|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF
THE LORD’S SUPPER,
many as intend to be partakers of the holy Communion shall signify their
names to the Curate, at least some time the day before And if any of those
be an open and notorious evil liver, or have done any wrong to his neighbours
by word or deed, so that the Congregation be thereby offended; the Curate,
having knowledge thereof shall call him and advertise him, that in any
wise he presume not to come to the Lord’s Table, until he have openly
declared himself to have truly repented and amended his former naughty
life, that the Congregation may thereby be satisfied, which before were
offended; and that he have recompensed the parties, to whom he hath done
wrong; or at least declare himself to be in full purpose so to do, as
soon as he conveniently may.
The Table at the Communion time having a fair white linen cloth upon it, shall stand in the body of the Church, or in the Chancel, where Morning and Evening Prayer are appointed to be said. And the Priest standing at the north side of the Table shall say the Lord's Prayer with the Collect following, the people kneeling.
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.
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.
Then shall the Priest, turning to the people, rehearse distinctly all the TEN COMMANDMENTS: and the people still kneeling shall after every Commandment ask God mercy for their transgression thereof for the time past, and grace to keep the same for the time to come, as followeth.
spake these words, and said; I am the Lord thy God: Thou shalt have none
other gods but me.
There may be substituted for The Ten Commandments (which, however, shall always be said at least once a month) The Summary of the Law, as enunciated by our Lord:
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
Then shall follow one of these two Collects for the King, the Priest standing as before, and saying,
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite: Have mercy upon the whole Church; and so rule the heart of thy chosen servant GEORGE, our King and Governor, that he (knowing whose minister he is) may above all things seek thy honour and glory: and that we and all his subjects (duly considering whose authority he hath) may faithfully serve honour, and humbly obey him, in thee, and thee, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting
God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of Kings are in thy
rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth
best to thy godly wisdom: We humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern
the heart of GEORGE thy servant, our King and Governor, that
in all his thoughts, words, and works, he may ever seek thy honour and
glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to his charge, in wealth,
peace and godliness: Grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son’s
sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Collects for the King may be omitted.
shall be said the Collect of the day. And immediately after the Collect
the Priest shall read the Epistle, saying, The Epistle [or, The
portion of Scripture appointed for the Epistle] is written in the ——
Chapter of beginning at the —— Verse. And the Epistle
ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Epistle. Then shall lie
read the Gospel (the people all standing up) saying, The holy Gospel
is written in the —— Chapter of —— beginning
at the —— Verse.
When the Minister announces the Gospel for the day, the people standing up may devoutly sag or sing
Glory be to thee, O Lord;
and after the Gospel the people may in like manner say or sing
Thanks be to thee, O Lord, for this thy glorious Gospel.
And the Gospel ended, shall be sung or said the Creed following, the people still standing as before.
BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And
of all things visible and invisible:
Then the Curate shall declare unto the people what Holy-days, or Fasting-days, are in the week following to be observed. And then also (if occasion be) shall notice be given of the Communion; and Briefs, Citations, and Excommunications read. And nothing shalt be proclaimed or published in the Church during the time of Divine Service, but by the Minister: nor by him any thing but what is prescribed in the Rules of this Book, or enjoined by the King, or by the Ordinary of the place.
Then shall follow the Sermon, or one of the Homilies already set forth or hereafter to be set forth, by authority.
Then shall the Priest return to the Lord’s Table, and begin the Offertory, saying one or more of these Sentences following, as he thinheth most convenient in his discretion.
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father which is in heaven. St Matth.
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts xx.
Whilst these Sentences are in reading, the Deacons, Church-wardens, or other fit person appointed for that purpose, shall receive the Alms for the Poor, and other devotions of the people, in a decent bason to be provided by the Parish/or that purpose; and reverently bring it to the Priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy Table.
And when there is a Communion, the Priest shall then
place upon the Table so much Bread and Wine as he shall think sufficient.
After offering the Elements
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above alL All things come of thee and of thine Own have we given thee. 1 Chron. xxix. 11, 14.
After which done, the Priest shall say,
Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church militant here in earth.
