The Book of Common Prayer
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    The Proposed Book of Common Prayer (1928)
of the Church of England

 

AN ORDER OF SERVICE

COMMONLY CALLED

PRIME.

This service may be said at any convenient time before or after the saying of Morning Prayer, but not in substitution therefor.

Minister. O God, make speed to save us;
Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Minister. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord;
Answer. The Lordís name be praised.
 

Then shall follow this or some other Hymn.

Iam lucis orto sidere.

NOW that the daylight fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That he, in all we do or say,
Would keep us free from harm to-day:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;
From angerís din would hide our life;
From all ill sights would turn our eyes,
Would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience pure;
Our souls from folly would secure;
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone,
And night in turn is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained
Shall praise his name for victory gained.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.

Then shall be said or sung Psalm 119, verses 1-16 and verses 17-32; or some other portions of the said psalm.

Here, according to the ancient use of Prime, may be said the Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called the Creed of Saint Athanasius, in either version as it is printed immediately before the Litany.

Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons, or some other passage of Holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister:

NOW unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.   1 Timothy 1. 17.

Or,

LOVE the truth and peace, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 8. 19.

R. Thanks be to God.

Then shall be said the following Respond.

    Minister. Jesu Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon us;
    People. Jesu Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon us.
    Minister. Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father;
    People. Have mercy upon us.
    Minister. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
    People. Jesu Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon us.

V. O Lord, arise, help us;
R. And deliver us for thy nameís sake.

Then shall be said the Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling:

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.
 

 

Then shall follow these Versicles [and Responses.]*

V. O let my mouth be filled with thy praise;
R. That I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.
V. Turn thy face from my sins, O Lord;
R. And put out all my misdeeds.
V. Make me a clean heart, O God;
R. And renew a right spirit within me.
V. Cast me not away from thy presence;
R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
V. O give me the comfort of thy help again;
R. And stablish me with thy free spirit.

Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession following; and afterwards the Prayer for Forgiveness.

WE confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

    ALMIGHTY God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins and deliver us from all evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

If a Priest be present, he shall stand and pronounce the following Absolution

MAY the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

∂ Then shall be said:

V. Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;
R. That thy people may rejoice in thee?
V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;
R. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
V. O Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

O ALMIGHTY Lord and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws and in the works of thy commandments: that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul ; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you;
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us bless the Lord
R. Thanks be to God.

THE Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life ; and may the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

Here endeth the Order for Prime.


 

* Added in 1928.

AN ORDER FOR COMPLINE

A LATE EVENING SERVICE.

This Service may be used when Evensong has been previously said.

All standing up, the Minister shall say,

THE Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

BRETHREN, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour : Whom resist, steadfast in the faith.   1 St. Peter 5. 8, 9.

V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us;
R.
Thanks be to God.

Minister. O God, make speed to save us;
Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Minister. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord;
Answer. The Lordís name be praised.

Then shall be said or sung one or more of the following Psalms:
Psalm 4; Psalm 31. 1-6; Psalm 91; Psalm 134.

Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons, or some other passage of Holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister

THOU, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name. Leave us not, O Lord our God.   Jeremiah 14. 9.

Or,

COME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.   St. Matthew 11. 28-30.

Or,

NOW the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.   Hebrews 13. 20, 21.

R. Thanks be to God.

Response added in 1928.

 
Then may be said the following Respond.

Minister.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
People.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
Minister.
For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
People.
I commend my spirit.
Minister.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
People.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
 

Here may follow this or some other hymn.

Te lucis ante terminum.

BEFORE the ending of the day,
Creator of the world we pray,
That with thy wonted favour thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies
Tread under foot our ghostly foe,
That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

V. Keep me as the apple of an eye;
R. Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Then shall follow the Canticle Nunc Dimittis together with the Anthem, which is to be said or sung in full before the Canticle, and again after the Gloria Patri.

    Anthem. Preserve us, O Lord, waking, and guard us sleeping, that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

 
NUNC DIMITTIS.

LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
    For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
    Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
    To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
    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.

    Anthem. Preserve us, O Lord, waking, and guard us sleeping, that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

Then shall be said the Apostlesí Creed by the Minister and people standing,

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 Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints ; The Forgiveness of sins ; The Resurrection of the body ; And the Life everlasting. Amen.

And after that these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling

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.

    V. Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers;
    R. To be praised and glorified above all for ever.
    V. Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
    R. Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.
    V. Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven;
    R. To be praised and glorified above all for ever.
    V. The Almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.
    R. Amen.

Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession following; and afterwards the Prayer for Forgiveness.

WE confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

ALMIGHTY God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins and deliver us from all evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

∂ If a Priest be present, he shall stand and pronounce the following Absolution

MAY the almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then shall be said:

    V. Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;
    R. That thy people may rejoice in thee?
    V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;
    R. And grant us thy salvation.
    V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin;
    R. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
    V. O Lord, hear our prayer;
    R. And let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

Then shall be said one or more of the following Collects

VISIT, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place, and drive from it all the snares of the enemy ; let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace; and may thy blessing be upon us evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

LORD Jesus Christ, son of the living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre, and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people; Make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of thy passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.

LOOK down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BE present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    V. We will lay us down in peace and take our rest;
    R. For it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.
    V. The Lord be with you;
    R. And with thy spirit.
    V. Let us bless the Lord.
    R. Thanks be to God.

THE Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; bless and preserve us. Amen.

Here endeth the Order for Compline.


 

 

A DEVOTION

which may be said by the Priest and people immediately before the celebration of the Holy Communion.

∂ The whole shall be said throughout in a distinct and audible voice.

∂ The Priest, standing before Godís Board, shall say with the Ministers and the people, all kneeling, as follows.

    Priest. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
    Anthem.
I will go unto the altar of God : even unto the God of my joy and gladness.

Judica me, Deus. Psalm 43.

GIVE sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people : O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
    2 For thou art the God of my strength, why hast thou put me from thee : and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
    3 O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me : and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
    4 And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness : and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, my God.
    5 Why art thou so heavy, O my soul : and why art thou so disquieted within me?
    6 O put thy trust in God : for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
    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.

    Anthem. I will go unto the altar of God : even unto the God of my joy and gladness.

Priest. Our help standeth in the name of the Lord;
Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Priest. Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;
Answer. That thy people may rejoice in thee?
Priest. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;
Answer. And grant us thy salvation.
Priest. O Lord, hear our prayer;
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Priest. The Lord be with you;
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Let us pray.

∂ Then shall the Priest proceed with the celebration of the Holy Communion.


 

 

THE COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS.

(Second Series.)*

For the Lesser Feasts and Fasts and other days which it is permitted to observe.

CHRISTMAS EVE.

Collect. O God, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son, Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him, when he shall come to be our Judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
    Lesson.
Micah 5. 2-5 (in the Revised Version). Thou Bethlehem Ephrathah . . . shall be our peace.
    Gospel. Luke 2. 1-14. It came to pass . . . goodwill towards men.

IN LENT after Ash-Wednesday.

    THURSDAY. Lesson. Exodus 24. 12-18.   The LORD said unto Moses . . . forty nights.
    Gospel. Mt. 8. 5-13.   When Jesus was entered . . . selfsame hour.
    FRIDAY. Lesson. 1 Kings 19. 3-8.   Elijah arose and went . . . the mount of God.
    Gospel. Mt. 5. 43-6. 6.   Ye have heard . . . reward thee.
    SATURDAY. Lesson. Is. 38. 1-6.   In those days.. . I will deliver thee.
    Gospel. Mark 6. 45-56.   Jesus constrained his disciples . . . were made whole.

THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT.

