Episode 1 in the Fourth Edition

Illustration: Opening page, Gospel of John, late 9th-early 10th C., Athelstan Gospels. Cotton Ms. Tiberius A II, Folio 163r, British Library, London, England.

Episode One in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now available on our new Vimeo channel. The production of the Fourth Edition is part of our continuing celebration of the start of the AIC’s second decade on the Internet. All forty-five episodes will be reissued in revised form during the Church Year 2020-2021 A.D. The image is linked here and from the New Testament page.

The newest episode features revised and expanded content and a new musical theme, All Glory, Laud and Honor, attributed to St. Theodulph (8th C.). The music is played on the church organ by Richard M. S. Irwin and is used with permission. Richard’s wonderful, inspired playing can be heard at https://play.hymnswithoutwords.com. He has made his music accessible to local congregations. I thank Richard for his generosity in permitting its use for this series.

Each new episode will feature material from the new illustrated Gospel books which we are adding to the catalogue of AIC Bookstore Publications. The release of The Gospel of Matthew: Illustrated & Annotated is planned for the first half of A.D. 2021, pending proofreading of the completed text. The book will have 262 pages and 114 illustrations, including 14 images of Matthew, the oldest made in the early 8th C. at Lindisfarne, England.

First Sunday in advent

The old Church Year is nearly over and the new Church Year to be born on Sunday, Nov. 29, the closest Sunday to the Feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30). At the AIC we are marking the new season with a few new development.

Over this weekend, I will move all AIC Videos from the current host site to Vimeo.com. The previous vendor has announced a change in the terms of our contract, giving them the right to “monetize” anything we place on their site. This means, potentially, ads inserted at the start of, in the content of and at the end of videos. I will not allow them to commercialize our education materials. Effective today, I am removing all our content from their site. This may mean that some videos are temporarily unavailable during this transition.

Second, as part of the change nonted above, I will be modifying all existing videos into a new format. The old versions will remain available, to be replaced as each revised version is completed during the Winter A.D. 2020-2021

Third, it appears possible that the Luke volume can be produced sooner than expected. The final version is undergoing design and final proofing. With His grace, we may be able to have the Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated ready before Christmas Day.

Fourth, the Podcast Homilies for all four Sundays in Advent will be linked from the Home page. Also, beginning around, Dec. 15th. the Podcasts and videos for The Great “O” Antiphons series for the final seven days before Christmas, will be linked from the Home Page.

Finally, in the days just before Christmas, I will link the videos and podcasts for Lessons and Carols from Christmas Eve from the Home page. All the above may prove timely given the restrictiosn related to COVID-19.

As always, thank you for your interest, support and prayers.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

Stir-up Sunday

With all the many restrictions caused by the reaction to COVID-19, I worry that visitors to this site might not have access to a service for Sunday next before Advent, also known at Stir Up Sunday. The link to my traditional homily for Sunday next before Advent is linked from the Podcast Homilies page. You can also read or watch the Episode Nine in the AIC Seasonal Video series on Trinity Season.

For an online service for the occasion, you can watch it live or via video replay at http://www.episcopalnet.org, which broadcast from St. Luke Anglican in Sedona, AZ.

In other news, I’ve decided to move all our videos to another vendor. Our current site is introducing new rules that allow them to monetize all content on their site. In order not to inconveniene viewers, I will leave the existing site in place until an arrangement is reached with another vendor. In 2021, I intend to produce a Version 3 of all the New Testament: Gospels series. The new version will have an updated design and cross-references to material in the new illustrated Gospels series.

It is possible, but only slightly, that The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated could be available before Christmas. Everything has to fall into place in exactly the right way for that to happen. Otherwise, publication is scheduled for Epiphany Season.

