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I LAY down and slept, and woke again, for the Lord holds me up. Psalm 3. 5.

LET us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

All togetheró

GOD, our Father, we have sinned against you in what we have thought, and said, and done. We have not loved you with all our hearts; we have not loved other people as ourselves. Have mercy on us, we pray you. Make us clean from our sins, and help us to get the better of our faults, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


WE pray you merciful Lord, to give your people who trust in you forgiveness and peace, that they may be made clean from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(The service may start here)

O Lord open our lips;
    And our mouth shall tell of your praise.
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

(All Stand)

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and always shall be: for ever and ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord;

Praise the Name of the Lord.




O COME let us sing to the Lord: let us shout to the Rock of our saving power.
  2. Let us come before him with thanks: let us make music with songs of praise.
  3. For the Lord is a great God: and a great king above all gods.
  4. The deep places of the world are in his hands: and so are the tops of the high hills.
  5. The sea is his and he made it: and his hands made the dry land.
  6. O come let us worship and bow down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
  7. For he is our God: and we are the people of his field and the sheep of his flock.
  [8. O hear his voice today, let not your hearts be hard: as when he tried you in the desert.
  9. When your fathers tried me to see what I would do: though they saw what I had done.
  10. Forty years I was angry with the people of that time and so I said: "They are a people that go wrong in their hearts and do not know my ways."
  11. And in my anger I spoke by my Name: "They shall not come into my rest."]
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and always shall be: for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalms may be sung standing, or read sitting, here


If one lesson only is used, any one of the following canticles may be used.


WE PRAISE you O God, we know you to be the Lord.
  2. All the world worships you, the Father everlasting.
  3. To you all angels cry aloud, heaven and all the powers there.
  4. To you the Cherubim and Seraphim do cry with everlasting voice,
  5. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts.
  6. Heaven and earth are full of the greatness of your glory.

THE glorious fellowship of the Apostles praises you.
   8. The famous fellowship of the Prophets praises you.
   9. The army in white of the Martyrs praises you.
  10. The holy church in all the world praises you.
  11. The Father, whose power and glory have no end.
  12. Worthy of our worship, your true and only Son.
  13. Also the Holy Spirit, the Giver of strength.

YOU are the king of glory, O Christ.
  15. You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
  16. Becoming man to set men free, you did not refuse the virginís womb.
  17. Winning the fight with the sting of death, you opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
  18. You are sitting at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
  19. We believe that you will come to be our judge.
  20. We pray you to help your servants, whom you saved with your dear blood.
  21. Count them with your holy ones with everlasting glory.

LORD save your people, and bless those who are yours.
  23. Rule them and lift them up for ever.
  24. Day by day we glorify you,
  25. And worship your Name for ever and ever.
  26. We pray you Lord to keep us free this day from sin.
  27. O Lord have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
  28. O Lord let your mercy come down on us, as our trust is in you.
  29. O Lord in you have I trusted, let me never be put to shame.


A lesson may be read here


Luke 1. 68-79

PRAISE the Lord God of Israel: who has come to save his people and set them free;
  2 And has raised up for us a great Saviour: from the house of his servant David;
  3 As he promised us by the lips of his holy prophets: who have been with us in every time;
  4 That he would save us from our enemies: and from the hands of all who hate us;
  5. That he would have mercy on our fathers: and remember the promise he gave us.
  6. The promise he gave to our father Abraham to save us: so as to serve him without fear in a holy life all our days.
  7. And you, my child, shall be called the prophet of the most High: to go before the Lord to prepare his way;
  8. That his people may come to know him: and be set free from their sins.
  9. For through the loving mercy of our God: the morning star shall rise over us;
  10. To shine on all who live in darkness under the cloud of death: to guide our feet into the way of peace. 
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit, 
    As it was in the beginning is now, and always shall be: for ever and ever. Amen.


THE JUBILATE. (Psalm 100)

may be used instead.


I BELIEVE in God, the Father who rules over all, maker of heaven and earth,
   And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. he suffered in the time of Pontius Pilate, was nailed to a cross, died and was buried. He went down to the world of the dead. On the third day he rose again from the dead, he went up to heaven and sits on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
   I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the fellowship of the Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the rising again of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen



 The Lord be with you;

And with you.

Let us pray.

OUR FATHER in heaven, holy be your Name, your rule come, your will be done, in the world as it is in heaven. Give us this day our food for today. Forgive us what we do wrong as we forgive those who do wrong to us. Bring us not into trouble to try us, but save us from evil. For yours is the rule and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.


[See pages 19-44]

    On Saintsí Days use only the collect for the Saint, but on Sundays say the Sunday Collect with the Saintís Day Collect.


GOD through you men live in peace and are of one mind, knowing you we have eternal life, serving you we are truly tree, shield us your humble servants when our enemies come against us, that we, truly trusting in your shield. may not fear the power of our enemies, through the power of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


LORD, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have safely brought us to the beginning of this day, keep us in the same with your mighty power, let us not fall this day into any sin, nor run into any kind of danger, but let all we do be ruled by you to do always what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Other PRAYERS and THANKS may be said here.)



ALMIGHTY God you have given us grace at this time to ask with one mind for those things needed by us all and promise that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will give what they ask. Give us now, Lord, what your servants long for and ask, as may be best for us, that in this world we may know your truth and in the world to come have everlasting life. Amen

2 Cor. 13. 14.

THE GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship with the Holy Spirit, be with us all for ever. Amen.


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