Daily Morning Prayer

Daily Morning Prayer

¶ The Officiant may begin Morning Prayer by reading an opening sentence of Scripture. One of the following, or a sentence from among those provided at the end of the Office, is customary.

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

Philippians 1:2

¶ Or this

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

Psalm 122:1

¶ Or this

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

Confession of Sin

¶ The Officiant says to the People

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying—

¶ or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

¶ Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say

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, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from thy grace, there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare thou those who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, according to your 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

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live, hath given power and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent and unfeignedly believe his
holy Gospel. Wherefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, 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.

¶ or this

The Almighty and Merciful God grant you + Absolution and Remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

¶ A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Our Father may be prayed here.

The Preces

¶ All stand.

Officiant      O Lord, open thou our lips;

People         And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Officiant      O God, make speed to save us;

People         O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy

Ghost; 

People         As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Officiant      Praise ye the Lord.

People         The Lord’s name be praised.

¶ Then follows the Venite. Alternatively, the Jubilate may be used.

¶ These seasonal antiphons may be sung or said before and after the Invitatory Psalm.

Advent

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

Christmas

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

Epiphany through the Baptism of Christ and the Transfiguration

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

Lent

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

Easter until Ascension

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

Ascension until Pentecost

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

Pentecost and the week following

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

Trinity Sunday

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

On feasts of the Incarnation

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

On All Saints and other major saints’ days

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

For use at any time

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

Or this

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

Or this

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

Venite, exultemus Domino

Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11

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.

¶ In Lent, and on other penitential occasions, the following verses are added.

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.

¶ or this

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.

¶ During the first week of Easter, the Pascha Nostrum will be used in place of the Invitatory Psalm. It is appropriate to use this canticle throughout Eastertide.

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 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 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.

The Lessons

¶ One or more Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading from
_____________.

¶ A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

¶ After each Lesson the Reader may say

               The Word of the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

¶ Or the Reader may say     

               Here endeth the Reading.

¶ Or this      

               But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

People         Thanks be to God.

¶ The following Canticles are normally sung or said after each of the lessons. The Officiant may also use a Canticle drawn from the ‘Supplemental Canticles’ or an appropriate song of praise.

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:

        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.

O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

        govern and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we magnify thee;

        and we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

        as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

        let me never be confounded.

¶ During Lent the Benedictus es, Domine usually replaces the Te Deum. The Benedictus es, Domine may be used at other times as well.

Benedictus es, Domine

Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou for the name of thy Majesty;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and dwellest between the Cherubim;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

        praised and exalted above all for ever.

Benedictus

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;

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 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.

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 Prayers

Officiant       The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant       Let us pray.

¶ The People kneel or stand.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

¶ 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,

        forever and ever. Amen.

Officiant      O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

People         And grant us thy salvation.

Officiant      O Lord, guide those who govern us;

People         And lead us in the way of justice and truth.

Officiant      Clothe thy ministers with righteousness;

People         And make thy chosen people joyful.

Officiant      O Lord, save thy people;

People         And bless thine inheritance.

Officiant      Give peace in our time, O Lord;

People         And defend us by thy mighty power.

Officiant      Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

People         Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Officiant      O God, make clean our hearts within us;

People         And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

¶ The Officiant then prays one or more of the following collects, always beginning with the Collect
of the Day (the prayer of the previous Sunday or of the Holy Day being observed). It is traditional to pray the Collects for Peace and Grace daily. Alternatively, one may pray the collects on a weekly rotation, using the suggestions in parentheses.

The Collect of the Day

A Collect for Strength to Await Christ’s Return (Sunday)

O God our King, who by the resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, didst conquer sin, put death to flight, and give us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive us our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise thee and to do thy will; and strengthen us to wait for the consummation of thy kingdom on the last great Day: through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life (Monday)

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.

A Collect for Peace (Tuesday)

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 (Wednesday)

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 (Thursday)

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. 

A Collect for Endurance (Friday)

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

A Collect for Sabbath Rest (Saturday)

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.

¶ Unless the Great Litany or the Eucharist is to follow, one of the following prayers for mission is added.

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels, send down upon our clergy, and all congregations committed to their charge, the healthful spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing; and ignite in them a zealous love of thy gospel. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our advocate and mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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.

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

¶ The following may be said here, or alternatively after the Prayer of St. Chrysostom.

                The Lord be with you.

People         And with thy spirit.

Officiant      Let us bless the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

May + the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

¶ The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.

¶ Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

¶ 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;

        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 honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

               The Lord be with you.

People         And with thy spirit.

Officiant      Let us bless the Lord.

People         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 invite the People to join in praying one of the graces given below.

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

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 forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Opening Sentences of Scripture

Advent

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

Isaiah 40:3

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

Epiphany

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

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:2

Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.

Psalm 51:9

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mark 8:34 

Good Friday

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

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

Colossians 3:1

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

Mark 16:6 and Luke 24:34

Ascension

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore 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

Pentecost

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, is the Lord God Almighty, which was and is and is  to come.

