|The Book of Common Prayer|
FORMS RELATED TO THE BOOK OF
On the appointed days these Anthems following may be sung or said before and after Magnificat:
December 16th. O SAPIENTIA. O Wisdom. which earnest out of the mouth of the Most High. and reachest from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
December 17th. O ADONAI. O Adonai and Leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst in the bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the Law in Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.
December 18th. O RADIX JESSE. O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.
December 19th. O CLAVIS DAVID. O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel; that openest, and no man shutteth, and shuttest, and no man openeth: Come and bring the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death.
December 20th. O ORIENS. O Day-spring, Brightness of Light everlasting, and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten him that sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death.
December 21st. O REX GENTIUM. O King of the nations, and their Desire; the Comer-stone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.
December 22nd. O EMMANUEL. O Emrnanuel our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
December 23rd. O VIRGO
VIRGINUM. O Virgin of virgins, how shall
this be? For neither before there was any like thee, nor shall there be
after. Daughter of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? The thing which ye
behold is a divine mystery.
ADDITIONAL OCCASIONAL PRAYERS
1. For a Parish.
Seasonal Prayers which may be used at any time
6. Of the Passion.
10. For the Apostolic Mission of the Church.
13. A Litany of Missionary Intercession.
1. For a Parish
MOST merciful Father, we beseech thee to send down thy heavenly blessing upon thy Church in this parish, that all its members may dwell together in unity and brotherly love. Keep far from us all self-will and discord. Endue thy ministers with righteousness, and enable them faithfully to dispense thy holy Word and Sacraments, to bring again the erring, and to seek the lost. And grant us so to receive their ministrations, and to use thy means of grace, that in all our words and deeds we may seek thy glory and the advancement of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. For Married Persons
O HEAVENLY Father, who hast ordained the holy estate of matrimony for the benefit of mankind and for the glory of thy name: Grant that thy holy Spirit may lead these thy servants in the way of love and joy and peace, even unto eternal life; that they, obeying thy will and always being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives' end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
3. For Christian Society
ALMIGHTY God, who hast created man in thine own image: grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
LOOK, we beseech thee, O Lord, upon all those in this land who are called by the name of thy dear Son, and grant that we may ever walk worthy of our Christian vocation. Unite us all in mutual love and forbearance; put far from us all selfish indifference to the needs of others; and give us grace gladly to bear our burdens and fulfil our duties as citizens of our country, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
4. For the Faithful Departed
O ALMIGHTY God, the God of the spirits of all flesh: Multiply, we beseech thee, to those who rest in Jesus, the manifold blessings of thy love. that the good work which thou didst begin in them may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ. And of thy mercy, heavenly Father, vouchsafe that we, who now serve thee here on earth, may at the last, together with them, be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; for the sake of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
REMEMBER, O Lord, we beseech thee, the souls of them that have kept the faith, both those whom we remember and those whom we remember not; And grant them rest in the land of the living, in the joy of Paradise, whence all pain and grief have fled away, where the light of thy countenance shineth for ever; And vouchsafe unto us their brethren an end both Christian and free from sin, and gather us together with them, when thou wilt and as thou wilt, only without shame by reason of our faults; through thine only-begotten Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
5. A Concluding Prayer: the Christaraksha (to be said by a Priest)
MAY the Cross of the Son of God, who is
mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels
of heaven, abide with you in your going out and your coming in! By day
and by night, at morning and at evening, at all times and in all places,
may it protect and defend you! From the wrath of evil men, from the assaults
of evil spirits, from foes visible and invisible, from the snares of the
devil, from all low passions that beguile the soul and body, may it guard,
protect, and deliver you. Amen.
SEASONAL PRAYERS WHICH MAY BE USED AT ANY TIME
6. Of the Passion
O LORD God, our heavenly Father, regard, we beseech thee, with thy divine pity, the pains of all thy children: and grant that the passion of our Lord, and his infinite merits, may make fruitful for good the miseries of the innocent, the sufferings of the sick, and the sorrows of the bereaved; through him who suffered in our flesh and died for our sake, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
O GOD, whose blessed Son did overcome death for our salvation: Mercifully grant that we who have his glorious passion in remembrance, may take up our cross daily and follow him; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
7. Of the Ascension
ALMIGHTY God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that according to his promise he abideth with his Church on earth, even unto the end of the world; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
8. Of Whitsuntide
O ALMIGHTY God, who on the day of Pentecost didst send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to abide in thy Church for ever: Bestow upon us, and upon all thy faithful people, his manifold gifts of grace; that with minds enlightened by his truth and hearts purified by his presence, we may day by day be strengthened with power in the inward man; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being of one heart and mind in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
9.On a Saint's Day
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost
enkindle the flame of thy love in the hearts of thy saints: Grant to us,
thy humble servants, the same faith and power of love; that, as we rejoice
in their triumphs, we may profit by their examples; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
10. For the Apostolic Mission of the Church
ALMIGHTY God, who through thine Apostles
didst teach the nations and enlighten them with thy truth: Stir up, we
O LORD Jesu Christ, who hast ascended up on high and given gifts unto men: Fill thy Church, we beseech thee, with the abundant power of thy Spirit; and grant that thy servants may go forth as in the ancient days to every race and nation, to make ready a people prepared for thee, who livest and reignest with the Father and the same Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.
