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

AT MORNING PRAYER.

Upon these Feasts; Christmas-Day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-Day, Ascension-Day, Whit-Sunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, shall be sung or said at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apostlesí Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called The Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and people standing.

QUICUNQUE VULT.

WHOSOEVER will be saved : before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith.

etc., as in the 1662 Book

    

 

Upon the Feasts above mentioned it is nevertheless permitted, at the discretion of the Minister, to sing or say the Apostlesí Creed in place of Quicunque Vult at Morning Prayer.
   
At any time when Quicunque Vult is sung or said the revised translation here set forth may be used.

QUICUNQUE VULT.

WHOSOEVER would be saved : needeth before all things to hold fast the Catholick Faith.
    2 Which Faith except a man keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he will perish eternally.

    3 Now the Catholick Faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity;
    4 Neither confusing the Persons : nor dividing the substance.
    5 For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son : another of the Holy Ghost;
    6 But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one : the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
    7 Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the Holy Ghost.
    8 The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated : the Holy Ghost uncreated;
    9 The Father infinite, the Son infinite : the Holy Ghost infinite;
    10 The Father eternal, the Son eternal : the Holy Ghost eternal.
    11 And yet there are not three eternals : but one eternal
    12 As also there are not three uncreated, nor three infinites : but one infinite, and one uncreated.
    13 So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty : the Holy Ghost almighty;
    14 And yet there are not three almighties : but one almighty.
    15 So the Father is God, the Son God : the Holy Ghost God;
    16 And yet there are not three Gods : but one God.
    17 So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : the Holy Ghost Lord;
    18 And yet there are not three Lords : but one Lord.
    19 For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity : to confess each Person by himself to be both God and Lord;
    20 So are we forbidden by the Catholick religion : to speak of three Gods or three Lords.
    21 The Father is made of none : nor created, nor begotten.
    22 The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
    23 The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son : not made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    24 There is therefore one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons : one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
    25 And in this Trinity there is no before or after : no greater or less;
    26 But all three Persons are co-eternal together : and co-equal.
    27 So that in all ways, as is aforesaid : both the Trinity is to be worshipped in Unity, and the Unity in Trinity.
    28 He therefore that would be saved let him thus think of the Trinity.

    29 FURTHERMORE it is necessary to eternal salvation : that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    30 Now the right faith is that we believe and confess : that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man.
    31 He is God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and he is man, of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
    32 Perfect God : perfect man, of reasoning soul and human flesh subsisting;
    33 Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead : less than the Father as touching his manhood.
    34 Who although he be God and man : yet he is not two, but is one Christ ;
    35 One however, not by conversion of Godhead into flesh : but by taking manhood into God;
    36 One altogether : not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
    37 For as reasoning soul and flesh is one man : so God and man is one Christ;
    38 Who suffered for our salvation : descended into hell, rose again from the dead;
    39 Ascended into heaven, sat down at the right hand of the Father : from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    40 At whose coming all men must rise again with their bodies : : and hail give account for their own deeds.
    41 And they that have done good will go into life eternal : they that have done evil into eternal fire.

    42 THIS is the Catholick Faith : which except a man do faithfully and steadfastly believe, he cannot be saved.
    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.

∂ At Morning or Evening Prayer on Trinity-Sunday, on the first Sunday after Christmas, and on the Feast of the Annunciation, may be sung or said Quicunque vult as it is here set forth in a revised translation; or else the Minister alone may read the same to the people.

¶ Or else may be sung or said, in either translation, on Trinity-Sunday the I first part thereof, beginning with

    3 The Catholick Faith is this that we worship, &c.

and ending with

    28 He therefore that would be saved : let him thus think of the Trinity.
    Glory be to the Father, &c.

And on the Sunday after Christmas-Day, and on the Feast of the Annunciation, may be sung or said the second part thereof, beginning thus,

    30 The Catholick Faith is this, that we believe and confess : that our Lord, &c.

and ending thus,

    41 And they that have done evil will go into eternal fire and they that have done good into life eternal.
    Glory be to the Father, &c.

In the 1927 Final Draft this section above is rearranged and some of the rubrics reworded slightly.


 

THE LITANY.

