An Inclusive Version of the Daily Office

The Daily Office

Inclusive Language

(The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 -- modified by Frank Huber HuberPal@aol.com in January 1999)

Morning Prayer p. 2

Order of Service for Evening p. 11

Evening Prayer p. 14

Compline p. 20

Canticles p. 24-28

Daily Morning Prayer, Rite Two (Inclusive Language)

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture, or with the versicle "God, open our lips" on page 80.

Advent

Watch, for you do not know when the head of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning, for if the coming is sudden you might be found asleep.

Mark 13:35, 36

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

Isaiah 40:3

The glory of God shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

Christmas

Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Sovereign. Luke 2:10, 11

Behold, the dwelling of God is with humankind. You, O God will dwell with them, and they shall be your people: and you will be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3

Epiphany

Nations shall come to your light, and rulers to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6b

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and 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 God of hosts. Malachi 1:11

Lent

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:8, 9

Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Joel 2:13

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your child." Luke 15:18, 19

To you O God belongs mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against you and have not obeyed your voice by following the laws which you set before us. Daniel 9:9, 10

Jesus said," If anyone would come after me, deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me." Mark 8:34

Holy Week

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to our own way; and God has laid on Christ Jesus the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me, whom God has afflicted. Lamentations 1:12

Easter Season, including Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

On this day God has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Sovereign Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Hebrews 9:24

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Trinity Sunday

Holy, holy, holy is the Holy and Mighty One, who was, and is, and is to come! Revelation 4:8

All Saints and other Major Saints' Days

We give thanks to Our loving God, who has made us worthy to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:12

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19

Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4

Occasions of Thanksgiving

We give thanks to you O God, and call upon your Name; make known God's deeds among the peoples. Psalm 105:1

At any Time

Grace to you and peace from Our loving God and our Sovereign Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

I was glad when they said to me," Let us go to the house of the God." Psalm 122:1

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

O God, you are in your holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before you. Habakkuk 2:20

The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship God in spirit and truth... John 4:23

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy," I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

The following Confession of Sin may then be said; or the Office may

continue at once with "God, open our lips."

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of the Holy One, to set forth God's praise, to hear God's holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship God let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by God's infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Only Begotten Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Holy One have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Sovereign Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and

substitutes "us" for "you" and "our" for "your."

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

Officiant God, open our lips.

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the triune God, Divine Parent, Only Begotten and Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent, add Alleluia.

Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalms, Venite or Jubilate. One of the following Antiphons may be sung or said with the Invitatory Psalm

In Advent

Our Sovereign and Savior now draws near: We will adore you O God.

Twelve Days of Christmas Alleluia. To us a child is born: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

From the Epiphany through the Baptism of Christ; Feasts of the Transfiguration and Holy Cross O God you have shown forth your glory: W e will adore you.

In Lent O God you are full of compassion and mercy: We will adore you.

Easter Day -- the Ascension

Alleluia. Christ is risen indeed: Come let us adore our Savior. Alleluia.

From Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. Christ the Sovereign has ascended into heaven: Come let us adore our Redeemer. Alleluia.

On the Day of Pentecost

Alleluia. O Spirit of God, you renew the face of the earth: Come, we will adore you. Alleluia.

On Trinity Sunday

Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit, one God: Come, we will adore you

On other Sundays and weekdays

O God, you made the earth; and we will adore you

or this

O God we worship you in the beauty of holiness and we will adore you

or this

O God, your mercy is everlasting, and we will adore you.

The Alleluias in the following Antiphons are used only in Easter Season.

On Feasts of the Incarnation

[Alleluia.] The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us: Come let us adore the Light who comes into the world. [Alleluia.]

On All Saints and other Major Saints' Days

[Alleluia.] God, you are glorious in your saints: We will adore you. [Alleluia.]

Venite Psalm 95:1-7

Come, let us sing to God; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before the presence of God with thanksgiving, * raising a loud shout with psalms.

For Our God is a great God, * and a great Sovereign above all gods.

In your hands, O God, are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are yours also.

The sea is yours, for you made it, * and your hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before our Creator.

You God, are the Creator, and we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand. *

Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice! Let us harden not our hearts.

or Psalm 95, page 724. Or Jubilate

Jubilate Psalm 100

Be joyful in God, all you lands; * serve our Sovereign with gladness,

And come before God's presence with a song. * We know this: you Most High are God.

