Morning Prayer

THE ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR (1662)

Adapted from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer
(This is one of my personal favorites. I read it frequently in my morning quiet times. It is easily personalized.)
At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister or Leader shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow. And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.

WHEN the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his life. Ezekiel 18.27.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51.3.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Psalm 51. 9.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51.17.
Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repented him of the evil. Joel 2. 13.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness’s, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Daniel 9. 9, I0
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest You bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10. 24. Psalm 6:1.
Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3. 2.
I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before You, and am no more worthy to be called your son. Luke 15. 18, 19.
Enter not into judgment with your servant, O Lord; for in your sight shall no man living be justified. Psalm 143. 2.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1. 8, 9.

DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moves us in various places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, we should not mislead nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. Although we ought to humbly acknowledge our sins before God at all times; yet most chiefly, we ought to do so when we assemble and meet together. Confessing our sins as we meet to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at His hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me, with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

A general Confession to be said of the whole congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But You, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore them that are penitent; According to your promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of your holy name. Amen.

The Absolution, or Remission of sins, to be pronounced by the Minister alone, standing; the people still kneeling.

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and has given power, and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardons and absolves all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel.

Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The people shall answer here, and at the end of all other Prayers
Then the Leader shall kneel, and say the Lord’s Prayer with an audible voice; the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here, and wherever else it is used in Divine Service.

Our Father, which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name; Your kingdom come; Your will be done; In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, The power, and the glory’, Forever and ever. Amen.

Then likewise he shall say

R: O Lord, open our lips
V: And our mouth shall proclaim Your praise
R: O God, make speed to save us
V: O Lord, make haste to help us

Here, all standing up, the leader shall say

R: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
V: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
R: Praise you the Lord; V: The Lord’s name be praised.

If Then shall be said or sung this Psalm following: except on Easter Day, upon which another Anthem is appointed; and on the nineteenth day of every month it is not to be read here, but in the ordinary course of the Psalms. VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO Psalm 95.

VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO Psalm 95

O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and saw my works.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said:
It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.
Unto whom I swore in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.

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.

Then shall follow the Psalms in order as they be appointed. And at the end of every Psalm throughout the year, and likewise at the end of Benedicite, Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, shall be repeated, Then shall be read distinctly with an audible voice the First Lesson, taken out of the Old Testament, as is appointed in the Calendar, except there be Proper Lessons assigned for that day: He that reads so standing and turning himself, as he may best be heard of all such as are present. Note, that before every Lesson the Minister shall say, Here begins such a chapter, or verse of such a chapter, of such a book: And after every Lesson, Here endeth the First, or the Second Lesson.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Lesson No. 1

One lesson, as appointed from the Old Testament is read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from ______.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After the Lesson the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.

Answer

Thanks be to God.

Or the Reader may say

Here ends the Lesson (Reading).

And after that shall be said or sung, in English, the Hymn called Te Deum laudamus, daily throughout the year.

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS

WE praise You, O God: we acknowledge You to be the Lord. All the earth worships You: the Father everlasting.
To You all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To You Cherubim, and Seraphim: continually cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and earth are all of the Majesty of your glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise You.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise You.
The noble army of Martyrs praise You.
The holy Church throughout all the world: acknowledges You; The Father of an infinite Majesty; Your honorable, true: and only Son; Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.
You are the King of Glory: O Christ. You are the everlasting Son: of the Father. When You took it upon You to deliver man: You did not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When You had overcome the sharpness of death: You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You sit at the right hand of God: in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that You shall come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray that You, help your servants: whom You have redeemed with your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Your Saints: in glory ever, lasting.
Lord, save your people: and bless their heritage, Govern them: and lift them up forever, Day by day: we magnify You; And we worship you forever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let your mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in You.
O Lord, in You have I trusted: let me never be confounded.
Or this Canticle,

BENEDICITE, OMNIA OPFRA – A Song of Creation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praise him and highly exalt him forever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord,
O heavens and all waters above the heavens,
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew,
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and summer, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold,
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days,
O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Let the earth glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams,
O whales and all that move in the waters,
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild,
and all you flocks and herds,
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Let the people of God glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.

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.

Then shall be read in like manner the Second Lesson, taken out of the New Testament. And after that the Hymn following; except when that shall happen to be read in the chapter for the Day, or for the Gospel on St. John Baptist’s Day.

The Lesson No. 2

One lesson, as appointed from the New Testament, is read, the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from ______.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After the Lesson the Reader may say

The Word of the Lord.

Answer

Thanks be to God.

Or the Reader may say

Here ends the Lesson (Reading).

BENEDICTUS

St. Luke 1. 68.

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel: for he has visited, and redeemed his people. He has raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of his servant David. As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets: which have been since the world began. That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all that hate us. To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember his holy covenant. To perform the oath which he swore to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve him without fear. In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life. You, child, shall be called the Prophet of the Highest. For You shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

Or this Psalm,

JUBILATE DEO – Psalm 100

O BE joyful in the Lord, all you lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. Be you sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that bath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name. For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endures from generation to generation.

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.

Then shall be sung or said the Apostles’ Creed by the Minister and the people, standing: except only such days as the Creed of St. Athanasius is read.

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

After that these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling; the Leader first pronouncing with a loud voice,

R: The Lord be with you; V: And with your spirit.

R: Let us pray.

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

Then the Leader or Minister, Clerks, and people, shall say the Lord’s Prayer with a loud voice.

OUR Father, which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name; Your kingdom come; Your 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 the Leader or Minister standing up shall say,

R: O Lord, show your mercy upon us; V: And grant us your salvation. R: O Lord, save the President V: And mercifully hear us when we call upon You. R: Endue your ministers with righteousness; V: And make your chosen people joyful. R: O Lord, save your people; V: And bless your inheritance. R: Give peace in our time, O Lord; V: Because there is none Other that fights for us, but only You, O God. R: O God, make clean our hearts within us; V: And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECTS

Then shall follow three Collects; the first of the Day, which shall be the same that is appointed at the Communion; the second for Peace; the third for Grace to live well. And the two last Collects shall never alter, but daily be said at Morning Prayer throughout all the year, as follows, all kneeling.

THE SECOND COLLECT, FOR PEACE

O GOD, who is the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom stands our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us your humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE THIRD COLLECT, FOR GRACE

O LORD our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with your mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings maybe ordered by your governance, to do always that is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Quires and Places where they sing the Anthem.

Then these five Prayers following are to be read here, except when the Litany is read; and then only the two last are to be read, as they are there placed.

A PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT

O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, from your throne You behold all the dwellers upon earth. Most heartily we beseech You, with your favor to behold our President; and so replenish him with the grace of your Holy Spirit, that he may always incline to your will, and walk in your way: Endue him plenteously with heavenly gifts. Grant him health, wealth and long life; 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.

A PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENTS FAMILY

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech You to bless our gracious First Family. Endue them with your Holy Spirit; enrich them with your heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THE CLERGY AND PEOPLE

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

A PRAYER OF SAINT CHRYSOSTOM

ALMIGHTY God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto You; and You who promises, that when two or three are gathered together in your name You will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your 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.

Here ends the Order of Morning Prayer throughout the year.

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