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    The Book of Common Prayer for Scotland (1637)

 
 

The Collects, Epistles, and
Gospels
, to be used at the celebration
of the Lords Supper, and holy Communion
throughout the year.

 

The first Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

ALmighty God, give us grace that wee may cast away the works of darknesse, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortall life, (in the which thy Sonne Jesus Christ came to visite us in great humility) that in the last day when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, wee may rise to life immortall, through him, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
 

In the original, the Epistles and Gospels are printed at length, from the King James translation; only the citations are given here, with links to the texts.
 
The Epistle. 

 

When the Presbyter or Minister readeth the Gospel, the people shall stand up: And the Presbyter before he beginneth to read the Gospel, shall say thus ; The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, written in such a Chapter of such an Evangelist, beginning at such a verse. And the people shall answer ; Glory be to God
 

Rom. 13.8. [-14]

The Gospel.

When the Gospel is ended, the Presbyter or Minister shall say; here endeth the Gospel. And the people shall answer; Thanks be to thee, O Lord.

And thus at the beginning and ending of the Gospel every Sunday and holy-day in the year; or when else soever the Gospel is read.

Mat. 21.1. [-13]
 

The second Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

BLESSED lord, which hast caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning : Grant that we may in such wise heare them, reade, marke, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christe. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Rom. 15.4. [-13]

Luke 21.25. [-33]

 

The third Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

LORD, we beseech thee, gee eare to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkenesse of our hearts, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Cor. 4.1. [-5]

Mat. 11.2. [-10]

 

The fourth Sunday in Advent.

The Collect.

LORD raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us, that whereas through our sins and wickednesse, we be sore let [=obstructed] and hindred, thy bountifull grace and mercy (through the satisfaction of thy Sonne our Lord) may spedily deliver us : to whom with thee and the holy Ghost be honour and glory world without end. Amen.
 

  The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Phil. 4.4. [-7]

John 1.19. [-28]

 

Christmas day.

The Collect.

ALmighty GOD, which hast given us thy only begotten Sonne to take our nature upon him, and this day to be borne of a pure Virgin : Grant that we, being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, maye daily be renewed by thy holy Spirit, through the same our Lord Jesus Christe who liveth and reigneth with thee, &c.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Heb. 1.1. [-12]

John 1.1. [-14]

 

¶ Saint Stevens day.

The Collect.

GRant us, O LORD, to learn to love our enemies, by the example of thy Martyr Saint Steven, who prayed for his persecutours, to thee which livest and reignest, &c.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall be said every day in the week unto New-years day : but in stead of the words [and this day to be born] the Presbyter shall say [at this time to be born].
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Acts 7.55. [-60]

Matth. 23.34. [-39]

 

S. John Evangelists day.

The Collect.

MErcifull LORD, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being lightned by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may attain to thy everlasting gifts, through Jesus Christe our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 John 1.1. [-10]

John 21.19. [-25]

 

Innocents day.

The Collect.

ALmighty God, whose praise this day the young Innocents thy witnesses have confessed and shewed forth, not in speaking, but in dying : mortifie and kill all vices in us, that in our conversation [=behavior] our life may expresse thy faith, which with our tongues we do confesse; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Revel. 14.1. [-5]

Matth. 2.13. [-18]

 

¶ The Sund. after Christm. day.

Almighty God, which hast given us, &c. as upon Christmas day.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Gal. 4.1. [-7]

Mat. 1.1. [-25]

 

¶ The Circumcision of Christ

The Collect.

ALmighty God, whiche madest thy blessed Sonne to bee circumcised and obedient to the law for man : Grant us the true circumcision of the spirit, that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnall lusts, may in al things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Sonne Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

If there be any Sunday between the Epiphany and the Circumcision then shall be used the same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, at the Communion, which was used upon the day of Circumcision, and so likewise upon every other day from the time of the Circumcision to the Epiphany.

Rom. 4.8. [-14]

Luke 2.15. [-20]

 

The Epiphany.

The Collect.

O GOD, which by the leading of a starre didst manifest thy only begotten Sonne to the Gentiles : Mercifully graunt, that we which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Ephes.3.1. [-12]

Mat.2.1. [-12]

 
The first Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.

LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Rom.12.1. [-5]

Luk.2.41. [-52]

 

The second Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.

ALmighty and everlasting God, which doest govern all things in heaven and earth, mercifully heare the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the dayes of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Rom.12.6. [-16]

John 2.1. [-11]

 

The third Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.

ALmighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch foorth thy right hand to helpe and defend us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Rom.12.16. [-21]

Matth.8.1. [-13]

 

The iiij. Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.

