The Book of Common Prayer
United States England Scotland Ireland Wales Canada World

    The 1662 Book of Common Prayer:
The Original Manuscript


The Order for Evening Prayer

throughout the year.


At the beginning of Evening Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice, some one or more of these sentences of the scriptures that follow. And then he shall say that which is written after the said sentences.


When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doth that which is lawfull and right, he shall save his soul alive.

Ezech. 18. 27.

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

Psal. 51.3.

    Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out mine iniquities.

Psal. 51.9.

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psal. 51.17.

    Rent your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God, for he is gracious and mercifull, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Joel. 2.13.

    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.

Dan. 9.9,10.

    O Lord correct me, but with judgement; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Jer: 10.24.
Psal. 6.1.

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

S. Mat. 3.2.

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

S.Luke 15.18,19.

    Enter not into judgement with thy servant, [O Lord] for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Psal. 143.2.

    If we say, that we have no sin, we deceive our selves, and the Truth is not in us, [but] if we confess our sins, he is faithfull and just to forgive us our sinns, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 S. John. 1.8,9.

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 obtein 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 most 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 after me.

A generall Confession to be said of the whole congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling.

Almighty, and most mercifull Father, We have erred and strayed from thy wayes 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 undon those things which we ought to have don, And we have don those things which we ought not to have don, And there is no health in us, But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults, Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord; And grant, O most mercifull Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Absolution, or Remission of sins, to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing, the people still kneeling.

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 wickednes and live; and 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 beseech we 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 etemall joy, throug Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel and say the Lords Prayer: the people also kneeling and repeating it with him.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be don in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil, For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall he say.

O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord make hast to help us.

Here, all standing up, the Priest shall say.

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.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lords name be praised.

Then shall be said or sung the Psalms in order as they be appointed. Then a Lesson of the old Testament as is appointed; And after that Magnificat (or the song of the blessed virgin Mary) in English as followeth.


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

Or else this Psalm, except it lie on the nineteenth day of the month, when it is read in the ordinary course of the Psalms.

Magnificat S. Luke. l.

O sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath don marvelous things.
    With his own right hand, and with his holy arm : hath he gotten himselfe the Victory.
    The Lord declared his salvacon : his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
    He hath remembred his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel : and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
    Shew your selves joyfull unto the Lord, all ye Lands : sing, rejoyce, and give thancks.
    Praise the Lord upon the Harp : sing to the Harp with a Psalm of thanksgiving.
    With Trumpets also and Shawms : O shew your selves joyfull before the Lord the King.
    Let the Sea make a noise, and all that therein is : the round world, and they that dwell therein.
    Let the Floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyfull together before the Lord : for he cometh to judge the earth.
    With righteousness shall he judge the world : and the People with equity.
    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.

Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed. And after that Nunc dimittis (or the song of Simeon) in English, as followeth.

Cantate Domino. Psal: 98.

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.

Or else this Psalm (except it be on the twelfth day of the month.)

Nunc dimitis.
St. Luke
. 2.29.

God be mercifull unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his Countenance, and be mercifull unto us.
    That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.
    Let the people praise thee, O God : yea let all the people praise thee.
    O Let the nations rejoyce and be glad : for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
    Let the people praise thee, (0 God:) yea let all the people praise thee.
    Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God shall give us his blessing.
    God shall bless us : and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
    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.

Then shall be said, or sung the Apostles Creed by the Minister, and tthe people standing.

I beleeve 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, Borne 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 quicke and the dead. I beleeve in the holy Ghost, The holy Catholick Church, The Communion of Saints, The forgiveness of Sinns, The Resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

And after that these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling, the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice

The Lord be with you.
And with thy Spirit.
Let us pray.
Lord have mercy upon us.
Christ have mercy upon us.
Lord have mercy upon us,

Then thee Minister, Clerks and people shall say the Lords Prayer with a loud voice.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our Trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then the Priest standing up, shall say,
O Lord shew thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy Salvation.
O Lord save the King.
And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Indue thy Ministers with righteousnes.
And make thy chosen people joyfull.
O Lord save thy people.
And bless thine Inheritance.
Give peace in our tyme, O Lord.
Because there is none other that fighteth for us but only thou, O God.
O God make cleane our hearts within us.
And take not thy holy Spirit from us.

