The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3 Confession of Sin
Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Officiant:
Lord, open our lips. People:
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Officiant and People:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen Alleluia Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalm, Venite, or Jubilate
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and 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.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! The following Antiphon may be sung or said with the Invitatory PsalmOn other Sundays and weekdays
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
The Lessons *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 for ever. Amen. *After each Lesson the Reader may say Officiant :
The Word of the Lord. Response :
Thanks be to God.
The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. (2)
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (3)
The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (4)
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty.
(5) Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2)
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. (3)
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. (4)
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
(5) For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (6) Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. (7) Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. (8) Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
(9) Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (10) Say among the nations, 'The LORD reigns.' The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. (11) Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; (12) let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
(13) they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.
One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. (9)
She said to her husband, 'I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. (10)
Let's make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.' (11)
One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there.
(12) He said to his servant Gehazi, 'Call the Shunammite.' So he called her, and she stood before him. (13) Elisha said to him, 'Tell her, 'You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?'' She replied, 'I have a home among my own people.' (14) What can be done for her?' Elisha asked. Gehazi said, 'Well, she has no son and her husband is old.' (15) Then Elisha said, 'Call her.' So he called her, and she stood in the doorway.
(16) About this time next year,' Elisha said, 'you will hold a son in your arms.' 'No, my lord,' she objected. 'Don't mislead your servant, O man of God!' (17) But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her. (18) The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. (19) My head! My head!' he said to his father. His father told a servant, 'Carry him to his mother.'
(20) After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. (21) She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. (22) She called her husband and said, 'Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.' (23) Why go to him today?' he asked. 'It's not the New Moon or the Sabbath.' 'It's all right,' she said.
(24) She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, 'Lead on; don't slow down for me unless I tell you.' (25) So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, 'Look! There's the Shunammite! (26) Run to meet her and ask her, 'Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?'' 'Everything is all right,' she said. (27) When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, 'Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.'
(28) Did I ask you for a son, my lord?' she said. 'Didn't I tell you, 'Don't raise my hopes'?' (29) Elisha said to Gehazi, 'Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy's face.' (30) But the child's mother said, 'As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.' So he got up and followed her. (31) Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy's face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, 'The boy has not awakened.'
(32) When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. (33) He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. (34) Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy's body grew warm. (35) Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
(36) Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, 'Call the Shunammite.' And he did. When she came, he said, 'Take your son.' (37) She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, 'Ananias!' 'Yes, Lord,' he answered. (11)
The Lord told him, 'Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. (12)
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.' (13)
Lord,' Ananias answered, 'I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.
(14) And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.' (15) But the Lord said to Ananias, 'Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. (16) I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.' (17) Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord-- Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-- has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'
(18) Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, (19) and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. (20) At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. (21) All those who heard him were astonished and asked, 'Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?'
(22) Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. (23) After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, (24) but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. (25) But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
(26) When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. (27) But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. (28) So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. (29) He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
(30) When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. (31) Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, 'You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? (8)
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. (9)
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.' (10)
What should we do then?' the crowd asked.
(11) John answered, 'The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.' (12) Tax collectors also came to be baptized. 'Teacher,' they asked, 'what should we do?' (13) Don't collect any more than you are required to,' he told them. (14) Then some soldiers asked him, 'And what should we do?' He replied, 'Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely-- be content with your pay.'
(15) The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. (16) John answered them all, 'I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (17) His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.' (18) And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.CanticlesCanticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.After the Old Testament a Canticle may be read or Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles can be sung or said after each reading.
16 The Song of Zechariah       Benedictus Dominus Deus
Luke 1: 68-79
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading