||The Book of Common Prayer|
IN the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, you promise to hear the prayers of those who ask in your Son’s Name. We pray you of your mercy to hear the prayers which we now make to you, and give us those things which we ask believing in you, if you see them to be good for us, that we may have what we need, and praise your Name through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
in the Name of Christ. Amen.
(They go out in procession)
(Hymns may be sung at each place)
LET us pray for this place (or village or school).
GOD, you raised up this place (or village or school) and brought us together here to learn of you, we pray you to bless us in our work with your Holy Spirit, and help us to live together in love and joy and peace, and make us strong to bear all trouble that may come to us. Draw us near to you in our prayers, and give us happiness in our feasts and dances and games. Finish in us all good work which you have begun, that we may be brave, and glad to spread your rule in all the world to the honour and glory of your Name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
At the houses—
FATHER in Heaven, we pray you to keep this place (or village or school) from all evil, that all who live together here, may believe in you, work for you, share your love, and come to your home in heaven, where you live and rule with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
GOD, the Father of all, we humbly pray you to bless our homes and all who live here, and fill them with your goodness. We pray you to give us all we need for our bodies and souls. May the angels of light be always here in these houses to keep us safe, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
VISIT, we pray you, Lord, this place (or village or school) and drive from it all the traps of the enemy, let your holy angels make their home here to keep us in peace, and your blessing be on us for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
LET us pray for God’s blessing on our gardens.
The Lord will answer the prayer of those who fear him;
GOD, our Father in heaven, by your Son Jesus Christ you promised to those who look first for your rule and your justice all things that their bodies need, send us we pray you rain and sun for our gardens as shall be good for them and for our food, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, you have blessed the ground to give food in plenty for the life of man, bless, we pray you, our work in the gardens, and give us good weather that we may safely gather in our food, happy in your good ness to us and praising your holy Name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, you have given us the fruit of the trees for our food, bless, we pray you the trees of our land, our coconuts, breadfruit and nut trees, that we may climb them safely and none may fall or come to harm, that we may praise your Name for all your goodness to us, who live and rule with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
At the Hospital—
LET us pray for the sick and suffering.
ALMIGHTY Father, Giver of life and health, look kindly, we pray you on those who are sick and in pain (especially .................................) that by your blessing on them and on those who take care of them, they may become well again in body and mind and give thanks to you in your Holy Church through Jesus Christ. our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, your blessed Son went about doing good, and healing all kinds of sickness among the people, bless those who help and care for the sick . . . that they may use love and knowledge, so that the sick may be cheered, and healed, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
LET us pray for God’s blessing on sailors and fishermen.
ALMIGHTY God, you have made the sea and all that lives in it, keep, we pray you our sailors and fishermen in ships and canoes, that they may do their work safely in all the dangers of the sea. Bless the waters that they may give us food, that we may praise and thank you, the Lord of the sea and the dry land, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
LET us pray for all living things.
GOD, our Father in heaven, you made man the lord of all living things, bless we pray you all living things that serve us and keep them in health, that we may feed and care for them as you feed and care for us, O great Giver of all good things, who live and rule with the Son and Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
LET us remember before God those who have died.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord;
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, the God of the spirits of all men, we pray you to give to those who rest in Jesus the blessings of your love, that the good work which you began in them may come to its true end in the day of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
May the spirits of all who trust in you rest in peace;
At the Classrooms—
LET us pray for those who teach or learn.
GOD our Father in heaven, we pray you to bless all who teach or learn in our schools and colleges, that they may set your will always before them and come to know your truth. May they make your church strong and may our islands be better because of them. May they belong to you for ever and daily grow in your Holy Spirit more and more till they come to your home in heaven, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
LET us pray for the Church of Melanesia.
ALMIGHTY God, for you the islands wait, send down your blessing on the Church of Melanesia, on the bishops, priests and deacons, the brothers, sisters and catechists, on the doctors, nurses and all workers with the sick, on the teachers and the students in our colleges and schools, on the crews of our ships, on those who work in our offices, workshops and printing press.
Guide them, Lord, in all difficult times, keep them safe in all dangers, strengthen them in all troubles, and give them such trust in you that they may serve you without fear.
Lord of the harvest, send our more workers into your garden, guide by your Holy Spirit those who are fit for this work, that they may be willing to offer themselves to serve you, and by you be helped to glorify your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 O 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.
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.
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES.
1. The Message of the Angel.
By the message of the angel and your becoming man,
2. The Visit of the Blessed Virgin.
By the visit of the Blessed Virgin to Elizabeth,
3. The Birth of Jesus.
By your holy birth in Bethlehem,
4. The Presenting in the Temple.
By the presenting in the Temple,
5. The Finding in the Temple.
By the finding in the Temple,
THE SAD MYSTERIES.