Here followeth the Litany or General Supplication, which may be sung or said after Morning Prayer upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and also upon any day at the discretion of the Minister. It shall be used on the Rogation Days, and at other times when it shall be commanded by the Ordinary. The Minister may, at his discretion, after the opening Invocations, say such of the suffrages as he thinks convenient, provided that at least one is drawn from each section, and that all are concluded by Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us, &c.

O GOD the Father, of heaven : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
    O God the Father, of heaven have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
   
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
    O God the Son, Redeemer of the world : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
   
O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
    O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
   
O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
    O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God : have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

REMEMBER not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our fore fathers; neither take thou vengeance of our sins : spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

FROM all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from thy wrath, and from everlasting damnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all blindness of heart; from pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    From fornication, and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion; from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

BY the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; by thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    By thine Agony amid bloody sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by thy precious Death and Burial; by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; amid by the coming of the Holy Ghost,

Good Lord, deliver us.

    In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our wealth; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgement,

Good Lord, deliver us.

WE sinners do beseech thee to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please thee to rule and govern thy holy Church universal in the right way

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to keep and strengthen in the true worshipping of thee, in righteousness and holiness of life, thy servant GEORGE, our most gracious King and Governor;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to rule his heart in thy faith, fear, and love, and that he may evermore have affiance in thee, and ever seek thy honour and glory;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to be his defender and keeper, giving him the victory over all his enemies

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to bless and preserve our gracious Queen Mary, Edward Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word; and that both by their preaching and living they may set it forth, and shew it accordingly

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

To be used in the Ember Weeks, and on the day of an Ordination.
    That it may please thee to bless thy servants at this time [to be] admitted to the Order of Deacons or of Priests, and to pour thy grace upon them; that they may duly execute their office to the edifying of thy Church, and to the glory of thy holy name;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to further the work of thy Church in all the world, and to send forth labourers into the harvest;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
 

 

 

 

 

This is the 1928 and 1927 Final Draft version of this rubric; the 1927 Initial Draft version dealt with differences from the 1662 Book through footnotes.

    That it may please thee to endue [the Lords of the Council, and all the Nobility,]* with grace, wisdom, and understanding;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to bless and keep the Magistrates, giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to bless and prosper the forces of the King by sea, land, and air, and to shield them in all dangers and adversities

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to give us an heart to love and dread thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to give to all thy people increase of grace to hear meekly thy Word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand ; and to comfort and help the weak-hearted ; and to raise up them that fall and finally to beat down Satan under our feet;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfort, all that are in danger, necessity, and tribulation;

 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
 

* Or:
the High Court of Parliament, and all the Ministers of the Crown,

    That it may please thee to preserve all that travel [by land, or by water,]* all women labouring of child, all sick persons, and young children; and to shew thy pity upon all prisoners and captives;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to defend, and provide for, the fatherless children, and widows, and all that are desolate and oppressed;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to have mercy upon all men;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enjoy them;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

    That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word;

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God : we beseech thee to hear us.
Son of God we beseech thee to hear us.

O Lamb of God : that takest away the sins of the world;
Grant us thy peace.

O Lamb of God : that takest away the sins of the world;
Have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.
    O Christ, hear us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.

When the Order for Holy Communion is to follow immediately, all that here follows may be omitted.

At other times the Minister and the people with him shall say the Lordís Prayer.

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 may be said the Supplication which follows, or one or more of the Prayers and Thanksgivings upon Several Occasions, ending with the Prayer of Saint Chrysostom and The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

 

* Or: by land, air, or water,

A SUPPLICATION

which may be used after the Lordís Prayer in the Litany, also on the Rogation Days, at penitential seasons and in times of trouble.

Minister. O Lord, deal not with us after our sins
Answer. Neither reward us after our iniquities.

Let us pray.

O GOD, merciful Father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful; Mercifully assist our prayers that we make before thee in all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us, that those evils, which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought; and by the providence of thy goodness they may be dispersed; that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Minister and People.
O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy nameís sake.
    Minister. O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us, the noble works that thou didst in their days, and in the old time before them.
    Minister and People. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honour.
    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.
    Minister and People. O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy nameís sake.

V. From our enemies defend us, O Christ;
R. Graciously look upon our afflictions.
V. Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts;
R. Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.
V. Favourably with mercy hear our prayers;
R. O Son of David, have mercy upon us.
V. Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ;
R. Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

    Minister. O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us;
    Answer. As we do put our trust in thee.

Let us pray.