O GOD, who by sending the Spirit at Pentecost didst endue thine Apostles with power to witness to thy Son and to make disciples of all the nations: Pour out abundantly, we beseech thee, the same Holy Spirit upon thy Church, that it may bring the good tidings of great joy to all people, and that every man may hear in his own tongue thy wonderful works; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD Jesu Christ, who in substance of our flesh wast exalted and crowned with glory and honour: Grant unto thy Church such faith and zeal in setting forward the work of man's redemption, that, as thou hast taken our manhood into God, so all mankind may become partakers of the divine nature in thee; who ever livest to make intercession for us, and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
11. For those who proclaim the Gospel
O GOD, who wouldest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: Send forth, we beseech thee, labourers into thy harvest, and enable them to speak with all boldness; that thy Word may _have free course and be glorified, and that all nations may know thee, the only true God, and him whom thou hast sent, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
O MOST merciful Saviour and Redeemer, who wouldest not that any should perish, but that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: Fulfil thy gracious promise to be present with those that go forth in thy name to preach the Gospel of salvation. Be with them in all perils, by land and by water, in sickness and distress, in weariness and pain, in disappointment and persecution. Bless them, we beseech thee, with thy continual favour, and grant that thy Word spoken by their mouths may never be spoken in vain. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy's sake. Amen.
11. Of various Saints, for use at any time
ALMIGHTY God, whose only Son Jesus Christ was lifted up from the earth that he might draw all men unto himself: Grant that, as his first disciple Saint Andrew brought to him both his own brother and the strangers from among the Gentiles, so we may work with like zeal for the salvation of all mankind, and bring others to serve and follow him, even the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, who didst prepare thy servant Matthias in the company of thy blessed Son, that afterward he might be numbered among the chosen Apostles, and strengthened with them by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit: Raise up, we beseech thee, in all lands devout and diligent ministers of thy Word and Sacraments, who, knowing thy Son Jesus Christ and the power of his Resurrection, may be faithful witnesses to him unto the uttermost parts of the earth; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
FATHER of mercies, who to thine Apostle Saint Peter didst reveal in threefold vision thy boundless compassion: Enlarge our hearts and enkindle our zeal, that we may fervently desire the salvation of all men, and diligently labour in the extension of thy kingdom; for his sake, who gave himself for the life of the world, thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
O GOD, who didst call thy holy Apostle Saint Thomas to be a master-builder in thy Church and to glorify thee by his death: Grant unto us to show forth our thankfulness unto thee for his labours and sufferings by diligently preaching the Gospel of salvation; that thy Church may be built up in our land, as an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O MERCIFUL God, whose blessed Son himself
took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses: Bless and sanctify, we beseech
thee, the work of all who after the example of thy servant Luke minister
to the relief of sickness and suffering, that thy saving health may be
known among all nations; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
13. A Litany of Missionary Intercession
O GOD the Father, who hast made of one blood all nations of the earth;
Have mercy upon us.O God the Son, who hast redeemed all mankind from the power of darkness;
Have mercy upon us.O God the Holy Spirit, who didst move upon the face of the waters, Giver of life and light, by whom the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified;
Have mercy upon us.O blessed Trinity, three Persons and one God; Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier;
Have mercy upon us.Our past unfaithfulness;
O Lord, forgive.Our neglect of opportunities;
O Lord, forgive.Our deafness to thy calls;
O Lord, forgive.Our slothfulness and want of zeal;
O Lord, forgive.By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation;
O Lord, forgive.By the offering of thy sacrifice upon the Cross;
O Lord, forgive.By the presentation of that sacrifice in heaven;
O Lord, forgive.By thy gift of the Holy Spirit to thine Apostles;
O Lord, forgive.By thine ever-abiding presence with thy Church;
O Lord, forgive.We sinners do beseech thee to hear us; and that it may please thee to bless thy holy Church, which thou hast purchased with thy most precious blood;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to grant her that peace and unity which is according to thy will;
Hear us, O Lord.That thou wouldest heal all dissensions among Christians which hinder the spread of thy Gospel;
Hear us, O Lord.That thou wouldest fill the Church in this land with the spirit of prayer and sacrifice;
Hear us, O Lord.That thou wouldest put into her heart to give the best and noblest of her sons and daughters;
Hear us, O Lord.That thou wouldest increase the number of labourers in thy harvest, and grant them the abundance of thy blessing;
Hear us, O Lord.For all bishops, priests, and deacons, that by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy true and life-giving Word;
Hear us, O Lord.For catechists, evangelists, and all other thy servants, who are labouring for the extension of thy kingdom in this and other lands;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to give them an earnest love of souls, wisdom to win them, diligence to keep them, and undying zeal for their perfection;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to enlighten their under. standing, giving them aptness to teach, and power to convince the gainsayers:
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to grant them the gift of languages for making known thy truth;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to supply their necessities, and to preserve them in all dangers, both of body and soul;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to confirm and strengthen with the fulness of thy grace all converts and catechumens, giving them perseverance unto the end;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to raise up in every nation faithful ministries for the building up of thy Body, the Church;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to bless the educational and medical work of thy Church;
Hear us, O Lord.That by the power of thy good Spirit thou wouldest guide and support those who labour for the backward and the oppressed;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to break down everywhere the barriers that divide man from man;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to lead all nations out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to convert thy ancient people the Jews, and bring them to acknowledge thee as their Christ and King;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to pardon our sins, and make us examples of holy living to those among whom we dwell;
Hear us, O Lord.That by holiness of life we may win our neighbours to thine obedience;
Hear us, O Lord.That thou wouldest keep stedfast and devout those who are far removed from the ministrations of thy Church;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to bless with all spiritual riches the Church in our land, making her truly catholic in faith and love;
Hear us, O Lord.That it may please thee to fulfil the number of thine elect and to hasten thy kingdom;
Hear us, O Lord.
