The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
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Morning Prayer

Wednesday after the First Sunday in Advent

John of Damascus, Priest and Teacher of the Faith, 760

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.

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.

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 Psalms Appointed

60 Day Cycle

Psalm 86

Inclina, Domine

1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and hear me,*

for I am poor and in misery.

2 Preserve my life, for I am faithful;*

my God, save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord,*

for I will call daily upon you.

4 Comfort the soul of your servant,*

for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For you, Lord, are good and gracious,*

and of great mercy to all those who call upon you.

6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer,*

and attend to the voice of my humble supplications.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you,*

for you answer me when I call.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,*

nor are there any deeds like yours.

9 All nations that you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord,*

and shall glorify your Name.

10 For you are great and do wondrous things;*

indeed, you are God alone.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;*

O knit my heart to you, that I may fear your Name.

12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,*

and will praise your Name for evermore.

13 For great is your mercy toward me;*

you have delivered my life from the nethermost Pit.

14 O God, the proud have risen up against me,*

and the company of violent men have sought after my life, and have not set you before their eyes.

15 But you, O Lord God, are full of compassion and mercy,*

long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.

16 O turn then unto me, and have mercy upon me;*

give your strength unto your servant, and help the son of your handmaid.

17 Show me some token of your favor, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,*

because you, Lord, have been my helper and comforter.

Psalm 87

Fundamenta ejus

1 The Lord loves the foundation which he has laid upon the holy hills;*

the gates of Zion are dearer to him than all the dwellings of Jacob.

2 Very excellent things are spoken of you,*

O city of God.

3 I will consider Egypt and Babylon*

among those who know me.

4 Behold Philistia also, and Tyre, with Ethiopia;*

each one was born in her.

5 And of Zion it shall be reported that each one was born in her,*

and the Most High shall establish her.

6 The Lord shall record it when he registers the people,*

that each one was born there.

7 The singers and the dancers also shall say,*

"All my fresh springs are in you."

The Psalms Appointed

30 Day Cycle

Psalm 19

Cæli enarrant

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,*

and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2 One day speaks to another,*

and one night gives knowledge to another.

3 There is neither speech nor language,*

and their voices are not heard;

4 But their sound has gone out into all lands*

and their words to the ends of the world.

5 In them he has set a tent for the sun,*

which comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run his course.

6 It goes forth from the uttermost part of the heavens, and runs about to the end of it again,*

and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;*

the testimony of the Lord is sure, and gives wisdom to the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart;*

the commandment of the Lord is pure, and gives light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and endures for ever;*

the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;*

sweeter also than honey, than the drippings from the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them is your servant taught,*

and in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can tell how often he offends?*

O cleanse me from my secret faults.

13 Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me;*

so shall I be undefiled, and innocent of great offense.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in your sight,*

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 20

Exaudiat te Dominus

1 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble,*

the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 Send you help from the sanctuary,*

and strengthen you out of Zion;

3 Remember all your offerings,*

and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4 Grant you your heart's desire,*

and accomplish all your plans.

5 We will rejoice in your salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God;*

may the Lord grant all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord helps his Anointed, and will answer him from his holy heaven,*

even with the saving strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses,*

but we put our trust in the Name of the Lord our God.

8 They are brought down and fallen,*

but we will arise and stand upright.

9 O Lord, save the King,*

and hear us when we call upon you.

Psalm 21

Domine, in virtute tua

1 The King shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord;*

exceedingly glad shall he be of your salvation.

2 You have given him his heart's desire,*

and have not denied him the request of his lips.

3 For you shall meet him with the blessings of goodness,*

and shall set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him:*

length of days, for ever and ever.

5 His honor is great because of your salvation;*

glory and majesty shall you lay upon him.

6 For you shall give him everlasting felicity*

and make him glad with the joy of your countenance.

7 For the King puts his trust in the Lord,*

and because of the mercy of the Most High, he shall not be moved.

8 All your enemies shall feel your hand;*

your right hand shall find those who hate you.

9 You shall make them like a fiery oven in the time of your wrath;*

the Lord shall destroy them in his displeasure, and the fire shall consume them.