Then shall follow three Collects. The first of the day; The second for Peace; The third for aid against all perils, as hereafter followeth: which two last Collects shall be daily said at Evening Prayer without Alteration.

Deus misereatur. Psal. 67.

The second Collect at evening Prayer.

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 both our hearts may be sett to obey thy Commandments, and alsoe that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may passe our time in rest and quietness, through the meritts of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The third Collect for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness wee 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 Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

In Quires and Places where they sing, here followeth the Antheme.

A Prayer for the Kings Majesty.

O Lord our heavenly Father, High and Mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only ruler of Princes, who do'st from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth, most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behould our most gracious sovereign Lord King Charles, and soe replenish him with the grace of thy holy spirit, that he may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Indue him plenteously with heavenly guifts, grant him in health and wealth long to live, strengthen him that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies, and finally after this life he may attaine everlasting joy and felicity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for [the Royal Family]

Almighty God the fountaine of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless
Indue them with thy holy spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly grace, prosper them with all happines, and bring them to thine everlasting Kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and people.

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels, send down upon our Bishops and Curates, and all Congregations comitted to their charge the healthfull Spirit of thy grace, and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continuall dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen

A Prayer of Saint Chysostome.

Allnighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee, and do'st promise that when two: or three are gathered together in thy Name, thou wilt grant their Requests; fulfill 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.

¶ 2 Corinthians. 13.

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.

Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer
throughout the year.



At Morning Prayer

Upon those Feasts of Christmas day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter day, Ascension day, Whitsunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon, and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity Sunday shall be sung, or said at morning Prayer, instead of the Apostles Creed, This Confession of our christian Faith, commonly called the Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and people standing.


Whosoever will be saved : before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith.
    Which Faith, except every one do keepe whole and undefiled : without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    And the Catholick Faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity.
    Neither confounding the persons : nor dividing the Substance.
    For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son : and another of the holy Ghost.
    But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the holy Ghost is all one : the glory equall, the Majesty coeternall.
    Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the holy Ghost.
    The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate : and the holy Ghost uncreate.
    The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible : and the holy Ghost incomprehensible.
    The Father eternall, the Son eternall : and the holy Ghost eternall.
    And yet they are not three eternals : but one eternall.
    As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, : but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
    So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty : and the holy Ghost Almighty.
    And yet they are not three Almightyes : but one Almighty.
    So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the holy Ghost is God.
    And yet they are not three Gods : but one God.
    So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : and the holy Ghost Lord.
    And yet not three Lords : but one Lord.
    For like as we are compelled by the Christian Verity : to acknowledge every person by himselfe to be God and Lord.
    So are we forbidden by the Catholick religion : to say there be three Gods, or three Lords.
    The Father is made of none : neither created nor begotten.
    The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created but begotten.
    The holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    So there is one Father, not three Fathers, one Son, not three Sons : one holy Ghost, not three holy Ghosts.
    And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other : none is greater, or lesse then another.
    But the whole three persons are coeternall together : and coequall.
    So that in all things, as is aforesaid : the unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in unity is to be worshipped.
    He therefore that will be saved : must thus thinke of the Trinity.
    Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting Salvation : that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    For the right Faith is that we believe, and confesse : that our Lord Iesus Christ the Son of God, is God and Man.
    God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the Worlds : and Man of the Substance of his mother, borne in the world.
    Perfect God, and perfect man : of a reasonable soule, and humane flesh subsisting.
    Equall to the Father, as touching his Godhead: and inferiour to the Father, as touching his manhood.
    Who although he be God and man : yet he is not twoe, but one Christ.
    One, not by Conversion of the Godhead into Flesh : but by takeing of the manhood into God.
    One altogether, not by Confusion of Substance : but by unity of person.
    For as the reasonable soule and Flesh is one man : So God and man is one Christ.
    Who suffered for our Salvation : descended into hell; rose againe the third day from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father God Almighty : from whence he shall come to judge the quicke and the dead.
    At whose coming all men shall rise againe with their Bodies : and shall give Account for their own Works.
    And they that have done good, shall go into life everlasting : and they that have done evill into everlasting fire.
    This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.
    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.

Quicunque vult.



Web author: Charles Wohlers U. S. EnglandScotlandIrelandWalesCanadaWorld