Finally, I continue to urge site visitors to follow the advice to “turn it off and tune it out.” There are now so many sources available online, including print and electronic newspapers, news channels, opinion channels, and printed material. Christians do not need to let revisionists into their thoughts.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

More books coming

I am pleased to share good news. Progress is being made on the final three books in our illustrated Gospels series. The volume focused on the Gospel of Luke still needs proofreading of the final four chapters. There will be 272 pages with 111 illustrations. I remain hopeful that it can be ready before the end of Epiphany season in 2021.

The volume focused on the Gospel of Matthew is complete but proof-reading cannot begin until the Luke volume has been sent to our printer. There will be 268 pages with 115 illustrations. My target date for publication is before Easter 2021.

The volume focused on the Gospel of Mark is also complete. There will be 186 pages with 86 illustrations. The target date for publication is Whitsunday 2021.

Now that the research and writing stage of the books is complete, I plan to turn to producing more Podcasts on topical issues. Some new equipment will be needed to ensure good sound quality, but all the new microphone/headset combinations created for the COVID shutdown era seem to offer real promise. I will be testing some of them soon.

In this era of rampant anti-Christian activity, the AIC will continue to offer reliable study materials either free or at reasonable prices. Our books offer anyone access to high-quality images and content at afforable rates.

As always, thank you for your interest and support.

The Gospel of john

Gospel of John-Cover-Rev-FrontThe newest AIC Bookstore Publication, The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated, is now available in paperback and Kindle versions.    The book breaks new ground in the display and editing of historic Christian art, with 95 illustrations set in context with the text of John’s unique Gospel using the NKJV translation.   This will be first time modern readers have seen high-resolutions images from some of the best illuminated Bibles ever produced.  The list of Sources at the back of the book offer a short summary of each work with manuscript and image file numbers where available.

I was assisted in this effort by my friend Claudia Yelton, whose input into design, word choice and other creative aspects of the work was invaluable during the last eight months.  Below is her summary on the final version.  I hope you’ll agree that it will be a valuable resource in the library of any tradition-minded Christian.  Books can be purchase through my Amazon Author Central page using the link at the bottom of the home page.

“I “visually proofed” John this morning and I must say, I think it is stunning. I like the visual variety of the different sizes and shapes of the illuminations…. small, medium and large rectangles (horizontally and vertically placed) along with varying sizes of square illustrations. Their placement on the page, being varied, adds to the interest of the manuscript. Additionally, the different sized type also makes the reading more enjoyable. A complete page of the same size type is predictable and boring to the reader, and sometimes daunting.   I’m so proud to have been a small part in the production of this book.  Congratulations on this beautiful work.

I hope to have Volume II in the series, The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustration, ready before the start of Advent season on Nov 29th, A.D. 2020.   The companion volume, The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated,  is in production and should be available before Easter.   The final book in the series, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated is planned for mid-2021.

the ninth hour office

Today I offer another resource for traditional prayer during these stressful times. The Ninth Hour office is customarily read around 3 PM, the hour of death upon the Cross on Good Friday. Each of these offices can be said by anyone, anywhere, and does not require the presence of clergy. When being used with a group, the words in bold types are those said in unison with the leader or in response. The origin of each prayer is noted in the text.

Ninth Hour

The Invocation

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God, to whom be glory and upon us mercy and compassion for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Prayer [Syrian Antiochian 9th Hour Prayer]

O thou who, at the Ninth Hour, for our sake didst taste of death in the flesh: Mortify thou the presumption of our flesh, and save us, O Christ our God.  Amen.

A General Confession

Let us pray

I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my ownmost grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me. The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen.

The Lord’ s Prayer [Luke 11:2-4]

OUR 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.  Amen. 

The First Chapter [1 Thessalonians 4:14]

If we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also that sleep in Jesus shall God bring with Him.

The First Antiphon [Psalm 86:7-10]

In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee; 

For thou hearest me.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; 

There is not one that can do as thou doest.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord; 

And shall glorify thy Name.

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: 

Thou art God alone.

The Second Prayer [Adapted from Liturgy of St. James, 1st C.]