WE humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and for the glory of thy name turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved; and grant, that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
A PRAYER OF ST. CHRYSOSTOM.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy name thou wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.


 

 

OCCASIONAL PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS.

THE PRAYERS.

Occasional Prayers to be said at the discretion of the Minister, especially after the Third Collect, or at the end of the Litany, or as directed in the Communion Service.

The Prayers may be said with or without. the Versicles. The Biddings may be followed by silent prayer.
 

 

1. For the Kingís Majesty.
2. For the King and all in authority under him.
3. For the Royal Family.
4. For the High Court of Parliament.
5. For the British Empire *
6. For the Clergy and People.
7. In the Ember Weeks.
8. For the increase of the Sacred Ministry.
9. For Missions.
10. For Unity.
11. During the Vacancy of a See or of a Parochial Charge.
12. For the Observance of Sunday.
13. For Candidates for Confirmation.
14. For the Convocations of the Church.
15. For the Church Assembly.
16. For Schools.
17. For Sunday Schools.
18. For Universities and other Places of Learning.
19. For use at time of an Election.
20. For the Peace of the World.
21. For the League of Nations.
22. For all Seafarers.
23. For Industrial Peace.
24. On the Rogation Days.
25. For Seasonable Weather.
26. In time of Dearth and Famine.
27. In time of any common Plague or Sickness.
28. In time of War.
29. For the Sick and Suffering.
30. For Hospitals and Infirmaries.
31. For all conditions of men.
32. Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.
 

 

 

* Added in 1927 Final Draft

 
1. For the Kingís Majesty.

Let us pray for the King.
V. Send him help from the Sanctuary;
R. And strengthen him out of Sion.

ALMIGHTY God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite; Have mercy upon the whole Church; and so rule the heart of thy chosen Servant GEORGE, our King and Governor, that he (knowing whose minister he is) may above all things seek thy honour and glory and that we, and all his subjects (duly considering whose authority he hath) may faithfully serve, honour, and humbly obey him, in thee, and for thee, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Or,

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom: We humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of GEORGE thy Servant, our King and Governor, that, in all his thoughts, words, and works, he may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to his charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness: Grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Sonís sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or,

O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE; and so replenish him with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that he may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue him plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant him in health and wealth long to live; strengthen him that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies; and finally, after this life, he may attain everlasting joy and felicity through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
2. For the King and all in authority under him.

Let us pray for the King and all who are set in authority under him.
V. The King shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord;
R. Exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation.

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE, the Parliaments in all his dominions, and all who are set in authority under him; that they may order all things in wisdom, righteousness, and peace, to the honour of thy holy name, and the good of thy Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
3. For the Royal Family.

Let us pray for the Royal Family.
V. Send them help from thy holy place;
R. And evermore mightily defend them.

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our gracious Queen Mary, Edward Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
4. For the High Court of Parliament, to be read during their Session.

Let us pray for the High Court of Parliament.
V. Commit thy way unto the Lord;
R. And put thy trust in him.

MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for this Kingdom in general, so especially for the High Court of Parliament, under our Sovereign Lord the King at this time assembled : That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign, and his Dominions ; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

   

 

5. For the British Empire.

Let us pray for the British Empire.
V. This God is our God for ever and ever;
R. He shall be our guide unto death.

ALMIGHTY God, who rulest in the kingdom of men, and hast given to our Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE, a great dominion in all parts of the earth: Draw together, we pray thee, in true fellowship the men of divers races, languages, and customs, who dwell therein, that, bearing one anotherís burdens, and working together in brotherly concord, they may fulfil the purpose of thy providence, and set forward thy everlasting kingdom. Pardon, we beseech thee our sins and shortcomings: keep far from us an selfishness and pride: and give us grace to employ thy good gifts of order and freedom to thy glory and the welfare of mankind; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.

 
6. For the Clergy and People.

Let us pray for the Clergy and People.
V. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness
R. And let thy saints sing with joyfulness.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels; Send down upon our Bishops, and Clergy, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful spirit of thy grace ; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 
7. In the Ember Weeks, to be said every day, for them that are to be admitted into Holy Orders.

Let us pray for them that are to be admitted into Holy Orders.
V. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness
R. And let thy saints sing with joyfulness.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son: Mercifully hook upon the same, and at this time 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.

