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BCP Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer


  Morning Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Thursday, 22 March 2018
  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 107


 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious :
  and his mercy endureth for ever.
 Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed :
  and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west :
  from the north, and from the south.
 They went astray in the wilderness out of the way :
  and found no city to dwell in;
 Hungry and thirsty :
  their soul fainted in them.
 So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble :
  and he delivered them from their distress.
 He led them forth by the right way :
  that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness :
  and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 For he satisfieth the empty soul :
  and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death :
  being fast bound in misery and iron;
 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord :
  and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest;
 He also brought down their heart through heaviness :
  they fell down, and there was none to help them.
 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble :
  he delivered them out of their distress.
 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death :
  and brake their bonds in sunder.
 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness :
  and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
 For he hath broken the gates of brass :
  and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
 Foolish men are plagued for their offence :
  and because of their wickedness.
 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat :
  and they were even hard at death’s door.
 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble :
  he delivered them out of their distress.
 He sent his word, and healed them :
  and they were saved from their destruction.
 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness :
  and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving :
  and tell out his works with gladness!
 They that go down to the sea in ships :
  and occupy their business in great waters;
 These men see the works of the Lord :
  and his wonders in the deep.
 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth :
  which lifteth up the waves thereof.
 They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep :
  their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man :
  and are at their wit’s end.
 So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble :
  he delivereth them out of their distress.
 For he maketh the storm to cease :
  so that the waves thereof are still.
 Then are they glad, because they are at rest :
  and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness :
  and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people :
  and praise him in the seat of the elders!
 Who turneth the floods into a wilderness :
  and drieth up the water-springs.
 A fruitful land maketh he barren :
  for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
 Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water :
  and water-springs of a dry ground.
 And there he setteth the hungry :
  that they may build them a city to dwell in;
 That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards :
  to yield them fruits of increase.
 He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly :
  and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
 And again, when they are minished, and brought low :
  through oppression, through any plague, or trouble;
 Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants :
  and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
 Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery :
  and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
 The righteous will consider this, and rejoice :
  and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
 Whoso is wise will ponder these things :
  and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.

  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: Exodus 9.13-end

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?
Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.
He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:
And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.
Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord’s.
But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God.
And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.
And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.
And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.

  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: Hebrews 12.14-end

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.

  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  
    We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; 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.
Last Modified Thursday 05 May 2011