|The Book of Common Prayer|
SERVICES AND PRAYERS
Special Lenten Service
Bishop’s Note, re varying Order of Service
SERVICES AND PRAYERS
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DIOCESE OF KOOTENAY
“We think it our duty to affirm the right of every Bishop within the jurisdiction assigned to him by the Church, to set forth or sanction additional services and prayers when he believes that God’s work may be thereby furthered, or the spiritual needs of the worshippers more fully met: and to adapt the prayers already in the Book to the special requirements of his people.”—Lambeth Conference, 1897.
SPECIAL LENTEN SERVICES.
If it be desired to have a Special Lenten Service, it is recommended that the latter part of the Commination Service be used, commencing with the fifty-first Psalm.
A FORM OF THANKSGIVING
The usual order for Morning or Evening Prayer shall be observed, except where it is in this Office otherwise appointed.
Let him that ministereth begin with the following sentences:
O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is gracious, because His mercy endureth forever.—Ps. cxviii. 1.
Morning Prayer.—Ps. lxv.; lxxxi.; cxliv.
Morning Prayer.—First Lesson: Deut. viii.
Instead of the Collect of the day, one of the two following Collects shall be used:
O Almighty God and Heavenly Father, we glorify Thee that we are once more permitted to enjoy the fulfillment of Thy gracious promise, that while the remaineth seed-time and harvest shall not fail. Blessed be Thou, who has given us the fruits of the earth in their season. Teach us to remember that it is not by bread alone that man doth live; but grant that we may feed on Him who is the true Bread which cometh down from heaven, even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, to whom with Thee, O Father and Thee, O Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, forever and ever. Amen.
O merciful God, at whose bidding the earth withholdeth her increase, or again rendereth her fruits in their season, give us grace that we may learn alike from Thy mercies and from Thy judgments our entire dependence on Thee for the supply or our daily bread, and being fully persuaded that whatever blessing we receive at Thy hands is designed for our trial, as well as for our comfort, may we give Thee of that which is Thy own, by contributing to the maintenance of Thy Holy Church, and the relief of the poor and the afflicted, the widow and the orphan, to the glory of Thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And then of the two following:
O Lord, we pray Thee, sow the seed of Thy word in our hearts, and send down upon us the showers of Thy grace, that we may bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, and at the great Day of Harvest may be gathered by Thy Holy Angels into the heavenly garner, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty God, whose dearly beloved Son, after His resurrection, sent His Apostles into all the world: and on the day of Pentecost didst endue them with special gifts of the Holy Ghost, that they might gather in the spiritual harvest; we beseech Thee to look down from heaven upon the fields now white unto the harvest in this country, and in other lands; and to send forth more labourers into Thy harvest, to gather fruit unto eternal life. Grant us grace, we beseech Thee, so to help them with our prayers and offerings, that when the harvest of the earth is ripe, and the time for reaping is come, we, together with them, may rejoice before Thee, according to the joy in harvest, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After the General Thanksgiving, shall be said one or more of the following prayers:
Almighty Father, we bless and praise Thee, that in love to Thy children, Thou hast at this season bestowed upon us such an abundant supply for all our necessities; grant that we may never be destitute of those better gifts which nourish and enrich the soul. Thou hast watered our fields with the dews of heaven, and poured out upon us the former and the latter rain, according to our need; Thou hast reserved unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. And now we further beseech Thee, merciful Father, to shower down upon us Thy heavenly grace, and endue us with the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, so that we may bring forth abundant fruits to Thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O most merciful Father, who of Thy gracious goodness hast heard the devout prayers of Thy Church, and hast granted us to gather in the kindly fruits of the earth in their season; we give Thee humble thanks for this Thy bounty, beseeching Thee to continue Thy loving kindness towards us, that our land may yield her increase, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer may be used if the Harvest has been defective:
Almighty God and Heavenly Father, who art able to send us either an abundance or scarceness, and who hast in wisdom seen fit to withhold from us at this time Thy accustomed bounty; we most humbly praise Thee for still bestowing upon us far more than we deserve. Make us truly thankful for our many blessings. Increase in us more and more lively faith and love, and a humble submission to Thy blessed will. Be pleased to continue Thy favour, with the light of Thy Gospel to us and our posterity for evermore. Grant this, we beseech Thee, for Thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE COMMUNION SERVICE.
Instead of the Collect for the Day, one of the Special Collects on page 5 shall be used.
