||The Book of Common Prayer|
The Priest standing before the Altar, the People kneeling.
IN the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
GIVE sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
I will go unto the altar of God: even unto the God of my joy and gladness.
Our help standeth in the Name of the Lord;
The Lord be with you.
Let us pray.
[Here follows the celebration of Holy Communion.]
THE HOLY COMMUNION.
The Lord’s 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.
The Collect for Purity.
ALMIGHTY God, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOD spake these words, and said; I am the Lord thy God:
¶ After each of these Commandments, the people shall reply—
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these Thy laws in our hearts, we beseech Thee.
OUR Lord Jesus Christ said: Hear O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.
¶ Either of the former shall be used on Sundays. At other times there may be sung or said,
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie, eleison.
The Lord be with you;
Let us pray.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD.
Versicle before the Gospel—Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Versicle after the Gospel—Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
The Nicene Creed
I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. S. Mat. 5. 16.
[During the Sentences the alms shall be collected, and the Bread and Wine placed upon the Altar. ]
¶ Here the Priest may bid special prayers and thanksgivings. Then he shall say—
Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church.
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 they that do confess Thy holy Name may agree in the truth of Thy holy Word, and live in unity, and godly love.
YE that 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, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
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.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, Who of His great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that 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.
[ Or on any day not being a Sunday or Holy Day the following form may be used. Priest—
DRAW near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
WE confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.
ALMIGHTY God have mercy upon you, forgive you all your sins and deliver you from all evil, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ]
The Comfortable Words.
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to Him.
COME unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. S. Mat. 11. 28.
The Sursum Corda.
The Lord be with you;
IT 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, Everlasting God.
¶ Here shall follow the Proper Prefaces
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 fall of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
The Prayer of Humble Access.
Let us pray.
WE do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord, Whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His Body, and our souls washed through His most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.
The Prayer of Consecration.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, Who of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; Who made there (by His one oblation of Himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in His holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that His precious death, until His coming again; Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech Thee; and grant that we receiving these Thy creatures of Bread and Wine, according to Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of His death and passion, may be partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood:
1 Here the Priest is to take the Paten into his hands:
[ Or the AMEN may be omitted, and the following may be said,
Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we Thy humble servants, having in remembrance the precious death and passion of Thy dear Son, His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, according to His holy institution, do celebrate, and set forth before Thy Divine Majesty with these Thy holy gifts, the memorial which He hath willed us to make, rendering unto Thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits which He hath procured unto us.
¶ In administering the Sacred Elements the Priest says,
THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on Him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving.
THE Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.
The Agnus Dei
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
The Lord’s 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: For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily thank Thee, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical Body of Thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of Thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The Gloria in Excelsis.
GLORY be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
(This Hymn may be omitted on any day not being a Sunday or Holy Day.)
Post Communion Prayer
ALMIGHTY God, Who hast given to Thy chosen servants, grace to glorify Thee until their deaths, by their good lives and strong faith; we give Thee high praise for the life of Thy servant, John. Coleridge Patteson our first Bishop, and for his death: and for the great example set us by those who died with him, Joseph Atkin, Priest, and Stephen Taroaniara, Teacher. We bless Thee too, for Edwin Nobbs and Fisher Young, killed at Santa Cruz, who did not falter, but laid down their lives while doing the work Thou hadst given them to do. We also glorify Thy holy Name for George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, who began the ministry of the Gospel among us, and for his son, John Richardson Selwyn, our second Bishop: for . . . . . and for all those who have served Thee in this Mission and have left this world in Thy faith and fear, and for all those who have been brought out of darkness and made Thy children by Holy Baptism and have joyfully passed through the gate and power of death, for all these, O Lord, we thank, and praise, and glorify Thee, and we humbly beseech Thee to grant us grace to follow their good examples, that Thou mayest receive us, with them, at the last, into Thy eternal and glorious kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Spirit for ever. Amen.
THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
Upon Christmas Day and until the Epiphany.
BECAUSE 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 . . . . . . .
Upon the Epiphany and seven days after.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord: Who in substance of our mortal flesh manifested forth His glory: That He might bring all men out of darkness into His own marvellous light. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . .
Upon the Thursday before Easter.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord: Who having loved His own that were in the world loved them unto the end: And on the night before He suffered, sitting at meat with His disciples, did institute these holy mysteries: That we, redeemed by His death and quickened by His resurrection, might be partakers of His divine nature. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . .
Upon Easter Day and until Ascension Day.
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 . . . . . . .
Upon Ascension Day and until Whitsunday.
THROUGH 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 . . . . . . .
Upon Whitsunday and six days after.THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord: Who after that He had ascended up far above all the heavens, and was set down at the right hand of Thy Majesty: Did as at this time pour forth upon the Universal Church Thy Holy and Lifegiving Spirit: That through His glorious power the joy of the everlasting gospel might go forth into all the world: Whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of Thee, and of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . .
Upon the Feast of Trinity only.
WHO 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 Thy Son and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . .
Upon the Feasts of the Purification and the Annunciation.
BECAUSE Thou didst give Jesus Christ Thine only Son to be born for our salvation: 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 . . . . . . .
Upon the Feast of the Transfiguration.
BECAUSE the divine glory of the Incarnate Word shone forth upon the Holy Mount before the chosen witnesses of His Majesty: And Thine own voice from heaven proclaimed Thy beloved Son. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . .
Upon All Saints’ Day and the Feasts of Apostles, Evangelists, and S. John Baptist’s Nativity, except when the Proper Preface of any Principal Feast is appointed.
WHO in the righteousness of Thy Saints hast given us an ensample of godly living, and in their blessedness a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling: That, being compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we may run with patience the race that is set before us: And with them receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away, Therefore with Angels . . . . . . . .
A Preface which may be used upon the Consecration of a church, or upon the Feast of its Dedication.
WHO, though the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee and Thy glory is in all the world: Dost deign to hallow places for Thy worship, and in them dost pour forth gifts of grace upon Thy faithful people. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . . .
A Preface which may be used upon any Sunday in the year for which no other Proper Preface is appointed.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; for He is the true High Priest, Who hath washed us from our sins, and hath made us to be a kingdom and priests unto Thee our God and Father. Therefore with Angels . . . . . . . .
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