|The Book of Common Prayer|
AS it is the prerogative of every autonomous
branch of the Church to establish its own formularies of worship, so
it is not to be expected that Liturgies and Offices should be the same
in all places, or even among those national churches that are of the
same communion. It is not, therefore, a valid ground of objection to
the formularies of the Mexican Episcopal Church that they depart somewhat
widely from the Anglican type. It is sufficient to justify them that,
liturgically, they are sanctioned by the Mozarabic rite, from which the
greater part of them is derived, and by other ancient orthodox liturgies;
and that, theologically, they are in harmony with the Catholic faith.
MEXICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH
CHURCH OF JESUS.
DIOCESE OF CONNECTICUT,
I do hereby, with the approval of my Episcopal Advisers, approve, for provisional use in Mexico, the Form following for Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Offices for Holy Baptism and the Holy Communion: the same having been accepted by the Cuerpo Eclesiástico through its Standing Committee.
CUERPO ECLESIÁSTICO OF THE MEXICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH, OR CHURCH OF JESUS.
ADOPTED IN THE SESSION OF JANUARY 3. 1894.
1. These Offices having been approved by the Provisional
Bishop of this Church and by this Body, it is hereby ordered that they
be printed and put in use.
MEXICO, January 3,. 1894.
At the beginning of Morning Prayer, all standing up, the Minister shall say one or both of the following verses:
“THE Lord is in his holy temple
: let all the earth keep : silence before him.” Hab.
ii : 20.
Then shall be said the Proper Sentence and Response, according to what followeth :
The Lord cometh,
Christmas to Epiphany.
The Dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Epiphany to Septuagesima.
Jesus said, I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall
not walk in darkness,
Septuagesima to Lent.
Show the light of Thy countenance upon Thy servant,
God be merciful unto us, and bless is,
Easter to Ascension.
Christ hath abolished death,
Ascension to Whitsun-day.
O send out Thy light and Thy truth.
Whitsun-day to Trinity Sunday.
With Thee is the well of life,
Trinity to Advent.
God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all;
Light is sown for the righteous,
Then shall the Minister say:
The Lord be ever with you.
And the People shall answer:
And with Thy spirit.
The Minister standing and the people kneeling, shall be said or sung, together or by alternate verses, from the LI. Psalm, as followeth:
The Minister may, however, at his discretion, pass at once to the Lord's
Have Mercy upon Me, O God.
HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great
goodness : according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.
whenever this Gloria is appointed in Divine Service, it shall be
said or sung by the Minister and People together.
TURN Thy face from our sins, O Lord, and put out all our misdeeds; Look not upon our evil doings, but lend a merciful ear to our confessions ,: And since thou art pleased with the sacrifice of a broken and a contrite heart, grant that we may offer this which Thou dost require, and may so obtain the pardon which Thou dost promise the penitent; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, As it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass
against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil.
Min.—O Lord, open Thou our lips.
Then, all standing up, shall be said or sung:
Glory and honor be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen .
Then shall be said or sung the XCV.
Psalm, except on those days for which other Anthems may be appointed.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord.
O COME, let us sing unto the Lord : let
us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
This Gloria may in like manner be said or sung at the end of every Psalm, and shalt be at the end of the Psalms for the day.
Then shall follow the Psalms as they are appointed.
Then shall be read the appointed First Lesson, the Minister first saying, while all stand:
The blessing of God Almighty, Who spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets, be upon you that hear His Holy Word.
And the people shall answer to this:
And upon you that read it.
NOTE,—That before each Lesson he that readeth shall say :
Here beginneth such a chapter (or verse of such a chapter) of such a Book; and after every lesson: Here endeth the First (or the Second) Lesson.
Then shall be said or sung the following Hymn:
We praise Thee, O God.
WE praise Thee, O God : we acknowledge
Thee to be the Lord.
Blessed art Thou.
BLESSED art Thou. O Lord God of our fathers
: and to be praised and exalted above all forever.
Then shall be read the appointed Second Lesson, the Minister first saying, while all stand:
The Blessing of God Almighty, Who hath, in these last days, spoken unto us by His Son, be upon you that hear His Holy Word ..
And the People shall answer to this:
And upon you that read it.
And after that shall be said or sung the following :
Blessed be.—St. Luke i. 68.
BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel : For
He hath visited, and redeemed His people;
Then shall be said by the Minister and the People, all standing :
The Apostles’ Creed.
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth :
After that shall be said the following prayers, the Minister first pronouncing:
The Lord be ever with you.
Then the Minister and the People shall Say :
OUR Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be
Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As .we
forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then shall the .Minister say:
Deliver us from evil, and confirm us in Thy fear,
O Triune God, and make us, with unceasing service, to serve Thee, our
God and our Lord, W livest, and governest all things, world without end.
Then, unless the Holy Communion is immediately to follow, shall be said the Collect for the Season and that for the day.
Then shall be said the Collects following:
O GOD, the Author of peace; Shed abroad, we pray Thee, Thy peace in our hearts and minds; guard and protect us in all dangers; and make us, ever trusting in Thy defence, to serve Thee without fear, all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ am Lord. Amen.
O LORD Jesus Christ, Who didst take upon Thee the weakness of our mortal nature; Grant that we may pass this day in safety, and without sin, resisting all the temptations of the enemy, and that at eventide we may joyfully praise thee, O King Eternal; through Thy mercy, O our God, Who art blessed, and dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
Here may be sung an anthem.
1. For the rulers of the Country.
And then shall be said:
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us now and evermore. Amen.
Or this :
MAY the Everlasting God bless us this day; may He save and defend us from all that is evil; and make us, at last, partakers of His heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say :
IN the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
let us retire in peace.
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