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 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. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and specially thy servant GEORGE our King; that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: And grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and specially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sick ness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
When the Minister giveth warning for the Celebration of the holy Communion, (which he shall always do upon the Sunday, Holy-day, immediately preceding,) after the Sermon or Homily ended; he shall read this Exhortation following.
beloved, on —day next I purpose, through God’s assistance,
to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed
the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; to be
by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion,
whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers
of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble
and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath
given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also
to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which
being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily,
and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my
duty is to exhort you in the mean season to consider the dignity of that
holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and
so to search and examine your own consciences, and that not lightly, and
after the manner of dissemblers with God: but so that ye may come holy
and clean to such a heavenly Feast, in the marriage-garment required by
God in holy Scripture, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy
*The word guilt may be substituted for the word damnation.
Or, in case he shall see the people negligent to come to the holy Communion, instead of the former, he shall use this Exhortation.
DEARLY beloved brethren, on — I intend, by God’s grace, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper: unto which, in God‘s behalf, I bid you all that are here present; and beseech you, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, that ye will not refuse to come thereto, being so lovingly called and bidden by (led himself. Ye know how grievous and unkind a thing it is, when a man hath prepared a rich feast, decked his table with all kind of provision, so that there lacketh nothing but the guests to sit down; and yet they who are called (without any cause) most unthankfully refuse to come. Which of you in such a case would not be moved? Who would not think a great injury and wrong done unto him? Wherefore, most dearly beloved in Christ, take ye good heed, lest ye, withdrawing yourselves from this holy Supper, provoke God’s indignation against you. It is an easy matter for a man to say, I will not communicate. because I am otherwise hindered with worldly business. But such excuses are not so easily accepted and allowed before God. If any man say, I am a grievous sinner, and therefore am afraid to come: wherefore then do ye not repent and amend? When God calleth you, are ye not ashamed to say ye will not come? When ye should return to God, will ye excuse yourselves, and say ye are not ready? Consider earnestly with yourselves how little such feigned excuses will avail before God. They that refused the feast in the Gospel, because they had bought a farm, or would try their yokes of oxen, or because they were married, were not so excused, but counted unworthy of the heavenly feast. I, for my part, shall be ready; and, according to mine Office, I bid you in the Name of God, I call you in Christ’s behalf; I exhort you, as ye love your own salvation, that ye will be partakers of this holy Communion. And as the Son of God did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death upon the Cross for your salvation; so it is your duty to receive the Communion, in remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, as be himself hath commanded: which if ye shall neglect to do, consider with yourselves how great injury ye do unto God, and how sore punishment bringeth over your heads for the same; when ye wilfully abstain from the Lords Table, and separate from your brethren, who come to feed on the banquet of that most heavenly food. These things if ye earnestly consider, ye will by God’s grace return to a better mind: for the obtaining whereof we shall not cease to make our humble petitions unto Almighty God our heavenly Father.
At the time of the Celebration of the Communion, the Communicants being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy Sacrament, the Priest shall say this Exhortation.
beloved in the Lord, ye that mind to come to the holy Communion of the
Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, must consider how Saint Paul exhorteth
all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, before they presume
to eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup. For as the benefit is great,
if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy Sacrament;
(for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood;
then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ and
Christ with us;) so is the danger great, if we receive the same unworthily.
For then we are guilty of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour; we
eat and drink our own damnation*, not considering the Lord’s Body;
we kindle God’s wrath against us; we provoke him to plague us with
divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death. Judge therefore yourselves,
brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your
sins past; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend
your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men; so shall ye be meet
partakers of those holy mysteries. And above all things ye must give most
humble and hearty thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour
Christ, both God and man; who cUd humble himself, even to the death upon
the Cross, for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness and the shadow
of death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting
life. And to the end that we should alway remember the exceeding great
love of our Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ, thus dying for us, and
the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood-shedding he hath
obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges
of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great
and endless comfort. To him therefore, with the Father and the Holy Ghost,
let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks; submitting ourselves
wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true
holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
The Exhortation when warning is given of holy Communion, and the Exhortation at the time of the Celebration, Dearly beloved in the Lord, may be omitted, unless on occasions when their use is directed by the Bishop.
the former the word guilt may be substituted
for the Word damnation; * in the latter the word judgement
may be substituted for damnation.
Then shall the Priest say to them that come to receive the holy Communion,
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.
Then shall this general Confession be made, in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, by one of the Ministers; both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees and saying,
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 Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest (or the Bishop, being present) stand up, and turning himself to the people, pronounce this Absolution.
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.
Then shall the Priest say,
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him.
unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.
