The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost has come upon you; and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1::8 Confession of Sin
Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his 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 confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
*A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes 'us' for 'you' and 'our' for 'your.'
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 PsalmEaster Season, including Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost
You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
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 clothed with majesty; The LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. (2)
Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. (3)
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their waves. (4)
The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.
(5) Your testimonies are very sure; Holiness adorns Your house, O LORD, forever.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2)
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. (3)
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. (4)
For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
(5) For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. (6) Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. (7) Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength. (8) Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
(9) Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (10) Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously." (11) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; (12) Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.
(13) For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.
The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew; (2)
The sun when it appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High: (3)
At noon it parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof? (4)
A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapours, and sending forth bright beams, it dimmeth the eyes.
(5) Great is the Lord that made it; and at his commandment runneth hastily. (6) He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world. (7) From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection. (8) The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;
(9) The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord. (10) At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches. (11) Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof. (12) It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it.
(27) We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all. (28) How shall we be able to magnify him? for he is great above all his works. (29) The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power. (30) When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when ye exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary; for ye can never go far enough.
(31) Who hath seen him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as he is? (32) There are yet hid greater things than these be, for we have seen but a few of his works.
These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; (15)
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (16)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. (1)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, (2)
speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, (3)
forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. (4)
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
(5) for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; (25)
"but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. (26)
"But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. (27)
"So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
(28) "He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' (29) "But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. (30) 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." ' " (31) Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
(32) "which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." (33) Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." (34) All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak 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