O SOVEREIGN Almighty God, King of Glory, who knowest all things before their creation, redeem us from the shame of our transgressions; cleanse our minds and thoughts from impure desires, from worldly deceit, from all influence of the devil; guard us from everything evil and preserve us for continually pleasing, worshipping, and glorifying Thee, the Father, and Thy only-begotten Son, and thy all-holy Spirit, now and always, unto ages of ages.  Amen.

The Second Antiphon [Psalm 86:1-6]

Bow down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me; 

For I am poor, and in misery.

Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy:

My God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.

Be merciful unto me, O Lord;

For I will call daily upon thee.

Comfort the soul of thy servant;

For unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For thou, Lord, art good and gracious;

And of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer,

And ponder the voice of my humble desires.

The Third Prayer [Sarum Missal, 16th-17th C., England]

O GOD, who hast made the most glorious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, thine only-begotten Son, to be exceeding sweet and supremely lovable to thy faithful servants: Mercifully grant that all who devoutly venerate the name of Jesus on earth may in this life receive thy holy comfort, and in the life to come attain thine unending joy.  Amen.

The Second Chapter [Isaiah 53:6]

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord that laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

The Third Antiphon [Psalm 51:10, 11]

Make me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence,

And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

The Fourth Prayer [Anglican Prayer, Alcuin of York, 8th C.]

O ETERNAL light, shine into my heart; O Eternal Goodness, deliver me from evil; O Eternal Power, be my support; O Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of my ignorance; O Eternal Pity, have mercy upon me; that with all my heart and mind and soul and strength I may seek thy face and be brought by thine infinite mercy to thy holy presence.  Amen.

The Psalm Reading [Psalm 119:129-146]

THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.

130. When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.

131. I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.

132. O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.

133. Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.

134. O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.

135. Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.

136. Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.

RIGHTEOUS art thou, O Lord; * and true are thy judgments.

138. The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.

139. My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140. Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.

141. I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.

142. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.

143. Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.

144. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.

I CALL with my whole heart; * hear me, O Lord; I will keep thy statutes.

146. Yea, even unto thee I do call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

The Third Chapter [Revelation 4:11; 5:13]

WORTHY art thou, Our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for thou didst create all things and by thy will they existed and were created; To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!

The Fourth Antiphon [Adapted from In the Cross of Christ I Glory, 1946]

O holy Jesus, who of thine infinite goodness, 

Didst accept the conversion of a sinner on the Cross

Open thine eyes of mercy upon us, 

When in our last hour we turn to thee for pardon and forgiveness.  

Renew in us all that is decayed by the fraud and malice of the devil or our own carnal will and frailness.  

Consider our contribution and accept our repentance; 

And forasmuch as we put our full trust only in thy mercy,

Impute not unto us our former sins, but strengthen us with thy blessed Spirit

When thou art pleased to take us hence into thy favor,

We beg through thy merits, O Lord, our Saviour and our Redeemer.

The Fifth Prayer [Anglican Prayer, Ninth Hour]

O Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sakes didst tread the paths of death; make known to us  the way of life; that as Thou wast reckoned with the transgressors in Thy death, and with the rich in Thy burial, so we, who are dead in trespasses and sins, may be raised up by Thee to the land of true riches; who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Fifth Antiphon [In the Cross of Christ I Glory, 1946]

O Saviour of the world, who by Thy Cross and precious blood redeemed us;

Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

The Sixth Prayer [Adapted from Eastern Orthodox Prayer of St. Basil the Great, 4th or 5th C.]

O Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, who art long-suffering toward our sins, and who hast led us even to the present hour, who didst hang upon the life-giving Tree and didst make a way unto Paradise for the penitent thief, and by death didst destroy death; Cleanse us sinners and unworthy servants, for we have sinned and have dealt iniquitously toward thee.  Inasmuch as we have departed from the path of thy righteousness, and have walked after the desires of our own hearts, we are not worthy to lift up our eyes and look upon the heights of heaven; Yet we implore of thy boundless goodness: Spare us, O Lord, according to thy multitude of thy mercies, and save us, for thy holy Name’s sake.  Amen.