    MONDAY. Lesson. Ezek. 34. 11-16.   Thus saith the LORD God... that which was sick.
    Gospel. Mt. 25. 31-46.   When the Son of man. . . into life eternal.
    TUESDAY. Lesson. Is. 55. 6-11.   Seek ye the LORD. . . whereto I sent it.
    Gospel. Mt. 21. 10-17.   When he was come . . . perfected praise.
    WEDNESDAY. Lesson. Is. 58. 1-9.   Cry aloud, spare not. . . Here I am.
    Gospel. Mt. 12. 38-50.   Certain of the scribes . . . sister and mother.
    THURSDAY. Lesson. Is. 58. 9-14.   If thou take away . . . hath spoken it.
    Gospel. John 8. 31-45.   Then said Jesus . . . ye believe me not.
    FRIDAY. Lesson. Ezek. 18. 20-25.   The soul that sinneth.. . your ways unequal?
    Gospel. John 5. 2-15.   There is at Jerusalem . . . had made him whole.
    SATURDAY. Lesson. Ezek. 18. 26-32.   When a righteous man. . and live ye.
    Gospel. Mt. 17. 1-9.   After six days Jesus taketh.. . from the dead.

THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT.

    MONDAY. Epistle. Heb. 2. 1-10.   We ought to give earnest heed perfect through sufferings.
    Gospel. John 8. 21-30.   Jesus said unto the Pharisees, I go . . -believed on him.
    TUESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 2. 11-18.   Both he that sanctifieth them that are tempted.
    Gospel. Mt. 23. 1-12.   Then spake Jesus . . . shall be exalted.
    WEDNESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 3. 1-6.   Wherefore, holy brethren unto the end.
    Gospel. Mt. 20. 17-28.   Jesus going up to Jerusalem. . . a ransom for many.
    THURSDAY. Epistle. Heb. 3. 7-19.   Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith . . . because of unbelief.
    Gospel. John 5. 30-47.   Jesus said, I can of mine own self . . . believe my words?
    FRIDAY. Epistle. Heb. 4. 1-16.   Let us fear lest . . . in time of need.
    Gospel.
Mt. 21. 33-46.   There was a certain householder . . . for a prophet.
    SATURDAY. Epistle. Heb. 5.1-14.   Every high priest. . . good and evil.
    Gospel. Luke 15. 11-32.   A certain man had two sons . . . and is found.

THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT.

    MONDAY. Epistle. Heb. 6. 1-10.   Leaving the principles . . . do minister.
    Gospel. Luke 4.23-30.   Jesus said unto them, Ye will. . . went his way.
    TUESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 6. 11-20.   We desire that every one. order of Meichizedek.
    Gospel. Mt. 18. 15-22.   If thy brother . . . until seventy times seven.
    WEDNESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 7. 1-10.   This Meichizedek . . . met him.
    Gospel. Mt. 15. 1-20.   Then came to Jesus . . . defileth not a man.
    THURSDAY. Epistle. Heb. 7. 11-25.   If perfection were . . . intercession for them.
    Gospel. John 6. 26-35.   Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say. . . shall never thirst.
    FRIDAY. Epistle. Heb. 7. 26-28.   Such an high priest. . . for ever more.
    Gospel. John 4. 5-26.   Then cometh Jesus to a city. . . am he.
    SATURDAY.
Epistle. Heb. 8. 1-6.   Of the things which . .. upon better promises.
    Gospel. John 8. 1-11.   Jesus went unto the Mount.. . sin no more.

THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT.

    MONDAY. Epistle. Heb. 11. 1-6.   Faith is the substance . . . diligently seek him.
    Gospel. John 2. 13-25.   The Jewsí passover. . . what was in man.
    TUESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 11. 13-16.   These all died . . . to be called their God.
    Gospel.. John 7. 14-24.   Now about the midst. . . righteous judgement.
    WEDNESDAY. Epistle. Heb. 12.1-11.   Seeing we also . . . exercised thereby.
    Gospel. John 9. 1-17.   As Jesus passed by. . . He is a prophet.
    THURSDAY. Epistle. Heb. 12. 12-17.   Lift up the hands . . . care fully with tears.
    Gospel. John 5. 17-27.   Jesus answered them . . . the Son of man.
    FRIDAY. Epistle. Heb. 12. 22-29.   Ye are come unto Mount Zion . . . a consuming fire.
    Gospel. John 11. 32-46.   When Jesus saw Mary weeping. . . Jesus had done.
    SATURDAY. Epistle. Heb. 13. 7-21.   Remember them . . . for ever and ever. Amen.
    Gospel. John 8. 12-20.   Then spake Jesus . . . not yet come.
 

