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Diocese of La Porte, Texas, Christian Church, Synod of St. Timothy
Instructions:  The liturgical day, as the Jewish Day begins at sunset. 

It is recommended if at all possible that a separate room be used for a chapel.  If not possible, then a corner or a spot in the room be used regularly for prayer.  An altar or table may be prepared with a white cloth over it, and frontals if desired may be prepared for seasonal use.  These may be made as a family project.  Recommended colours are:  Advent:  blue, Christmas: gold, Epiphany day and first Sunday of Epiphany: gold, Epiphanytide: green, last Sunday of Epiphany: gold,Llent: violet or unbleached linen or burlap, Holy Week: deep red or burgundy, Easter Week: gold, Eastertide: white, Pentecost: red, Gracetide:  Green, Kingdomtide: blue, Trinity Sunday:gold. 

Candles may be placed on the altar and lit for prayers.  A small thurible may  be used as well.  If votive candles will be used on the altar, then it should have a glass or ceramic dish in which to place the candles to minimize fire hazard.

Families and individuals using this book for the first time, will probably want to start with one office per day and build up.  For family use, I recommend that Matins and Compline be done as a family with the rest being done individually.  Personally, I awaken, and wake up the family, and while I am waiting for them to get up, I sing lauds, we sing Matins together.  I sing Terce in the car just before going to work.  I sing Sext at lunchtime, Nones before leaving for the house and vespers when I arrive at the house, and we sing Compline together.  Some families may prefer to do Vespers together instead of Compline.  The suggested canticles are suggestions only, not written in stone.  Hymns or songs may be used instead of canticle.

Males should be bareheaded for prayer (although men may wear a Kippah, and remove it for actual prayers. Females should wear a hat or veil.  A tallit may be worn.  (A tallit is a prayer shawl with tassels in the four corners, with white threads and one blue thread.

Monastics may prefer the following use:                                                                   

Lauds:  Midnight, Sunrise, or just after arising.                                                      

 Matins:  After arising or one hour after sunrise.                                                        

Terce:  Three hours after sunrise, or 9:00.                                                                   

Sext:  Noon                                                                                                                 

None:  3:30.                                                                                                                        

 Vespers: Sunset.                                                                                                      

Compline: Just before bedtime.  

Readings:  For Matins, we read the Old Testament in course, a chapter a day, the Gospel, a section a day in course, and the Epistle reading a section a day in course with Compline.  Set reading may be set up with the other offices, or use your own. I read from the Torah with Lauds, Prophets for sext, etc.

 

 

 

Prayers for Rising:

My God and my Lord, take me away from my own self and let me belong completely to you.  My God and my Lord, take away from me everything that keeps me apart from you.  My God and my Lord, grant me everything that draws me closer to you. St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Blessed are you Lord God of the Universe who grants us this new day.  May my lips praise you, my mind adore you, my heart worship you this day. Give me healing hands, a loving heart, blessing lips, and feet ready to spread the Gospel.  Bless me that I may bless those around me this day, through Yeshua HaMoshiach who lives and reins with you and the Ruach haKodesh, one God in glory everlasting.

Lauds

+Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom now and forever. Amen.

 

Lent:

+Bless the Lord who forgives our sins,

His mercy endures forever.

 

Easter:

+Alleluia, Christ is risen.  The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia.

 

Almighty God unto whom all hearts are open, all desires are known, and from whom no secrets are hid, so cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Ruach haKodesh, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Yeshua HaMoshiach  our Lord, Amen.

 

A song of praise:

 

Laud

Trinity

There are three who give testimony in heaven, Alleluia,

The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, Alleluia, alleluia.*

And these three are one, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Advent

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

Blessed be the kingdom of our Father David.  Alleluia.* 

Hosanna to the son of David.  Hosanna in the Highest.,

From Christmas to New Year

Truth shall cover the earth. Alleluia.

And justice will be seen from the heavens. Alleluia, alleluia.*

Mercy and truth will be found, justice and peace shall kiss one another.

From New Year¡¯s to the Epiphany:

You, Oh God are praised from the rising of the sun to its setting, Alleluia.  You crown the year with your goodness.  Alleluia, alleluia.*

The mercies of the Lord endure for ever and ever over those who fear him. 

The Epiphany:

Kings shall come*, and princes will come up and adore you.  Alleluia.  Because of the Lord, who is faithful,*

 and for the holy one of Israel who has chosen you, alleluia, alleluia.

They will come from Saba, bringing gold and incense,*

 and they will proclaim praises to the Lord. 

From Epiphany to Septuagesima:

Save us by your right hand, Lord our God,

That we may confess your holy name.  Alleluia.*

Remember us, Lord, and visit us with your salvation.

