|The 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.
¶ On any day, save a Day of Fasting or Abstinence, or on any day when the Litany or Holy Communion is immediately to follow, the Minister may, at his discretion, pass at once from the Sentences to the Lord's Prayer, first pronouncing, The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit. Minister. Let us pray.
And Note, that when the Confession and Absolution are omitted, the Minister
may, after the Sentences, pass to the Versicles, O
Lord open thou our lips, etc., in which case the Lord's Prayer shall
be said with the other prayers, immediately after The Lord be with
you, etc., and before the Versicles and Responses which follow, or,
in the Litany, as there appointed.
LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep
silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
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—
¶ Or he shall say,
LET us humbly confess
our sins unto Almighty God.
¶ 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.
The Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins.
¶ To be made by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.
But NOTE, That
the Priest, at his discretion, may use, instead of what follows, the Absolution
from the Order for the Holy Communion.
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.
¶ 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.
¶ 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 Canticle; except on those days for which other Canticles are appointed; and except also, that Psalm 95 may be used in this place.
¶ But Note, That on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday the Venite may be omitted.
On the days hereafter named, here may be sung or said:
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, according to the Use of this Church. And at the end of every Psalm, and likewise at the end of the Venite, Benedictus es, Benedictus, Jubilate, may be, and at the end of the whole Portion, or Selection from the Psalter, shall be, sung or said the Gloria Patri:
be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
¶ Then shall be read the First Lesson, according to the Table or Calendar. And 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.
¶ Here shall be said or sung the following Hymn.
¶ But, Note, That on any day when the Holy Communion is immediately to follow the Minister at his discretion, after any one of the following Canticles of Morning Prayer has been said or sung, may pass at once to the Communion Service.
praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
art the King of Glory, O Christ.
LORD, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; * praised and exalted above all for
ALL ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify
him for ever.
YE Heavens, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
LET the Earth bless the Lord: * yea, let it praise him, and magnify him
LET Israel bless the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
LET us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost: * 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 shall be sung or said the Hymn following.
¶ But Note, That, save on the Sundays in Advent, the latter portion thereof may be omitted.
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
BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands: * serve the
LORD with gladness, and come before his presence
with a song.
¶ Then shall 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:
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, the people devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,
¶ Here, if it hath not already been said, shall follow the Lord's Prayer.
¶ 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.
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.
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.
¶ The following Prayers shall be omitted here when the Litany is said, and may be omitted when the Holy Communion is to follow.
That the Minister may here end the Morning Prayer with such general intercessions
taken out of this Book, as he shall think fit, or with the Grace.
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.
LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation
to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell
secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES,
and to all in Authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will.
Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever
mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
one God, world without end. Amen.
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 arid Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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; [*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 Christ’s sake. Amen.
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; [*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 he 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.
¶ Note, That the General Thanksgiving may be said by the Congregation with the Minister.
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.
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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