Note that all changes in the Final Draft were carried over to the 1928 Book.

* Omitted in 1928.

PASSION WEEK.

    MONDAY. Epistle. Col. 1. 13-23.   God hath delivered us. . . under heaven.
    Gospel. John 7. 1-13.   After these things . . . for fear of the Jews.
    TUESDAY. Epistle. Col. 2. 8-12.   Beware lest any man. . . from the dead.
    Gospel. John 7. 32-39.   The Pharisees heard . . . not yet glorified.
    WEDNESDAY. Epistle. Col. 2. 13-19.   And you being dead... increase of God.
    Gospel. John 7. 40-52.   Many of the people, when. . . no prophet.
    THURSDAY. Epistle. Col. 3. 8-11.   Put off all these. . . and in all.
    Gospel. John 10. 22-38.   It was at Jerusalem. . . I in him.
    FRIDAY. Epistle. Col. 3. 12-17.   Put on therefore, as. . . the Father by him.
    Gospel. John 11. 47-54.   Then gathered the chief priests. . . with his disciples.
    SATURDAY. Epistle. Col. 4. 2-6.   Continue in prayer.. . every man.
    Gospel.
John 6. 53-71.   Jesus said unto the Jews, Verily. . . one of the twelve.

EASTER WEEK.

    WEDNESDAY. Lesson. Acts 3. 12-18.   When Peter saw it . . . he hath so fulfilled.
    Gospel. John 20. 11-18.   Mary stood without. . . unto her.
    THURSDAY. Lesson. Acts 8. 26-40.   The angel of the LORD . . . to Cśsarea.
    Gospel. John 21. 1-14.   Jesus shewed himself. . . from the dead.
    FRIDAY. Epistle. 1 Peter 3. 18-22.   Christ also hath . ... subject unto him.
    Gospel. Mt. 28. 16-20.   The eleven disciples . . . end of the world.
    SATURDAY. Epistle.   1 Peter 2. 1-10. Laying aside . . . obtained mercy.
    Gospel. John 20. 24-31.   Thomas one of the twelve . . . his name.

ROGATION DAYS.

    MONDAY. Epistle. James 5. 7-11.   Be patient therefore . . . of tender mercy.
    Gospel. Luke 6. 36-42.   Be ye merciful . . . thy brotherís eye.
    TUESDAY. Epistle. James 5. 16-20.   Confess your faults . . . multitude of sins.
    Gospel. Luke 11. 5-13.   Jesus said unto them . . . that ask him.
    ASCENSION EVE. Epistle. Eph. 4.7-13.   Unto every one of us fulness of Christ.
    Gospel. John 17. 1-11.   These words spake Jesus. . . as we are.

WHITSUN-WEEK.

    WEDNESDAY. Lesson. Acts 2. 14-21.   Peter standing up . . . shall be saved.
    Gospel. John 6. 44-51.   No man can come . . . of the world.
    THURSDAY. Lesson. Acts 2.22-28.   Ye men of Israel . . . with thy countenance.
    Gospel. Luke 9. 1-6.   Jesus called his twelve disciples . . . healing every where.
    FRIDAY. Lesson. Acts 8. 5-8.   Philip went down . . . in that city.
    Gospel. Luke 5. 17-26.   It came to pass .. . strange things to-day.
    SATURDAY. Lesson. Acts 13. 44-52.   The next sabbath day . . with the Holy Ghost.
    Gospel. Mt. 20. 29-34.   As they departed . . . they followed him.


