Morning Prayer for September 16, 2017

THE LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
I was glad when they said unto me, We will go into the house of the LORD. Psalm cxxii. 1.

A General Confession


To be said by the whole Congregation, after the Minister, 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; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, 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 Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins.

To be made by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling. But NOTE, That the Priest, at his discretion, may use, instead of what follows, the Absolution from the Order for Holy Communion. 

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all those who 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. Amen.


Or, when a Priest or Bishop is not present.


Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here and wheresoever else it is used in Divine Service. 

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 likewise he shall say,


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

Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
Answer. The Lord's Name be praised.

Venite, exultemus Domino.

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 is 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.
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.

Psalm 71

[1] In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;

                   let me never be put to shame!

          [2] In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;

                   incline your ear to me, and save me!

          [3] Be to me a rock of refuge,

                   to which I may continually come;

          you have given the command to save me,

                   for you are my rock and my fortress.



          [4] Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

                   from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.

          [5] For you, O Lord, are my hope,

                   my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

          [6] Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;

                   you are he who took me from my mother's womb.

          My praise is continually of you.



          [7] I have been as a portent to many,

                   but you are my strong refuge.

          [8] My mouth is filled with your praise,

                   and with your glory all the day.

          [9] Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

                   forsake me not when my strength is spent.

          [10] For my enemies speak concerning me;

                   those who watch for my life consult together

          [11] and say, “God has forsaken him;

                   pursue and seize him,

                   for there is none to deliver him.”



          [12] O God, be not far from me;

                   O my God, make haste to help me!

          [13] May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;

                   with scorn and disgrace may they be covered

                   who seek my hurt.

          [14] But I will hope continually

                   and will praise you yet more and more.

          [15] My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,

                   of your deeds of salvation all the day,

                   for their number is past my knowledge.

          [16] With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;

                   I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.



          [17] O God, from my youth you have taught me,

                   and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

          [18] So even to old age and gray hairs,

                   O God, do not forsake me,

          until I proclaim your might to another generation,

                   your power to all those to come.

          [19] Your righteousness, O God,

                   reaches the high heavens.

          You who have done great things,

                   O God, who is like you?

          [20] You who have made me see many troubles and calamities

                   will revive me again;

          from the depths of the earth

                   you will bring me up again.

          [21] You will increase my greatness

                   and comfort me again.



          [22] I will also praise you with the harp

                   for your faithfulness, O my God;

          I will sing praises to you with the lyre,

                   O Holy One of Israel.

          [23] My lips will shout for joy,

                   when I sing praises to you;

                   my soul also, which you have redeemed.

          [24] And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,

          for they have been put to shame and disappointed

                   who sought to do me hurt. (ESV)

Psalm 76


[1] In Judah God is known;

                   his name is great in Israel.

          [2] His abode has been established in Salem,

                   his dwelling place in Zion.

          [3] There he broke the flashing arrows,

                   the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah



          [4] Glorious are you, more majestic

                   than the mountains full of prey.

          [5] The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;

                   they sank into sleep;

          all the men of war

                   were unable to use their hands.

          [6] At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,

                   both rider and horse lay stunned.



          [7] But you, you are to be feared!

                   Who can stand before you

                   when once your anger is roused?

          [8] From the heavens you uttered judgment;

                   the earth feared and was still,

          [9] when God arose to establish judgment,

                   to save all the humble of the earth. Selah



          [10] Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;

                   the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.

          [11] Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them;

                   let all around him bring gifts

                   to him who is to be feared,

          [12] who cuts off the spirit of princes,

                   who is to be feared by the kings of the earth. (ESV)

First Lesson

2 Samuel 23:1-7

[1] Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,

                   the oracle of the man who was raised on high,

          the anointed of the God of Jacob,

                   the sweet psalmist of Israel:

          [2] “The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me;

                   his word is on my tongue.

          [3] The God of Israel has spoken;

                   the Rock of Israel has said to me:

          When one rules justly over men,

                   ruling in the fear of God,

          [4] he dawns on them like the morning light,

                   like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,

                   like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

          [5] “For does not my house stand so with God?

                   For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,

                   ordered in all things and secure.

          For will he not cause to prosper

                   all my help and my desire?

          [6] But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away,

                   for they cannot be taken with the hand;

          [7] but the man who touches them

                   arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,

                   and they are utterly consumed with fire.” (ESV)

Benedictus es, Domine.

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 forever.
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.

Second Lesson

Acts 5:27-42


[27] And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, [28] saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” [29] But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. [30] The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. [31] God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. [32] And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”


[33] When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. [34] But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. [35] And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. [36] For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. [37] After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. [38] So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; [39] but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, [40] and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. [41] Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. [42] And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus. (ESV)

Jubilate Deo. Psalm c.

O BE joyful in the LORD, all ye lands: * serve the LORD with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the LORD he is God; it is he that hath 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 endureth from generation to generation.

Then shall be said the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and the People, standing. And any Churches may, instead of the words, He descended into hell, use the words, He went into the place of departed spirits, which are considered as words of the same meaning in the Creed. 

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 Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Minister. Let us pray.

Here, if it hath not already been said, shall follow the Lord's Prayer. 

Minister. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
Answer. And grant us thy salvation.
Minister. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Answer. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Then shall be said the Collect for the Day, except when the Communion Service is read; and then the Collect for the Day shall be omitted here. 

The Collect for the Day

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Grace.

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

The following Prayers shall be omitted here when the Litany is said, and may be omitted when the Holy Communion is to follow.

Note, That the Minister may here end the Morning Prayer with such general intercessions taken out of this Book, as he shall think fit, or with the Grace. 


A Prayer for The President of the United States,
and all in Civil Authority.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favour to behold and bless thy servant THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


A Prayer for the Clergy and People.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the 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.


A Prayer for All Conditions of Men.

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 thy holy Church universal; 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; [* 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's sake. Amen.

* This may be said when any desire the prayers of the Congregation. 


A General Thanksgiving.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us, and to all men; [* particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.] 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 Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

* This may be said when any desire to return thanks for mercies vouchsafed to them.

NOTE, That the General Thanksgiving may be said by the Congregation with the Minister. 


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 Cor. xiii. 14.

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.