    NOTE. ó During the Ember Weeks either of these prayers may be said after the Collect of the day, and the second may be used on the day of an Ordination or of a Consecration.

 
8. For the increase of the sacred ministry.

Let us pray for the increase of the sacred ministry.
V. Pray ye the Lord of the harvest;
R. That he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

O ALMIGHTY God, look mercifully upon the world, which thou hast redeemed by the blood of thy dear Son, and incline the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of thy Church: so that by their labours thy light may shine in the darkness, and the coming of thy kingdom may be hastened by the perfecting of thine elect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
9. For Missions.

It is much to be desired that every Sunday one or other of these prayers should be used.

Let us pray for the extension of Christís Kingdom throughout the world.
V. Declare his honour unto the heathen;
R. And his wonders unto all people.

O GOD of all the nations of the earth, remember the multitudes of the heathen, who, though created in thine image, are ignorant of thy love; and, according to the propitiation of thy Son Jesus Christ, grant, that by the prayers and labours of thy holy Church they may be delivered from all superstition and unbelief and brought to worship thee: through him whom thou hast sent to be our salvation, the Resurrection and the Life of all the faithful, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or,

V. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace;
R. And bring glad tidings of good things.

O GOD, our heavenly Father, who didst manifest thy love by sending thine only-begotten Son into the world that all might live through him: Pour thy Spirit upon thy Church that it may fulfil his command to preach the Gospel to every creature; send forth, we beseech thee, labourers into thy harvest; defend them in all dangers and temptations ; and hasten the time when the fulness of the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and all Israel shall be saved; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or,

V. Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance;
R. And the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.

O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son Jesus Christ to preach peace to them that are afar off, and to them that are nigh: Grant that all the peoples of the world may feel after thee and find thee; and hasten, O Lord, the fulfilment of thy promise, to pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
10.
For Unity.

Let us pray for the unity of all Christian people.
V. Behold how good and joyful a thing it is, brethren;
R. To dwell together in unity.

O LORD Jesus Christ, who didst say to thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and grant it that peace and unity which is agreeable to thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Or,

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly Union and Concord: that, as there is but one Body, and one Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may henceforth be all of one heart, and of one soul, united in one holy bond of Truth and Peace, of Faith and Charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

This prayer added in the 1927 Final Draft.

11. During the Vacancy of a See or of a Parochial Charge.

Let us pray that a faithful pastor may be given to this diocese [or parish].
V. Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.

ALMIGHTY God, the giver of every good gift, look graciously, we beseech thee, on thy Church, and so guide with thy heavenly wisdom the minds of those to whom is committed the choice of a Bishop for this diocese [or Rector or Vicar for this parish] that we may receive a faithful pastor, who shall feed thy flock according to thy will, and make ready a people acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ, thine only Son, our Lord. Amen.

 
12.
For the observance of Sunday.

Let us pray that the Lordís Day may be kept holy.
V. This is the day which the Lord hath made;
R. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given a day of rest to thy people, and, through thy Spirit in the Church, hast consecrated the first day of the week to be a perpetual memorial of thy Sonís Resurrection: Grant that we may so use thy gift that, refreshed and strengthened in soul and body, we may serve thee faithfully all the days of our life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
13.
For Candidates for Confirmation.

Let us pray for those who are being prepared for Confirmation.
V. Let thy loving Spirit lead them forth;
R. Into the land of righteousness.

O GOD, who through the teaching of thy Son Jesus Christ didst prepare the disciples for the coming of the Comforter: Make ready, we beseech thee, the hearts and minds of thy servants who at this time are seeking the gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands, that, drawing near with penitent and faithful hearts, they may be filled with the power of his divine indwelling; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
14. For the Convocations of the Church.

Let us pray for Godís blessing upon the Convocations of the Church.
V. Shew the light of thy countenance upon thy servants;
R. And teach them thy statutes.

O LORD God, the Father of Lights and fountain of all wisdom, who in the days of the Apostles didst send thy Holy Spirit to direct the first Council of thy Church in Jerusalem: Look mercifully upon us, and so bless the Bishops and Clergy in Convocation assembled, that through their deliberations thy Church may be preserved in the true faith, and in godly discipline; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 
15.
For the National Assembly of the Church of England, to be read at feast on the Sunday preceding any Session of the Assembly.