The Grace (2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ξ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

The Benediction

May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us. Amen. 

Here ends Ninth Hour.  Go in peace and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The complete text of Ninth Hour and the prayers for First, Third and Sixth Hour, plus Vespers and Compline are found in the AIC Bookstore Publication, Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity, which can be purchased on line using the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page. It can also be ordered from bookstores.

A THIRD RESOURCE: NINTH HOUR

From the AIC Bookstore Publications archive I am today posting a third resource which I hope will be helpful to those under stress in these troubled times. The office for Ninth Hour is the third traditional daily office. In Anglican practice, hours were discarded in favor of Morning and Evening Prayer. My version of Ninth Hour has been “Angiicanized” from many ttaditions across the centuries. The office does not require clergy to be present and can be said by anyone, singly or in a group. If a group, the words in bold type are said by all or in response to the leader.

Sixth Hour(12 Noon)

The Invocation

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God, to whom be glory and upon us mercy and compassion for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Prayer [Early Eastern Orthodox Prayer]

Almighty Saviour, who at noonday called Thy servant Saint Paul to be an Apostle to the Gentiles: We pray Thee to illumine the world with the radiance of Thy glory, that all nations may come and worship Thee.  Amen.

A General Confession

Let us pray

 I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me.   The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer [Luke 11:2-4]

OUR 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.  Amen. 

The First Chapter [1 John 4:16]

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. 

The First Antiphon

Incline my heart, O God, unto thy testimonies, (Psalm 119:36a)

And not to covetousness; (Psalm 119:36b)

O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity, (Psalm 119:37a)

And quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37b)

The Second Prayer 

Adapted from Psalm 55:17, 18; 71:1a

AS for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice; in thee will I put my trust.  Amen.

The Second Antiphon

[Adapted from a Prayer of the Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, 17th C. England]

Blessed, praised, celebrated, magnified, exalted, glorified, and hallowed be Thy name, O Lord; 

Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty;

Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints; 

Praise our God, all ye His servants, 

And ye that fear Him, both small and great. 

Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

The Third Prayer [Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Prayer]

Blessed Saviour, who at this hour hung upon the cross for us: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to Thee and be saved; for Thy tender mercies’ sake.  Amen.

The Second Chapter [Jeremiah 17:14]

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.

The Third Antiphon

Lord, be merciful unto me; (Psalm 41:4a)

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee. (Psalm 41:4b)

Thou hast been my succour (Psalm 27:11a)

Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psalm 27:11b)

The Fourth Prayer [Traditional Anglican Prayer]

Keep me this day, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that I may live in thy fear, die in thy favor, and rest in peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and thy Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Psalm [Psalm 119:1-8, 12-16, 33-40]

BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the Lord.

2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart.

3. Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.

4. Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.

5. O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!

6. So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7. I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.

8. I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.

Blessed art thou, O Lord; * O teach me thy statutes.

13. With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.

14. I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.

15. I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.

16. My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.

TEACH me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes, * and I will keep it unto the end.

34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.

35. Make me go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.

36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.

37. O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.

38. O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.

39. Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.

40. Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.

The Third Chapter [Joel 2:12]

Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments, saith the Lord Almighty. 

The Fourth Antiphon [Adapted from Psalm 91:3, 6]


He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter; 

 From the noisome pestilence.

From the pestilence that walketh in darkness;  

 And the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.

The Fifth Prayer {Adapted from Psalm 85]

O LORD, compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and of great mercy, give ear to our prayer and work upon us a sign for good; guide us every day and night in thy way that we may always walk in the light of thy truth; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Fifth Antiphon [Psalm 69:18, 19 LXX]

Turn not away thy face from thy child, for I am afflicted.

Hear me speedily; Draw near unto my soul and deliver me.

The Sixth Prayer [Roman Catholic prayer, Leonine Sacramentary, 5th C.]

