The Book of Common Prayer
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    Selections from the 1789 U. S. Book of Common Prayer








For morning and evening prayer with the Ante-Communion





    Soldiers have often complained that the usual size Bible and Prayer-book increase the bulk and weight of their knapsacks. It is intended to give with this the small 18mo. edition of the New Testament.








THE LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
    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. 
    Repent ye; for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St. Matt. iii. 2.

    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 — 









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. 


To be said by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

    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. 

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

    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. 

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


Here, all standing, 

    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.
    Minister. Praise ye the Lord. 
    Answer. The Lord’s Name be praised. 

For Morning Prayer only. For Evening Prayer, see eighth page.

    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. After which the first Lesson shall be read from the Old Testament. And then the


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. 



Then shall be read the second Lesson, taken out of the New Testament. After which this Hymn.

    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. 


Or this Hymn. 

    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. 

Morning Prayer continues on page 9. The Creed. 

For Evening Prayer only, after the first Lesson,

    IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most highest. 
   To tell of thy loving kindness early in the morning, and of thy truth in the night season, 
   Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute; upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp. 
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy works; and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands. 

Then shall be read a Lesson of the New Testament.

    GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us, and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful 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 rejoice and be glad; for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
   Let the people praise thee O 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.

For both Morning and Evening

The Creed

    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. 

    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. 

Then shall follow the Collect for the day. After which, as follows.



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 Collect for Peace.

    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.

A Collect for Aid against Perils.

    O LORD, our heavenly Father, by whose Almighty power we have been preserved this day; 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.



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. 

At Morning Prayer on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, see page 14. The Litany. 

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 supplications 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



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