Daily Morning Prayer
Wednesday April 3, 2019
Approved for Provincial Use
The Anglican Church in North America
Petertide, A.D. 2013
The Officiant may begin Morning Prayer by reading an opening sentence of Scripture found on pages 17-19 or another appropriate Scripture. The Confession of Sin may be said, or the Office may continue with “O Lord, open our lips.”
Opening Sentences of Scripture
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2
Confession of Sin
The Officiant says to the People
Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us to acknowledge our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and others, those things necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, come with me to the throne of heavenly grace.
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say
Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
we have followed too much the deceits 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 apart from your grace, there is no health in us.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared
to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord;
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
The Priest alone stands and says
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but that they may turn from their wickedness and live. He has empowered and commanded his ministers to pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons all who truly repent and genuinely believe his holy Gospel. For this reason, we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that our present deeds may please him, the rest of our lives may be pure and holy, and that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays
Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- O Lord, open our lips;
- And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
- O God, make speed to save us;
- O Lord, make haste to help us.
- Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
- As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
- Praise the Lord.
- The Lord’s name be praised.
Then follows the Venite. Alternatively, the Jubilate may be used.
These seasonal antiphons may be sung or said before and after the Invitatory Psalm.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us adore him.
Venite O Come
Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
O, that today you would hearken to his voice!
In Lent, and on other penitential occasions, the following verses are added.
Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
Psalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit?
- LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? *
- or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
- Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, *
- and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
- He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, *
- and hath not slandered his neighbour.
- He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes, *
- and maketh much of them that fear the LORD.
- He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not, *
- though it were to his own hindrance.
- He that hath not given his money upon usury, *
- nor taken reward against the innocent.
- Whoso doeth these things *
- shall never fall.
Psalm 16. Conserva me, Domine.
- PRESERVE me, O God; *
- for in thee have I put my trust.
- O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, *
- Thou art my God; I have no good like unto thee.
- All my delight is upon the saints that are in the earth, *
- and upon such as excel in virtue.
- But they that run after another god *
- shall have great trouble.
- Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer, *
- neither make mention of their names within my lips.
- The LORD himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup; *
- thou shalt maintain my lot.
- The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground; *
- yea, I have a goodly heritage.
- I will thank the LORD for giving me warning; *
- my reins also chasten me in the night season.
- I have set the LORD alway before me; *
- for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
- Wherefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: *
- my flesh also shall rest in hope.
- For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell; *
- neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
- Thou shalt show me the path of life: in thy presence is the fulness of joy, *
- and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.
Psalm 17. Exaudi, Domine.
- HEAR the right, O LORD, consider my complaint, *
- and hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
- Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; *
- and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.
- Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me; *
- for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
- As for the works of men, *
- by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.
- O hold thou up my goings in thy paths, *
- that my footsteps slip not.
- I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: *
- incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
- Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee, *
- from such as resist thy right hand.
- Keep me as the apple of an eye; *
- hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
- From the ungodly, that trouble me; *
- mine enemies compass me round about, to take away my soul.
- They are inclosed in their own fat, *
- and their mouth speaketh proud things.
- They lie waiting in our way on every side, *
- watching to cast us down to the ground;
- Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, *
- and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.
- Up, LORD, disappoint him, and cast him down; *
- deliver my soul from the ungodly, by thine own sword;
- Yea, by thy hand, O LORD; from the men of the evil world; *
- which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
- They have children at their desire, *
- and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
- But as for me, I shall behold thy presence in righteousness; *
- and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied.
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 ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
One or more Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying
The First Lesson from
Leviticus 1 (Listen)
1:1 The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.
3 “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. 4 He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5 Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6 Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces, 7 and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8 And Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9 but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering1 with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
10 “If his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish, 11 and he shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 12 And he shall cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar, 13 but the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
14 “If his offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons. 15 And the priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head and burn it on the altar. Its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He shall remove its crop with its contents2 and cast it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes. 17 He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After each Lesson the Reader may say
- The Word of the Lord
- Thanks be to God
Or the Reader may say
Here ends the Reading.
The following Canticles are normally sung or said aftereach of the lessons. The Officiant may also use a Canticle drawn from those on pages 35-43 or an appropriate song of praise.
Especially suitable for use during Lent
Kyrie Pantokrator A Song of Penitence
Prayer of Manasseh, 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15
O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven,
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
and of all their righteous offspring:
You made the heavens and the earth,
with all their vast array.
All things quake with fear at your presence;
they tremble because of your power.
But your merciful promise is beyond all measure;
it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
O Lord, you are full of compassion,
long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand;
you do not punish as we deserve.
In your great goodness, Lord,
you have promised forgiveness to sinners,
that they may repent of their sin and be saved.
And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart,
and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned,
and I know my wickedness only too well.
Therefore I make this prayer to you:
Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
Do not let me perish in my sin,
nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent,
and in me you will show forth your goodness.
Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
in accordance with your great mercy,
and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.
For all the powers of heaven sing your praises,
and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.
The Second Lesson from
Mark 2:23–28 (Listen)
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of1 Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
Mark 3:1–12 (Listen)
3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus,1 to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
Benedictus The Song of ZechariahLuke 1:68-79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham,
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
Officiant and People together, all standing
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The People kneel or stand.
- The Lord be with you.
- And with your spirit.
- Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy [upon us].
Christ, have mercy [upon us].
Lord, have mercy [upon us].
Officiant and People
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
- O Lord, show us your mercy;
- And grant us your salvation.
- O Lord, save our nations;
- And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
- Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
- And make your chosen people joyful.
- O Lord, save your people;
- And bless your inheritance.
- Give peace in our time, O Lord;
- For only in you can we live in safety.
- Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
- Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
- Create in us clean hearts, O God;
- And take not your Holy Spirit from us.
The Officiant then prays one or more of the following collects. It is traditional to pray the Collects for Peace and Grace daily. Alternatively, one may pray the collects on a weekly rotation, using the suggestions in parentheses.
The Collect of the Day
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A Collect for Grace (Wednesday)
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Mission
Almighty and everlasting God, who alone works great marvels: Send down upon our clergy and the congregations committed to their charge the life-giving Spirit of your grace, shower them with the continual dew of your blessing, and ignite in them a zealous love of your Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
- Let us bless the Lord
- Thanks be to God
The Officiant may invite the People to join in one of the Graces.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.