St Matth. xi. 28.
Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 St John ii. 1.
After which the Priest shall proceed, saying,
LIFT up your hearts.
Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord’s Table, and say,
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 Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed: or else immediately shall follow,
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 full of thy glory: Glory be to thee,
O Lord most High. Amen.
Upon Christmas Day, and seven days after.
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, &c.
Upon Easter Day, and seven days after.
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, &c.
Upon Ascension Day, and seven days after.
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, &c.
Upon Whitsunday, and six days after.
THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven with a sudden great sound, as it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of fiery tongues, lighting upon the Apostles, to teach them, and to lead them to all truth; giving them both the gift of divers languages, and also boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, &c.
Upon the Feast of Trinity only.
WHO art one God, one Lord; not one only Person, but three Persons in one Substance For that which we believe of the (glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, &c.
The following ADDITIONAL PROPER PREFACES may be said:
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 us out of darkness into his own marvellous light Therefore, &c.
Upon The Purification.
Because thy blessed So; Jesus Christ, our Lord, born of a woman, born under the Law, was, as on this day, presented in the Temple, and revealed to thy servants as a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel. Therefore, &c.
Upon The Annunciation.
Because thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only Son, to be born for us, who by the operation of the Holy Ghost, was made very man, of the substance of the blessed Virgin Mary his mother, and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin. Therefore, &c.
Upon Feasts of Apostles and Evangelists, except when the proper preface for any of the Great Festivals is appointed to be said.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who did vouchsafe to choose thy servant Saint N. [or thy servants Saint N. and Saint N.] to be of the company of the Apostles [or to be an Evangelist] by whose ministry thine elect might be gathered in from every nation, and thy Church instructed in the way that leadeth unto everlasting life. Therefore, &c.
Upon All Saints’ Day.
Who in the multitude of thy Saints hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses, to the end that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us, and together with them receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Therefore, &c.
At the Consecration of Bishops, and Ordination of Priests and Deacons.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, the great Shepherd of the sheep, who, for the feeding and guidance of his flock, did appoint divers orders of ministers in his Church. Therefore, &c.
At the Dedication of a Church, and Anniversary of the Dedication.
Who in temples made with hands buildest up for thyself a spiritual temple made without hands. Therefore, &c.
After each of which Prefaces shall immediately be sung or said,
THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.
Then shall the Priest, kneeling down at the Lord's Table, say in the name of all them that shall receive the Communion this Prayer following.
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 sou1s washed through most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
When the Priest, standing before the Table, hath so ordered the Bread and Wine, that he may with the more readiness and decency break the Bread before the people, and take the Cup into his hands, he shall say the Prayer of Consecration, as followeth.
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
in the same night that he was betrayed, atook Bread; and, when he had
given thanks, bhe brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take,
Then shall the Minister first receive the Communion in both kinds himself, and then proceed to deliver the same to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in like manner, (if any be present,) and after that to the people also in order, into their hands, all meekly kneeling. And, when he delivereth the Bread to any one, he shall say,
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.
And the Minister that delivereth the Cup to any one shall say,
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.
it is thought desirable to shorten the words of administration on Christmas-day,
Easter-day, and Whitsunday, or on special occasions approved by the
Bishop, or in the case of the pressure caused by large and unexpected
numbers, the Priest, having first said the whole words of administration
(in the singular number) once or all the communicants, may use the first
half of each form in communicating individuals
If the consecrated Bread or Wine be all spent before all have communicated, the Priest is to consecrate more according to the Form before prescribed: Beginning at [Our Saviour Christ in the same night &c.] for the blessing of the Bread: and at [Likewise after Supper, &c.] for the blessing of the Cup.
When all have communicated, the Minister shall return to the Lord's Table, and reverently place upon it what remaineth of the consecrated Elements, covering the same with a fair linen cloth.
Then shall the Priest say the Lord’s Prayer, the people repeating after him every petition.
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.
After shall be said as followeth.
O LORD and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we, who are partakers of this holy Communion, may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty. world without end. 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.
Both the post-communion prayers O Lord and heavenly Father, and Almighty and everliving God, may be said in succession at the same service.
Then shall be said or sung,
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
Then the Priest (or Bishop if he be present) shall let them depart with this Blessing.
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.