From Septuagesima to Lent:

Your word is a light unto my feet,

And a lamp unto my path.*

Guide me in the pathway of your commandments.

Lent

Why have you me unmade me?  Why do I wander cast down before the oppression of my enemy?

Judge me, o God, and consider my cause.  Free me from the impious, from the man of lies and iniquity.

Palm Sunday:

Hosanna in the highest,

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

Hosanna in the highest,

Maundy Thursday:

I have greatly desired to each with you this Passover, before I die.

Because I tell you, that I will not eat this again until it is completed in the Kingdom of God. 

Good Friday:

Here is the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

The lamb who was sacrificed for us.

He is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour glory and worship, now and forever. 

Easter Sunday:

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Alleluia.*                                            

We will rejoice and be glad in it, alleluia, alleluia.

The voice of joy and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.*                                       

The right hand of the Lord shall complete it.

From Easter to Ascension:

Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord does marvellous things. Alleluia.*

Great is our Lord, and great is his power, Alleluia, alleluia.

He has made known his salvation.*                                                                 

 In the presence of the peoples he has revealed his justice.

From Ascension to Pentecost

Lift up your heads o doors, and rise eternal gates, Alleluia.*

And the King of glory will come in Alleluia, alleluia.

Who is the king of Glory?*                         

The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Pentecost

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, Alleluia.  And they began to speak in various tongues as the spirit gave them to speak. Alleluia, alleluia.*

Blessed are the people whose God is Yahweh, the people whom he has chosen for his inheritance.

Gracetide

I shall praise the Lord according to his justice,*

 and I shall sing to the name of the Lord most high. Alleluia.

I shall raise you up, My God and king,*

 and bless your name for ever.

Kingdomtide

Alleluia, I shall praise the Lord for his coming again*                                

and prepare in my heart a place for him . Alleluia.

For he comes to judge the world*, and the peoples in his truth.

Thanksgiving

I sought the Lord and he heard me. Alleluia.

And freed me from all my worries. Alleluia, alleluia.

Praise the Lord for he is good, and his mercy is for ever

 

Glory and honour to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit,*

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.  Amen. (Except Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

 

Psalm: (S: 150, M: 116, T: 117, W: 146. T: 147, F: 148, S: 149.)

Lent: (S:  66:1-11, M: 8, T: 29, W:67, T: 93, F: 96, S: 98)

 

Reading

 

Lord's Prayer

 

For guidance:  Direct us o Lord in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, that we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  1979 ECUSA BCP

 

A prayer of self dedication:  Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you, and then use us we pray as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people, through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.  1979 ECUSA BCP

 

St. Frances Prayer:  Lord make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.   1979 ECUSA BCP

 


St. Patrick's Breastplate

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ¡¯s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spic¨¨d tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/t/stpatric.htm

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Matins

Easter:  Halleluiah, Christ is Risen!                                                                           

The Lord is risen indeed, Halleluiah.                                                                                

All other seasons begin here:                                                                                       

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.                

We seek his face and render unto him the glory due his name.                            

From the rising of the sun until its setting may the name of the Lord be praised.           

May the name of the Lord be blessed now and for ever. Amen.                                        

O God, whose name is blessed from sunrise to sunset and from sunset to sunrise:  Fill our hearts with your faith, and open our lips in your praises, that as you are  blessed with honour for all ages, that your name would be praised from east to west by all nations.  Amen.                                                                                                                            

By your mercy, our God, you who are blessed and live and rein over all creation from age to age. Amen.

The celebrant reads on of the following:                                                                    

The Lord is in his holy temple.  May the whole earth keep silence before him.          

Not to us o Lord, not to us but to your name give glory, for your mercy and for your truth.                                                                                                                              

Be exalted o Lord above the heavens, and over the entire earth let your glory be exalted.                                                                                                                        

The works of the Lord¡¯s hands are justice and truth.  Steadfast are all his commandments.                                                                                                              

Hear the commandments the Lord God gave to his people.                                         

Sh'ma Yisrael, Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad.                                                                                                                  Hear O Israel, Hear O Israel, the Lord  your God the Lord is one.                                                                                                                 Love him with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength,                                                                                                   This is the first and great commandment, the second is like unto it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Love your neighbour as yourself to obey the law and the prophets,                                                                                                            Sh'ma Yisrael, Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad.                                                                                                                  Hear O Israel, Hear O Israel, the Lord  your God the Lord is one.                                                                                                            Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad.                                                   

O Lord, transform your servants that as we meditate on your commandments, that we would keep your law forever and  ever.  Amen. 

Shalom Aleichem.                                                                                                                                                                                    Aleichem Shalom.

Here follows the Laud of the day (pp. 2-4)

Lord, open our lips,                                                                                                                                                                                          And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.. 