The Epistle. Revelation xiv., 14 to 19.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud voice to him that had the sharp sickle, saying. Thrust in thy sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
The Gospel. St. Matthew xiii., 36 to 44.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house; and His disciples came unto Him saying. Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that soweth them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
SERVICE OF INTERCESSION FOR MISSIONS
THE ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER.
The Minister in the beginning of Morning Prayer instead of the usual sentences, shall read this Scripture:
When Jesus saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest. St. Matthew ix. 36, 37. 38.
Proper Psalms—ii. xliv.
After the Collect for the day shall be added the Collects for All Saints Day. and the third Collect for Good Friday After the Prayer for all conditions of men. the following shall be used:
O wisdom, that camest out of the mouth of the Most High, mightily and sweetly ordering all things come to deliver us. Amen.
THE COMMUNION OFFICE.
Almighty God, Who by Thy Son Jesus Christ didst give commandment to Thy holy Apostles that they should go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature; grant to us, Whom Thou hast called into Thy Church, a hearty desire to make Thy way known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Look with compassion on the heathen who have not known Thee, who are scattered abroad as sheep that have no shepherd. Have respect, O Lord, unto the united intercessions of Thy Church, and send forth more laborers into Thy harvest. Prepare them by Thy grace for the work of the Ministry; give them the spirit of power, and love, and of a sound mind; strengthen them to endure hardness; and by their life and doctrine may they set forth Thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The Epistle: Ephes. iv. 7.
Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore He saith. When He ascended up on high. He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. (Now that, he ascended, what is it, but that he also descended first into the to lower parts of the earth? He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave some, Apostles; and some Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some Pastors and Teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, tor the work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man. unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
The Gospel: St. Matthew xxviii. 18.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying. All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
The service shall begin with the same sentences as in the morning.
Proper Psalms.—126, 130, 132.
Collects as in the Morning Service.
A FORM OF SERVICE
The clergyman at the beginning of the service shall say:
The days of man are but as grass, for he flourisheth as a flower of the field; for as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth forever and ever upon them that fear him, and his righteousness upon children's children; even upon such as keep his covenant and think upon his commandments to do them.—Ps. ciii. 15.
Then shall be read one or both of the following psalms. Psalm vi.; Psalm xiii.
Then shall follow the lesson taken from the Book of Job, the fourteenth chapter.
Job. xiv. to 14.
Then shall the Priest say:
In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?
Then, while the earth shall be cast upon the body by some standing by, the Priest shall say:
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Then shall the Priest, and the people with him, say the Lord Prayer.
Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth. As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Priest. O Lord, deal not with us after our sins.
Let us pray.
O God, merciful Father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful: Mercifully assist our prayers that we make before Thee in all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us that those evils, which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought; and by the providence of thy goodness they may be dispersed; that we Thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions may evermore give thanks unto Thee in Thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From our enemies defend us, O Christ.
Let us pray.
We humbly beseech Thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and for the glory of Thy Name turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved: and grant, that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
At the appointed hour the Clergy, with the Choir, the Churchwardens and the other officials, and (if present) the Bishop, shall proceed to the site, singing the hymn following:
The Church's one Foundation.
When all have taken their appointed places, the Minister shall say:
Except the Lord build the house,
Then shall be sung Psalm lxxxiv.
Then shall the Minister say:
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. The kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth. As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then the Bishop*, standing up and laying his hand upon the Stone, shall say:
|* Note. Whatsoever part in this Office is assigned to the Bishop, may in his absence be taken by the Archdeacon, or such other Priest as shall be appointed thereto.|
O Lord Jesu Christ. Son of the living God, who art the brightness of the Father's Glory, and the express image of His Person: the one Foundation, and the chief Corner Stone; Bless what we now do in laying this Stone in Thy Name, and be Thou, we beseech Thee, the beginning, the increase, and the consummation, of this our work, which is undertaken to the Glory of Thy Name, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say:
Behold I lay in Sion a chief Corner Stone, elect, precious.
Then shall be sung a Hymn.
Then, all things being made ready, the Stone shall be laid by the person appointed thereto with these words:
In the faith of Jesus Christ we place this Foundation Stone, in the Name of God the Father. God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop say,
Here let true faith, the fear of God, and brotherly love ever remain. This place is set apart for prayer and for the praise of the most holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who ever liveth with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Then shall be read the Lesson:
Then may be sung an Hymn.
Then shall the Bishop say,
Let us pray.
