The Daily Office

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


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Morning Prayer

The First Sunday in Advent

Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon and Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637

Advent

Opening Sentence

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

ISAIAH 40:3

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the People

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us to acknowledge our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things which are necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, draw near with me to the throne of heavenly grace.

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence is kept. All kneeling, the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father,

we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires

of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,

and we have done those things which we ought not

to have done;

and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare all those who confess their faults.

Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises

declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

A Deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant to your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but that they may turn from their wickedness and live. He has empowered and commanded his ministers to pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all who truly repent and genuinely believe his holy Gospel. For this reason, we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that our present deeds may please him, the rest of our lives may be pure and holy, and that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE INVITATORY

All stand.

Officiant O Lord, open our lips;
People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant O God, make speed to save us;
People O Lord, make haste to help us
Officiant Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant Praise the Lord.
People The Lord’s Name be praised.

Venite

O Come

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, *

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

The following verses may be omitted.

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me, *

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *

“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

that they should not enter into my rest.

PSALM 95:1-7, 8-11

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Venite

O Come

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, *

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

The following verses may be omitted.

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me, *

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *

“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

that they should not enter into my rest.

PSALM 95:1-7, 8-11

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Jubilate

Be Joyful

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness,

and come before his presence with a song.

Be assured that the Lord, he is God; *

it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise; *

be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, *

and his truth endures from generation to generation.

PSALM 100

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Jubilate

Be Joyful

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness,

and come before his presence with a song.

Be assured that the Lord, he is God; *

it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise; *

be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, *

and his truth endures from generation to generation.

PSALM 100

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Venite

O Come

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, *

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

The following verses may be omitted.

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me, *

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *

“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

that they should not enter into my rest.

PSALM 95:1-7, 8-11

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Venite

O Come

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God *

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God, *

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

The following verses may be omitted.

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me, *

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *

“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

that they should not enter into my rest.

PSALM 95:1-7, 8-11

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Jubilate

Be Joyful

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness,

and come before his presence with a song.

Be assured that the Lord, he is God; *

it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise; *

be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, *

and his truth endures from generation to generation.

PSALM 100

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

Jubilate

Be Joyful

Officiant and People, all standing

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness,

and come before his presence with a song.

Be assured that the Lord, he is God; *

it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise; *

be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, *

and his truth endures from generation to generation.

PSALM 100

Our King and Savior now draws near:

O come, let us adore him.

The Psalm Appointed

60 Day Cycle

Psalm 78:41-73

Attendite, popule

41 Many times they provoked him in the wilderness*

and grieved him in the desert.

42 They turned back, and tested God,*

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

43 They remembered not his power,*

nor the day when he delivered them from the hand of the enemy,

44 How he had wrought his miracles in Egypt*

and his wonders in the field of Zoan.

45 He turned their waters into blood,*

so that they might not drink of the rivers.

46 He sent flies among them, which devoured them up,*

and frogs to destroy them.

47 He gave their fruit to the grasshopper*

and their labor to the locust.

48 He destroyed their vines with hailstones*

and their sycamore trees with the frost.

49 He smote their cattle also with hailstones*

and their flocks with hot thunderbolts.

50 He cast upon them the furiousness of his wrath, anger, displeasure, and trouble,*

sending these destroying angels among them.

51 He made a way for his indignation, and did not spare their soul from death,*

but gave their life over to the pestilence,

52 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt,*

the firstfruits of their strength in the dwellings of Ham.

53 But as for his own people, he led them forth like sheep*

and carried them in the wilderness like a flock.

54 He brought them out safely, and they were not afraid;*

he overwhelmed their enemies with the sea,

55 And brought them within the borders of his holy land,*

to his mountain which he obtained with his right hand.

56 He cast out the nations before them,*

and caused their land to be divided among them for an inheritance, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

57 But they tested and displeased the Most High God,*

and did not keep his testimonies,

58 But turned their backs and fell away like their forefathers,*

twisting aside like a broken bow.

59 For they grieved him with their hill altars*

and provoked him to displeasure with their images.

60 When God heard this, he was full of wrath*

and utterly rejected Israel,

61 So that he forsook the tabernacle in Shiloh,*

even the tent that he had pitched among them.

62 He delivered the ark into captivity,*

and his glory into the enemy's hand.

63 He gave his people over to the sword*

and was angry with his inheritance.

64 Fire consumed their young men,*

and their maidens had no marriage songs.

65 Their priests were slain with the sword,*

and their widows made no lamentation.