Venite  Psalm 95:1��

 

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

 

Jubilate  Psalm 100

 

 

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands,*

serve the Lord with gladnes and come before his presence with a song.

 

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.

 

During the Great Fifty days of Easter:

 

Pascha Nostrum

Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.                                                                                                                                        Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.                                                                                                                                                             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

 

After the Psalmody follows the Gloria Patria:                                                                                                                                              Gloria and honour to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever.  Amen. 

An Old Testament Reading  follows here.

A Reading from the book of ____________ Chapter N. beginning at the Nth verse.

After the reading:

The word of the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks be to God.

A canticle follows

A reading from the New Testament follows. 

A Reading from the book of ____________, chapter N. beginning at the Nth verse.

After the reading:

The word of the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks be to God.

A second canticle follows here.

Canticles

Canticle 1, Gloria

Glory be to God on high,

  and on earth peace, good will towards men.

 

We praise thee, we bless thee,

  we worship thee,

  we glorify thee,

  we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

 

O Lord, the only‑begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

  that takest away the sins of the world,

  have mercy upon us.

Thou that 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.

 

Canticle 1A, Contemporary Gloria

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.

 

Canticle 2, Dominicum domini.

On Sunday the Lord rose in glorious splendor;*
He overcame suffering
and destroyed the vanquishing of death.
He brought back sinners*
and clothed them with the robe of glory.

 

In their white robes,
the heavenly hosts hurried at dawn*
and in a pleasant voice called earth and heaven
to honor the living and triumphant Savior.

 

Come in peace, O day of the Lord*,
the day of victory and joy.
In you our Savior found rest
after the trial of crucifixion*
and marked us with his seal
on the road to shining light.

 

With the choirs of Seraphim and Cherubim,
among the hosts of the kingdom*,
we sing praise to you.
O Lord, shower peace over the world*
and inflame us with your love.

Canticle 3, The Song of Moses   Cantemus Domino

 

Exodus 15:1��, 11��, 17��

 

Especially suitable for use in Easter Season

 

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *

   the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *

   the Lord has become my Savior.

This is my God and I will praise him, *

   the God of my people and I will exalt him.

The Lord is a mighty warrior; *

   Yahweh is his Name.

The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;*

   the finest of those who bear armor have been

                          drowned in the Red Sea.

The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *

   they sank into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *

   your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy

Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *

   who is like you, glorious in holiness,

   awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?

You stretched forth your right hand; *

   the earth swallowed them up.

With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *

   with your might you brought them in safety to

                          your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them *

   on the mount of your possession,

The resting‑place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *

   the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.

The Lord shall reign *

   for ever and for ever.

 

Glory and honour 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 First Song of Isaiah  Ecce, Deus

 

Isaiah 12:2��

 

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 and honour 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 Second Song of Isaiah Quaerite Dominum

 

Isaiah 55:6��

 

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.

 

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 and honour 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, The Third Song of Isaiah  Surge, illuminare

 

   Isaiah 60:1��, 11a, 14c, 18��

 

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.

The Lord will be your everlasting light, *

 and your God will be your glory.

 

Glory and honour 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 7, A Song of Creation  Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

 

  Song of the Three Young Men, 35��

 

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.

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.

 

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 8, A Song of Praise    Benedictus es, Domine

 

  Song of the Three Young Men, 29��

 

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *

   you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *

   we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

 

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *

   on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *

   we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

 

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *

   in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

   we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

 

Canticle 9, A Song of Penitence     Kyrie Pantokrator

 

  Prayer of Manasseh 1��, 4, 6��, 11��

 

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.

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 10, The Song of Mary    Magnificat

 

   Luke 1:46��

 

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 and honour 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 Song of Zechariah     Benedictus Dominus Deus

 

  Luke 1: 68��

 

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.

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 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 and honour 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, The Song of Simeon    Nunc Dimittis

 

   Luke 2:29��

 

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 and honour 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 13, A Song to the Lamb    Dignus es

 

  Revelation 4:11, 5:9��, 14

 

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;

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 14, The Song of the Redeemed     Magna et mirabilia

 

  Revelation 15:3��

 

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 and honour 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 15, 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.

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.

 


Canticle 16,  Psalm 34:1-8

I will bless the Lord at all times; *

     his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

 

2      I will glory in the Lord; *

     let the humble hear and rejoice.

 

3      Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *

     let us exalt his Name together.

4      I sought the Lord, and he answered me *

     and delivered me out of all my terror.

 

5      Look upon him and be radiant, *

     and let not your faces be ashamed.

 

6      I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *

     and saved me from all my troubles.

 

7      The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *

     and he will deliver them.

 

8      Taste and see that the Lord is good; *

     happy are they who trust in him!