O Eternal God, mighty in power, of majesty incomprehensible, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands; who yet hast promised to be present wherever two or three are gathered together in Thy Name; Vouchsafe to guide and bless the efforts now being made to raise a House for Thy worship and service in this parish, and grant us such success as may tend most to Thy Glory and the salvation of Thy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who art the shield and defence of Thy people, be ever at hand, we beseech Thee, to protect and succour the builders of this House; that the work which through Thy mercy hath now been begun, may by their labour be brought to a happy end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who hast built the living temple of Thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief Corner Stone; Grant unto the work of Thine own hands continual increase in glory and spiritual strength, and daily make Thy people more meet for the eternal tabernacle of Thy rest in the heavens; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee, O Father, and Thee, O Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.
Then may an Address be given, after which a Hymn shall be sung, during which a collection may be made.
The procession shall return in the same order as at the beginning, and an Hymn may be sung in returning.
NOTE. Should the weather be very inclement, and the site exposed, it may be expedient to hold the greater part of the foregoing Service in some adjacent building proceeding to the site for the central act of the Laying of the Stone only.
FORM OF SERVICE
The congregation being assembled in the Church, the Bishop or some Priest authorized by him shall say:
“Brethren, we are here assembled together to induct the Reverend (A. B.) as Rector (or Incumbent) of this Parish (or Mission); he having been already instituted by the Bishop to the Cure of souls.”
The Minister to be inducted shall here read aloud the Declaration of Assent enjoined by Canon, signed by himself.
The Mandate of Induction shall then be read, and one of the persons to whom it has been addressed shall say:
“In the name and on the behalf of this Parish, and in obedience to the Mandate of the Lord Bishop of this Diocese, we do now induct you into the real, actual and corporal possession of the Incumbency of the said Parish, and of all the rights, privileges and emoluments thereto pertaining.
(N.B. The above is intended to apply to Rectories, but in the case of Missions or Parishes not legally constituted it shall suffice to produce Letters of Institution or a License from the Bishop, which shall be read.)
(One of the Church Wardens shall then present the keys to the Minister.)
Minister.—I receive these keys of this House of God at your hands, as the pledges of my Induction and of your reception of me as your appointed Minister. And I on my part do promise by God’s help to be a faithful shepherd over you; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Bishop, or the Priest acting on his behalf, shall then present to the person inducted, the Bible and Book of Common Prayer, saying:
Receive these books, and let them be the rule of thy conduct in dispensing God’s Holy Word, in leading the devotions of the people, in administering the Sacraments of Christ, and in exercising the discipline of the Church. And be thou in all things a pattern to the flock committed to thy care.
The Service for the day shall then be said, with the Proper Psalms, etc., hereinafter appointed:—
Collect for the Day:—O Eternal God, the giver of all good gifts, who of Thy Divine Providence hast appointed divers Orders in Thy Church, give Thy grace, we beseech Thee, to this Thy servant to whom the charge of this Parish (or Mission) is committed, and endue him with innocency of life, that he may faithfully serve before Thee to the glory of Thy great name and the benefit of Thy Holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Holy Jesus, who hast purchased to Thyself an universal Church, and hast promise to be with Thy Ministers of Apostolic succession to the end of the world, be graciously pleased to bless the ministry of Thy servant who is now appointed to offer the services of prayer and praise to Thee, and to administer Thy Holy Sacraments in this thy House. Grant that he may be clothed with righteousness, and that Thy word, spoken by his mouth, may have such success that it may never be spoken in vain; and may the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart be always acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.
O God, the Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the Faithful, visit, we pray Thee, this Congregation with Thy love and favour. Enlighten their minds more and more with the light of the everlasting Gospel. Graft in their hearts the love of Thy name; increase in them true religion: nourish them with all goodness; and of Thy great mercy keep them in the same, O blessed Spirit, whom with the Father and the Son together, we worship and glorify as one God, blessed for evermore. Amen.
The Collect in the Communion Service is to be the Collect for St. Simon and St. Jude’s Day.
A sermon may be preached by the Minister now inducted, or by some other Clergyman.
After the Celebration of the Holy Communion, immediately before the Benediction, the inducted Minister, kneeling at the Lord's Table, shall say:
O most glorious Lord God, I acknowledge that I am unworthy to serve under Thy roof; yet be graciously pleased to accept the dedication of myself to Thy service in this Parish (or Mission), and to prosper all my undertakings. Fill me with a holy fear of Thy Divine Majesty, and with a deep sense of my own unworthiness; that approaching thy Sanctuary with lowliness and devotion, with clean hands and a pure heart. I may always perform a service acceptable to Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Enable me, O Lord Jesus Christ, both by my life and doctrine, to set forth Thy glory, and rightly and duly administer Thy Holy Sacraments. And to all Thy people give Thy heavenly grace: and especially to those who are here placed under my Ministry, that with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive Thy Holy Word, and that they, and all who profess and call themselves Christians, may hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life, and may be numbered with The Saints in glory everlasting. Amen.