66 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep,*

and like a warrior recovered from wine.

67 He drove his enemies backward*

and put them to a perpetual shame.

68 He rejected the tabernacle of Joseph*

and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

69 But chose the tribe of Judah,*

even the hill of Zion which he loved.

70 And there he built his sanctuary, like the heights of heaven,*

like the earth which he had established for ever.

71 He chose David his servant,*

and took him away from the sheepfolds;

72 As he was following the ewes that were great with young, God took him,*

that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart,*

and guided them with skillful hands.

The Psalms Appointed

30 Day Cycle

Psalm 1

Beatus vir qui non abiit

1 Blessed is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly,*

nor stood in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,*

and on his law will he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the waterside,*

that will bring forth his fruit in due season.

4 His leaf also shall not wither;*

and look, whatever he does, it shall prosper.

5 As for the ungodly, it is not so with them;*

but they are like the chaff, which the wind scatters away from the face of the earth.

6 Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgment,*

neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

7 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,*

but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 2

Quare fremuerunt gentes?

1 Why do the nations so furiously rage together?*

And why do the peoples devise a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together,*

against the Lord and against his Anointed:

3 "Let us break their bonds asunder*

and cast away their cords from us."

4 He who dwells in heaven shall laugh them to scorn;*

the Lord shall hold them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath*

and terrify them in his great anger:

6 "I myself have set my King*

upon my holy hill of Zion."

7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord;*

he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the nations for your inheritance*

and the ends of the earth for your possession.

9 You shall bruise them with a rod of iron*

and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

10 Be wise now, O you kings;*

be warned, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord in fear,*

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled.*

Blessed are all those who put their trust in him.

Psalm 3

Domine, quid multiplicati?

1 Lord, how they are increased who trouble me;*

many are those who rise against me.

2 Many there are who say of my soul,*

"There is no help for him in his God."

3 But you, O Lord, are my defender;*

you are my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

4 I called upon the Lord with my voice,*

and he heard me from his holy hill.

5 I lay down and slept, and rose up again,*

for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people*

who have set themselves against me round about.

7 Rise up, O Lord, and help me, O my God;*

for you smite all my enemies on the cheek-bone; you have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;*

may your blessing be upon your people.

Psalm 4

Cum invocarem

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness;*

you set me free when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O you children of men, how long will you blaspheme my honor,*

and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?

3 Know this also, that the Lord has chosen for himself the one that is godly;*

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not;*

commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness*

and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many that say, "Who will show us any good?"*

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,*

more than when others' grain and wine and oil increased.

8 I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest;*

for you, Lord, only, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 5

Verba mea auribus

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;*

consider my meditation.

2 O hearken unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God,*

for unto you will I make my prayer.

3 My voice shall you hear in the morning, O Lord;*

early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto you, and will look up.

4 For you are not a god who has pleasure in wickedness,*

neither shall any evil dwell with you.

5 The boastful shall not stand in your sight,*

for you hate all those who work iniquity.

6 You shall destroy those who speak lies;*

the Lord will abhor the bloodthirsty and the deceitful.

7 But as for me, through the multitude of your mercies I will come into your house,*

and in reverence will I bow myself toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness, because of my enemies;*

make your way straight before my face.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;*

their heart is eaten up with wickedness.

10 Their throat is an open sepulcher;*

they flatter with their tongue.

11 Declare them guilty, O God; let them fall because of their own devices;*

because of the multitude of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

12 But let all those who put their trust in you rejoice;*

let them ever give thanks because you defend them; those who love your Name shall be joyful in you.

13 For you, Lord, will give your blessing unto the righteous,*

and with your favorable kindness you will defend him as with a shield.

The Psalm Appointed

Sunday and Holy Day Cycle

Psalm 122

Lætatus sum

1 I was glad when they said unto me,*

"We will go into the house of the Lord."

2 Now our feet are standing*

within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city*

that is at unity in itself.

4 For there the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord,*

as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.

5 For there is the throne of judgment,*

even the throne of the house of David.

6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem;*

they shall prosper that love you.

7 Peace be within your walls*

and plenteousness within your palaces.

8 For my brethren and companions' sakes,*

I will wish you prosperity.

9 Indeed, because of the house of the Lord our God,*

I will seek to do you good.

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.

The First Lesson

Sirach 14

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from Ecclesiasticus, the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach , beginning with the fourteenth chapter, the first verse

14 Blessed is the man who does not blunder with his lips
    and need not suffer grief for sin.
Blessed is he whose heart does not condemn him,
    and who has not given up his hope.

