 

Celebrant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

 

Celebrant

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

 

People

His mercy endures for ever.

 

When used as a separate service, the Exhortation, page 316, may be read, or a homily preached.

 

The Decalogue (traditional / contemporary), page 317, may be said, the people kneeling.

 

The Celebrant may read one of the following sentences

Hear what our Lord Jesus saith:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22: 37-40

 

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If we say that 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 our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1: 8, 9

 

Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4: 14, 16

 

The Deacon or Celebrant then says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Minister and People

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved thee 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 thy will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

or this

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, {p. 321} 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 grand, 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 Bishop when present, or the Priest, 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 substitutes “us” for “you” and “our” for “your.”
When this Order is used at the beginning of the Liturgy, the service continues with the Kyrie eleison, the Trisagion, or the Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional or Canticle 20 contemporary).
When used separately, it concludes with suitable prayers, and the Grace or a blessing.

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite One

Concerning the Celebration

It is the bishop’s prerogative, when present, to be the principal celebrant at the Lord’s Table, and to preach the Gospel.

At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop or priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay persons.

It is appropriate that other priests present stand with the celebrant at the Altar, and join in the consecration of the gifts, in breaking the Bread, and in distributing Communion.

A deacon should read the Gospel and may lead the Prayers of the People. Deacons should also serve at the Lord’s Table, preparing and placing on it the offerings of bread and wine, and assisting in the ministration of the sacrament to the people. In the absence of a deacon, these duties may be performed by an assisting priest.

Lay persons appointed by the celebrant should normally be assigned the reading of the Lessons which precede the Gospel, and may lead the Prayers of the People (Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI).

Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used in place of all that precedes the Peace and the Offertory, provided that a lesson from the Gospel is always included, and that the intercessions conform to the directions given for the Prayers of the People.

Additional Directions are on page 406.

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite One

The Word of God

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

 

The people standing, the Celebrant may say

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 

Celebrant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions
Celebrant

Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins;

 

People

His mercy endureth for ever.

 

The Celebrant says

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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Then the Ten Commandments may be said, or the following

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

 

Here is sung or said (the Kyrie Eleison)

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

or

Kyrie eleison.

Christe eleison.

Kyrie eleison.

 

or this (the Trisagion)

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy upon us.

 

When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is sung or said, in addition to, or in place of, the preceding, all standing

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

We praise thee, we bless the, 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.

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Thou that takes 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.

 

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And with thy spirit.

 

Celebrant

Let us pray.

 

The Celebrant says the Collect.

 

People

Amen.

 

The Lessons

The people sit. 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 Reading, the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.

 

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or the Reader may say

Here endeth the Reading (Epistle).

 

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Silence may follow

 

A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.

 

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to ______.

 

People

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

 

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

People

Praise be to thee, O Christ.

 

The Sermon

On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing

 

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: {p. 327} by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

or this

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; {p. 328} who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

The Prayers of the People

 

Intercession is offered according to the following form, or in accordance with the directions on page 383 (the Prayers of the People, Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI)

 

The Deacon or other person appointed says

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

 

After each paragraph of this prayer, the People may make an appropriate response, as directed.

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Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Magesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.

 

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers [especially ______.], that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

 

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

 

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land [especially ______.], that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

 

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.

 

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor [______. and] all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

 

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Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be included here.

 

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear [especially ______.], beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good examples of [______. and of] all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.

Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.

Amen.

 

If there is no celebration of the Communion, or if a priest is not available, the service is concluded as directed page 406.

 

Confession of Sin

A Confession of Sin is said here if it has not been said earlier. On occasion, the Confession may be omitted.

 

The Deacon or Celebrant says the following, or else the Exhortation page 316.

Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.

 

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

 

Silence may be kept.

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Minister and People

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

or this

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

Amen.

 

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The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

A Minister may then say one or more of the following sentences, first saying

Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

 

Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.

Matthew 11: 28

 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3: 16

 

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

I Timothy 1: 15

 

If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.

I John 2: 1-2

 

The Peace

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People

And with thy spirit.

 

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

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The Holy Communion

The Celebrant may begin the Offertory with one of the sentences on pages 343 - 344, or with some other sentence of Scripture.
During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

An alternative form will be found on page 340.

 

Eucharistic Prayer I
The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings or says

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And with thy spirit.