 

Canticle  17,  Song of Anna

My heart exults in Adonai!* My dignity has been restored by Adonai.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I can gloat over my enemies,* because of my joy at your saving me.                                                                                                                    No one is as holy as Adonai, because there is none to compare with you,*                                                                                                          No rock like our God.                                                                                                                                                                                     Stop your proud boasting!*  Don't let arrogance come from your mouth!                                                                                                            For Adonai is a God of knowledge,*  and he appraises actions.                                                                                                                         The bows of the mighty are broken,* while the feeble are armed with strength.                                                                                                   The well-fed hire themselves out for bread*  while those who were hungry hunger no more.                                                                                The barren women has born seven,*  while the mother of many wastes away.                                                                                                 Adonai kills and makes alive*  he brings down to the grave and he brings up.                                                                                                 Adonai makes poor and he makes rich*  he humbles and he exalts.                                                                                                                     He raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the trash pile*                                                                                                                 he gives them a place with leaders, and assigns them seats of honour.                                                                                                                                                                                                             For the earth's pillars belong to Adonai*                                                                                                                                                              on them he has placed the world.                                                                                                                                                                       He will guard the steps of his faithful, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.*                                                                                               for it is not by strength that a person prevails.                                                                                                                                                 Those who fight Adonai will be shattered*  he will thunder against them in heaven.                                                                                          Adonai will judge the ends of the earth*  He will strengthen his king and enhance the power of his anointed.

A life or study of the saint of the day may follow.

Officiant:  Let us confess our faith.

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.

 

The people stand or kneel

 

Officiant        Shalom Aleichem.

Aleichem Shalom.

Supplication:   

                   Trinity:  Make us one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as you are one that the world may know we are Christians by our love.

                   Advent:  Oh Lord, prepare a place in our hearts where you might dwell to prepare us for your coming.

Christmas Day:  Let us pray to God the Father Almighty and implore his mercy, that by the grace of  his Messiah, our Lord, that he foster our justification.

Christmastide:   Lord Jesus Christ, be born in our hearts that you may dispel all darkness  therein, and banish all evil from our lives.

Circumcision:  Let us pray to the redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, and beseech him with all entreaty, that by the grace of his circumcision we would be justified.

Epiphany:Let us pray to the author of light, our Lord Jesus Christ, and with all our heart let us beseech him to illuminate us with the eternal splendour of his divine light.

From Epiphany to Septuagesima:Let us pray to the Redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, and with all entreaties we request that you increase the faith of your holy catholic Church, that you give her peace and defend her forever.

From Septuagesima to Lent:Let us pray to the redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, and with all entreaties we beseech that you prosper the health of the soul and body, that you pardon our sins and perpetuate peace.

Lent:Let us pray to the redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ that as we seek to draw near him through fasting and discipline that he would draw near us to the purification of our souls, bodies and minds.

Holy Week:Let us pray to the redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, and with all our hearts beseech from him the merits and benefits of his most holy passion.

From Easter to Ascension:Let us pray to the redeemer of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, that dying with him, we may rise with him to conquer sin and death and proclaim the Gospel.

                   From the Ascension to Pentecost:  Lord Jesus Christ, as you are seated at the right hand of the Father to plead for us, pray that we me draw near to the throne of grace and become more like you.

Pentecost Sunday: So send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, dear Lord, that we may be set on fire with your love.

Gracetide:  Dear Lord, so build us up in love, that your church would be built up with living stones who rest on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Kingdomtide:As you prepare to judge the earth, so guide us that daily we would be prepared for your coming in glory.

 

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.                                                                                                                                                                      

Lord have mercy upon us,                                                                                                                                                                         Christ have mercy upon us,                                                                                                                                                                         Lord have mercy upon us.

The Lord's Prayer:

Deliver us from evil and always confirm us in goodness, and cause us to serve you, Oh our God and Lord. Put an end to our sinning, give joy to the sorrowful, give freedom to the captives, give health to the sick.  Grant us peace and security in all our days, break the audacity of our enemies; hear O Lord, the petitions of all your servants, the faithful Christians on this day and for eternity. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who lives and reins with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Deacon:  Bow for the blessing.

Officiant        The Lord bless you.

And may he bless you.

Blessing:

Trinity Sunday:  

Let us bless the Father who in the beginning created all things through his word.  Amen.

Let us bless the Son who descended from the Father¡¯s right hand for our health and salvation.  Amen.

Let us bless the Holy Spirit who at the river Jordan descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Advent

 The Lord Jesus Christ, who by his coming to help the world, cleanse us from all sin.  Amen.

Grant by the virtue of the Holy Spirit that we attend to the precepts of God¡¯s commandments that we may await with joy his coming.  Amen.