O GOD, who hast willed that the gate of mercy should stand open to the faithful: Look on us, and have mercy upon us, we beseech thee; that we who by thy grace are following the path of thy will may continue in the same all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord Ξ.  Amen.

The Grace (2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

The Benediction

May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us. Amen. 

Here ends Sixth Hour.  Go in peace and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The text of Ninth Hour and other traditional hours offices is included in Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions using the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page.

I close with some advice: Ignore the world. I call it “Turn it off and tune it out.” You don’t really need TV or radio or newspapers (such as they are). I ignore the daily clutter and bias and politics by making your own list of favorites linked from your iPad or IPhone, laptop or other smart devices.

God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen! And never forget that He hears your prayers.

Another Resource in Troubled Times – the Third Hour Office

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Today I’m posting another AIC Resource which can be helpful to the faithful in these stressful times.  I find the words of the Third Hour office, especially the Third Prayer, comforting and reassuring.  I hope you will, too.

These offices were developed from prayer books and liturgies of the Church from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions.  The language has been adjusted to make it consistent with Anglican usage.  The sources are shown after each segment.  When used by more than one person, bold type indicates the responses or words said by presenter and participants.  The offices do not require the presence of an ordained person and can be said by anyone, anywhere, anytime that privacy is available.

You can find the text of offices for First Hour, Third Hour, Sixth Hour, Ninth Hour and Compline in the AIC Bookstore Publication, Hear Us, O Lord:  Daily Prayers for the Laity.    The book also includes catena, or selected prayers, based on the Psalms and a selection of “Awesome Prayers” from the early Church.   Like all our books, it is available using the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page.

Third Hour (9:00 AM)

The Invocation

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God, to whom be glory and upon us mercy and compassion for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Prayer

FROM the night season our soul awaketh unto thee, O our God, for thy precepts are a light upon the earth; teach us perfect righteousness and holiness in thy fear; for we glorify thee, our God, who existeth in verity; incline thine ear and hear us; bless thy people and sanctify thine inheritance; Grant peace to thy world; for blessed and glorified is thine all honourable and majestic Name.  Amen.  [Syrian Antiochian Orthodox prayer, 5th or 6th Century]

A General Confession

Let us pray

I confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me. The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer [Luke 11:2-4]

OUR 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.  Amen. 

The First Chapter [Jeremiah 17:14]

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.

The First Antiphon

Lord, be merciful unto me; (Psalm 41:4a)

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee. (Psalm 41:4b)

Thou hast been my succour (Psalm 27:11a)

Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psalm 27:11b)

The Second Prayer

O LORD our God, who has chased the slumber from our eyes, and once more assembled us to lift up our hands unto thee and to praise thy just judgments, accept our prayers and supplications, and give us faith and love.  Bless our coming in and our going out, our thoughts, words, and works, and let us begin this day with the praise of the unspeakable sweetness of thy mercy.  Amen. [Early Byzantine Orthodox prayer]

The Second Antiphon [Syrian Antiochian Orthodox prayer]

Great is the day of Sunday

And blessed is he who keeps it in faith;

Because on it our Lord rose from the grave;

And the nations confessed the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.

Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.

The Third Prayer

CREATOR of the morning, who drove out the darkness and brings light and joy to thy creation; create in us habits of virtue and drive from us all darkness of sin; give us light and joy by the glorious rays of thy grace, O Lord our God, for ever and ever.  Amen [Syrian Jacobite Prayer, 5th Century or earlier]

The Second Chapter [Jeremiah 23:5]

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, And shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

The Third Antiphon

Stir up thy strength, (Psalm 80:2b)

And come and help us. (Psalm 80:2b)

Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts; (Psalm 80:19a)

Show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole. (Psalm 80:19b)

The Fourth Prayer

O LORD our God, whose power is unspeakable, Whose glory is beyond imagining, Whose mercy is measureless; Whose love for men is above words;  look down upon us and thy holy house, O Master, and bestow upon all here present the riches of thy goodness and mercy; for to thee belong all glory, honour, and worship.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen. [Armenian and Russian Orthodox prayer, Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great, 6th Century or earlier]

The Psalm Readings

Psalm 5:1-3, 7-8, 12-13

PONDER my words, O Lord, * consider my meditation.