Collects to be said after the Offertory, when there is no Communion, every such day one or more; and the same may be said also, as often as occasion shall serve, after the Collects either of Morning or Evening Prayer, Communion, or Litany, by the discretion of the Minister.
ASSIST us. mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words, which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking: We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in thy Son’s
Name: We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us that have
made now our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those
things, which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually
be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth
of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR CERTAIN FESTIVALS AND SEASONS,
Which may be said immediately before
the Blessing at holy
GRANT, O Almighty God, that as thy blessed Son Jesus Christ at his first advent came to seek and to save that which was lost, so at his second and glorious appearing he may find in the fruits of the redemption which he wrought, who l.iveth and reigneth, with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Christmas-day, and seven days after.
O GOD, who hast given us grace at this time to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ: We laud and magnify thy glorious Name for the countless blessings which he hath brought unto us; and we beseech thee to grant that We may ever set forth thy praise in joyful obedience to thy will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epiphany, and seven days after.
ALMIGHTY God, who at the baptism of thy blessed Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan didst manifest his glorious Godhead: Grant, we beseech thee, that the brightness of his presence may shine in our hearts, and his glory be set forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Easter-day, and seven days after.
O LORD God Almighty, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, did on the third day rise triumphant over death: Raise us, we beseech thee, from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he sitteth on thy right hand in glory; and this we beg for the sake of the same, thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ascension-day, and seven days after.
ALMIGHTY God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that according to his promise he abideth with his Church on earth, even unto the end of the world; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Whitsunday, and six days after.
O ALMIGHTY God, who on the day of Pentecost didst send the Holy Ghost the Comforter to abide in thy Church unto the end: Bestow upon us and upon all thy faithful people his manifold gifts of grace, that with minds enlightened by his truth and hearts purified by his presence, we may day by day be strengthened with power in the inward man; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
O LORD God Almighty, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the mysteries of whose being are unsearchable: Accept, we beseech thee, our praises for the revelation which thou hast made of thyself, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons, and one God; and mercifully grant, that ever holding fast this faith, we may magnify thy glorious Name; who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.
Two other prayers.
O ALMIGHTY Father, wellspring of life to all things that have being, from amid the unwearied praises of Cherubim and Seraphim who stand about thy throne of light which no man can approach unto, give ear, we humbly beseech thee, to the supplications of thy people who put their sure trust in thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [From the Book of Deer.]
O LORD Jesus Christ, before whose judgement-seat we must all appear and give account of the things done in the body: Grant, we beseech thee, that when the books are opened in that day, the faces of thy servants may not be ashamed, through thy merits, O blessed Saviour, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. [From the Altus of St Columba]
Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Comm union) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer [For the whole state of Christ’s Church militant here in earth] together with one or more of these Collects last before rehearsed, concluding with the Blessing.
And there shall be no Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, except there be a convenient number to communicate with the Priest, according to his discretion.
And if there be not above twenty persons in the Parish of discretion to receive the Communion: yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Priest.
And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, and Colleges, where there are many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Priest every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the contrary.
And to take away all occasion of dissension, and superstition, which any person hath or might have concerning the Bread and Wine, it shall suffice that the Bread be such as is usual to be eaten; but the best and purest Wheat Bread that conveniently may be gotten.
And if any of the Bread and Wine remain. unconsecrated, the Curate shall have it to his own use: but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest, and such other of the Communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.
The Bread and Wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate and the Church-wardens at the charges of the Parish.
And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly at Easter every Parishioner shall reckon with the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputy or Deputies; and pay to them or him all Ecclesiastical Duties, accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid.
After the Divine Service ended, the money given at the Offertory shall be disposed of to such pious and charitable uses, as the Minister and Church-wardens shall think fit. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.
it is ordained in this office for the Administration of the Lord's Supper,
that the Communicants should receive the same kneeling; (which order is
well meant, for a signification of our humble and grateful acknowledgement
of the benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for
the avoiding of such profanation and disorder in the holy Communion, as
might otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneeling should by any persons,
either out of ignorance and infirmity, or out of malice and obstinancy,
be misconstrued and depraved: It is here declared, thereby that no Adoration
is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or
Wine there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ’s
natural Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still
in their very natural substances, and therefore may not be adored; (for
that were Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians;) and the
natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ are in Heaven, and not here;
it being against the truth of Christ’s natural Body to be at one
time in more places than one.
Return to the 1912 Scottish Book of Common Prayer
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