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according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America


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Family Prayer
In the Morning

Thanksgiving Day (United States)

Thursday after the Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Season After Pentecost


These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church and are particularly appropriate for families with young children.

The Reading and the Collect may be read by one person, and the other parts said in unison, or in some other convenient manner.

Opening Sentence

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

PSALM 51:15

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

PROVERBS 3:9-10

The Psalm

Psalm 51:10-12

Miserere mei, Deus

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,*

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

12 O give me the comfort of your help again,*

and sustain me with your willing Spirit.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A READING FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE

COLOSSIANS 3:1-4


If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Sirach 9


Advice Concerning Women

Do not be jealous of the wife of your bosom,
    and do not teach her an evil lesson to your own hurt.
Do not give yourself to a woman
    so that she gains mastery over your strength.
Do not go to meet a loose woman,
    lest you fall into her snares.
Do not associate with a woman singer,
    lest you be caught in her intrigues.
Do not look intently at a virgin,
    lest you stumble and incur penalties for her.
Do not give yourself to harlots
    lest you lose your inheritance.
Do not look around in the streets of a city,
    nor wander about in its deserted sections.
Turn away your eyes from a shapely woman,
    and do not look intently at beauty belonging to another;
many have been misled by a woman’s beauty,
    and by it passion is kindled like a fire.
Never dine with another man’s wife,
    nor revel with her at wine;
lest your heart turn aside to her,
    and in blood you be plunged into destruction.

Choice of Friends

10 Forsake not an old friend,
    for a new one does not compare with him.
A new friend is like new wine;
    when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.

11 Do not envy the honors of a sinner,
    for you do not know what his end will be.
12 Do not delight in what pleases the ungodly;
    remember that they will not be held guiltless as long as they live.

13 Keep far from a man who has the power to kill,
    and you will not be worried by the fear of death.
But if you approach him, make no misstep,
    lest he rob you of your life.
Know that you are walking in the midst of snares,
    and that you are going about on the city battlements.

14 As much as you can, aim to know your neighbors,
    and consult with the wise.
15 Let your conversation be with men of understanding,
    and let all your discussion be about the law of the Most High.
16 Let righteous men be your dinner companions,
    and let your glorying be in the fear of the Lord.

Concerning Rulers

17 A work will be praised for the skill of the craftsmen;
    so a people’s leader is proved wise by his words.
18 A babbler is feared in his city,
    and the man who is reckless in speech will be hated.

A period of silence may follow.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Intercessions

A hymn or canticle may be used.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

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.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thanksgiving Day (United States)

Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us: for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure to rest, for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR GUIDANCE

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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