2. O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God:  * for unto thee will I make my prayer.

3. My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord; * early in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

7. But as for me, in the multitude of thy mercy I will come into thine house; * and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

8. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies; * make thy way plain before my face.

12. And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice: * they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name shall be joyful in thee;

13. For thou, Lord, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous, * and with thy favourable kindness wilt thou defend him as with a shield.

Psalm 54

SAVE me, O God, for thy Name’s sake, * and avenge me in thy strength.

2. Hear my prayer, O God, * and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

3. For strangers are risen up against me; * and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.

4. Behold, God is my helper; * the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: * destroy thou them in thy truth.

6. An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O Lord; * because it is so comfortable.

7. For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; * and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies. 

The Third Chapter [1 John 4:16]

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. 

The Fourth Antiphon

Incline my heart, O God, unto thy testimonies, (Psalm 119:36a)

And not to covetousness; (Psalm 119:36b)

O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity, (Psalm 119:37a)

And quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37b)

The Fifth Prayer

WE give thee hearty thanks, O heavenly Father, for the rest of the last night, and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities for pleasing thee.  Grant that we may pass its hours in the perfect freedom of thy service, that at evening we may again give thanks unto thee.  Amen.  [Eastern Orthodox daybreak office, 5th or 6th Century]

The Fifth Antiphon

O thou, O God, save thy servants (Psalm 86:2)

Let my cry come unto thee. (Psalm 102:1)

The Sixth Prayer

GRANT us, O Lord God, the knowledge of thy divine words and fill us with the understanding of thy holy Gospel and the riches of thy divine gifts and the indwelling of thy Holy Spirit; and give us joy to keep thy commandments and accomplish them and fulfill thy will; and to be accounted worthy of the blessings and the mercies that are from thee, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen. [Syrian Jacobite prayer, 5th Century]

The Grace [2 Corinthians 13:14]

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

The Benediction

May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us.  Amen. 

Here endeth Third Hour.  Go in peace and serve the Lord.  

Thanks be to God. 

New Resources for These Troubled Times

Some good news to report this week.  The final version of The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated has been sent to our publisher.  I am awaiting receipt of a final proof copy.  If there are not further delays, the book should be available later in August A.D. 2020.   My proof-reader is working on reviewing the next book in the series, The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated.   She has completed the text and illustrations for the first third of the book.  She is currently working on Chapters 7 through 14. As you can imagine, this step is very time-consuming.   The final version will be a much larger book than the volume focused on John.  My goal is to get the Luke volume in print in time for Advent season.

Meanwhile, a new AIC resource I am making available today is this Blog version of the first of the six “offices” in Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity.   I had hoped to revive the podcast version which was recorded more than 10 years ago by members of my former parish.  These old files are currently unavailable owing to my switch from Windows to the Mac.  I will keep working to retrieve them from the archives.   Meanwhile, here is the text for First Hour, traditionally read at 6 A.M. or local sunrise..  Included in this text is the source of each part of the office.  If you want to use this office at home with family or friends, I have set the words which should be spoken by all and the response lines for the verse and responses in bold italic.  Each office requires about 15 minutes to complete.

First Hour 

The Invocation

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one true God, to whom be glory and upon us mercy and compassion for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Prayer

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ Ξ our Lord. Amen.  [Morning Prayer Collect for Grace, 1928 BCP]

A General Confession

I CONFESS to God the Father Almighty, to His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and to God the Holy Ghost, and before the whole company of heaven, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech God the Father Almighty, His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and God the Holy Ghost, to pity me, and to have mercy upon me. The Almighty and merciful God grant to us pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen. [Adapted from an English form of Compline]

The Lord’s Prayer [Luke 11:2-4]

OUR 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.  Amen.

