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Daily Office Readings

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Daily Morning Prayer: Rite One

Officiant begins with the following:

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20

Confession of Sin

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear His holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.
Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy 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.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says*

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

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

Officiant O Lord, open thou our lips.
People And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Officiant and People
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.

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.


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

On other Sundays and weekdays
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: O come, let us adore him.

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

On Feasts of the Incarnation
[Alleluia.] The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us: O come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]

On all Saints and other Major Saints' Days
[Alleluia.] The Lord is glorious in his saints: O come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]

Psalm 95:1-7

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. 

[Antiphon, if used]

For the Lord is a great God, *
 and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the corners of the earth, *
 and the strength of the hills is his also. 
The sea is his, and he made it, *
 and his hands prepared the dry land. 

[Antiphon, if used]

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. 

[Antiphon, if used]

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *
 let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth
 and with righteousness to judge the world
 and the peoples with his truth.

Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed:

Psalm 61

Exaudi, Deus
1Hear my cry, O God, * and listen to my prayer.
2I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; * set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
3For you have been my refuge, * a strong tower against the enemy.
4I will dwell in your house for ever; * I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
5For you, O God, have heard my vows; * you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
6Add length of days to the king's life; * let his years extend over many generations.
7Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; * bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
8So will I always sing the praise of your Name, * and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62

Nonne Deo?
1For God alone my soul in silence waits; * from him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation, * my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, * as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; * lies are their chief delight.
5They bless with their lips, * but in their hearts they curse.
6For God alone my soul in silence waits; * truly, my hope is in him.
7He alone is my rock and my salvation, * my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8In God is my safety and my honor; * God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9Put your trust in him always, O people, * pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, * even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11On the scales they are lighter than a breath, * all of them together.
12Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; * though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, * that power belongs to God.
14Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, * for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

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

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 Lessons

The Old Testament Reading

Reader: A Reading (Lesson) from Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10

Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10
8:14 There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15 So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. 16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it. 9:1 For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. 2 All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun. 7 Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works. 8 Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil. 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. -- NKJV

Reader:The Word of the Lord.
Answer: Thanks be to God.

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

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou for the name of thy Majesty; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,
and dwellest between the Cherubim; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
 praised and exalted above all for ever.

The New Testament Reading

Reader: A Reading (Lesson) from Galatians 4:21-31

Galatians 4:21-31
21Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar- 25for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children- 26but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27For it is written: " Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. -- NKJV

Reader:The Word of the Lord.
Answer: Thanks be to God.

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

Splendor and honor and kingly power *
 are yours by right, O Lord our God, 

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

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

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

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

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

The Apostles' Creed
Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
  maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
  who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
  born of the Virgin Mary,
  suffered under Pontius Pilate,
  was crucified, dead, and buried.
  He descended into hell.
  The third day he rose again from the dead.
  He ascended into heaven,
  and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
  From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
  the holy catholic Church,
  the communion of saints,
  the forgiveness of sins,
  the resurrection of the body,
  and the life everlasting.  Amen.

The Prayers
The People stand or kneel

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.

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 against us. 

And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  for ever and ever.  Amen. 
Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

V. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in thee can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under thy care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let thy way be known upon earth;
R. Thy saving health among all nations.
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R. And sustain us with thy Holy Spirit.

V. O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage;
R. Govern them and lift them up for ever.
V. Day by day we magnify thee;
R. And we worship thy name ever, world without end.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;
R. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
V. O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;
R. As our trust is in thee.
V. O Lord, in thee have I trusted;
R. Let me never be confounded.

The Officiant then says the following Collects

The Collect of the Day:

Proper 5
O God, from whom all good doth come: Grant that by thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow, the following prayer for mission is added.

Prayer for Mission
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of thy faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before thee for all members of thy holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

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

The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People

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.
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 show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves 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 Spirit,
be all honor and glory, world without end.  Amen. 

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication unto thee; and
hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the 
midst of them:  Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions
of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this 
world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life 
everlasting.  Amen.

Then may be said
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Officiant concludes with:

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



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