GOD which knowest us to bee set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that for mans frailnesse we cannot allwayes stand uprightly : grant to us the health of body and soule, that all those things which wee suffer for sinne, by thy help wee may well passe and overcome; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Rom.13.1. [-7]

Mat.8.23. [-34]

 

The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Collect.

LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and houshold continually in thy true religion, that they which do lean onely upon hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore bee defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

The sixth Sunday (if there be so many) shall have the same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, that was upon the fifth Sunday.

Col.3.12. [-17]

Matth.13.24. [-30]

 

The Sunday called Septuagesima.

The Collect.

O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to heare the prayers of thy people, that we which are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodnesse, for the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth world withouth end. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Cor.9.24. [-27]

Mat.20.1. [-16]

 

¶ The Sund. called Sexagesima.

The Collect.

LOrd God, which seest that wee put not our trust in any thing that we do : mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

2 Cor.11.19. [-31]

Luke 8.4. [-15]

 

The Sunday called Quinquagesima.

The Collect.

O Lord, which doest teach us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth : Send thy holy Ghost, and powre into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and all vertues, without the which whosoever liveth, is counted dead before thee : Grant this for thy only Son Jesus Christs sake.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Cor. 13.1. [-13]

Luke 18.31. [-43]

 

The first day of Lent, commonly
called Ashwednesday.

The Collect.

ALmighty and everlasting God, whiche hatest nothing that thou hast made, and doest forgive the sins of all them that be penitent : create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that wee worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowleging our wretchednesse, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgivenesse; thorough Jesus Christ. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

From Ashwednesday to the first Sunday in Lent shall be used the same Collect, Epistle, and Gospel which were used on Ashwednesday.

Joel 2.12. [-17]

Matth.6.16. [-21]

 

The first Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O Lord, which for oure sakes didst fast fourty dayes and fourty nights : give us grace to use such abstinence, that our flesh being subdued to the spirit, wee may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousnesse and true holinesse, to thy honour and glory, which livest and reignest with the Father and the holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

2 Cor.6.1. [-10]

Mat.4.1. [-11]

 

The second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect.

ALmighty God, which doest see that we have no power of our selves to helpe our selves : keep thou us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our soules; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Thess.4.1. [-8]

Matth.15.21. [-28]

 

¶ The third Sunday in Lent

The Collect.

WE beseech thee, almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majestie, to bee oure defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christe oure Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Ephes.5.1. [-14]

Luke 11.14. [-28]

 

¶ The fourth Sunday in Lent

The Collect.

GRant wee beseech thee, Almighty God, that wee which for our evill deeds are worthily punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Gal.4.21. [-31]

John 6.1. [-14]

 

The fifth Sunday in Lent

The Collect.

WE beseech thee Almighty God, mercifully to looke upon thy people, that by thy great goodnesse they may bee governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soule; through Jesus Christe our Lord. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Heb.9.11. [-15]

John 8.46. [-59]

 

¶ Sunday next before Easter

The Collect.

ALmighty and everlasting God, which of thy tender love towards man, hast sent our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the Crosse, that all mankind should follow the example of his greate humility : mercifully grant that wee both follow the example of his patience, and be made partakers of his resurrection; thorough the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

[Palm Sunday]

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Phil.2.5. [-11]

Mat.26.1. [-27:56]

 

Munday before Easter.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Isa.63.1. [-19]

Marke 14.1. [-72]

 

Tuesday before Easter.

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Esa.50.4. [-11]

Mark 15.1. [-47]

 

Wednesday before Easter.

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Heb.9.16. [-28]

Luke 22.1. [-71]

 

¶ Thursday before Easter.

 

[Maundy Thursday]

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Cor. 11.17. [-34]

Luke 23.1. [-56]

 

¶ On good Friday.

The Collects.

ALmighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for the which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the crosse, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the holy Ghost, now, and for ever. Amen.

ALmighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified : Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee, for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same in his vocation and ministery, may truly and worthily serve thee; thorough our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

MErcifull God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardnesse of heart, and contempt of thy word : and so fetch them home (blessed Lord) to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepeherd, Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth, &c.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

Heb.10.1. [-25]

Joh.18.1. [-19:42]

 

Easter Even.

The Collect.

O Most gracious God, look upon us in mercy, and grant that as we are baptised into the death of thy Sonne our Saviour Jesus Christ ; so by our true and hearty repentance all our sins may be buried with him, and we not fear the grave : that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of thee, O Father, so wee also may walk in newnesse of life, but our sins never bee able to rise in judgement against us, and that for the merit of Jesus Christ that died, was buried, and rose again for us. Amen.
 

The Epistle.

The Gospel.

1 Pet.3.17. [-22]

Matth.27.57. [-66]


 

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