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The Daily Office

The office may begin with the following sentence(s) of Scripture. 

Confession of Sin

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.


Silence is kept. All kneeling, if possible, the Leader and People say


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 apart from your grace, there is no health in us.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare all those who confess their faults.

Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared

to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord;

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.


The leader prays


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


The Invitatory

Leader: O Lord, open our lips.

People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Leader: O God, make speed to save us;

People: O Lord, make haste to help us.

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

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

Leader: Praise the Lord.

People: The Lord’s name be praised.

Then follows the Venite. During Eastertide, the Pascha Nostrum may be used.

The following psalm may be sung or said

Phos hilaron (O Gladsome Light)

O gladsome light,

pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven, *

     O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

and our eyes behold the vesper light, *

     we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, *

     O Son of God, O Giver of Life,

     and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Then follows 

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is said


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.

 The First Lesson

The following Canticle is normally said after the lesson. During Lent the Benedictus es, Domine usually replaces the Te Deum.

The following Canticle is normally said after the lesson.

Magnificat, The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46-55


My soul magnifies the Lord, *

     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

For he has regarded *

     the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from now on, *

     all generations will call me blessed.

For he that is mighty has magnified me, *

     and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him, *

     throughout all generations.

He has shown the strength of his arm; *

     he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, *

     and has exalted the humble and meek.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *

     and the rich he has sent empty away.

He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel, *

     as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed forever.

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.

 The second Lesson

The following Canticle is normally said after the lesson.


Benedictus The Song of Zechariah

Luke 1:68-79


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

   he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

   born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, *

   from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

   and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

   holy and righteous in his sight

   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

   by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *

   and to guide our feet into 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.

The following Canticle is normally said after the lesson.

Nunc Dimittis The Song of Simeon

Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, *

     according to your word.

For my eyes have seen your salvation, *
     which you have prepared before the face of all people;

to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
     and to be the glory of your people Israel.

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.

The Apostles’ Creed

Leader and People together


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

   creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

   He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
   and born of the Virgin Mary.
   He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

   was crucified, died, and was buried.

   He descended to the dead.
   On the third day he rose again.
   He ascended into heaven,

   and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

   He will come again 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.

The Prayers

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Leader: Let us pray.


Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us.

People: Christ, have mercy upon us. 

Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us.

Leader: Our Father,

Leader and People: 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. 

Leader: O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
People: And grant us your salvation.
Leader: O Lord, guide those who govern us;
People: And lead us in the way of justice and truth.

Leader: Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

People: And let your chosen people sing with joy.

Leader: O Lord, save your people;
People: And bless your inheritance.
Leader: Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People: And defend us by your mighty power.

Leader: Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

People: Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Leader: Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People: And take not your Holy Spirit from us. 

The leader then prays one or more of the following collects, always beginning with the Collect of the Day

(the prayer of the previous Sunday or of the Holy Day being observed).


A collect is simply a prayer meant to gather the intentions of the people and the focus of worship into a succinct prayer.

the Collect of the DAY

The second prayer is a weekday collect.

The leader then prays a collect as follows according to the day of the week.


The third prayer is a prayer, or collect, for mission.

Unless The Great Litany or the Eucharist is to follow, one of the following prayers for mission is added.

Collect For Mission

The leader may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings. 

A hymn, song, or anthem may be sung.

Leader: Let us bless the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The leader says one of these concluding sentences (and the people may be invited to join)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

(2 Corinthians 13:14)






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