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Daily Morning Prayer

The office may begin with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture. 


Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Psalm 43:3


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isaiah 57:15



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.



Venite O Come

Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11


O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

   let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

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 depths of the earth *

   and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, and he made it, *

   and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *

   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.


In Lent, and on other penitential occasions, the following verses are added.


Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

   as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.

When your fathers tested me, *

   proved me, and saw my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, *

   “It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *

   that they should not enter into my rest.


Then follows 



The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Click here for Daily Lessons in the ESV,  '79 BCP Daily Office Lectionary


*Morning Psalm(s) listed before the first semicolon*

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. 




Click here for Daily Lessons in the ESV,  '79 BCP Daily Office Lectionary

Scroll down the link above for the daily New Testament lesson


Following the lesson, the Reader may say


Here ends the Reading.


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 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 make your chosen people joyful.

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 first Collect is the Collect of the Week. 



the Collect of the Week

In the link above for Psalms and Scripture, the liturgical week is in the heading above the readings.


A link to the 1979 BCP Weekly Collects (scroll to appropriate Collect)



The second prayer is a weekday collect.

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




A Collect for Strength to Await Christ’s Return (Sunday)

O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week,

you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life:

Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears,

make us bold to praise you and to do your will;

and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for the Renewal of Life (Monday)

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night

and turns the shadow of death into the morning:

Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law,

and guide our feet into the way of peace; that,

having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes,

rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Peace (Tuesday)

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,

to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom:

Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies;

that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries,

through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Grace (Wednesday)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God,

you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day:

Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger;

and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Guidance (Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being:

We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit,

that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you,

but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Endurance (Friday)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,

and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we,

walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Sabbath Rest (Saturday)

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures:

Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,

may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary,

and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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.




Almighty and everlasting God, who alone works great marvels:

Send down upon our clergy and the congregations committed to their charge the life-giving Spirit of your grace,

shower them with the continual dew of your blessing, and ignite in them a zealous love of your Gospel,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth,

and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near:

Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you;

bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh;

and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross

that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace:

So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love,

may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you;

for the honor of your Name. Amen.


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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