You made us for yourself, * and we are yours;

We are your people and the sheep of your pasture. * May we enter your gates with thanksgiving;

Let us come into your courts with praise; * let us give thanks to you and call upon your holy Name.

For you, O God, are good; your mercy is everlasting; *

and your faithfulness endures from age to age.

In Easter Week, in place of an Invitatory Psalm, the following is sung or

said. It may also be used daily until the Day of Pentecost.

Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; * therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, * but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia.

You Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *

death no longer has dominion over you.

The death that you died, you died to sin, once for all; * but the life you live, you live to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, * and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Sovereign.

Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, * the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a human being came death, * by a human being has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, * so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Alleluia.

Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Triune God, Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from _____________. A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader says: Hear what the Spirit says to the Church

Answer Thanks be to God.

Or silence may be kept after each Reading.

One of the following Canticles, (pp. 24-28), is sung or said after each Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is read after the second Canticle.

The Apostles' Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Begotten, our Sovereign;

who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary;

who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

who descended to the dead, rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven;

who is seated at the right hand of God; and

who 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

The people stand or kneel

Officiant The Holy One be with you.

People And also with you.

Officiant Let us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Loving God in heaven, * hallowed be your Name,

Your dominion come, * your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today * our daily bread.

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 dominion, the power, and the glory are yours, *, now and for ever. Amen.

Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

A

V. Show us your mercy, O God;

R. And grant us your salvation.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

R. Let your people sing with joy.

V. Give peace in all the world;

R. For only in you can we live in safety.

V. Keep this nation under your care;

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V. Let your way be known upon earth;

R. Your saving health among all nations.

V. Let not the needy be forgotten;

R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;

R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

B

V. Save your people, O God, and bless your inheritance;

R. Govern and uphold them, now and always.

V. Day by day we bless you;

R. We praise your Name for ever.

V. Keep us from all sin today;

R. Have mercy on us, have mercy.

V. Show us your love and mercy;

R. For we put our trust in you.

V. In you, O God, is our hope;

R. And we shall never hope in vain.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day

A Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your only Begotten, Jesus the Christ: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Most Holy God, whose only Begotten went not up to joy without first suffering pain, and entered not into glory before being crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

Most Holy God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

Most holy and eternal God, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. 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 Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Grace

Most Holy God, almighty and everlasting One, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Loving God, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow, one of these prayers for mission is added

Most Holy and Eternal One, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Sovereign and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

or this

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your Only Begotten to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your dominion; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

or the following

Sovereign 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.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving -- Officiant and People

Most Holy and Powerful God, author 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 Sovereign 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 our savior Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Most Holy God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your Only Begotten that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O God, 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.

Then may be said

Let us bless our God.

Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost "Alleluia, alleluia" may be added to the preceding versicle and response.

The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Sovereign Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20.

An Order of Worship for the Evening (Inclusive Language)

The church is dark, or partially so, when the service is to begin.

All stand, and the Officiant greets the people with these words

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Sovereign.

People Thanks be to God.

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

Officiant Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

Officiant Bless the High and Holy One who forgives all our sins;

People God's mercy endures for ever.

One of the following, or some other Short Lesson of Scripture appropriate to the occasion or to the season, may then be read

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp to put it under a bucket, but on a lamp-stand where it gives light for everyone in the house. And you, like the lamp, must shed light among other persons, so that they may see the good you do, and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Sovereign, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus' sake. For the same God who said, "Out of darkness let light shine," has caused the divine light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation--the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O God; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10-11

The Officiant then says the Prayer for Light, using any one of the following or some other suitable prayer, first saying

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Grant us, O God, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light on those around us, and that by its brightness we may have a vision of that holy City, where dwells the true and never-failing Light, Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Creator and Ruler of the Universe, as you have taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and have made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by your brightness we may know you to be the true God and eternal light, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.