 

Celebrant

Lift up your hearts.

 

People

We lift them up unto the Lord.

 

Celebrant

Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

 

People

It is meet and right so to do.

 

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

 

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Here a (Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.

 

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

 

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

 

Here may be added

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

The people kneel or stand.

 

Then the Celebrant continues

All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

 

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his {p. 335} disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of this; for this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.

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And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

 

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

 

People and Celebrant

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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The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

 

A period of silence is kept.

 

Then may be sung or said

[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

 

In Lent, Alleluia is omitted, and may be omitted at other times except during Easter Season.

 

The following or some other suitable anthem may be sung or said here

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

 

The following prayer may be said. The People may join in saying this prayer (The Prayer of Humble Access)

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

Amen.

 

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Facing the people, the Celebrant may say the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

 

and may add

Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people

 

The Bread and the Cup are given to the communicants with these words

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.

 

or with these words

The Body (Blood) of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life.

[Amen.]

 

or with these words

The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven.

[Amen.]

The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.

[Amen.]

 

During the ministration of Communion, hymns, psalms, or anthems may be sung.

 

When necessary, the Celebrant consecrates additional bread and wine, using the form on page 408.

 

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After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

 

The People may join in saying this prayer

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.

Amen.

 

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, gives the blessing

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

or this

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.

Amen.

 

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or the following

 

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Deacon

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or this

 

Deacon

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

or this

 

Deacon

Let us bless the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

From the Easter Vigil through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may be added to any of the dismissals.

 

The People respond

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Alternative Form of the Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer II

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings or says

 

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And with thy spirit.

 

Celebrant

Lift up your hearts.

 

People

We lift them up unto the Lord.

 

Celebrant

Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

 

People

It is meet and right so to do.

 

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Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

 

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

 

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

 

Here may be added

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

The people kneel or stand.

 

Then the Celebrant continues

All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, for that thou didst create heaven and earth, and didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He made there a full and perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

 

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At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and looking for his coming again with power and great glory.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the Body and Blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this Holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole Church may be made one body with him, that he {p. 343} may dwell in us, and we in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

 

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

 

Continue with the Lord’s Prayer, page 336.
(Direct link back to the Lord’s Prayer)

Offertory Sentences

One of the following, or some other appropriate sentence of Scripture may be used

 

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good thy vows unto the Most High.

Psalm 50: 14

 

Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring offerings and come into his courts.

Psalm 96: 8

 

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5: 2

 

I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 12: 1

 

If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Matthew 5: 23, 24

 

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Through Christ let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his Name. But to do good and to distribute, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Hebrews 13: 15, 16

 

Worthy art thou, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and by thy will they were created and have their being.

Revelation 4: 11

 

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

1 Chronicles 29: 11

 

or this bidding

Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.

Proper Prefaces

Preface of the Lord’s Day

To be used on Sundays as appointed, but not on the succeeding weekdays

 

1. Of God the Father

Creator of the light and source of life, who hast made us in thine image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

or the following

 

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2. Of God the Son

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

 

or this
3. Of God the Holy Spirit

Who by water and the Holy Spirit hast made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth thy glory in all the world.

 

Prefaces for Seasons

To be used on Sundays and weekdays alike, except as otherwise appointed for Holy Days and Various Occasions

 

Advent

Because thou didst send thy beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

 

Incarnation

Because thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born for us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, was made very Man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother; that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become thy children.

 

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Epiphany

Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, thou hast caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of thy glory in the face of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Lent

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who was in every way tempted as we are, yet did not sin; by whose grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer unto outselves, but unto him who died for us and rose again.

 

or this

Who dost bid thy faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by thy Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which thou hast prepared for those who love thee.

 

Holy Week

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who for our sins was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; who by his suffering and death became the author of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him.

 

Easter

But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath won for us everlasting life.

 

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Ascension

Through thy dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to his disciples; and in their sight ascended into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, there we might also be, and reign with him in glory.

 

Pentecost

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose true promise the Holy Ghost came down [on this day] from heaven, lighting upon the disciples, to teach them and to lead them into all truth; uniting peoples of many tongues in the confession of one faith, and giving to thy Church the power to serve thee as a royal priesthood, and to preach the Gospel to all nations.