And in such manner may he absolve us from all fault, that we not be found worthy of punishment, but redeemed to his glory.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

 

Christmas

Let us bless our Lord Jesus Christ, who in other times permitted the shepherds to see him in the manger.  Amen.

May he who mercifully took on our human nature protect and defend us from all things.  Amen.

And may our Lord and Redeemer see fit to protect us eternally.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Circumcision

May the Lord Jesus Christ who to confirm the promises made to the fathers, was circumcised as a minister of the circumcision, circumcise our hearts.  Amen.

May he who became subject to the law, and accepted in his flesh the sign of the pact purge us from all impurity by the fire of his love.  Amen.

And may he who promised to bless the sons of Abraham, who himself was the seed of Abraham give us the possession of the blessed inheritance.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Epiphany

Let us bless him who is the ¦¡ and the ¦¸, the only Son of God the Father  Almighty.  Amen.

Who is the first and the last, who takes us with him through infinite time.  Amen.

Who freed us from evil, who illuminated us with light, who concedes us the crown of glory and the gift of eternity.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

From Epiphany to Septuagesima

May the Lord Jesus Christ grant us favour and bless us.  Amen.

Protect us with his clemency and without ceasing defend us from all evil.  Amen.

And fill us with joy, he who graciously pardons our sins.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

From Septuagesima to Lent

Lord, fill us with spiritual gifts and make us participants in the Kingdom of heaven.  Amen.

Mortify our flesh putting an end to all vice and reviving our souls with the source of all virtue.  Amen.

And in all ways may you  enrich us through your grace,  that you would always delight to dwell in our hearts.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Lent

The Lord Jesus Christ who in dying conquered death make us conquerors of our passions.  Amen.

May he who delivered himself into the hands of sinners deliver us from eternal suffering.  Amen.

And may he grant that we live with him for eternity, who was the conqueror of death.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Maundy Thursday

Lord Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Master make us teachable and humble of heart that with joy we may take up his yoke.  Amen.

Grant us his grace that following his example, that for love of him we serve the weak and helpless.  Amen.

To the end that we would be blessed putting in practice all that he taught us.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Good Friday

Help us with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who suffered pain and death for us.  Amen.

May he whose death freed the world cleanse our slate of our sins.  Amen.

And may he whose single death perfected the saints introduce us into his eternal sanctuary.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

 

Easter Sunday

Christ the Son of God who in the body of our mortality bore the shame of the cross free us from all bitterness and harm.  Amen.

And may the flesh of our  true nature which was raised from the dead, sanctify us in truth, and lift us from every fall.  Amen.

That through faith in him who died and rose from the dead, a place would be prepared for us in his eternal mansions.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

 

From Easter to Ascension

The grace in which we are joyfully buried with Christ by faith separate us from any thought of iniquity.  Amen.

And may he who has extended the glory of his resurrection to all the world grant full sanctification of our hearts.  Amen.

That he who was raised from the dead would raise us as well to the glory of our eternal award.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

 

From the Ascension to Pentecost:

Help us O Christ the Lord, who received in glory to be seated at the right hand of  the Father.  Amen.

And he who brought his glorified body to heaven will not permit sordid passions to vilify our bodies.  Amen.

That we who have seen the glory of him who ascended into heaven, will not be sentenced by his divine judgement when he descends again to judge the earth.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

 

Pentecost Sunday:

May the Spirit of God guide us in paths of justice, and free us from every bond of sin.  Amen.

He who descended to be manifest in the disciples be our guide in all our ways.  Amen.

That we being filled with him may be guided through the sea of life and receive consolation of our eternal salvation.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Gracetide

 

May the Lord Jesus Christ guard us and protect us.  Amen.

Protect us with his clemency and defend us without ceasing from all evil.  Amen.

And may he who pardons us from all our sins fill us with ineffable joy.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Kingdomtide:

May the Lord Jesus Christ come soon to judge the heavens and the earth.  Amen.

May he judge us with his mercy and the peoples with his truth.  Amen.

And may he make us worthy to be members of his kingdom.  Amen.

Through the mercies of God, who is blessed and lives and reigns for all eternity.  Amen.

Praise the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                The Lord¡¯s name be praised.

