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ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER.
The Minister shall begin the Morning Prayer by reading one or more of the following sentences of Scripture; all standing.
HE Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering and come into his courts. Ps. xcvi. 8.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him all the earth. Ps. xcvi. 9.
Honor and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ps. xcvi. 6.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High; to show forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Ps. xcii. 1, 2.
O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men. Ps. cix. 8.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps. li. 17.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Jer. x. 24.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Ps. xix. 14.
¶ Here a chant or hymn may be sung unannounced, or a hymn read and sung. Then the minister shall say,
EARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth 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-]
TA general Confession, to be said by the whole congregation after the Minister.
Instead of this Confession, oral prayer may be offered. In this case the foregoing words in brackets are to be omitted.
and most merciful 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. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us. 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, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Then shall follow this prayer by the Minister.
LMIGHTY God our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who, with hearty repentance and true faith, turn unto him; have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The people shall answer here and at the end of every prayer, AMEN."
¶ Here the people shall rise, and the Minister shall say the Lord's Prayer, the people repeating it with him.
UR 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, forever 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.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
Then shall be said or sung the following.
VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO.
COME, let us sing unto the Lord, let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salva
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.