Let us pray for Godís blessing upon the National Assembly of the Church of England.
V. With God is wisdom and might;
R. He shall give counsel and understanding.

GUIDE, we beseech thee, Almighty God, with the light of thy Holy Spirit, the Bishops, Clergy, and Laity in the Church Assembly, that they may wisely take counsel together for the good of thy Church and the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  
16.
For Schools.

Let us pray for Schools.
V. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
R. A good understanding have all they that do thereafter.

O HEAVENLY Father, whose blessed Son hath said, Suffer the little children to come unto Me : Prosper with thy blessing all teachers and scholars; and grant that, as the minds of thy children are. enlightened with knowledge, so their hearts may be daily drawn by thy Holy Spirit to the love of thee and of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 
17. For Sunday Schools.

Let us pray for Sunday Schools.
V. These words, which I command thee, shall be upon thine heart;
R. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast committed to thy holy Church the care and nurture of thy children: Enlighten with thy wisdom those who teach and those who learn; that, rejoicing in the knowledge of thy truth, they may worship thee and serve thee all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
18.
For Universities and other Places of Learning.

Let us pray for all Universities and other Places of Learning.
V. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom
R. And to depart from evil is understanding.

VOUCHSAFE, O Lord, to prosper with thy blessing the work of all Universities, Colleges, and Schools, that they who serve thee therein, as teachers or learners, may set thy holy will ever before them, and be led to the knowledge of thy truth: that so both Church and Common wealth may be bettered by their studies, and they themselves be made meet to be partakers of eternal life ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
19. For use at the time of an Election.

Let us pray for Godís guidance in this present Election.
V. In all thy ways acknowledge him;
R. And he shall direct thy paths.

ALMIGHTY God, the source of all wisdom, Direct, we beseech thee, the minds of those now called to elect fit persons to serve in the High Court of Parliament [or the National Assembly of the Church of England; or the Council of this county, or city; or as need may require]; that they may have regard to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; and on those whom they shall choose, bestow, of thy goodness, the spirit of wisdom and true religion; for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

20. For the Peace of the World.

Let us pray for the Peace of the World.
V. The Lord remaineth a King for ever;
R. The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

ALMIGHTY God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed; kindle, we pray thee, in the hearts of all men the true love of peace; and guide with thy pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility thy kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
21. For the Assembly and Council of the League of Nations, to be read during their Sessions or at other times.

Let us pray for the Assembly of the League of Nations.
V. He maketh wars to cease in all the world;
R. He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.

O GOD, who art the lover of justice and peace; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to the Assembly [or Council] of the League of Nations; and so guide them by thy Holy Spirit, that by word and deed they may set forward thy glory, and peace and goodwill among men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
22. For all Seafarers.

Let us pray for all Seafarers.
V. These men see the works of the Lord;
R. And his wonders in the deep.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea : Be pleased to receive into thy protection all those who go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters. Preserve them both in body and soul: prosper their labours with good success ; in all time of danger be their defence, and bring them to the haven where they would be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

The following Prayer may be used in Ships at Sea:

O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end: Be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants and the ship in which we sail. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, that we may reach in safety the land to which we go, and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies may praise and glorify thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
23. For Industrial Peace.

Let us pray for the maintenance of Industrial Peace.
V. Owe no man anything but to love one another;
R. For he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law.

O GOD, the Father of all mankind, we beseech thee to inspire us with such love, truth, and equity, that in all our dealings one with another we may shew forth our brotherhood in thee; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

Let us pray that God may bring to a wise and righteous issue the present industrial trouble.
V. Keep ye judgement and do justice;
R. For my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

O GOD, who hast ordained that men should live and work together as brethren: Remove, we humbly beseech thee, from those who are now at variance all spirit of strife and all occasion of bitterness, that, seeking only what is just and equal, they may ever continue in brotherly union and concord, to their own well-being, and the prosperity of the realm; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
24. On the Rogation Days.