Antiphon as follows:

Advent:The desired of all nations will come, and the heavens will announce his justice*                                                                          and all peoples will see his glory.                                                                                                                                                              Christmas:  Do not fear for I bring tidings of great for unto you is born a Saviour, Christ the                                    Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sing praises o heavens and be joyful all the earth*                                                                                                                                        for the Lord has consoled his people.                                                                                                                                                 Circumcision:  True circumcision is of the heart by the spirit,*                                                                                                                     not by letter of the law.                                                                                                                                                                                    We are of the circumcision*                                                                                                                                                                           because we serve the spirit of God.                                                                                                                                                             And we glory in Christ Jesus,*                                                                                                                                                                    having no confidence in the flesh.                                                                                                                                                      Epiphany:  Where is he who was born king of the Jews?*                                                                                                                           For we have seen his star in the east and have come to adore him.                                                                                                           And prostrating themselves they adored him*                                                                                                                                             giving gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.                                                                                                                                           Epiphany to Septuagesima:  Cleanse us from our sins, O Lord and deliver us from evil.*                                                                        and protect us beneath the shade of your wings.                                                                                                                                   Septuagesima to Lent:  Your justice O Lord is eternal, and your law is the truth*                                                                               Eternal justice is your witness  Give me intelligence and I shall live.                                                                                                     Lent:  The kings of the earth conspired against you,*                                                                                                                                 and princes consulted against the Lord and against his Messiah.                                                                                                                 He, who resides in the heavens laughs*the Lord scoffs at them.                                                                                                              Why such a tumult among the people* who conceive such vain projects.                                                                                                 Easter to Ascension:  If you are raised from the dead with Messiah*                                                                                                       seek the things from above.                                                                                                                                                                        Where Messiah is seated at the right hand of God the Father*                                                                                                                 For you are dead and your life is hidden in Christ with God.                                                                                                          Ascensiontide:  At the name of Yeshua every knee shall bow*                                                                                                        everything in heaven, on Earth and beneath the Earth.                                                                                                                              And every tongue will confess that Yeshua is Lord*                                                                                                                                      to the glory of God the Father.                                                                                                                                                                   Pentecost:  The counselor whom the Father will send will testify about me*                                                                                              and you will testify, for you have been with me since the beginning.                                                                                                     Gracetide:  You are just O Lord*                                                                                                                                                                  and your judgments are true.                                                                                                                                                                        The earth is full of your mercy*                                                                                                                                                                    and your word dwells forever in the heavens.                                                                                                                                       Kingdomtide:  Mar anatha, come Lord Yeshua*                                                                                                                                        your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

Glory and honour ¡­

Lord, show us your mercy,                                                                                                                                                                                 and grant us your health.                                                                                                                                                                                 Fill your ministers with virtue,                                                                                                                                                                             and give joy to your chosen people.                                                                                                                                                           Remember always this congregation,                                                                                                                                                             Which has always been yours.                                                                                                                                                                          O God, purify our hearts,                                                                                                                                                                                  and do not take your Holy Spirit from us.                                                                                                                                                  From Ascension to Pentecost, the following is added:                                                                                                                                Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of your faithful.                                                                                                                                           And set us on fire with your love.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

 

The Collect of the Day

 

A Collect for Sundays

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

 

Free intercessions.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Terce

 

Officiant      O God, make speed to save us.

            O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Officiant and People

 

Glory and honour 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 Psalms is sung or said.  Suitable selections include Psalms 19,67, one or more sections of Psalm 119, or a

selection from Psalms 120 through 133.

 

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

 

Glory and Honour ¡­

 

A reading from the scriptures as designated by the Bishop shall be read.

A reading from ____________________

 

Thanks be to God.

 

A meditation, silent or spoken, may follow.

 

The Officiant then begins the Prayers

 

Supplication: (See pp. 18-19)

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Officiant and People

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,                      Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed be thy Name                                hallowed be your Name,

    thy kingdom come,                                      your kingdom come,

    thy will be done,                                           your will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.                            on earth as in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread.                    Give us today our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses,                                       Forgive us our sins

    as we forgive those                                    as we forgive those

        who trespass against us,                        who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,                    Save us from the time of trial,

    but deliver us from evil.                              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 the following Collec.  If desired, the

Collect of the Day may be used.

 

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

 

Free Intercession:

 

We beseech you o Lord, so fill our hearts with your grace that as we have known the incarnation of your son our Lord Yeshua HaMoshiach  by the message of an angel, that so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection.  And what we ask for ourselves, we ask for all those for whom Messiah died, that those who sin against you would come to love you, and that those who love you would be drawn nearer to you. To the glory of God the Father, Amen.

The service concludes as follows

 

Officiant     Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and         for ever.  Amen. 

 

 

Sext

 

Officiant      O God, make speed to save us.

            O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Officiant and People

 

Glory and honour 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 Psalms is sung or said.  Suitable selections include Psalms 19,67, one or more sections of Psalm 119, or a

selection from Psalms 120 through 133.

 

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

 

Glory and Honour ¡­

 

A reading from the scriptures as designated by the Bishop shall be read.

A reading from ____________________

 

Thanks be to God.

 

A meditation, silent or spoken, may follow.