Lighten our darkness, we implore you, O God; and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Begotten, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Advent Collect for the First Sunday of 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 only Begotten, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when Christ shall come again in glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through the One who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Christmas, Epiphany, and other Feasts of the Incarnation

Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lent and other times of penitence

Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Easter Season

Eternal God, who led your ancient people into freedom by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Grant that we who walk in the light of your presence may rejoice in the liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Festivals of Saints

Sovereign Christ, your saints have been the lights of the world in every generation: Grant that we who follow in their footsteps may be made worthy to enter with them into that heavenly country where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

The candles at the Altar are now lighted, as are other candles and lamps as may be convenient. During the candle-lighting, an appropriate anthem or psalm may be sung, or silence kept. The following hymn, or a metrical version of it, or some other hymn, is then sung

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving God in heaven, *

O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun, * and our eyes behold the vesper light,

We sing your praises, O God: * divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, only Begotten of God, O Giver of life, *

and to be glorified through all the worlds.

The service may then continue in any of the following ways: With Evening Prayer, beginning with the Psalms; or with some other Office or Devotion; With the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, beginning with the Salutation and Collect of the Day; Or, it may be followed by a meal or other activity, in which case the Phos hilaron may be followed by the Lord's Prayer and a grace or blessing; Or, it may continue as a complete evening Office with the following elements:

Selection from the Psalter. Silence, or a suitable Collect, or both, may follow the Psalmody.

Bible Reading. A sermon or homily, a passage from Christian literature, or a brief silence, may follow the Reading.

Canticle. The Magnificent or other canticle, or some other hymn of praise.

Prayers. A litany, or other suitable devotions, including the Lord's Prayer.

Blessing or Dismissal, or both. The Peace may then be exchanged.

On feasts or other days of special significance, the Collect of the Day, or one proper to the season, may precede the Blessing or Dismissal.

On other days, either of the following, or one of the Collects from Evening Prayer or from Compline, may be so used

Blessed are you, the sovereign God of our ancestors, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To you be glory for endless ages. Amen.

Almighty, everlasting God, let our prayer in your sight be as incense, the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. Give us grace to behold you, present in your Word and Sacraments, and to recognize you in the lives of those around us. Stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your suffering Only Begotten, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen.

A bishop or priest may use the following or some other blessing or grace

Most Holy and Loving God, bless us and keep us. Amen.

Make your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. Amen.

Lift up your countenance upon us and give us your peace. Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding blessing substitutes "us"

for "you."

A Dismissal may be used (adding "Alleluia, alleluia" in Easter Season)

The People respond

Thanks be to God.

In Easter Season the People respond

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two (Inclusive Language)

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture,

or with the Service of Light on page 11 and continuing with the appointed Psalmody; or with the versicle "O God, make speed to save us" on page 15

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Grace to you and peace from God our Loving Divine Parent and from our Sovereign, Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

Worship God in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before in the divine presence. Psalm 96:9

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15, 16

I will bless God who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set you always before me God; because you are at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7, 8

Seek the Creator who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: Hashem is God's name. Amos 5:8

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O God; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10, 11

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

The following Confession of Sin may then be said;

or the Office may continue at once with "O God make speed to save us."

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Dear friends in Christ, here in the presence of Almighty God, let us in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, so that we may obtain forgiveness by God's infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your only Begotten Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Sovereign Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes "us" for "you" and "our" for "your."

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.

People O God, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People

Glory to the triune God, Divine Parent, Only Begotten and Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Except in Lent, add Alleluia.

The following, or some other suitable hymn, or an Invitatory Psalm, may be sung or said

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving God in heaven, *

O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun, * and our eyes behold the vesper light,

We sing your praises, O God: * Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, only Begotten of God, O Giver of life, *

and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the triune God: Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying A Reading (Lesson) from ____________.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader may say: Hear what the Spirit says to the church Answer Thanks be to God. Or Silence may be kept after each Reading.

One of the following Canticles, or one of those on pages 24-28, is sung or said after each Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is read after the second Canticle.

The Song of Mary Magnificat Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of our God, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *

who has looked with favor on this lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: * You O God have done great things for me,

and holy is your Name.

You have mercy on those who fear you * in every generation.

You have shown the strength of your arm, * and have scattered the proud in their conceit.

You have cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and have lifted up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich you have sent away empty.

You have come to the help of your servant Israel, * for you have remembered your promise of mercy,

The promise you made to our ancestors, * to Abraham and Sarah and their children for ever.

The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis Luke 2:29-32

God, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel.

