Then shall the Priest say the COLLECT OF THE
DAY. And after the Collect the Minister
appointed shall read the EPISTLE,
first saying, The Epistle is written in the — Chapter of
—, beginning at the — Verse. The Epistle ended, he
shall say, Here endeth the Epistle.
Here may be sung a Hymn or an Anthem.
Then, all the People standing, the Minister appointed shall read the
first saying, The Holy Gospel is written in the — Chapter
of —, beginning at the — Verse.
Here shall be said,
be to thee, O Lord.
¶ And after the Gospel may be said,
be to thee, O Christ.
¶ Then shall be said the CREED
commonly called the Nicene, or else the Apostles’
Creed; but the Creed may be omitted, if it hath been said immediately
before in Morning Prayer; Provided, That the Nicene creed
shall be said on Christmas-day, Easter-day, Ascension-day, Whitsunday,
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 Catholic and Apostolic 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.
¶ Then shall be declared unto the People
what Holy-days, or Fasting-days, are in the week following to be observed;
and (if occasion be) shall Notice be given of the Communion, and of
the Banns of Matrimony, and other matters to be published.
Here, or immediately after the Creed, may be said the Bidding Prayer,
or other authorized Prayers and intercessions.
Then followeth the Sermon. After which, the Priest, when there is
a Communion, shall return to the Holy Table, and begin the Offertory,
saying one or more of these Sentences following, as he thinketh most
REMEMBER the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts
Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. St.
Matt. v. 16.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through
nor steal. St. Matt. vi. 19, 20.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven. St. Matt. vii. 21.
He that soweth little shall reap little; and he
that soweth plenteously shall reap plenteously. Let every man do according
as he is disposed in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for
God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
While we have time, let us do good unto all men;
and especially unto them that are of the household of faith. Gal.
God is not unrighteous, that he will forget your
works, and labour that proceedeth of love; which love ye have showed
for his Name’s sake, who have ministered unto the saints, and
yet do minister. Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to distribute, forget not; for
with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii.
Whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how
dwelleth the love of God in him’? 1 St. John
Be merciful after thy power. If thou hast much,
give plenteously; if thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to
give of that little: for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward in
the day of necessity. Tobit iv. 8,9.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily
I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least
of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. St. Matt.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have
not believed’? and how shall they believe in him of whom they
have not heard’? and how shall they hear without a preacher’?
and how shall they preach, except they be sent’? Rom.
x. 14, 15.
And he [Jesus
said unto them, The harvest truly is great [plenteous
1928], but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore
the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his
harvest. St. Luke x. 2.
Ye shall not appear before the LORD
empty; every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing
of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
Deut. xvi. 16, 17.
Thine, O LORD, is the greatness,
and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for
all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the
kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head
above all. 1 Chron. xxix. 11.
All things come of thee, O LORD,
and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chron. xxix.
¶ And Note, That these Sentences
may be used on any other occasion of Public Worship when the offerings
of the People are to be received.
The Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit persons appointed for that
purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other Offerings
of the People, in a decent Basin to be provided by the Parish; and
reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place
it upon the Holy Table.
And the Priest shall then offer, and shall place upon the Holy Table,
the Bread and the Wine.
And when the Alms and Oblations are being received and presented,
there may be sung a Hymn, or an Offertory Anthem in the words of Holy
Scripture or of the Book of Common Prayer, under the direction of
Here the Priest may ask the secret intercessions of the Congregation
for any who have desired the prayers of the Church.
Then shall the Priest say,
us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church militant.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who by
thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications,
and to give thanks for all men; We humbly beseech thee most mercifully
to accept our [alms and] oblations, and to receive these our prayers,
which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire
continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity,
and concord: And grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name
may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly
We beseech thee also, so to direct and dispose
the hearts of all Christian Rulers, that they may truly and impartially
administer justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and
to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue.
Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and
other Ministers, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set
forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy
And to all thy People give thy heavenly grace;
and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek
heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word;
truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their
And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness,
O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who, in this transitory life,
are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants
departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to grant
them continual growth in thy love and service, and to give us grace
so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers
of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s
sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say to those who come to receive the Holy Communion,
who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love
and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following
the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways;
Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort;
and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.
Then shall this General Confession be made, by the Priest
and all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, humbly
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and
bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time,
most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against
thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation
against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these
our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden
of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most
merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive
us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and
please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest (the Bishop if he be present) stand up, and
turning to the People, say,
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 shall the Priest say,
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ
saith unto all who truly turn to him.
unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh
you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten
Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.
Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to
be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins.
1 St. John ii. 1, 2.
After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
It is meet and right so to do.
Then shall the Priest turn to the Holy Table, and say,
is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times,
and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty,
¶ Here shall follow the PROPER
PREFACE, according to the time, if there
be any specialty appointed; or else immediately shalt be said or sung
by the Priest,
Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with
all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name;
evermore praising thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of, hosts, Heaven and earth are full of
thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.
that in the final 1928 version there is a title for each Preface.]
Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after.
thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born as at this
time for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very
man, of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother; and that without
spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore with Angels,
The Epiphany, and seven days after.
Jesus Christ our Lord, who, in substance of our mortal flesh, manifested
forth his glory; that he might bring us out of darkness into his own
glorious light. Therefore with Angels, etc.
the Purification, Annunciation, and Transfiguration.
in the Mystery of the Word made flesh, thou hast caused a new light
to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of thy glory in the
face of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore with Angels, etc.
Easter-day, and seven days after.
BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee
for the glorious Resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for
he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken
away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death,
and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life.
Therefore with Angels, etc.
Ascension-day, and seven days after.
thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who, after his
most glorious Resurrection, manifestly appeared to all his Apostles,
and in their sight ascended up into heaven, to prepare a place for
us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with
him in glory. Therefore with Angels, etc.
the Feast of Whitsunday, and six days after.
Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy
Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, lighting upon the Apostles,
to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them boldness
with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations;
whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear
light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore
with Angels, etc.
Upon the Feast of Trinity only.
with thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one
Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Substance. For that which
we believe of thy glory, O Father, the same we believe of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference of inequality. Therefore
with Angels, etc.
the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and
for the sending to us of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; who are one
with thee in thy Eternal Godhead. Therefore with Angels, etc.
Upon All Saints’ Day, and seven days after.
in the multitude of thy saints, hast compassed us about with so great
a cloud of witnesses that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run
with patience the race that is set before us, and together with them
may receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.