Revelation 4:8

Days of Thanksgiving

Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

At any time

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

Habakkuk 2:20

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

Thus saith the high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, 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 hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:23 

Additional Directions: Morning and Evening Prayer

The Confession and Apostles’ Creed may be omitted, provided each is said at least once during the course of the day.

The Gloria Patri in the opening versicles may be said in unison.

The Officiant and People may join in saying “Alleluia” (except in Lent) as an alternative to the versicles “Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised.”

If an offering is to be received, it is appropriate to do so during the hymn or anthem following the collects.

A sermon may be preached after the lessons, after the hymn or anthem following the collects, or after the conclusion of the Office.

 

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Daily Evening Prayer

Daily Evening Prayer

¶ The Officiant may begin Evening Prayer by reading an opening sentence of Scripture. One of the following, or a sentence from among those provided at the end of the Office, is customary.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, 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

¶ Or this

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Psalm 26:8

¶ Or this

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

Confession of Sin

¶ The Officiant says to the People

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying—

¶ or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

¶ Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say

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, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, according to your 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

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live, hath given power and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, 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.

¶ or this

The Almighty and Merciful God grant you + Absolution and Remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

¶ A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Our Father may be prayed here.

The Preces

¶ All stand.

Officiant      O Lord, open thou our lips;

People         And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Officiant      O God, make speed to save us;

People         O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy

Ghost;

People         As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Officiant      Praise ye the Lord.

People         The Lord’s name be praised.

¶ The following or some other suitable hymn or Psalm may be sung or said.

Phos hilaron

O gladsome light,

pure brightness of the ever-living 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 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 through all the worlds.

¶ Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

¶ At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

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.

The Lessons

¶ One or more Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading from _____________.

¶ A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

¶ After each Lesson the Reader may say

               The Word of the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

¶ Or the Reader may say     

               Here endeth the Reading.

¶ Or this      

                But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

People         Thanks be to God.

¶ The following Canticles are normally sung or said after each of the lessons. The Officiant may also use a Canticle drawn from the ‘Supplemental Canticles’ or an appropriate song of praise.

Magnificat

Luke 1:45-55

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 has showed strength with his arm;

        he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their

        hearts.

He hath brought down the mighty from their thrones,

        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 forever.

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.

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 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. 

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 Prayers

Officiant       The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant       Let us pray.

¶ The People kneel or stand.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

¶ 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,

        forever and ever. Amen.

¶ Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

Officiant     O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

People         And grant us thy salvation.

Officiant      O Lord, guide those who govern us;

People         And lead us in the way of justice and truth.

Officiant      Clothe thy ministers with righteousness;

People         And make thy chosen people joyful.

Officiant      O Lord, save thy people;

People         And bless thine inheritance.

Officiant      Give peace in our time, O Lord;

People         And defend us by thy mighty power.

Officiant      Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

People         Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Officiant      O God, make clean our hearts within us;

People         And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

¶ or this

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 the Blessed Virgin Mary, blessed N., and all thy saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ;

We entreat thee, O Lord.

¶ The Officiant then prays one or more of the following collects, always beginning with the Collect of the Day (the prayer of the previous Sunday or of the Holy Day being observed). It is traditional to pray the Collects for Peace and Aid against Perils daily. Alternatively, one may pray the collects on a weekly rotation, using the suggestions in parentheses.

The Collect of the Day

A Collect for Resurrection Hope (Sunday)

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 forever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace (Monday)

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 our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils (Tuesday)

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

A Collect for Protection (Wednesday)

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 blessings of the day that is past, and humbly beseech thy merciful protection through 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
(Thursday)

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.

A Collect for Faith (Friday)

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 wake up after thy likeness; for thy tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

A Collect for the Eve of Worship (Saturday)

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 give thee glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Unless the Great Litany or the Eucharist is to follow, one of the following prayers for mission is added.

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

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.

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.

¶ The following may be said here, or alternatively after the Prayer of St. Chrysostom.

               The Lord be with you.

People         And with thy spirit.

Officiant      Let us bless the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

¶ The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.

¶ Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

¶ 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;

        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 honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

               The Lord be with you.

People         And with thy spirit.

Officiant      Let us bless the Lord.

People         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 says one of these concluding sentences (and the People may be invited to join)

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

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 forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Opening Sentences of Scripture

Advent

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:35-36

Christmas

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

Epiphany

The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:3

Lent

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 us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9

I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:3

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

Good Friday

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

Easter

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57

Ascension

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

Hebrews 9:24

Pentecost

The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.

Psalm 46:4

Trinity Sunday

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:3

Days of Thanksgiving

The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens; by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Proverbs 3:19-20

At any time

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

Psalm 96:9

I will thank the Lord for giving me warning; my reins also chasten me in the night season. I have set the Lord alway before me; for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

Psalm 16:8-9

Additional Directions: Morning and Evening Prayer

The  Confession and Apostles’ Creed may be omitted, provided each is said at least once during the course of the day.

The Gloria Patri in the opening versicles may be said in unison.

The Officiant and People may join in saying “Alleluia” (except in Lent) as an alternative to the versicles “Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised.”

If an offering is to be received, it is appropriate to do so during the hymn or anthem following the collects.

A sermon may be preached after the lessons, after the hymn or anthem following the collects, or after the conclusion of the Office.