"FIFTH WEEK OF LENT" in Final Draft.

THE LESSER FEASTS.

May 6. ST. JOHN BEFORE THE LATIN GATE. Collect, Epistle, and Gospel of St. John Evangelistís Day (Dec. 27).

July 2. VISITATION OF THE B. V. MARY.
    Collect. O God, who didst lead the Blessed Virgin Mary to visit Elisabeth, to their exceeding joy and comfort; Grant unto thy people, that as Mary did rejoice to be called the Mother of the Lord, so they may ever rejoice to believe the incarnation of thine only-begotten Son; to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
    Lesson.
1 Sam. 2. 1-3.   My heart rejoiceth . . . actions are weighed.
    Gospel. Luke 1. 39-45.   Mary arose in those days. . . from the Lord.

August 7. THE NAME OF JESUS.
    Collect. Almighty God, who hast taught us that in the Name of Jesus Christ alone is salvation; Mercifully grant that thy faithful people, ever glorying in his Name, may make thy salvation known to all the world; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Acts 4. 8-12.   Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost must be saved.
    Gospel. Mt. 1. 20-23.   While Joseph thought on these things. . . God with us.

August 29. THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN BAPTIST.
    Collect. O God, who didst vouchsafe to thy servant John Baptist to be in birth and death the forerunner of thy Son; Grant that as he was slain for truth and righteousness, so we may contend for the same unto the end; for the love of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
2 Chron. 24. 17-21.   Now after. . . house of the Lord.
    Gospel.
Mt. 14. 1-12.   At that time Herod . . . and told .Jesus.

September 8. THE NATIVITY OF THE B. V. MARY.
    Collect. O merciful Father, hear the prayers of thy servants who commemorate the Nativity of the mother of the Lord; and grant that by the incarnation of thy dear Son we may indeed be made nigh unto him, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

September 14. HOLY CROSS.
    Collect. O God, who by the passion of thy blessed Son hast made the instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life and peace Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss; for the sake of the same thy Son our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle.
1 Cor. 1. 17-25.   Christ sent me not to baptize . . . stronger than men.
    Gospel. John 12. 27-33.   Jesus said, Now is my soul troubled. . . he should die.
 

 

November 2. ALL SOULS
   
Collect. O Lord, the maker and redeemer of all believers, grant to the faithful departed all the unsearchable benefits of thy Sonís passion; that in the day of his appearing they may be manifested as thy true children; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Or,
O Eternal Lord God, &e. (OCCASIONAL PRAYERS ß 31).
    Lesson. Rev. 20. 11-45.   I saw a great. . . lake of fire.
    Gospel. John 11. 21-27   Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord should come into the world.

Note that this service may be used on any day when desired, not being a Holy-day, or a day within the octave of Christmas, Easter, or Whit-sunday.

November 6. LEONARD. Collect, of an Abbot.
 

"COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS" in Final Draft.

 

 
ß 32 in Final Draft.

November 8. SAINTS, MARTYRS, MISSIONARIES, AND DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
    Collect. We beseech thee, O Lord, to multiply thy grace upon us who commemorate the saints of our nation: that, as we rejoice to be their fellow-citizens on earth, so we may have fellowship also with them in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson. Rev. 19. 5-8.   A voice came. . . righteousness of saints.
    Gospel. John 17. 18-23.   Jesus said, As thou hast sent me. . . as thou hast loved me.

December 8. CONCEPTION OF THE B. V. MARY.
    Collect. O Merciful Father, hear the prayers of thy servants who commemorate the Conception of the Mother of the Lord; and grant that by the incarnation of thy dear Son we may indeed be made nigh unto him, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost; one God, world without end. Amen.

[December 16. O Sapientia.]

December 17. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH.

These last two feasts dropped in Final Draft.

 

COMMON OF SAINTS.