Responsible Use of Wealth

Riches are not seemly for a stingy man;
    and of what use is property to an envious man?
Whoever accumulates by depriving himself, accumulates for others;
    and others will live in luxury on his goods.
If a man is mean to himself, to whom will he be generous?
    He will not enjoy his own riches.
No one is meaner than the man who is grudging to himself,
    and this is the retribution for his baseness;
even if he does good, he does it unintentionally,
    and betrays his baseness in the end.
Evil is the man with a grudging eye;
    he averts his face and disregards people.
A greedy man’s eye is not satisfied with a portion,
    and mean injustice withers the soul.
10 A stingy man’s eye begrudges bread,
    and it is lacking at his table.

11 My son, treat yourself well, according to your means,
    and present worthy offerings to the Lord.
12 Remember that death will not delay,
    and the decree of Hades has not been shown to you.
13 Do good to a friend before you die,
    and reach out and give to him as much as you can.
14 Do not deprive yourself of a happy day;
    let not your share of desired good pass by you.
15 Will you not leave the fruit of your labors to another,
    and what you acquired by toil to be divided by lot?
16 Give, and take, and beguile yourself,
    because in Hades one cannot look for luxury.
17 All living beings become old like a garment,
    for the decree from of old is, “You must surely die!”
18 Like flourishing leaves on a spreading tree
    which sheds some and puts forth others,
so are the generations of flesh and blood:
    one dies and another is born.
19 Every product decays and ceases to exist,
    and the man who made it will pass away with it.

The Happiness of Seeking Wisdom

20 Blessed is the man who meditates on wisdom
    and who reasons intelligently.
21 He who reflects in his mind on her ways
    will also ponder her secrets.
22 Pursue wisdom like a hunter,
    and lie in wait on her paths.
23 He who peers through her windows
    will also listen at her doors;
24 he who encamps near her house
    will also fasten his tent peg to her walls;
25 he will pitch his tent near her,
    and will lodge in an excellent lodging place;
26 he will place his children under her shelter,
    and will camp under her boughs;
27 he will be sheltered by her from the heat,
    and will dwell in the midst of her glory.

Reader Here ends the Reading.

Isaiah 2:1-5

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Prophet Isaiah, beginning with the second chapter, the first verse

The Mountain of the Lord

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

It shall come to pass in the latter days
    that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
    and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war anymore.

O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the Lord.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS

We Praise You, O God

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

We praise you, O God; we acclaim you as Lord; *

all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, *

the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might, *

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. *

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. *

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all praise, *

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, *

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you took our flesh to set us free *

you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death *

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. *

We believe that you will come to be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people, *

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints *

to glory everlasting.

The following verses may be omitted

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;*

govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you; *

we praise your Name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin; *

have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy, *

for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope; *

let us never be put to shame.

SURGE, ILLUMINARE

Arise, shine, for your light has come

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *

and the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you.

For behold, darkness covers the land; *

deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.

But over you the LORD will rise, *

and his glory will appear upon you.

Nations will stream to your light, *

and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Your gates will always be open; *

by day or night they will never be shut.

They will call you, The City of the LORD, *

the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Violence will no more be heard in your land,*

ruin or destruction within your borders.

You will call your walls, Salvation,*

and all your portals, Praise.

The sun will no more be your light by day; *

by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

The LORD will be your everlasting light, *

and your God will be your glory.

ISAIAH 60:1-3, 11, 14, 18-19

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.

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS

We Praise You, O God

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

We praise you, O God; we acclaim you as Lord; *

all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, *

the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might, *

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. *

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. *

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all praise, *

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, *

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you took our flesh to set us free *

you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death *

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. *

We believe that you will come to be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people, *

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints *

to glory everlasting.

The following verses may be omitted

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;*

govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you; *

we praise your Name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin; *

have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy, *

for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope; *

let us never be put to shame.

The Second Lesson

Acts 24:1-23

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Acts of the Apostles, beginning with the twenty-fourth chapter, the first verse

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea

24 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

“Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”

The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied:

“Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, 12 and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. 16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. 17 Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. 18 While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia— 19 they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21 other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Paul Kept in Custody

22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Romans 13:8-14

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, beginning with the thirteenth chapter, the eighth verse

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

BENEDICTUS

The Song of Zechariah

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies, *

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

and in the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

LUKE 1:68-79

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.

BENEDICTUS

The Song of Zechariah

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies, *

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

and in the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

LUKE 1:68-79

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.