Let us pray for Godís blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labours of men.
V. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord;
R. And thou givest them their meat in due season.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast blessed the earth that it should be fruitful, and bring forth abundantly whatsoever is needful for the life of man: Prosper, we beseech thee, the labours of the husbandman, and grant such seasonable weather that we may gather in the fruits of the earth, and ever rejoice in thy goodness, to the praise of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast made the sea and all that moveth therein : Bestow thy blessing on the harvest of the waters, that it may be abundant in its season, and on our fishermen and mariners, that they may be safe in every peril of the deep ; so that we all with thankful hearts may acknowledge thee who art the Lord of the sea and of the dry land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

ALMIGHTY Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast sanctified labour to the welfare of mankind: Prosper, we pray thee, the industries of this land and all those who are engaged therein; that, shielded in all their temptations and dangers, and receiving a due reward of their labours, they may praise thee by living according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
25.
For Seasonable Weather.

Let us pray for seasonable weather.
V. The Lord will fulfil the desire of them that fear him
R. He also will hear their cry and will help them.

O GOD, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised to them that seek first thy kingdom and thy righteousness, all things necessary to their bodily sustenance: Send us, we beseech thee, such seasonable weather that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort, and to thy honour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
26.
In the time of Dearth and Famine.

Let us pray for relief in this time of scarcity.
V. Cast thy burden upon the Lord;
R. And he shall nourish thee.

O GOD, our heavenly Father, who by thy blessed Son hast taught us to ask our daily bread of thee ; Behold, we beseech thee, the affliction of thy people, and send us a seasonable relief in this our necessity. Increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant that we, receiving with thankfulness thy gracious gifts, may use the same to thy glory, the relief of those that are needy, and our own comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

This prayer added in the 1927 Final Draft.

27. in the time of any common Plague or Sickness.

Let us pray for succour in this time of sickness.
V. He forgiveth all thy sin;
R. And healeth all thine infirmities.

GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, help and deliverance unto us, who are visited with grievous mortality and sickness. Sanctify to us this our sore distress, and prosper with thy continual blessing those who labour to devise for mankind protection against disease and pain; through him who both healed and hallowed pain, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
28. In the time of War.

Let us pray for the help and guidance of God in this time of War.
V. God is our hope and strength;
R. A very present help in trouble.

O ALMIGHTY God, King of all kings, and Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, asswage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O ALMIGHTY Lord, who art a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in thee : Be now and evermore our defence grant us victory if it be thy will; look in pity upon the wounded and the prisoners ; cheer the anxious; comfort the bereaved ; succour the dying; have mercy on the fallen; and hasten the time when war shall cease in all the world ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    NOTE. ó The Prayer to be said before a Fight, in the Forms for those at Sea, may be used.

 
29.
For the Sick and Suffering.

Let us pray for the sick and suffering.
V. He healeth those that are broken in heart
R. And giveth medicine to heal their sickness.

ALMIGHTY Father, Giver of life and health; Look mercifully, we beseech thee, on the sick and suffering, especially those for whom our prayers are desired, that by thy blessing upon them and upon those who minister to them, they may be restored, if it be thy gracious will, to health of body and mind, and give thanks to thee in thy Holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
30.
For Hospitals and Infirmaries.

Let us pray for Godís blessing on all Hospitals and Infirmaries.
V. Himself took our infirmities
R. And bare our sicknesses.

ALMIGHTY God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people: Continue, we beseech thee, this his gracious work among us, especially in the Hospitals and Infirmaries of our land; cheer, heal, and sanctify the sick ; grant to the physicians, surgeons, and nurses wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience; and send down thy blessing on all who labour to prevent suffering and to forward thy purposes of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
31. For all conditions of men, to be used at such times when the Litany is not appointed to be said.

Let us pray for all men according to their needs.
V. The Lord is loving unto every man;
R. And his mercy is over all his works.

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholick Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate ; This may be said when any desire the Prayers of the Congregation. [*especially those for whom our prayers are desired;] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

 
32. A Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.

Let us remember before God the Faithful Departed.
V. The righteous live for evermore;
R. Their reward also is with the Lord.

O GOD of the spirits of all flesh, we praise and magnify thy holy name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear, for the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, and Martyrs, and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us or unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

V. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God;
R. There shall no torment touch them.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who holdest all souls in life; We beseech thee to shed forth upon thy whole Church in Paradise and on earth the bright beams of thy light and heavenly comfort; and grant that we, following the good example of those who have loved and served thee here and are now at rest, may with them at length enter into the fulness of thine unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this
 

 

1927 Initial Draft:

V. Enter not into judgement with thy servants, O Lord;
R. For in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

O ALMIGHTY God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, who by a voice from heaven didst proclaim, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord : Multiply, we beseech thee, to those who rest in Jesus, the manifold blessings of thy love, that the good work which thou didst begin in them may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ: And of thy mercy, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe that we, who now serve thee here on earth, may at the last, together with them, be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; for the sake of the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
 

1927 Final Draft:

V. Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord;
R. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours.