 

The Officiant then begins the Prayers

 

Supplication: (See pp. 18-19)

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

The Lord¡¯s Praryer

 

Officiant     Lord, hear our prayer;

People       And let our cry come to you.

Officiant     Let us pray.

 

The Officiant then says the following Collec.  If desired, the

Collect of the Day may be used.

 

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.

or

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. 

Free Intercession:

 

We beseech you o Lord, so fill our hearts with your grace that as we have known the incarnation of your son our Lord Yeshua HaMoshiach  by the message of an angel, that so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection.  And what we ask for ourselves, we ask for all those for whom Messiah died, that those who sin against you would come to love you, and that those who love you would be drawn nearer to you. To the glory of God the Father, Amen.

 

The service concludes as follows

 

Officiant     Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and forever.  Amen. 

 

None

 

Officiant      O God, make speed to save us.

            O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Officiant and People

 

Glory and honour 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 Psalms is sung or said.  Suitable selections include Psalms 19,67, one or more sections of Psalm 119, or a

selection from Psalms 120 through 133.

 

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

 

Glory and Honour ¡­

 

A reading from the scriptures as designated by the Bishop shall be read.

A reading from ____________________

 

Thanks be to God.

 

A meditation, silent or spoken, may follow.

 

The Officiant then begins the Prayers

Supplication: (See pp. 18-19)

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

The Lord¡¯s Praryer

 

Officiant     Lord, hear our prayer;

People       And let our cry come to you.

Officiant     Let us pray.

 

The Officiant then says the following Collec.  If desired, the

Collect of the Day may be used.

 

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.

 

Free Intercession:

 

We beseech you o Lord, so fill our hearts with your grace that as we have known the incarnation of your son our Lord Yeshua HaMoshiach  by the message of an angel, that so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection.  And what we ask for ourselves, we ask for all those for whom Messiah died, that those who sin against you would come to love you, and that those who love you would be drawn nearer to you. To the glory of God the Father, Amen.

 

The service concludes as follows

 

Officiant     Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and forever.  Amen. 

 

 

Vespers

The room 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 season, may then be read.

 

Matthew 5:14��                                 Isaiah 60:1�� (Epiphany)

2 Corinthians 4:5��            1 John 1:5�� (Lent)

Psalm 139:10��                 Revelation 21:10,22�� (Easter)

Isaiah 60:19�� (Advent)     Psalm 36:5�� (Ascension)                                   )

John 1:1�� (Christmas)         Joel 2:28�� (Whitsunday) 

                                    1 Peter 2:9 (Saints¡¯ Days)

The Officiant then says the Prayer for Light, using any one of the following or some

other suitable prayer, first saying

 

Let us pray.

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.

 

 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

 

Christmas, Epiphany, and other Feasts of the Incarnation

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.

 

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.

 

The candles at the Altar are now lighted, as are other candles and  lamps as may be convenient.

 

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 praised, 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.

 

Or the following are appropriate according to season::

Advent: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Christmas: The Light of Christ has come into the World

Epiphany:  Shine Jesus Shine

Easter:  The Gloria

 

Lesson:

 

A song or canticle may follow the lesson. (Magnificat p. 12 is recommended.)

Supplication: (See pp. 18-19)

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.

 

Collect of the Day:

 

This litany or another may be used.  (Families which use this prayer alone in the evening may desire free intercessions instead)

 


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 Ghost, Sanctifier of the faithful;
    Have mercy upon us.
O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God;
    Have mercy upon us.

REMEMBER not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers; neither take t vengeance on us for  our sins: Spare us, good Lord, spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
    Spare us, good Lord.

FROM all evil and mischief; from sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation,
    Good Lord, deliver us.
    From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness,
    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 lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death,
    Good Lord, deliver us.
    From all sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion; from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word and Commandment,
    Good Lord, deliver us.
    By the mystery of your holy Incarnation; by your holy Nativity and Circumcision; by your Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,
    Good Lord, deliver us.
    By your Agony and Bloody Sweat; by your Cross and Passion; by your precious Death and Burial; by your glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the Coming of the Holy Spirit,
    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.
 

WE sinners do beseech you to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please you to rule and govern your holy Church universal in the right way;
    We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you so to rule the heart of your servant, The President of the United States, that he may above all things seek your honour and glory;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to bless and preserve all Christian Rulers and Magistrates, giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to illuminate all Bishops, especially our presiding Bishop, N., Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of your Word; and that both by their preaching and living they may set it forth, and show it accordingly;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to send forth labourers into your harvest;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please you to bless and keep all your people;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please you to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please you to give us an heart to love and fear thee, and diligently to live after your commandments;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to give to all your people increase of grace to hear meekly your word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to strengthen such as do stand; and to comfort and help the weak-hearted; and to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfort, all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please thee to preserve all who travel by land, by water, or by air, all women in child-birth, all sick persons, and young children; and to show your pity upon all prisoners and captives;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to defend, and provide for, the fatherless children, and widows, and all who are desolate and oppressed;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to have mercy upon all men;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts;
   We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
    That it may please you to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth, so that in due time we may enjoy them;
   We beseech you 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 you to hear us, good Lord.

