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MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERS

Morning and Evening Prayers are part of a long standing spiritual disciplinary tradition. To the end of continuing that tradition in the contemporary setting, please find here an adaptation of these disciplines from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.


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An Order for Morning Prayer is below

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An Order for Morning Prayer

(When Morning Prayer is celebrated by more than one person, an asterisk indicates antiphonal response)

The LORD is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.
(Habakkuk 2:20)

I was glad when they said to me,
Let us go into the house of the LORD.
(Psalm 122:1)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14)

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.
(Psalm 43:3)

For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
"I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
(Isaiah 57:15)

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
(John 4:23)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Philippians 1:2)

(The following readings shall be used in their seasons.)

Advent:
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
(Matthew 3:2)

Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
(Isaiah 40:3)

Christmas:
"Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
(Luke 2:10,11)

Epiphany:
"For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great among the Gentiles;
In every place incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
For My name shall be great among the nations,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
(Malachi 1:11)

Awake, awake!
Put on your strength, O Zion;
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Shall no longer come to you.
(Isaiah 52:1)

Lent:
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
(Joel 2:13)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart--
These, O God, You will not despise.
(Psalm 51:17)

"I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."
(Luke 15:18, 19)

Good Friday: Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Behold and see
If there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
Which has been brought on me,
Which the LORD has inflicted
In the day of His fierce anger.
(Lamentations 1:12)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace...
(Ephesians 1:7)

Easter:
"Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him."
(Mark 16:6)

This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:24)

Ascension:
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession... Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:14, 16)

Whitsunday (Pentecost):
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
(Acts 1:8)

... because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
(Galatians 4:6)

Trinity Sunday:
"Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!"
(Revelation 4:8b)

Thanksgiving Day:
Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
(Proverbs 3:9, 10)

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
(Proverbs 3: 19, 20)

(Confession of Sin.)

Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean, and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Whereupon we come for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us, and for His sake grant us forgiveness of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit, increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will, and true obedience to Your word, that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(The Absolution and The Lord's Prayer.)

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us, and has given His only Son to die for us, and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To them that believe on His name, He gives the power to become the sons of God, and bestows on them His Holy Spirit. He that believes, and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, O Lord, unto us all.

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.

O Lord, open our lips
* And our mouths shall declare your praise.

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.

Praise the Lord.
* The Lord's name be praised.

(On the days here named, here may be said:)

On the Sundays in Advent. — Our King and Saviour draws near : O come, let us adore him.

On Christmas Day and until the Epiphany. — Alleluia. Unto us a child is born : O come, let us adore him.

On the Epiphany and seven days after, and on the Feast of the Transfiguration. — The Lord has shown his glory : O come, let us adore him.

On Monday in Easter Week, and until Ascension Day. — Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed : O come let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Ascension Day and until Whitsunday. — Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascended into heaven : O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Whitsunday and six days after. — Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord fills the world : O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Trinity Sunday. — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God : O come, let us adore him.

On the Purification and the Annunciation.—The Word was made flesh : O come, let us adore him.

On other Festivals for which a proper Epistle and Gospel are ordered. — The Lord is glorious in his saints : O come, let us adore him.)

(Then shall be said the Venite [Psalm 95] which may be omitted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday)

Venite
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us 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.
(Psalm 95:1-7a)

(A Psalm as appointed shall be read followed by the Gloria Patri.)

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 and one of the following responses)

Te Deum laudamus
We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.
All the earth worships You, the Father everlasting.
To You all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein;
To You Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Your glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise You.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise You.
The noble army of Martyrs praise You.
The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You;
The Father of an infinite Majesty;
Your adorable, true and only Son;
Also the Holy Spirit the Comforter.

You are the King of Glory, O Christ.
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When You took upon Youself to deliver us,
You humbled Yourself to be born of a Virgin.
When You had overcome the sharpness of death,
You opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that You shall come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray, help Your servants, whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Your Saints, in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify You;
And we worship Your Name ever, world without end.
O Lord, keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us, as our trust is in You.
O Lord, in You have I trusted; let me never be confused.