The Apostles' Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Begotten, our Sovereign;

who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary;

who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

who descended to the dead, rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven;

who is seated at the right hand of God; and

who 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

The people stand or kneel

Officiant The Holy One be with you.

People And also with you.

Officiant Let us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Loving God in heaven, * hallowed be your Name,

Your dominion come, * your will be done,

on earth as in heaven. * Give us today our daily bread.

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 dominion, the power, and the glory are yours, * now and for ever. Amen.

Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

A

V. Show us your mercy, O God;

R. And grant us your salvation.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

R. Let your people sing with joy.

V. Give peace, O God, in all the world;

R. For only in you can we live in safety.

V. O Most High, keep this nation under your care;

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V. Let your way be known upon earth;

R. Your saving health among all nations.

V. Let not the needy, Hashem, be forgotten;

R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;

R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

B

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful, We entreat you, O God.

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill, We entreat you, O God.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses, We entreat you, O God.

That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world, We entreat you, O God.

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be ->

condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ, We entreat you, O God.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the ->

communion of [_______ and] all your saints, entrusting one ->

another and all our life to Christ, We entreat you, O God.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day

A Collect for Sundays

Holy and Loving God, whose only Begotten, our Savior Jesus Christ, triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for the resurrection, may praise you in that City of Light where Christ lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Sovereign Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O God, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Begotten, Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.

A Collect for Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through the One who died and rose again for us, your only Begotten, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Sovereign Christ Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow, one of these prayers for mission is added

O God, Loving Creator of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

or this

Keep watch, dear God, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Christ Jesus; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

or the following

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Author 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 Sovereign 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 Savior, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your Only Begotten that when two or three are gathered together in Christ's Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O God, 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.

Then may be said

Officiant Let us bless our God.

People Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost "Alleluia, alleluia" may be added to the preceding versicle and response.

The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Sovereign Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21

An Order for Compline (Inclusive Language)

The Officiant begins God Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.

Officiant Our help is in the Name of God;

People The creator of heaven and earth.

The Officiant may then say: Let us confess our sins to God.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People: Almighty God, our Loving Creator: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your only Begotten, our Sovereign Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Officiant: May the Almighty grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.

People O God, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People:

Glory to the triune God: Divine Parent, Only Begotten and Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Except in Lent, add Alleluia.

One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said. Other suitable selections may be substituted.

Psalm 4 Cum invocarem

Answer me when I call, O God, * defender of my cause; *

You set me free when I am hard-pressed; * have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

"You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory? *

How long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?"

Know that the Almighty does wonders for the faithful; *

when I call upon the Holy One, I am heard.

Tremble, then, and do not sin; * speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

Offer the appointed sacrifices * and put your trust in God.

Many are saying, * "Oh, that we might see better times!"

Lift up the light of your countenance * upon us, O God.

You have put gladness in my heart, * more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; * for only you, O God, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 31 In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O God, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame:

* deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, * for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, * for you have redeemed me, O God of power and truth.

Psalm 91 Qui habitat

1 The person who dwells in the shelter of the Most High * abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 We shall say to You, "You are my refuge and my stronghold, * my God in whom I put my trust."

3 You shall deliver us from the snare of the hunter * and from the deadly pestilence.

4 O God you shall cover us with your pinions, and we shall find refuge under your wings; *

your faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

5 We shall not be afraid of any terror by night, * nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, * nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.

7 A thousand shall fall at our side, and ten thousand at our right hand, *

but it shall not come near us.

8 Our eyes have only to behold * to see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made God your refuge, * and the Most High your habitation,

10 There shall no evil happen to you, * neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

11 For God's angels shall have charge over you, * to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands, * lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *

you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.

14 Thus says the High and Holy One: because you are bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver you; * I will protect you, because you know my Name.

15 You shall call upon me, and I will answer you; *

I am with you in trouble; I will rescue you and bring you to honor.

16 With long life will I satisfy you, * and show you my salvation.

Psalm 134 Ecce nunc

1 Behold now, bless our God, all you servants of God, *

you that stand by night in the house of Hashem.