The Minister inducted shall, if the Bishop be not present, pronounce the Benediction.
SERVICE FOR THE ADMISSION OF LAY
The Archdeacon, or the Priest under whom the Reader is to serve, shall present the candidate to the bishop, seated in front of the Altar, and shall say:
Reverend Father in God I present unto you this person (these persons) (naming them) here present to be admitted Lay Reader under the direction of the Rector (or Priest) of St . . . . . . . Parish.
If no objection be alleged, the Bishop shall proceed saying:
Well beloved, who have come hither desiring to be admitted to the Office of Lay Reader in the Church of God, consider well the duties which that Office involves, that Almighty God may bestow upon you His Grace and Everlasting Benediction.
Bishop.—O God save Thy servant (or servants).
Almighty God, bountiful in Thy gifts, who hast called all men to be workers in Thy vineyard, and hast appointed divers ministries in Thy Church; pour out Thy grace upon these Thy servants; fill them with all wisdom and spiritual understanding; grant that they may read and meditate upon Thy Holy Word. Give them the fulness of Thy Blessed Spirit. Keep them in peace and blessedness, that they may worthily instruct and guide Thy people unto the paths of righteousness and peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Bishop say:
Take thou (ye) authority to exercise the office of Lay Reader m the Church of God, and mayest thou (ye) a wise setter forth of the Word of God, and mayest thou (ye) by His grace fulfil this thy charge with a pure heart and mind; and be made partaker of the glory of them who turn many to righteousness.
The Bishop.—The Lord be with you, etc.
O Thou Good Shepherd of Thy sheep, who wiliest not that any should perish, but that all should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. Be with these and all Thy servants who are in any way wilderness of this sinful world; let Thy love and patience be shown forth in their lives and conversation; Thy tenderness and compassion in their words and actions, that they may turn many souls to Thee, and kindle in other hearts a desire to serve Thee more actively and earnestly in Thy Church. And grant to us all, that being knit together m one communion and fellowship, we may appear with Thee in everlasting glory.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ORDER OF
The Bishop sitting in his chair may be addressed by the Priest thus:—
Reverend Father in God, I present unto you these children (or these persons) for the apostolic rite of confirmation.
The Bishop may answer, Take heed that the children (or persons) whom you present unto us be sufficiently instructed and duly prepared for the blessing of our Heavenly Father in answer to prayer and through the laying on of hands in confirmation.
The Priest may say: I have instructed them and examined them and believe them so to be.
The Bishop may say: Brethren, in the name of the Lord we bid these children (or these persons) welcome who are presented to us by your clergyman as having been sufficiently instructed and prepared for the blessing of the Lord in confirmation.
The Bishop shall then direct that the Preface be read.
Hymns suitable before the laying on of hands.
THE DEDICATION OF A BIBLE AND
O Blessed Lord, who graciously acceptest the gifts of Thy people for the improvement of Thy House, and in memory of Thy faithful servants, we humbly beseech Thee to receive and bless this Lectern and this Bible and to grant that those who read and those who hear Thy Holy Word from this place may learn to love and worship Thee in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord Jesu Christ, who didst ordain that all of every order and degree in every land should be born again of water and of the spirit, we beseech Thee to accept this Font, and grant Thy rich blessing of union with Thyself to all who shall be baptised therein in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
O Lord God Almighty, who didst sanctify all the Vessels for Thine altar in the Tabernacle in the wilderness and in the Temple at Jerusalem, we beseech Thee to accept and hallow this Chalice and this Paten for use in the highest and most sacred service of thine Altar in this Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most blessed God and Saviour, who hast declared that Thy Flesh is meat indeed and that Thy Blood is drink indeed, we entreat Thy favour and mercy for all those who shall use this Chalice and this Paten in the Holy Communion, so that their sins may all be done away by Thy mercy and their pardon sealed in heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
When they come to the grave the following prayers may be used before lowering the corpse. The Priest shall say:—
O God, who hast founded the earth, and fashioned the heavens, who art the God of Abraham, Israel and Jacob, though their bodies be buried in the cave of the field, for all live unto thee: vouchsafe to bless this grave of thy servant for repose of his mortal flesh, whose spirit has returned to Thee who gavest it: O God, whose Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, having loosed the bonds of death is risen again for the salvation of all believers; look upon this burial place, and keep it in peace, that it may be a sleeping place for the bodies of thy servants until the great day: through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of mankind, who in Thy burial didst hallow an earthly sepulchre: we humbly beseech Thee to bless, hallow, and consecrate this grave wherein we are about to lay the body of Thy servant, that it may remain here at rest; till, in the day of Thy second coming to judge the world, the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible; through Thy mercy, O Blessed Saviour, who livest and reignest, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.
