|The Book of Common Prayer|
throughout the year.
¶ At the beginning of Evening Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow. And he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.
the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed,
and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Ezek. xviii. 27.
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 cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we 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 that 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 general Confession, to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.
and most merciful Father; we have erred and strayed from thy ways, like
lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our
own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone
those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things
which we ought not to have done, And there is no health in us: But thou,
O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders; Spare thou 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 merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter
live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name.
¶ The Absolution, to be pronounced by the Minister 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 wickedness 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 let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then, the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's 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 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. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
¶ Then likewise he shall say,
O Lord, open thou our lips;
¶ Here all standing up, the Minister shall say,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
¶ Then shall be said or sung the Psalms in order as they are appointed. Then a Lesson of the Old Testament, as is appointed. And after that the 8th Psalm, Magnificat (or the Song of the blessed Virgin Mary) in English.
Domine, Dominus noster. Psalm viii.
LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world : thou
that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
Magnificat S. Luke i. 46.
soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
¶ Or else this Psalm; except it be on the Nineteenth Day of the Month, when it is read in the ordinary Course of the Psalms.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.
SING unto the Lord a new song : for he hath done marvellous things.
Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed.
Ecce nunt. Psalm cxxxiv.
now, praise the Lord : all ye servants of the Lord.
Deus misereatur Psalm lxvii.
be merciful unto us, and bless us : and show us the light of his countenance,
and be merciful unto us;
¶ Then shall be said the Creed, commonly called the Apostles’ Creed, by the Minister and the people, standing.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
¶ And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling: the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,
¶ Then the Minister, Clerks, and people, shall say the Lord's 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 Minister standing up shall say,
O Lord, shew thy mercy upon 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 said at Evening Prayer without alteration.
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast hitherto preserved us in safety this day, by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; [pardon whatsoever we have done amiss; and settle our holy purposes to do better for the time to come; that laying ourselves down to sleep with these godly resolutions in our hearts, they may awaken with us in the morning, and we may daily grow more watchfull in all our waies]*, for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
|* This passage in brackets was proposed to be added, but there is no mark of insertion in the text.|
¶ In Quires and Places where they sing here followeth the Anthem.
¶ Prayer for the King and Queens Majesties.
O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our Sovereign Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way; Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; direct all their counsels to thy honour and glory; bless all their righteous undertakings; grant them in health and wealth long to live; and that after this life, they may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless Catherine the Queene Dowager, The Princess Anne of Denmark, and all the Royal Family; Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, the giver of all spiritual gifts; Send down upon our Bishops, Pastors, and Curates, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: 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 Cor. xiii. 14..
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 these Feasts; Christmas Day, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Trinity Sunday, and upon All Saints, shall be said at Morning Prayer, by the Minister and People standing, instead of the Creed commonly called the Apostles’ Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called The Creed of Saint Athanasius ;—the Articles of which ought to be received and believed as being agreeable to the Holy Scriptures, and the CONDEMNING CLAUSES are to be understood as relating only to those who obstinately deny the substance of the Christian Faith.
will be saved : before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholique
Glory be to the Father, and to the Sonne : and to the holy Ghost.
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