 

Prefaces for Other Occasions

Trinity Sunday

For with thy co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, thou art one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Substance; and we celebrate the one and equal glory of thee, O Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

All Saints

Who, in the multitude of thy saints, hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses, that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us; and, together with them, may receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.

 

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A Saint

For the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all thy saints, who have been chosen vessels of thy grace, and the lights of the world in their generations.

 

or this

Who in the obedience of thy saints hast given us an example of righteousness, and in their eternal joy a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling.

 

or this

Because thou are greatly glorified in the assembly of thy saints. All thy creatures praise thee, and thy faithful servants bless thee, confessing before the rulers of this world the great Name of thine only Son.

 

Apostles and Ordinations

Through the great shepherd of thy flock, Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to be with them always, even unto the end of the ages.

 

Dedication of a Church

Through Jesus Christ our great High Priest; in whom we are build up as living stones of a holy temple, that we might offer before thee a sacrifice of praise and prayer which is holy and pleasing in thy sight.

 

Baptism

Because in Jesus Christ our Lord thou hast received us as thy sons and daughters, made us citizens of thy kingdom, and given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

 

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Marriage

Because in the love of wife and husband, thou hast given us an image of the heavenly Jerusalem, adorned as a bride for her bridegroom, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who loveth her and gave himself for her, that he might make the whole creation new.

 

Commemoration of the Dead

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and doth comfort us with the blessed hope of everlasting life; for to thy faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body doth lie in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.

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The Decalogue: Contemporary

Hear the commandments of God to his people:

 

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage. You shall have no other gods but me.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not make for yourself any idol.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

Honor your father and your mother.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not commit murder.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not commit adultery.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not steal.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not be a false witness.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

 

You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Amen. Lord have mercy.

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A Penitential Order: Rite Two

 

For use at the beginning of the Liturgy, or as a separate service.
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

 

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 

Celebrant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

 

Celebrant

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

 

People

His mercy endures for ever.

 

When used as a separate service, the Exhortation, page 316, may be read, or a homily preached.

 

The Decalogue (traditional / contemporary) may be said, the people kneeling.

 

The Celebrant may read one of the following sentences

 

Jesus said, “The first commandments is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12: 29-31

 

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If we say that 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.

1 John 1: 8, 9

 

Since we have a great high priest who has pased through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4: 14, 16

 

The Deacon or Celebrant then says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Minister and People

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 Bishop when present, or the Priest, 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 substitutes “us” for “you” and “our” for “your.”
When this Order is used at the beginning of the Liturgy, the service continues with the Gloria in excelsis (Canticle 6 traditional or Canticle 20 contemporary), the Kyrie eleison, or the Trisagion.
When used separately, it concludes with suitable prayers, and the Grace or a blessing.

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

Concerning the Celebration

It is the bishop’s prerogative, when present, to be the principal celebrant at the Lord’s Table, and to preach the Gospel.

At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop or priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay persons.

It is appropriate that other priests present stand with the celebrant at the Altar, and join in the consecration of the gifts, in breaking the Bread, and in distributing Communion.

A deacon should read the Gospel and may lead the Prayers of the People. Deacons should also serve at the Lord’s Table, preparing and placing on it the offerings of bread and wine, and assisting in the ministration of the sacrament to the people. In the absence of a deacon, these duties may be performed by an assisting priest.

Lay persons appointed by the celebrant should normally be assigned the reading of the Lessons which precede the Gospel, and may lead the Prayers of the People ( Eucharist Rite One; Form I; Form II; Form III; Form IV; Form V; Form VI).

Morning (Rite One / Rite Two) or Evening Prayer (Rite One / Rite Two) may be used in place of all that precedes the Peace and the Offertory, provided that a lesson from the Gospel is always included, and that the intercessions conform to the directions given for the Prayers of the People.

Additional Directions are on page 406.

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

The Word of God

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

 

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 

Celebrant

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

 

People

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

 

Celebrant

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

 

People

His mercy endures for ever.

 

The Celebrant may say

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is sung or said, all standing

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

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, 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.

 

On other occasions the following is used

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

or this

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy upon us.

 

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The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

The Lord be with you.

 

People

And also with you.

 

Celebrant

Let us pray.

 

The Celebrant says the Collect.

 

People

Amen.

 

The Lessons

The people sit. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from