The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon this grave. Amen.
Then shall follow the remainder of the burial Service as appointed.
(If from the severity of weather there be urgent haste, this last short benediction alone may be used.)
Lord of all power and mercy, we humbly beseech Thee to bless Thy servant, the Governor-General of this Dominion, and the Lieutenant-Governor of this Province. Cause them, we pray Thee, to walk before Thee and the people committed to their charge in truth and righteousness, and enable them to use their delegated power to Thy glory, the public good and advancement of their own salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Heavenly Father, who graciously receivest the solemn vows and promises of Thy children, and dost strengthen them with the power of the Holy Ghost, we implore Thy gracious aid for those now preparing to ratify their covenant with Thee, and we beseech Thee to confirm them by Thy Holy Spirit, that they may continue Thine for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, whose way is in the sea, whose path is in the great waters, look down with mercy and compassion on all who are toiling on the sea, or who sail in ships; let not compass err or rudder fail, but grant that they may prove a sure guide upon the trackless deep, and in Thine own good time bring Thy servants in safety to the haven where they would be, to praise Thee for Thy goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
O Eternal God, Who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; we commend to Thy Almighty protection Thy servants, for whose preservation on the great deep our prayers are desired. Guard them, we beseech Thee, from the dangers of the sea, from sickness, from violence of enemies, and from every evil to which they may be exposed; conduct them in safety to the haven where they would be, with a grateful sense of Thy mercies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer to be used in all Churches of the several Dioceses of the Dominion (or Ecclesiastical Province) on two or more Sundays previous to the meeting of the General, Provincial or Diocesan Synod, and also during the session.
Almighty and Everlasting God, who, by Thy Spirit, didst preside in the Councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through Thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with Thy Church to the end of the world: We beseech Thee to be present with the Synod (now about to be) assembled in Thy Name. Save (them) from all ignorance, error, pride and prejudice; and of Thy great mercy, vouchsafe so to direct, govern and sanctify (them) in (their) important work, by The Holy Spirit, that, through Thy blessing on (their) deliberations, the Gospel of Christ may be faithfully preached and obeyed, and the order and discipline of The Church maintained amongst us, to the overthrow of Satan's power, and the final establishment of Thy Heavenly Kingdom; through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
O God, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send Thy Blessed Son to preach peace to them, that are afar off, and to them that are nigh: Grant that all men everywhere may seek after Thee and find Thee. Bring the nations into Thy fold, and add the heathen to Thine inheritance. And we pray Thee shortly to accomplish the number of Thine elect and to hasten Thy Kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Gracious God, whose mercy is over all Thy works, we praise Thy Holy Name, that Thou hast been pleased to conduct in safety, through the perils of the great deep, those Thy servants, who now desire to return their thanks to Thee in Thy Holy Church; may they be duly sensible of Thy merciful providence towards them, and ever express their thankfulness by a holy trust in Thee, and obedience to Thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Gracious God, we humbly beseech Thee, as for this Empire in general, so especially for the Parliament of this Dominion (or the Legislature of this Province) at this time assembled: That Thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of Thy Glory, the good of Thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign, and this Dominion (or Province); that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us and Thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ our most Blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
To be used in all the Churches of the Diocese during the effort to augment the funds of the Diocese:—
O Almighty God. who hast put it into the minds of Thy servants to augment the funds of Thy Church for her work in this Diocese, we humbly beseech Thee to guide and bless us in our efforts and to grant such an increase as may be for Thy Glory; the advancement of Thy Church, and the fulfilment of her duty through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Bishop observes that various uses are being employed by the Clergy, without authority, by reading Lessons from the Revised Version without the permission of the Ordinary, and otherwise varying the Order of Service. The Bishop therefore desires that the Clergy will abstain from any deviations from the usual Order of Service, beyond those above permitted until the written consent of the Ordinary has been asked for and obtained.
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