2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless Hashem; *

the Ruler who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the triune God: Divine Parent, Only Begotten and Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read

God, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O God. Jeremiah 14:9, 22

People Thanks be to God.

or this

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

People Thanks be to God.

or the following

May the Holy One of peace, who brought again from the dead our Sovereign Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do the divine will, working in you that which is pleasing in God's sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-2

People Thanks be to God.

or this

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. I Peter 5:8-9a

People Thanks be to God.

A hymn suitable for the evening may be sung.

Then follows

V. Into your hands, Hashem, I commend my spirit;

R. For you have redeemed me, O God of truth.

V. Keep us, Hashem, as the apple of your eye;

R. Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Jesus, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Loving God in heaven, * hallowed be your Name,

Your dominion come, * your will be done,

on earth as in heaven. * Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins * as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial, * and deliver us from evil.

Officiant O God, hear our prayer;

People And let our cry come to you.

Officiant Let us pray.

The Officiant then says one of the following Collects

Be our light in the darkness, O God, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Begotten, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Look down, O God, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Visit this place, O God, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

We give you thanks, O God, for revealing your only Begotten, Jesus Christ, to us by the light of the resurrection: Grant that as we sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

One of the following prayers may be added

Keep watch, dear God, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Christ Jesus; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil; through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Silence may be kept.

Free intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered.

The service concludes with the Song of Simeon with this Antiphon, which is sung or

said by all

Guide us waking, O God, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

In Easter Season, add Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

God, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel.

All repeat the Antiphon

Officiant Let us bless our God.

People Thanks be to God.

The Officiant concludes The almighty and merciful God, Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

The Canticles

8 The Song of Moses Cantemus Domine Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18 Especially suitable for use in Easter Season

I will sing to you, O God, for you are lofty and uplifted; *

the horse and its rider have you hurled into the sea.

God is my strength and my refuge; * God has become my Savior.

You are my God and I will praise you, * the God of my people and I will exalt you.

You O Sovereign One are a mighty warrior; * Hashem is your Name.

The chariots of Pharaoh and his army have you hurled into the sea; *

the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.

The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; * they sank into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O God, is glorious in might; * your right hand has overthrown the enemy.

Who can be compared with you, O Sovereign One, among the gods? *

who is like you, glorious in holiness, awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?

You stretched forth your right hand; * the earth swallowed them up.

With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *

with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them * on the mount of your possession,

The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Sovereign One, *

the sanctuary that your hand has established.

God shall reign * for ever and for ever.

9 The First Song of Isaiah Ecce, Deus Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely, it is you, God, who saves me; * I will trust in you and not be afraid.

For you are my stronghold and my sure defense, * and you will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing * from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say, * Give thanks to God and call upon the divine Name;

Make God's deeds known among the peoples; *

see that they remember that the divine Name is exalted.

We sing your praises God, for you have done great things, * and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *

for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

10 The Second Song of Isaiah Quaerite Dominum Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek God while God wills to be found; * call upon the Holy One while still near.

Let the wicked forsake their ways * and the evil ones their thoughts;

And let them turn to the Sovereign, who will have compassion, *

and to our God, who will richly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, * nor your ways my ways, says the Creator of the Universe.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *

so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens * and return not again, but water the earth,

Bringing forth life and giving growth, * seed for sowing and bread for eating,

So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; * it will not return to me empty;

But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, * and prosper in that for which I sent it.

11 The Third Song of Isaiah Surge, illuminare Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19

Arise, shine, for your light has come, * and the glory of God has dawned upon you.

For behold, darkness covers the land; * deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.

But over you God will rise, * and the divine glory will appear upon you.

Nations will stream to your light, * and rulers 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 God, * 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.

God alone will be your everlasting light, * and God alone will be your glory.

12 A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

One or more sections of this Canticle may be used. Whatever the selection, it begins with the Invocation and concludes with the Doxology.

Invocation

All your creatures glorify you Creator God, * we praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

We glorify you in the firmament of your power, *

we glorify you O God, praise you, and highly exalt you for ever.

I The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Sovereign One, you angels and all powers of God, *

O heavens and all waters above the heavens.

The sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify you O God, *

they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glorify the Sovereign One, every shower of rain and fall of dew, * all winds and fire and heat.

Winter and summer, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glorify the Sovereign One, O chill and cold, * drops of dew and flakes of snow.

Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glorify the Sovereign One, O nights and days, * O shining light and enfolding dark.

Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

II The Earth and its Creatures

Let the whole earth glorify you O God, * let it praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The mountains and hills and all that grows upon the earth glorify you O God, *

they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Springs of water, seas, and streams, * whales and all that move in the waters.

All birds of the air, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The beasts of the wild, * and all the flocks and herds.

Men and women everywhere, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The people of God glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Your priests and servants glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The spirits and souls of the righteous glorify you O God, *

they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

The holy and humble of heart, glorify you O God, * they praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Doxology

We glorify you O triune God: Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit; *

we praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

We glorify you O God in the firmament of your power, *

we praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

13 A Song of Praise Benedictus es, Domine Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Glory to you, God of our mothers and fathers; * you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; * on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; * in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, triune God: Divine Parent, Only Begotten, and Holy Spirit; *

we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

14 A Song of Penitence Kyrie Pantokrator Prayer of Manasseh, 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15

Especially suitable in Lent, and on other penitential occasions

Ruler of the universe and of the hosts of heaven, *

God of Abraham and Sarah, and of all their righteous offspring:

You made the heavens and the earth, * with all their vast array.

All things quake with fear at your presence; * they tremble because of your power.

But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; * it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O God, you are full of compassion, * long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.

You hold back your hand; * you do not punish as we deserve.

In your great goodness, O lover of Souls, you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *

that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O God, I bend the knee of my heart, *

and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.

I have sinned, O God, I have sinned, * and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to you: * Forgive me, Holy One, forgive me.

Do not let me perish in my sin, * nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.

For you, O Sovereign One, are the God of those who repent, *

and in me you will show forth your goodness.

Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy, *

and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.

For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, * and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

15 The Song of Mary Magnificat Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of our God, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *

who has looked with favor on this lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *

You O God have done great things for me, and holy is your Name.

You have mercy on those who fear you * in every generation.

You have shown the strength of your arm, * and have scattered the proud in their conceit.

You have cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and have lifted up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich you have sent away empty.

You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *

for you have remembered your promise of mercy,

The promise you made to our ancestors, *

to Abraham and Sarah and their children for ever.

16 The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus Luke 1:68-79

Blessed be the Holy One, the God of Israel; *

you have has come to your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty savior, * born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old, that you would save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us.

You, O God, promised to show mercy to our fathers * and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our ancestors Abraham and Sarah, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship you without fear, * holy and righteous in you sight all the days of our life.

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

for you will go ahead to prepare God's way,

To give the people of God 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 the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

17 The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis Luke 2:29-32

God, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *

whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel.

18 A Song to the Lamb Dignus es Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13

Splendor and honor and royal power * are yours by right, Most High and Holy One,

For you created everything that is, * and by your will they were created and have their being;

And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, * for with your blood you have redeemed for God,

From every family, language, people, and nation, * a dominion of priests to serve our God.

And so, to the One who sits upon the throne, * and to Christ the Lamb,

Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, * for ever and for evermore.

19 The Song of the Redeemed Magna et mirabilia Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Sovereign God, great deeds are they that you have done, *

surpassing human understanding.

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, * O Ruler of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, O God, 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.

20 Glory to God Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest, * and peace to God's people on earth.

Sovereign God, heavenly Ruler, * Holy and Mighty One,

We worship you, we give you thanks, * we praise you for your glory.

Jesus Christ, only Begotten of God, * Sovereign God, Lamb of God,

You take away the sin of the world; * have mercy on us;

You are seated at God's right hand; * receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, * you alone are the Sovereign,

Jesus Christ, With the Holy Spirit, * in the glory of the triune God. Amen.

21 You are God Te Deum laudamus

You are God: we praise you; * You are our Sovereign: we acclaim you;

You are the Eternal One: * All creation worships you.

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

Cherubim and Seraphim, * sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy One, * 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; * God of majesty unbounded,

Your true and only Begotten, * worthy of all worship,

And the Holy Spirit, * advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the Sovereign of glory, * the eternal Begotten of our God.

When you became human to set us free * you did not shun the Virgin's womb.

You overcame the sting of death * and opened thedominon of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God's right hand in glory. * We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Christ, and help your people, * bought with the price of your own blood,

And bring us with your saints, * to glory everlasting.


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