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    1789 U. S. Book of Common Prayer

 

THE ORDER FOR 

DAILY MORNING PRAYER.


 

The Minister shall begin the MORNING PRAYER, by reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture.

THE LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
    From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my Name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my Name, and a pure offering: for my Name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal. I. 11.
    Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm xix. 14, 15.
    When 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.
    I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.
    Hide thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities Psalm li 9
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit a broken and a contrite heart O God thou wilt not despise. Psalm ii 17 
    Rend your heart and not your garments and turn unto the LORD your God for he is gracious and merciful slow to anger and of great kindness and repenteth him of the evil Joel ii 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 ix. 9, 10.
    O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24, Psalm vi. 1.
    Repent ye; for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St. Matt. iii. 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. St. Luke xv. 18, 19.
    Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O LORD; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliii. 2.
    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John i. 8, 9.
 

Then the Minister shall say, 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"LORD" is not capitalized in all editions.

 

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First page of Morning Prayer, from an edition published in 1821.

A General Confession. 

To be said by the whole congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling. 

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou O Lord have mercy upon us, miserable offenders Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 

 

 

Title and rubric printed as one until 1845.

The Declaration of Absolution, Or Remission Of Sins. 

To be said 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 wickedness and live hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all those who 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. 

The People shall answer here, and at the end of every Prayer, Amen. 

Or this. 

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who, with hearty repentance and true faith, turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord’s Prayer; the people still kneeling and repeating it with him, both here, and wheresoever else it is used in divine service. 

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Then likewise he shall say, 

    O Lord, open thou our lips. 
    Answer. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.. 

 

 

Title and rubric printed as one until 1845.

Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say, 

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; 
    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen*. 
    Minister. Praise ye the Lord. 
    Answer. The Lord’s Name be praised. 

Then shall be said or sang the following Anthem; except on those days for which other Anthems are appointed; and except also, when it is used in the course of the Psalms, on the nineteenth day of the month. 

Venite, exultemus Domino. 

O COME, let us sing unto the LORD; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. 
   Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. 
   For the LORD is a great God; a great King above all gods. 
   In his hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also. 
   The sea is his, and he made it, and his hands prepared the dry land. 
   O come let us worship and fall down, and kneel before the LORD our Maker. 
   For he is the Lord our God and we are the people his pasture and the sheep of his hand. 
   O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. 
   For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; and with righteousness to judge the world and the people with his truth 

Then shall follow a Portion of the Psalms, as they are appointed, or one of the Selections of the Psalms set forth by this Church. And at the end of every Psalm, and likewise at the end of the Venite, Benedicite, Jubilate Benedictus, Cantate Domino, Bonum est confiteri, Deus miseratur, Benedic, anima mea MAY be said or sung the Gloria Patri; and at the end of the whole Portion, or Selection of Psalms for the day SHALL be said or sung the Gloria Patri, or else the Gloria in escelsis, which followeth. 

Gloria in excelsis 

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 takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. 
   For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

 

 

 

 

* ”Amen” added in 1871; in some books from 1845 (but not those used here).

Then shall be read the first Lesson, according to the Table or Calendar.
After which shall be said or sung the following hymn. 

Note, That before every Lesson, the Minister shall say Here beginneth such a Chapter, or verse of such a Chapter, of such a Book: and after every Lesson, Here endeth the first, or the second Lesson. 

Te Deum laudamus. 

WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. 
   All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting. 
   To thee, all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein. 
   To thee, Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry, 
   Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; 
   Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy Glory. 
   The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee. 
   The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee. 
   The noble army of Martyrs praise thee. 
   The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee; 
   The Father, of an infinite Majesty; 
   Thine adorable, true, and only Son; 
   Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter. 
   Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ. 
   Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. 
   When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin. 
   When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. 
    Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the Glory of the Father. 
   We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge. 
   We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood. 
   Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, in glory everlasting. 
   O Lord save thy people and bless thine heritage. 
   Govern them and lift them up for ever. 
   Day by day we magnify thee; 
   And we worship thy Name ever world without end. 
   Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. 
   O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us. 
   O Lord let thy mercy be upon us as our trust is in thee. 
   O Lord in thee have I trusted let me never be confounded. 

Or this Canticle. 

Benedicite omnia opera Domine 

O ALL ye Works of the Lord bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Heavens, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Waters that be above the firmament bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O all ye Powers of the Lord bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Sun and Moon bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Showers and Dew bless ye the Lord; praise him and magnify him for ever 
   O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O let the Earth bless the Lord; yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O let Israel bless the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 
   O ye holy and humble Men of Heart, bless ye the Lord; praise him, and magnify him for ever. 

These two rubrics printed as one until 1845.

Then shall be read, in like manner, the second Lesson, taken out of the New Testament according to the Table or Calendar.
And after that, the following Psalm. 

Jubilate Deo. Psalm c. 

O BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands; serve the LORD with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. 
   Be ye sure that the LORD he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 
   O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and speak good of his Name. 
   For the LORD is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth from generation to generation. 
 

These two rubrics printed as one until 1845.

Or this Hymn. 

Benedictus. St. Luke i. 68. 

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel for he hath visited and redeemed his people; 
   And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, in the house of his servant David; 
   As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets which have been since the world began; 
   That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us. 

Then shall be said the Apostles’ Creed by the Minister and the People, standing. And any Churches may omit the words, He descended into hell, or may, instead of them, use the words, He went into the place of departed spirits, which are considered as words of the same meaning in the Creed. 
 

From 1886, the complete Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79) was permitted to be read, particularly during Advent, as printed in the 1892 book.

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: 
   And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell, The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
   I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the Life everlasting. Amen. 

Or this

I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: 
   And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By Whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into Heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. 
   And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen. 

And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing, 

    The Lord be with you. 
    Answer. And with thy spirit. 
                         Minister. Let us pray. 
    O Lord show thy mercy upon us. 
    Answer. And grant us thy salvation. 
    Minister. O God make clean our hearts within us. 
    Answer. And take not thy holy Spirit from us. 

 

 

 

 

[He descended into Hell;] (i. e., italicized and in brackets) until 1793.

Then shall follow the Collect for the day except when the Communion Service is read; and then the Collect for the day shall be omitted here. 

A Collect for Peace 

O GOD who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies that we, surely trusting in thy defence may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

A Collect for Grace 

O LORD our heavenly Father Almighty and everlasting God who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings being ordered by thy governance may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

A Prayer for the President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority. 

O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favour to behold and bless thy servant The President of the United States, and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The following Prayers are to be omitted here when the Litany is read. 

A Prayer for the Clergy and People. 

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the 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. 

A Prayer for all Conditions of Men. 

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind body or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities giving them patience under their sufferings and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen. 

 

 

A General Thanksgiving 

ALMIGHTY God Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee give us that due sense of all thy mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful and that we [may]* show forth thy praise not only with our lips but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.  

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom. 

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

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 Morning Prayer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* omitted in 1871.

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