The First Chapter [1 John 1:7]

IF we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son.

The First Antiphon

O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.

Govern them and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we magnify thee;

And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

[Te Deum laudamus, part 3, 1928 BCP]

The Second Prayer

I THANK thee, O Holy Trinity for this new day. Enlighten the eyes of my understanding, open my ears to receive thy words and teach me thy commandments.  Help me to do thy will, to confess thee from my heart, to extol thine all-holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. [Adapted from an Eastern Orthodox Prayer of St. Basil the Great, 5th or 6th Century]

The Second Antiphon

Thee, God the Father, unbegotten

Thee, the only-begotten Son;

Thee, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter;

One and Holy and Undivided Trinity;

With our whole heart and with our mouth

We confess and praise thee.  To thee be glory for ever.  Amen.

[Sarum Antiphons, 13th to 14th Century England]

The Third Prayer

O MOST holy Trinity, Almighty God, who gives life and vigor to every creature, who sheds light eternal where there is darkness; We offer Thee our hearts, our souls, and our whole being that we may offer perfect praise and love to Thy glorious Name. Amen.[Roman Catholic Holy Trinity Prayer. Date unknown]

The Second Chapter [Zechariah 8:19]

Love the truth and peace, thus saith the Lord of Hosts.

The Third Antiphon  [Psalm 119:175, 176]

O, let my soul live, and it shall praise thee

And thy judgments shall help me.

I have gone astray like a sheep that was lost;

O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.

The Fourth Prayer

O LORD, grant me to greet the rest of the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of this day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Send down thy Holy Spirit to direct my will and to lead me in my prayer life this day; through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen[Adapted from a Russian Orthodox Morning Prayer, Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, 19th Century]

The Psalm [Psalm 90]

LORD, thou hast been our refuge, * from one generation to another.

2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made, * thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.

3. Thou turnest man to destruction; * again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.

4. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, * and as a watch in the night.

5. As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep; * and fade away suddenly like the grass.

6. In the morning it is green, and groweth up; * but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

7. For we consume away in thy displeasure, * and are afraid of thy wrathful indignation.

8. Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee; * and our secret sins in the sight of thy countenance.

9. For when thou art angry all our days are gone: * we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

10. The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, * yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.

11. But who regardeth the power of thy wrath? * or feareth aright thy indignation?

12. So teach us to number our days, * that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13. Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last, * and be gracious unto thy servants.

14. O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon: * so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15. Comfort us again now after the time that thou last plagued us; * and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.

16. Show thy servants thy work, * and their children thy glory.

17. And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: * O prosper thou the work of our hands upon us; O prosper thou our handy-work.

The Third Chapter [1 Timothy 1:17]

Unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Fourth Antiphon [Psalm 119:1-2, 12-16]

Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way,

And walk in the way of the Lord.

Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,

And seek him with their whole heart

Blessed art thou,  O Lord;

O teach me thy statutes.

With my lips have I been telling,

Of all the judgments of thy mouth.

I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies,

As in all manner of riches.

I will talk of thy commandments,

And have respect unto thy ways.

My delight shall be in thy statutes,

And I will not forget thy word.

The Fifth Prayer

WE give thee thanks, O Lord our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for all thy goodness at all times and in all places, because thou hast shielded, rescued, and guided us all the days of our lives and brought us to this morning hour, permitting us again to stand before thee and implore forgiveness for our sins.  We pray and beseech thee, merciful God, to grant in thy goodness that we may spend this day and all the time of our lives without sin, in fulness of joy, health, safety, holiness and reverence of thee; Drive away from us all envy, fear, temptation, the influence of Satan, and the snares of wicked men.  Amen. [Adapted from the Liturgy of St. Mark the Apostle, 1st Century]

The Fifth Antiphon [Psalm 51:9-12]

Turn thy face from my sins, 

And put out all my misdeeds.

Make me a clean heart, O God, 

And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence, 

And take not thy holy Spirit from me.