BENEDICTUS

The Song of Zechariah

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

that he would save us from our enemies, *

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

and in the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

LUKE 1:68-79

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.

The Third Lesson

Matthew 24:29-44

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew, beginning with the twenty-fourth chapter, the twenty-ninth verse

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

Officiant and People together, all standing

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.

The Prayers

Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And with your spirit.
Officiant Let us pray.

The People kneel or stand.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Officiant and People

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.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and for ever. Amen.

The Suffrages

Officiant O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
People And grant us your salvation.
Officiant O Lord, guide those who govern us;
People And lead us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People And let your people sing with joy.
Officiant O Lord, save your people;
People And bless your inheritance.
Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People And defend us by your mighty power.
Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon and Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637

Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant Nicholas Ferrar, may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last, with him, we attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR STRENGTH TO AWAIT CHRIST’S RETURN

Sunday

O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR PEACE

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR GRACE

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.

The Great Litany

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us.

Remember not, Lord Jesus, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forebears; neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and by your mercy preserve us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and wickedness; from sin, from the works and assaults of the devil; from your wrath and everlasting condemnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all lack of charity,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all disordered and sinful affections; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word and commandments,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from violence, battle, and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your holy nativity and submission to the Law; by your baptism, fasting, and temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and bloody sweat; by your Cross and passion; by your precious death and burial,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your glorious resurrection and ascension; by the sending of the Holy Spirit; by your heavenly intercession; and by your coming again in power and great glory,

Good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of tribulation; in all times of prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners beseech you to hear us, O Lord God: That it may please you to rule and govern your holy Church universal in the right way,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To illumine all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of your Word; and that, both by their preaching and living, they may show it accordingly,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To send forth laborers into your harvest; to prosper their work by your Holy Spirit; to make your saving health known unto all nations; and to hasten the coming of your kingdom,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give all your people increase of grace to hear your Word with humility, to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give us a heart to love and fear you, and diligently to keep your commandments,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and keep all your people,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to rule the hearts of your servant Donald Trump, the President, your servants Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Sovereign, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, your servants, our national leaders, and all others in authority, that they may do justice, and show mercy, and walk humbly before you,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and guide all judges, giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and keep our armed forces by sea, and land, and air, and to shield them in all dangers and adversities,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and protect all who serve their communities by their labor and learning,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give and preserve for us and for others the bountiful fruits of the earth, so that at the harvest we all may enjoy them,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To make wars to cease in all the world, and to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to show mercy on all prisoners and captives; refugees, the homeless, and the hungry; and all those who are desolate and oppressed,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To preserve all who are in danger by reason of their work or travel,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To strengthen the bonds of those in Holy Matrimony; to uphold the widowed and abandoned; and to comfort all whose homes are torn by strife,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To protect the unborn and their parents, and to preserve all women in childbirth;

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To care for those who have lost children or face infertility, and to provide for young children and orphans,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To visit the lonely and those who grieve; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit; and to comfort with your presence those who are failing and infirm,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To support, help, and deliver all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To have mercy upon all people,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sin, negligence, and ignorance; and to endue us with the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy Word,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To strengthen those who stand; to encourage the faint-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To grant to all the faithful departed eternal life and peace,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To grant that, in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nicholas Ferrar and all the saints, we may attain to your heavenly kingdom,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant us your peace.

O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Officiant and People

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.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and for ever. Amen.

The Supplication

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

O God, we have heard with our ears, and our forebears have declared to us, the noble works that you did in their days, and in the time before them.

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

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.

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

From our enemies defend us, O Christ;

Graciously behold our afflictions.

With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts;

Mercifully forgive the sins of your people.

With favor hear our prayers;

O Son of David, have mercy upon us.

Be pleased to hear us, O Christ;

Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

The Officiant prays

Let us pray.

Look mercifully, O Father, on our infirmities; and, for the glory of your Name, rescue us from all those evils we now endure; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in your mercy, serving you in holiness and purity of life, to your honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Collect for Mission

III

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the Cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

In the Time of any Common Plague or Sickness

O Almighty God, who in your wrath sent a plague upon your own people in the wilderness for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron, and also in the time of King David, sent a plague of pestilence which killed seventy thousand, but remembering your mercy spared the rest: have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; and in the same way that you then accepted an atonement and commanded the destroying Angel to cease from punishing: so it may now please you to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1662 (ENGLAND)

For Trustfulness in Times of Worry and Anxiety

Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested unto us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

#80, BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (2019)

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.

A hymn or anthem may be sung.

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A PRAYER OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.

Amen.

Dismissal

Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14
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