10 Their offspring you shall root out of the earth,*

and their seed from among the children of men.

11 For they intended evil against you,*

and imagined wicked schemes, which they are not able to perform.

12 Therefore you shall put them to flight,*

and the strings of your bow you shall aim at their faces.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your own strength;*

so we will sing and praise your power.

Sunday and Holy Day Cycle

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 21

The lesson is read, the people sitting

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

Various Sins

21 Have you sinned, my son? Do so no more,
    but pray about your former sins.
Flee from sin as from a snake;
    for if you approach sin, it will bite you.
Its teeth are lion’s teeth,
    and destroy the souls of men.
All lawlessness is like a two-edged sword;
    there is no healing for its wound.

Terror and violence will lay waste riches;
    thus the house of the proud will be laid waste.
The prayer of a poor man goes from his lips to the ears of God,
    and his judgment comes speedily.
Whoever hates reproof walks in the steps of the sinner,
    but he that fears the Lord will repent in his heart.
He who is mighty in speech is known from afar;
    but the sensible man, when he slips, is aware of it.

A man who builds his house with other people’s money
    is like one who gathers stones for his burial mound.
An assembly of the wicked is like tow gathered together,
    and their end is a flame of fire.
10 The way of sinners is smoothly paved with stones,
    but at its end is the pit of Hades.

Wisdom and Foolishness

11 Whoever keeps the law controls his thoughts,
    and wisdom is the fulfilment of the fear of the Lord.
12 He who is not clever cannot be taught,
    but there is a cleverness which increases bitterness.
13 The knowledge of a wise man will increase like a flood,
    and his counsel like a flowing spring.
14 The mind of a fool is like a broken jar;
    it will hold no knowledge.

15 When a man of understanding hears a wise saying,
    he will praise it and add to it;
when a reveler hears it, he dislikes it
    and casts it behind his back.
16 A fool’s narration is like a burden on a journey,
    but delight will be found in the speech of the intelligent.
17 The utterance of a sensible man will be sought in the assembly,
    and they will ponder his words in their minds.

18 Like a house that has vanished, so is wisdom to a fool;
    and the knowledge of the ignorant is unexamined talk.
19 To a senseless man education is fetters on his feet,
    and like manacles on his right hand.
20 A fool raises his voice when he laughs,
    but a clever man smiles quietly.
21 To a sensible man education is like a golden ornament,
    and like a bracelet on the right arm.

22 The foot of a fool rushes into a house,
    but a man of experience stands respectfully before it.
23 A boor peers into the house from the door,
    but a cultivated man remains outside.
24 It is ill-mannered for a man to listen at a door,
    and a discreet man is grieved by the disgrace.
25 The lips of strangers will speak of these things,
    but the words of the prudent will be weighed in the balance.
26 The mind of fools is in their mouth,
    but the mouth of wise men is in their mind.
27 When an ungodly man curses his adversary,
    he curses his own soul.
28 A whisperer defiles his own soul
    and is hated in his neighborhood.

Reader Here ends the Reading.

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.

MAGNA ET MIRABILIA

The Song of the Redeemed

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,

great deeds are they that you have done, *

surpassing human understanding.

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth,*

O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,

and sing the praises of your Name? *

For you only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *

because your just and holy works have been revealed.

REVELATION 15:3-4

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 Second Lesson

Acts 26

The lesson is read, the people sitting

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

Paul's Defense Before Agrippa

26 So Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:

“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

“My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

“I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. 11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

Paul Tells of His Conversion

12 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

30 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. 31 And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

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

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

Wednesday after 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

John of Damascus, Priest and Teacher of the Faith, 760

Almighty God, you gave your servant John of Damascus special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth revealed in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR GRACE

Wednesday

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.

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, John of Damascus 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 Time of Great Sickness and Mortality

O Most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee to you for comfort. Deliver us, we beseech you, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1928 (U.S.)

For the Recovery of a Sick Person

Almighty and immortal God, giver of life and health: We implore your mercy for your servants who are sickened by this virus, that by your blessing upon them and upon those who minister to them with your healing gifts, they may be restored to health of body and mind, according to your gracious will, and may give thanks to you in your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

#61, 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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