O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed
Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, who 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.
Then may follow:
O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto
us, the noble works that thou didst in their days, and in the old time
Then shall be said,
Let us pray.
O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son Jesus Christ to
All standing, the Minister shall say,
IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us;
Then may be said or sung this Hymn:
O GOD of truth, O Lord
Extinguish thou each sinful fire,
O Father, that we ask be done,
Antiphon. O Saviour of the world.
Then may be said or sung one or more of the following Psalms: 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143, or portions of 119, followed by Glory be to the Father, &c.
And all shall repeat the Antiphon: O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us: Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee.
Then shall the Minister read the Short Lesson:CHRIST also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 St Peter 2.21, 24
Minister. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us;
Then shall be said these prayers following, all kneeling:
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, who .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.
Minister. Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts;
Here shall the Minister read the Collect of the Day: after which he shall say,
The Lord be with you;
The following Memorials may be added, together with other prayers, if desired:
Antiphon (to be said by all together): I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.
Minister. Lord, remember me;
Let us pray.
O MOST gracious Jesus, our Lord and our God, who, as at this hour, didst bear our sins in thine own body on the tree, that we being dead unto sin might live unto righteousness: Have mercy upon us, we beseech thee, both now and at the hour of our death; and grant unto us, thy humble servants, with all other Christian people who have this thy blessed passion in devout remembrance, a godly and peaceful life in this present world, and through.thy grace eternal glory in the life to come; where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thou livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Minister. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship
thee, O Lord;
Let us pray.
BLESSED Lord, who didst yield up thy life upon the cross to save mankind: Grant that all the nations of the world may find in thee their true shepherd, and enter with penitence and joy into thy fold; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Minister. The Lord be with you;
After which may be said,
MAY the souls of the faithful through the
mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
THE MINISTRATION OF HOLY BAPTISM
The ceremony of the white vesture and the ceremony of the burning light may be introduced after the Baptism in the manner following.
Then the Priest shall take each person to be baptized
by the right hand, and shall say to the Godparents,
And then naming him after them, he shall dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,
N. I baptize thee In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say,
WE receive this person (child) into the
congregation of Christ's flock,
and do sign him with the sign of the Cross in token that hereafter
he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified,
and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the
devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his
life's end. Amen.
Here the Priest shall make a Cross upon the person's (child's) forehead.
Then (or immediately after the Baptism) each candidate may be clothed with a white vesture. And after the candidates have been received and are so vested, the Priest shall say,
THIS white vesture is a token of innocency, which by God's grace in this holy Sacrament of Baptism is given unto you; and is a sign whereby you are admonished to give yourself henceforth to innocency of living, that after this transitory life you may be partaker of the life everlasting. Amen.
Then the Priest may deliver to each candidate a burning light, saying,
RECEIVE this burning light, and walk in the light ft by faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then may the Priest say to those who have been baptized:
GOD preserve in you the grace of your Baptism
without reproach, that you may obediently keep his commandments and walk
worthy of your Christian calling. Walk by the Spirit, and you shall not
fulfil the lust of the flesh; for the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control.
Remember always that Baptism represents unto us. our profession, which
is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto
him; to whom be all glory, now and in eternity. Amen.
THE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION
AN ALTERNATIVE FORM
THE LAYING ON OF HANDS
After the Amen following the prayer for the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit, the Bishop shall say,
SIGN them, O Lord, and mark them to be thine for ever by the virtue of Christ's holy Cross and Passion; mercifully seal them with the inward unction of the Holy Spirit, that they may attain unto everlasting life. Amen.
Then the Bishop shall make the sign of the Cross on their foreheads, with or without the holy Chrism, at his discretion, and lay his hand all their heads, saying,
N. I sign thee with the sign of the Cross, and lay my hand upon thee; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
When he has laid his hand on every candidate, the Bishop shall say,
DEFEND, O Lord, these thy children with thy heavenly grace, that they may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until they come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.
The holy Chrism may be used with the Form appointed
in the Book of Common Prayer at the words, Defend, O Lord.
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