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 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.
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.
Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, (15)
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (16)
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (1)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (2)
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (3)
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. (4)
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
(5) because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. (25)
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. (26)
When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. (27)
"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
(28) "'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' (29) "'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. (30) Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'" (31) He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
(32) Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches." (33) He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." (34) Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
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