|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE ORDER FOR
DAILY MORNING PRAYER.
¶ The Minister shall always begin the Morning Prayer by reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture.
¶ On any day not a Sunday, he may omit the Exhortation following, saying instead thereof, Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God, and may end the Morning Prayer with the Collect for Grace and 2 Cor. xiii. 14.
¶ On any day when the Holy Communion is immediately to follow, the Minister may, at his discretion, pass at once from the Sentences to the Lords Prayer, first pronouncing, The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit. Minister. Let us pray,
LORD is in his holy temple: let
all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
Repent ye; for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St.
Matt. iii. 2.
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that be hath committed,
and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Ezek. xviii. 27.
¶ Then the Minister shall say,
beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places, to acknowledge
and confess our manifold sins and wickedness and that we would 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.
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.
The Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins.
¶ To be made 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 our 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 Lords Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here, and wheresoever else it is used in Divine Service.
Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy
will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give 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.
¶ 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 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.
COME, let us sing unto the LORD
; let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
¶ Then shall follow a Portion of the PSALMS, as they are appointed, or one of the Selections of Psalms. And at the end of every Psalm, and likewise at the end of the Venite, Benedicite, Benedictus, Jubilate, may be, and at the end of the whole Portion, or Selection from the Psalter, shall be sang or said the Gloria Patri:
be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
¶ At the end of the whole Portion of the Psalms or Selection from the Psalter; the Gloria in excelsis may be sung or said instead of the Gloria Patri.
¶ Then shalt 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.
praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
¶ Or this Canticle.
Benedicite, omnia opera Domini.
ALL ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : praise him, and magnify
him for ever.
¶ 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 shalt be sung or said the Hymn following: but Note, That, save on the Sundays in Advent, the latter portion thereof may be omitted.
Benedictus. St. Luke i. 68.
be the Lord God of Israel : for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers : and to remember his
¶ Or this Psalm.
Jubilate Deo. Psalm c.
BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands
: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a Song.
¶ Then shalt be said the Apostles creed by the Minister and the People, standing. And any Churches may, instead of the words, He descended into hell, use the words, He went into the place of departed Spirits, which are considered as words of the same meaning in the Creed.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
¶ Or this.
BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And
of all things visible and invisible:
¶ And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,
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
A Collect for Peace.
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.
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.
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 shall be omitted here when the
Litany is said, and may be omitted when the Holy Communion is immediately
A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
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.
A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
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 com-mend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways
distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom
our prayers are desired;] 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 Christs sake. Amen.
A General Thanksgiving.
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; [* particularly to those who desire now to offer
up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto
them.] 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
show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving
up our selves 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 or 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.
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