OF A MARTYR OR MARTYRS.
    Collect. Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyr N. or M. triumphed over suffering, and despised death; Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle.
Heb. 11. 32-12.2.   And what shall I. . . the throne of God.
    Gospel.
Mt. 16. 24-27.   Jesus said to his disciples, If any man . . . to his works.
 

 

OF A DOCTOR.
    Collect. O God, who hast enlightened thy Church by the teaching of thy servant N.; Enrich it evermore, we beseech thee, with thy heavenly grace, and raise up faithful witnesses, who by their life and doctrine may set forth to all men the truth of thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Wisd. 7. 7-14.   I prayed, and understanding . . . from learning.
    Gospel. Mt. 13. 51-52.   Jesus saith.. . new and old.

OF A BISHOP.
    Collect. O God, the light of the faithful, and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed N. to be a bishop in the Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word and guide them by his example; Grant us, we pray thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in his footsteps; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle.
1 Tim. 3. 15-16.   Thou knowest how thou oughtest.. . into glory.
    Gospel. Mark 4. 26-32.   Jesus said, So is the kingdom.. . shadow of it.
 

"OF A DOCTOR OR CONFESSOR" in Final Draft.

OF AN ABBOT.
    Collect. O God, by whose grace the blessed abbot N., enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church; Grant that we may be inflamed with the same spirit of discipline and love, and ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Prov. 10.27-32.   The fear of the Lord . . . speaketh frowardness.
    Gospel. Luke 6. 20-23.   Jesus lifted up his eyes. . . great in heaven.

OF A VIRGIN MARTYR.
    Collect. O God, who didst endue thy holy Virgin N. with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy sake; Grant that we, after her example, may be found ready when the Bridegroom cometh, and enter with him to the marriage feast; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Ecclus. 51. 10-12.   I called upon the Lord. . . thy name, O Lord.
    Gospel. Mt. 25. 1-13.   Then shall the kingdom . . . Son of man cometh.

OF A MATRON.
    Collect. O God, who hast built up thy Church through the divers gifts and graces of thy saints; we give thee humble thanks for the example of holy women, and especially this day for thy servant N., and we beseech thee to maintain among us the shelter of a motherís love and the protection of a motherís prayer, in the grace of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle.
1 Pet. 1. 3-9.   Blessed be the God and Father. . . salvation of your souls.
    Gospel. Luke 10. 38-42.   Jesus entered into a certain village. . . from her.

OF ANY SAINT.
    Collect. O Almighty God, who wiliest to be glorified in thy saints and didst raise up thy servant N. to shine as a light in the world: shine, we pray thee, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may shew forth thy praises, who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Rev. 7. 13-47.   One of the elders . . . from their eyes.
    Gospel. Mark 10. 42-45.   Jesus called his disciples . . . for many.

FOR EMBER DAYS.
    Collect. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son: Mercifully look upon the same, and so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Or,
Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Lesson.
Acts 13. 44-49.   The next sabbath day. . . all the region.
    or Lesson. Acts 20. 28-35.   Take heed unto yourselves . . - to receive.
    or Epistle. Eph. 4. 7-16.   Unto every one of us. . . in love.
    Gospel. Mt. 9. 35-38.   Jesus went about. . . into his harvest.
    or Gospel. Luke 4. 16-21.   Jesus came to Nazareth. . . in your ears.
    or Gospel. John 10. 1-16.   Verily, verily, I say . . . known of mine, even as the Father knoweth me and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one flock, and one shepherd.
 

"OF AN ABBOT OR ABBESS" in Final Draft.

OF MISSIONARIES.
    Collect. O Lord Jesus Christ, who callest to thee whom thou wiliest and sendest them whither thou dost choose; We thank thee for calling thy servant N. to preach thy Gospel to the nations; and we humbly pray thee to raise up among us those who shall be heralds and evangelists of thy Kingdom, and shall build up thy Church in every land; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.
    Epistle. 2 Cor. 4. 5-10.   We preach. . . in our body.
    Gospel. Matt. 28. 16.   Then the eleven . . . end of the world. Amen.

FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OR CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH.

