Morning Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Saturday, 28 November 2015
  The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
  The minister may use a seasonal sentence before using one or more of the penitential sentences.
  The minister introduces the service
    Dearly beloved [brethren],
    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge
       and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;
    [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before
       the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;
    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and
       obedient heart;
    to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same
       by his infinite goodness and mercy.
    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge
       our sins before God;
    yet ought we most chiefly so to do,
    when we assemble and meet together
    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have
       received at his hands,
    to set forth his most worthy praise,
    to hear his most holy word,
    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,
    as well for the body as the soul.]
    Wherefore I pray and beseech you,
    as many as are here present,
    to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice,
    unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying [after me]:
    Beloved, we are come together in the presence of almighty God and of the whole company of heaven to offer unto him through our Lord Jesus Christ our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the greatness of God's love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace; and to ask on behalf of all men such things as their well-being doth require.
    Wherefore let us kneel in silence, and remember God's presence with us now.
  Almighty and most merciful Father,
    we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.
    We have followed too much the devices and desires
       of our own hearts.
    We have offended against thy 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 there is no health in us.
    But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.
    Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.
    Restore thou them that are penitent;
    according to thy promises declared unto mankind
       in Christ Jesu our Lord.
    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
    that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
    to the glory of thy holy name.
  A priest says
    Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who desireth not the death of a sinner,
    but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live;
    and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers
    to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,
    the absolution and remission of their sins:
    he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent
       and unfeignedly believe his holy gospel.
    Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,
       and his Holy Spirit,
    that those things may please him which we do at this present;
    and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;
    so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  or other ministers may say
    Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord,
    to thy faithful people pardon and peace,
    that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
    and serve thee with a quiet mind;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.
  Morning Prayer
  The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
  These responses are used
    O Lord, open thou our lips
  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Ghost;
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.
    Praise ye the Lord.
  The Lord's name be praised.
Venite, exultemus Domino  
  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 shew 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 corners of the earth :
    and the strength of the hills is his also.
  The sea is his, and 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 the Lord our God :
    and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
  Today if ye 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 tempted me :
    proved me, and saw my works.
  Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said :
    It is a people that do err in their hearts,
       for they have not known my ways.
  Unto whom I sware in my wrath :
    that they should not enter into my rest.]
Psalm 95
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.

Psalm 132


 Lord, remember David :
  and all his trouble;
 How he sware unto the Lord :
  and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;
 I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house :
  nor climb up into my bed;
 I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to slumber :
  neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord :
  an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata :
  and found it in the wood.
 We will go into his tabernacle :
  and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting-place :
  thou, and the ark of thy strength.
 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness :
  and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
 For thy servant David’s sake :
  turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.
 The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David :
  and he shall not shrink from it;
 Of the fruit of thy body :
  shall I set upon thy seat.
 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them :
  their children also shall sit upon thy seat for evermore.
 For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself :
  he hath longed for her.
 This shall be my rest for ever :
  here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
 I will bless her victuals with increase :
  and will satisfy her poor with bread.
 I will deck her priests with health :
  and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
 There shall I make the horn of David to flourish :
  I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame :
  but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Psalm 133


 Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is :
  brethren, to dwell together in unity !
 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard :
  even unto Aaron’s beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
 Like as the dew of Hermon :
  which fell upon the hill of Sion.
 For there the Lord promised his blessing :
  and life for evermore.

Psalm 134


 Behold now, praise the Lord :
  all ye servants of the Lord;
 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord :
  even in the courts of the house of our God.
 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary :
  and praise the Lord.
 The Lord that made heaven and earth :
  give thee blessing out of Sion.

Psalm 135


 O praise the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord :
  praise it, O ye servants of the Lord;
 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord :
  in the courts of the house of our God.
 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious :
  O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
 For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself :
  and Israel for his own possession.
 For I know that the Lord is great :
  and that our Lord is above all gods.
 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth :
  and in the sea, and in all deep places.
 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world :
  and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.
 He smote the first-born of Egypt :
  both of man and beast.
 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt :
  upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
 He smote divers nations :
  and slew mighty kings;
 Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Basan :
  and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
 And gave their land to be an heritage :
  even an heritage unto Israel his people.
 Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever :
  so doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
 For the Lord will avenge his people :
  and be gracious unto his servants.
 As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold :
  the work of men’s hands.
 They have mouths, and speak not :
  eyes have they, but they see not.
 They have ears, and yet they hear not :
  neither is there any breath in their mouths.
 They that make them are like unto them :
  and so are all they that put their trust in them.
 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel :
  praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi :
  ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
 Praised be the Lord out of Sion :
  who dwelleth at Jerusalem.

  At the end of each psalm these words are said or sung
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
  and to the Holy Ghost;
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
  world without end. Amen.
  Old Testament Reading  

First Reading: Isaiah 24


Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

  Te Deum Laudamus  
  Either the Te Deum Laudamus (as follows) or Benedicite, omnia opera is said or sung.
  We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
  All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
  To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.
  To thee cherubin and seraphin continually do cry,
  Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
  Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
  The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
  The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
  The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
  The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee:
  the Father of an infinite majesty;
  thine honourable, true and only Son;
  also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.
  Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
  Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
  When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
       thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
  When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
       thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
  Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
  We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
  We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
       whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
  Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting.
  O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.
  Govern them and lift them up for ever.
  Day by day we magnify thee;
  and we worship thy name, ever world without end.
  Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
  O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
  O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
  O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.
  New Testament Reading  

Second Reading: Matthew 11.20-end

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  Either The Benedictus (as follows) or Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100) is said or sung.
  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel :
  for he hath visited, and redeemed his people;
  And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us :
  in the house of his servant David;
  As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets :
  which have been since the world began;
  That we should be saved from our enemies :
  and from the hands of all that hate us;
  To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers :
      and to remember his holy covenant;
  To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham :
      that he would give us,
  That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies :
      might serve him without fear,
  In holiness and righteousness before him :
      all the days of our life.
  And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest :
      for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people :
      for the remission of their sins;
  Through the tender mercy of our God :
      whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
  To give light to them that sit 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 Ghost;
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
  world without end. Amen.
  The Apostles' Creed  
  I believe in God the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth:
  and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell;
    the third day he rose again from the dead;
    he ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy catholic Church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting.
    The Lord be with you.
  And with thy spirit.
    Let us pray.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.
    O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
  And grant us thy salvation.
    O Lord, save the Queen.
  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
    Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
  And make thy chosen people joyful.
    O Lord, save thy people.
  And bless thine inheritance.
    Give peace in our time, O Lord.
  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
  but only thou, O God.
    O God, make clean our hearts within us.
  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
  Three Collects are said.
The Collect of the Day  
    Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Collect for Peace  
    O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord,
    in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life,
    whose service is perfect freedom;
    defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies;
    that we, surely trusting in thy defence,
    may not fear the power of any adversaries;
    through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Collect for Grace  
    O Lord, our heavenly Father,
    almighty and everlasting God,
    who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day;
    defend us in the same with thy mighty power;
    and grant that this day we fall into no sin,
    neither run into any kind of danger,
    but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,
    to do always that is righteous in thy sight;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  The order for the end of the service may include:
  hymns or anthems
    a sermon
    further prayers (which may include prayers from here)
  This prayer may be used to conclude the service
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    and the love of God,
    and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
    be with us all evermore.