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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Morning Prayer in Modern English

Daily Morning Prayer in Modern English from the 1662 BCP and the ESV


[Please note: The following is my work. I have developed a literal following of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for Morning Prayer with modern English. I have utilized Lynda M. Howell's 1662 BCP website for the general forms and the lectionary and replaced all Scripture with quotes from the English Standard Version. I have retained as much as possible the exact wording of the 1662 BCP but have converted the Elizabethan English into modern English by removing thees and thous and other such archaic forms. Words not listed as "archaic" in modern English dictionaries are retained.]




Morning Prayer for January 17, 2010


Using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with modern English adaptations and the English Standard Version.



At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister 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.



"Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life." (Ezekiel 18:27, ESV)


"For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me." (Psalm 51:3, ESV)


"Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities." (Psalm 51:9, ESV)


"and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster." (Joel 2:13, ESV)



"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets." (Daniel 9:9-10, ESV)


"Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing." (Jeremiah 10:24, ESV)


"O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath." (Psalm 6:1, ESV)


"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:2, ESV)


"I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants." '" (Luke 15:18-19, ESV)


"Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you." (Psalm 143:2, ESV)


"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 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, ESV)



DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moves us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together 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, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; According to your 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 your holy Name. Amen.

The Absolution, or Remission of sins, to be pronounced by the Priest 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 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.



The people shall answer here, and at the end of all other prayers, Amen.

If no priest be present the person saying the service shall read the Collect for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, that person and the people still kneeling.



The Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

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



Then the Minister 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 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. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever 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 this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.] Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13, ESV)



Then likewise he shall say,

O Lord, open our lips.
Answer. And our mouth shall show forth your praise.
Priest. O God, make speed to save us.
Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Here all standing up, the Priest shall say,


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Priest. Praise the Lord.
Answer. The Lord's Name be praised.



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.

[Note: The leader reads the first part of the sentence and the people read the second part after the colon.]


Venite, exultemus Domino.


Psalm 95 (ESV)


1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord : let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving : let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God : and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth : the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it : and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down : let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

7 For he is our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Today, if you hear his voice,8 do not harden your hearts : as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

9 when your fathers put me to the test : and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

10 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."

11 Therefore I swore in my wrath : "They shall not enter my rest."


Glory be 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.



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,



Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit;

Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.


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

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 ends the First, or the Second Lesson.



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 do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Hosts;
Heaven and earth are full 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;
You are the King of Glory
: O Christ.
You are the everlasting Son
: of the Father.
When you took upon yourself to deliver man
: you did not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When you had overcome the sharpness of death
: you did open 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 everlasting.
O Lord, save your people
: and bless your heritage.
Govern them
: and lift them up forever.
Day by day
: we magnify you;
And we worship your Name
: ever 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 abide upon us
: as our trust is in you.
O Lord, in you have I trusted
: let me never be confounded.



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 Saint John Baptist's Day.





Benedictus.


Luke 1:68-79 (ESV)

68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel : for he has visited and redeemed his people

69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us : in the house of his servant David,

70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets : from of old,

71 that we should be saved from our enemies : and from the hand of all who hate us;

72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers : and to remember his holy covenant,

73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham : to grant us

74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies : might serve him without fear,

75 in holiness and righteousness before him : all our days.

76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High : for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people : in the forgiveness of their sins,

78 because of the tender mercy of our God : whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death : to guide our feet in the way of peace."


Glory be 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.


Then shall be sung or said the Apostle's Creed, by the Minister and the people standing : Except only such days as the Creed of Saint Athanasius is appointed to be 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 Spirit, 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 there he shall come 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.


And after that these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling: the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,

The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with your spirit.
Minister. Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.



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


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.

OUR Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13, ESV)


Then the Priest standing up shall say,

O Lord, show your mercy upon us.
Answer. And grant us your salvation.
Priest. O Lord, save us.
Answer. And mercifully hear us when we call upon you.
Priest. Endue your Ministers with righteousness.
Answer. And make your chosen people joyful.
Priest. O Lord, save your people.
Answer. And bless your inheritance.
Priest. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Answer. Because there is no one who fights for us, except you, O God.
Priest. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Answer. And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

Then shall follow three Collects; the first of the day.



The first Collect of the Day.

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany.


The Collect.


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and grant us your peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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 may be ordered by your governance, to do always what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Choirs and Places where they sing here follows the Anthem.


Psalm 122 (ESV)

1 I was glad when they said to me : Let us go to the house of the Lord!"

2 Our feet have been standing : within your gates, O Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem—built as a city : that is bound firmly together,

4 to which the tribes go up : the tribes of the Lord,

as was decreed for Israel : to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

5 There thrones for judgment were set : the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! : "May they be secure who love you!

7 Peace be within your walls : and security within your towers!"

8 For my brothers and companions' sake : I will say, "Peace be within you!"

9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God : I will seek your good.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit;

Answer: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.



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 and Those in Authority.


O LORD, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who from your throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech you with your favor to behold and bless your servant, President Barack Obama, and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace of your Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to your will, and walk in your way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; strengthen them that they may vanquish and overcome all their enemies; and finally, after this life, they may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for the President's Family.


ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech you to bless the First Lady, Michelle Obama and all the President's 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 Bishops, and other 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 only Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.


ALMIGHTY God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto you; and do promise, that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests; Fulfill 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 13:14 (ESV)

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.


Here ends the Order of Morning Prayer throughout the Year.

3 comments:

John Riddell said...

I remember praying " 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 may be ordered by your governance, to do always what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" one morning at school, only to be told later that morning that a classmate had been killed in a road accident on his way to school. The power of prayer?

Charlie J. Ray said...

John, you have it backwards my friend. We're not telling God what we want Him to do as if He were some sort of genie in a bottle. Not at all. In fact, the Bible declares that God is absolutely sovereign and He does whatsoever He pleases:

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3 ESV)
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. (Psalm 11:4 ESV)
Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. (Psalm 135:6 ESV)
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?" (Daniel 4:35 ESV)

God is King of the universe and all creation. We do not tell Him what to do. Rather, we petition Him as our God and King. Sometimes He will say yes and we give Him thanks and praise that He answered our prayers according to our petitions. Other times He answers no and we must then accept His answer and follow His will. When we suffer and God does not respond the way we have prayed, we then realize that we are sinners who deserve nothing at all from God except death and hell and eternal separation. God owes us absolutely nothing. If we are saved it is out of God's sheer mercy and grace and not out of anything in us that would obligate the Creator to a mere creature. If God were not complete in and of Himself He would not be absolutely self sufficient and therefore would not be God at all.

For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27 ESV)
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?' (Job 9:12 ESV)
"Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, 'What are you making?' or 'Your work has no handles'? (Isaiah 45:9 ESV)
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?" (Romans 9:20 ESV)

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-- 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:12-17 ESV)

Charlie J. Ray said...

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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