If the day of Consecration be not known, the feast may be observed on the first Sunday in October.

    Collect. O God, by whose providence we celebrate again the consecration [or dedication] of this church; Send down upon us, we beseech thee, thy heavenly blessing; and, because holiness becometh thine house for ever, make us living temples, holy and acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle.
1 Cor. 3. 9-17.   We are labourers . . . ye are.
    or Epistle. 1 Pet. 2. 1-5.   Laying aside all malice . . . by Jesus Christ.
    Gospel. Mt. 21. 12-16.   Jesus went into the temple . . . perfected praise.
    or Gospel. John 10. 22-29. It was at Jerusalem. . . hand.

The Collect, Epistle, and Gospel of this day may be used on the seven days following, except where other provision is made in this Book.

PATRONAL FEAST OF A CHURCH.

If no proper Collect, Epistle, or Gospel is provided in this book for the Saintís day, those which are provided in the Common of Saints may be used, on the Patronal Festival, and also on the seven days following, except where other provision is made in this Book.

THANKSGIVING FOR HARVEST.

On a Sunday or Holy-day the Collect Epistle and Gospel of the Day shall be used, and the Collect here given shall follow the Collect of the Day.

    Collect. Almighty and Everlasting God, who hast graciously given to us the fruits of the earth in their season ; We yield thee humble and hearty thanks for these thy bounties, beseeching thee to give us grace rightly to use them to thy glory and the relief of those that need through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Epistle. Gal. 6. 6-10.   Let him that is taught . . . household of faith.
    Gospel. John 4. 31-36.   In the mean while . . . rejoice together.

THANKSGIVING FOR THE INSTITUTION OF HOLY BAPTISM.
    Collect. Almighty God our heavenly Father who hast given us the Sacrament of Holy Baptism that souls thereby being born again may be made heirs of everlasting salvation ; we yield thee hearty thanks for this thy gift, and humbly we beseech thee to grant that we who have thus been made partakers of the death of thy Son may also be partakers of his resurrection. Amen.
    Epistle. Rom. 6. 3-4.   Know ye not . . . in newness of life.
    Gospel. Mt. 28. 18-20.   Jesus came and spake . . . end of the world.

THANKSGIVING FOR THE INSTITUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION.
    Collect. O Lord Jesu Christ, who hast ordained this holy sacrament to be a pledge of thy love, and a continual remembrance of thy passion; Grant that we, who partake thereof by faith with thanksgiving, may grow up into thee in all things, until we come to thy eternal joy; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God world without end. Amen.
    or Collect. O Lord, who in a wonderful sacrament hast left us a memorial of thy passion; Grant us so to reverence the holy mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever know within ourselves the fruits of thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.
    Epistle. 1 Cor. 11. 23-28.   The Lord Jesus Christ . . . drink of that cup.
    Gospel. John 6. 53-63.   Jesus said unto them . . . they are life.

The Proper Preface of Maundy Thursday may be used.


 

This Common placed directly before "Of a Virgin Martyr" in Final Draft.

FOR THE MISSIONARY WORK OF THE CHURCH OVERSEAS.

On the Vigil of Saint Andrew and other suitable occasions for which no special provision is made in this Book.

    Collect, from OCCASIONAL PRAYERS ß 8.
    Epistle. Eph. 2. 13-22.   Now in Christ Jesus . . . through the Spirit.
    Gospel. John 1. 35-51.   John stood. . . the Son of man.

FOR THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    Collect of Whitsunday, thus :-God, who of old time didst teach &c.
    Epistle.
1 Cor. 12. 4-13.   There are diversities of gifts . . . into one Spirit.
    Gospel. John 14. 23-26.   Jesus said, If a man love me . . . said unto you.


 

 

 

 
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THE

FORM AND MANNER

OF

MAKING OF DEACONESSES.