O ALMIGHTY God, the God of the spirits of all flesh: Multiply, we beseech thee, to those who rest in Jesus, the manifold blessings of thy love, that the good work which thou didst begin in them may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ. And of thy mercy, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe that we, who now serve thee here on earth, may at the last, together with them, be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; for the sake of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

 
If it is desired to pray for other needs, it shall be sufficient to say,

Let us pray for...

and silence shall be kept for a space. Then shall followó

V. Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come unto thee.

 
PRAYERS THAT MAY BE SAID AFTER ANY OF THE FORMER.

O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us ; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

REMEMBER, O Lord, what thou hast wrought in us, and not what we deserve; and as thou hast called us to thy service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

O LORD, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

This prayer added in the 1927 Final Draft.

THANKSGIVINGS.

A General Thanksgiving to be said by the Minister alone, or by the Minister and people.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks For all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men ; This is to be said when any who have been prayed for desire to return praise.[*particularly to those who desire now to offer up their any that have been praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.1]  We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, And for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we shew forth thy praise, Not only with our lips, but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service, And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days ; through Jesus Christ our Lord, To whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

For Seasonable Weather.

O LORD God, who hast in thy mercy relieved and comforted thy servants by a seasonable change of weather: We yield thee hearty thanks for this thy goodness towards us, beseeching thee to give us grace to use all thy mercies to the honour and glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Blessings of Harvest.

O LORD God Almighty, the Creator and Father of all, we yield thee hearty thanks that thou hast ordained for mankind both seedtime and harvest, and dost now bestow upon us thy children the fruits of the earth in their season. For these and all other thy mercies we laud and magnify thy glorious name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Plenty.

O MOST merciful Father, who of thy gracious goodness hast heard the devout prayers of thy Church, and turned our dearth and scarcity into cheapness and plenty; We give thee humble thanks for this thy special bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness unto us, that our land may yield us her fruits of increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

 

 

 

 

 

1 These words are to be omitted when the prayer is said by minister and people.

For Peace and Deliverance from our Enemies.

O ALMIGHTY God, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies ; We yield thee praise and thanksgiving for [our deliverance from those great and apparent dangers wherewith we were compassed: We acknowledge it thy good ness that we were not delivered over as a prey unto them; beseeching thee still to continue such thy mercies towards us, that all the world may know that thou art]* our Saviour and mighty Deliverer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For restoring Publick Peace at Home.

O ETERNAL God, our heavenly Father, who alone makest men to be of one mind in an house; We bless thy holy name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the strife which hath lately prevailed amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments and, leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, may continually offer unto thee our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Deliverance from common Plague or Sickness.

O LORD God, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men: We most heartily thank thee that in thy mercy thou hast delivered us from sickness and affliction, and with grateful hearts we desire to offer unto thy fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a living sacrifice unto thee, always praising and magnifying thy loving-kindness in the midst of thy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If it is desired to give thanks for other mercies, it shall be sufficient to say,

Let us thank God for...

and silence shall be kept for a space. Then shall followó

V. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious;
R. And his mercy endureth for ever.


CONCLUSION.

The Prayers and Thanksgivings shall conclude with one of the following endings, which may also be used after the Third Collect at Evening Prayer:

I.

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

II.
TO God the Father, who loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved:
    To God the Son, who loved us, and loosed us from our sins by his own blood:
    To God the Holy Ghost, who sheddeth the love of God abroad in our hearts:
    To the one true God be all love and all glory for time and for eternity. Amen.

The almighty and merciful God bless us and keep us this night and for evermore. Amen.

III.
A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy name thou wilt grant their requests : Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them ; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

∂ Note that, subject to any direction which the Bishop may give, after the conclusion of Morning or Evening Prayer, or of any service con tamed in this Book, the Minister may at his discretion offer prayer in his own words.
 

 

 

* Or: deliverance from our enemies, and for thy gracious gift of peace; We confess that it is of thy goodness alone that we have been preserved; and we beseech thee still to continue thy mercies towards us, that we may always acknowledge thee as

 

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