(Or)

Benedictus es Domine Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers;
* praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed are You for the Name of Your Majesty;
* praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed are You in the temple of Your holiness;
* Praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed are You that beholds the depths, and dwells between the Cherubim:
* praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed are You on the glorious throne of Your Kingdom:
* praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven:
* praised and exalted above all for ever.

(Or)

Benedicite, omnia opera Domini
O all Works of the Lord, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Heavens, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Waters that are above the firmament, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O all Powers of the Lord, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Sun and Moon, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Stars of heaven, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Showers and Dew, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O winds of God, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Fire and Heat, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Winter and Summer, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Dews and Frosts, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Frost and Cold, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Ice and Snow, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Nights and Days, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Light and Darkness, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Lightnings and Clouds, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O let the Earth bless the Lord:
* let it praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Mountains and Hills, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.

O all Green Things upon the earth, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Wells, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Seas and Floods, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O all Fowls of the air, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O all Beasts and Cattle, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Children of Men, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O let Israel bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
O holy and humble Men of heart, bless the Lord:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.
Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit:
* praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.

(The Second Lesson and one of the following.)

Benedictus "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
Who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hate us,
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace."
(Luke 1:68-79)

(Or)

Jubilate Deo
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
(Psalm 100)

(Then shall be said one of the following Creeds.)

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 Spirit, 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 is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From where he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

(Or)

The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And is seated on the right hand of the Father: And He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the Prophets: And I believe one Christian and apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

(Then shall be said the following prayers.)

O Lord, show Your mercy upon us.
And grant us Your salvation.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not Your Holy Spirit from us.

(Then shall be said the Collect as appointed for the week and the collects and prayers that follow.)

A Collect for Peace
O GOD, the Author of peace and Lover of concord, in knowledge of Whom stands our eternal life, Whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us, Your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in Your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with Your mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For Those in Authority
O MERCIFUL Father in heaven, Who holds in Your hand all the might of man, and Who has ordained the powers that be for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well, and of Whom is all rule and authority in the kingdoms of the world: We humbly ask You to graciously regard Your servants, the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, our Judges and Magistrates, and all the Rulers of the earth. May all that receive the sword, as Your ministers, bear it according to Your commandment. Enlighten and defend them by Your Name, O God. Grant them wisdom and understanding, that, under their peaceable governance, Your people may be guarded and directed in righteousness, quietness, and unity. Protect and prolong their lives O God of our salvation, that we, with them, may show forth the praise of Your Name; through Jesus Christ. Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For the Ministry
ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, Who alone does great wonders: Send down upon Your Ministers and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of Your grace; and, that they may truly please You, pour upon them the continual dew of Your blessing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For Missions
O GOD, Who so loves the world as to give Your Only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life: Look with compassion upon the heathen who know You not, and on the multitudes that are scattered as sheep having no shepherd; and so bestow upon us Your grace, that we, with all Your believing people, may be the messengers of Your Gospel, seek them that are lost, and restore them unto You; that they, being gathered out of all places wherever they have wandered, may be strengthened, nurtured, protected and guided by the true Shepherd and Bishop of souls, Jesus Christ, Your Son, unto Whom, with You and the Holy Spirit be honor and power, dominion and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Collect For the Church
GRANT, we ask, Almighty God, unto Your Church, Your Holy Spirit, and the wisdom which comes down from above, that Your Word, as becomes it, may not be bound, but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You, and in the confession of Your Name live unto the end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For those in Affliction O LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit and relieve Your servants, for whom we offer our supplications; look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy; give them comfort and sure confidence in You; defend them from the danger of the enemy, and keep them in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect For the Sick ALMIGHTY, Everlasting God, the eternal Salvation of them that believe: Hear our prayers in behalf of Your servants who are sick for whom we implore the aid of Your mercy, that being restored to health, they may render thanks to You in Your Church; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Thanksgiving ALMIGHTY God, our Heavenly Father, Whose mercies are new unto us every morning, and Who, though we have in no wise deserved Your goodness, do abundantly provide for all our wants of body and soul: Give us, we pray, Your Holy Spirit, that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness toward us, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Benediction "Oh, LORD, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"
(1 Chronicles 4:10)

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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