Deacon:  Let us each pray for those people or things in our lives as seem fit to each. (The people may pray aloud or in silence)                                                       
    Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.
    Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.
    O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world;
       Have mercy upon us..
    O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world;
    Have mercy upon us.

    O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world;
    Grant us your peace.
    O Christ, hear us.
    O Christ, hear us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
 

 

The Lord¡¯s Prayer

 

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.

 

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.

 

Praise the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Lord¡¯s name be praised.

Antiphon (pp.22-23)

 

 

During the fifty days of Easter:  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Let us bless the Lord

 

Thanks be to God.

 

In Easter Season the People respond

 

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Note:  This rite is taken mostly from the PECUSA 1979 BCP.

 

 

Compline

 

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

The maker of heaven and earth.

 

Let us confess our sins to God. A brief pause is kept to recall the sins of the preceding day and to repent of them

Lord God, eternal and all powerful Father.  We recognize and confess before your holy majesty, that we are miserable sinners, conceived and born in sin, inclined to evil, and incapable of our own strength to practice good.  Daily and in thousands of ways we break your holy commandments, and thereby call upon ourselves, by your just sentence condemnation and death.  We sense the living pain of having offended you, we condemn ourselves with true repentance, begging humbly for your grace, and asking that you help us in your misery.  Have mercy on us, O God, Father of mercy, and pardon all of our sins, for the love of your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

 

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

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory and honour to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever, Amen. (Alleluia)

 

Psalmody

 

Lesson

 

A reading from____________________

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Sh¡¯ma

Supplication: (See pp. 18-19)

Grant our prayer, eternal and almighty God.

Into your hands O Lord I commend my spirit.

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

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

Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

 

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

 

Lord¡¯s Prayer.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely through this day, and you now prepare for us a time of rest.  Allow us to sleep in perfect peace, plant within our hearts the knowledge of your mercy, and give us the grace to thank you for the benefits you have given us today.  A brief pause is kept to recall God¡¯s blessings for the day and thank him..  Graciously keep us this night, and let your holy angels be ever present with us, that the evil foe may have no power over us.  We make our prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Free intercessions.

 

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping;

That awake we may  watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

 

Lord you now have set your servant free*

 to go in peace as you have promised.

 

For these eyes of mine have seen the saviour*

Whom you have prepared for all the world to see.

 

A light to enlighten the nations*

And the glory of your people Israel.

 

Glory and honour to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As is was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

 

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping;

That awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in  peace.

 

May the Lord Almighty grant to us a quiet night;

And peace at the last.

 

Into your hands, O Lord;

I commend my spirit.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The blessing of God, +Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever, Amen.

 

 

Prayers before sleeping:

Thank you Father for the day that is past.  (Specific thanksgivings may be made)  Help me to learn from my mistakes that I may live a holier tomorrow.  Send me dreams that inspire me and help me to rest in you.

 

My God and my Lord, take me away from my own self and let me belong completely to you.  My God and my Lord, take away from me everything that keeps me apart from you.  My God and my Lord, grant me everything that draws me closer to you. St. Ignatius of Loyola.

 

 

 

 


Recommended Canticles:

 

                                    1st  Lesson                                2nd Lesson                    Vespers

Sunday:                                 11                                                            15                                            10

            (Advent)                    6                                                              11                                            10

            (Lent)                          9                                                              11                                            10                            (Easter)  3                                                        2                                                    10

Monday                                 4                                                              14                                            3

            (Lent)                                                                                                                                          9

Tuesday                                8                                                              13                                            5

Wednesday                          6                                                              11                                            7

            (Lent)                          9

Thursday                               3                                                              1                                              6

            (Lent)                                                                                          14

Friday                                     5                                                              13                                            8

            (Lent)                          9


Saturday                                7                                                              14                                            4

           

 

 

Credits & Acknowledgments:

 

Lauds mostly consists of elements from ECUSA 1979 BCP.  The actual Lauds are translated from the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain's BCP.  St. Patrick's Breastplate from Cyberhymnal.

Matins is mostly translated from the Spanish matins service.  The Canticles are from ECUSA BCP.

Terce, Sext and None are derived from the ECUSA 1979 BCP.  The ending prayer derives from the Angelus.

Vespers mostly from the BCP.

Compline mostly from the BCP.





 
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