1. The Bitter pain in the Garden.
By your bitter pain and sweat of blood,
2. The beating with whips.
By the beating of your holy body,
3. The crowning.
By your crowning with thorns,
4. The carrying of the cross.
By your carrying of the cross,
5. The nailing to the cross.
By your dear death and burial,
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.
1. The Rising again.
By your glorious rising again,
2. The Going up to Heaven.
By your wonderful going up to Heaven,
3. Our Lord’s Prayers in heaven for us.
By your saving prayers in heaven,
4. The sending of the Holy Spirit
By the sending of the Holy Spirit,
5. Our Lord’s being always with us in the church.
By your being with us always in the church,
THE Angel of the Lord brought news to
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord
is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of
your body, Jesus.
Behold the servant of the Lord;
Hail, Mary . . .
Hail, Mary . . .
WE pray you, Lord, pour your grace into our hearts that as we have known through the message of an angel, that your Son, Jesus Christ, became man, so by his cross and suffering we may be brought to the glory of his rising again, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
May God’s help be with us always, and may the souls of those who died in faith, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
SOUL of Christ, make me
LORD, come to me to make me clean, Lord, come to me to heal me, Lord, come to me to make me strong, Lord, when I receive you never leave me because of my sins but let me be yours for ever.
LORD Jesus I worship
you in the holy Sacrament,
O LORD you have put us in this world, and have made ready some better thing for us, we come with the great company of the saints of every time to receive you in the Sacrament you have commanded. Prepare us to receive you well, feed us with your most dear body and blood, that we may all go in your strength to the city of the living God, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and rule for ever. Amen.
O HOLY JESUS,
O Saviour of the world by your cross and dear blood you have set us free;
Save us and help us, we humbly pray you, O Lord.
The Officiant reads ONE of the following sentences:
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth. John 4.24
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Is. 55.6
Through Christ let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknow ledge his name. Heb. 13.15
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth Ps. 124.8
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. 2 Cor. 5.17
In Advent The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Is. 40.5
Christmas Unto us a child is born. O come, let us adore him. Alleluia! Is. 9.6
Epiphany The grace of God has appeared for the salvat ion of all men. Tit. 2.11
Lent Jesus said: For their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. Jn. 17.19
Passsontide Christ the Lord became obedient unto death even death on a cross. Phil. 2.8
Easter week The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia! Lk. 24.34
Eastertide Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1.3
Ascentiontide Since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. Heb. 10.21
Whitsuntide Jesus said: You
will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall
be my witnesses. Acts 1.8
Glory be to the Father, and to the
Son: and to the Holy Spirit.
Here follows the PSALM appointed for the day.
The FIRST and SECOND LESSONS
Then shall be said ONE of the following canticles:
1.. TE DEUM LAUDAMUS (vv 1-2 only) p.8.
2. BENEDICTUS. p. 9.
(The Song of the Three Children vv. 16-8)
ALL things the Lord
has made, bless the Lord: give him glory and eternal praise.
4. MAY YOU BE BLESSED.
The Song of the Three Children. 29-34
MAY you be blessed,
Lord God of our fathers: praised and highly honoured for ever.
5. THE SONG OF THE COMPANY OF HEAVEN.
(Revelation 4. 8, 11; 5. 9/, 13)
HOLY, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty: who was, and who is, and who is to come.
6. THE SONG OF THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST.
Philippians 2. 5-11
IN your minds you
must be the same as Christ Jesus: his was the very nature of God.
7. HOW GREAT AND WONDERFUL.
Revelation 15. 3f
HOW great and wonderful
are all your works: Lord God Almighty.
8. SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD.
SAVIOUR of the world, the Son, Lord Jesus:
stir up your strength and help us, we humbly pray.
9. THE EASTER ANTHEM.
1 Cor. 5.7; 15.20; Rom. 6.9
CHRIST our passover
is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast;
AFTER THE CANTICLE, THE APOSTLES’ CREED.
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.
Then shall be read ONE of the following prayers, followed by the Grace:
GOD, through you men live in peace and are of one mind, knowing you we have eternal life, serving you we are truly free, 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.
ETERNAL God and Father, by your power we are created and by your love we are redeemed: Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to your service, and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ETERNAL Father, shed your light on us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our hearts bless you and our lives glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FATHER, we thank you for bringing us to the beginning of another day. Help us through your Holy Spirit so that we may not fall into sin, but may do everything for your sake and in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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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