Adopted by the Upper Houses of the Convocations of
Canterbury and York

Before he ordains a woman as Deaconess, the Bishop shall by careful enquiry satisfy himself as to her character, her training, and her general fitness; he shall by examination ascertain that she has adequate knowledge of the Bible, of the Creeds and the Doctrine of the Church, of the History of the Church, and of the Book of Common Prayer; and he shall also require her to make and sign a declaration that she believes the Doctrine of the Church of England as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer to be agreeable to the Word of God, and that she will at all times teach in accordance with the same.

When the day appointed by the Bishop (which shall be a Sunday or Holy-day) is come, the Archdeacon, or some other Priest (approved by the Bishop) shall present unto the Bishop (sitting in his chair near to the Holy Table) the woman who desires to be ordained Deaconess (suitably habited), saying these words,

REVEREND Father in God, I present unto you this person present, to be admitted Deaconess.

The Bishop.

TAKE heed that the person, whom ye present unto us, be apt and meet, for her learning and godly conversation, to exercise her ministry duly, to the honour of God, and the edifying of his Church.

The Archdeacon shall answer,

I HAVE enquired of her, and also examined her, and think her so to be.

Then the Bishop shall say unto the people

BRETHREN, if there be any of you who knoweth any grave cause by reason of which this woman ought not to be admitted to the office of Deaconess, let him come forth and shew what the impediment is.

And if any grave cause be objected, the Bishop shall surcease from Ordering the woman, until such time as he be satisfied that there is no impediment.

Then the Bishop shall commend the woman now found meet to be ordered to the prayers of the congregation for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.

Then shall be sung or said the Service for the Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel as followeth.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who of thy Divine Providence hast appointed divers Orders and Offices in thy Church, mercifully behold this thy servant, now called to the Office of a Deaconess. Replenish her with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn her with innocency of life, that she may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy name, and the benefit of thy holy Church, through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Corinthians 12. 4-11.

NOW there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Then, after the Epistle, the Bishop shall examine her who is to be Ordered, standing before him in the presence of the people, after this manner following.

DO you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost to take upon you this Office and Ministration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people?
    Answer. I trust so.

The Bishop.

DO you believe the Christian Faith as set forth in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostlesí Creed?
    Answer. I do believe it.

The Bishop.

IT appertaineth to the Office of a Deaconess, in the place where she shall be appointed to serve in things both temporal and spiritual, to minister to the welfare and happiness of those to whom she is sent; to give instruction in the Holy Scriptures and in the Christian Faith, and to help the Minister of the Parish in his work of preparing candidates for Baptism and Confirmation; to assist at the administration of Holy Baptism; to advise and pray with such women as desire help in difficulties and perplexities; to intimate the names of those who are in need, sickness, or other distress unto the Minister of the Parish, and to be at his disposition in the work of relief and succour to the parishioners. Will you do this gladly and willingly?
    Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.

The Bishop.

WILL you give diligence to head a godly and a Christian life, and to shew due obedience to them that shall be set over you in the Lord?
    Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.

Then, all kneeling, the Bishop, standing up and laying his Hands upon the Head of the woman humbly kneeling before him, shall say,

TAKE thou Authority to execute the Office of a Deaconess in the Church of God committed unto thee; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

∂ Then shall the Bishop deliver to her the New Testament, saying,

BE diligent to study the things which are written in this Book, that, as much as in thee lieth, thou mayest teach the gospel of the grace of God, and be an example of faith and of holy living.

∂ Then shall be read the Gospel.

St. Luke 10. 38-42.

NOW it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesusí feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Or,

St. Matthew 28. 1-10.

IN the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here : for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Then shall the Bishop proceed in the Communion; and she who hath been ordained Deaconess shall tarry, and receive the Holy Communion the same day with the Bishop.

The Communion ended, immediately before the Benediction shall be said the Collects following

ALMIGHTY God, who hast called this thy servant to the Office and Ministry of a Deaconess in thy Church, mercifully grant unto her grace and power to perform the work which thou givest her to do, that through her service thou mayest forward thy purposes of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

 

This service does not appear in the Final Draft.


 

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