O give me the comfort of thy help again, 

And stablish me with thy free Spirit.

The Sixth Prayer

O GOD, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the darkness, and turnest the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep thy law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks.  Amen. [Family Prayer, 1928 BCP]

The Grace [2 Corinthians 13:14]

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

 

The full text of all the offices is available in Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity, available using the Virtual Bookstore link on each page.

 

Livestreaming Holy Communion for Whitsunday/Pentecost A.D. 2020 – May 31st

Whitsunday-Pentecost 2020

Please respond or say with Minister all the words in Bold
The people always say the Amen.
Page numbers are from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer

The Collect for Purity Page 67

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Decalogue  Page 68

GOD spake these words, and said:
I am the Lord thy God; Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.  

II.  Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them;.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

III.  Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain;
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

IV.  Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

V.  Honour thy father and thy mother;
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

VI.  Thou shalt do no murder.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

VII.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

VIII.  Thou shalt not steal.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

IX.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

X.  Thou shalt not covet
Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.

The Kyrie  Page 70

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Prayer of Sanctification  Page 70

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Salutation  Page 70

  The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

The Collect for Pentecost/Whitsunday  Page 180

O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the units of the same Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

The Old Testament Lesson Page xxiv

The Old Testament lesson is written in the 2nd Chapter of Joel, beginning at the 28th verse.

AND it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. .

Here endeth the Old Testament lesson.

The Psalm Reading Page xxiv
The Psalm appointed for this day is Psalm 145.  Please respond with the half verse.

Psalm 145 Page 520
Exaltabo te, Deus.

I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; * and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
2. Every day will I give thanks unto thee: * and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
3. Great is the Lord, and marvellous worthy to be praised; * there is no end of his greatness.
4. One generation shall praise thy works unto another, * and declare thy power.
5. As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, * thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
6. So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; * and I will also tell of thy greatness.
7. The memorial of thine adundant kindness shall be showed; * and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
8. The Lord is gracious and merciful; * long-suffering and of great goodness.
9. The Lord is loving unto every man; * and his mercy is over all his works.
10. All thy works praise thee, O Lord; * and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
11. They show the glory of thy kingdom, * and talk of thy power.
12. That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, * might be known unto men.
13. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, * and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
14. The Lord upholdeth all such as fall, * and lifteth up all those that are down.
15. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; * and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16. Thou openest thine hand, * and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, * and holy in all his works.
18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him; * yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
19. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; * he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
20. The Lord preserveth all them that love him; * but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
21. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; * and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever. 

The Gloria Patri Page 9

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle Page 179

The “For the Epistle” reading is written in the 2nd Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, beginning at the 1st verse.

WHEN the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Here endeth the Epistle

The Gospel Page 181

The Holy Gospel is written in the 14th Chapter of the
Gospel of St. John, beginning at the 15th verse.

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

JESUS said unto his disciples, If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.

Praise be to thee, O Christ.

The Nicene Creed  Page 70

I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father:  And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.  

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: 

And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church:  I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins:  And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come.  Amen.

Announcements
Commentary on the Sunday Readings

The Prayer for Christ’s Church Page 74

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; We humbly beseech thee most mercifully to accept our [alms and] oblations, and to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: And grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.

We beseech thee also, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Christian Rulers, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue.

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and other Ministers, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

And to all thy People give thy heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service, and to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.  Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.  Amen.

Invitation to Holy Communion Page 75

YE who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.

The General Confession Page 75

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things,  Judge of all men;  We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Pardon & Absolution Page 76

ALMIGHTY 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 you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Comfortable Words Page 76

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him.

COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.  St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins.  1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

The Sursum Corda Page 76

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
It is meet and right so to do. 

The Proper Preface/Preface Completed  Pages 77

IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God. 

THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, lighting upon the disciples, to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

The Sanctus Page 77

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory:
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.  Amen.

The Canon of the Mass Page 80

ALL glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again:  For in the night in which he was betrayed, (a) he took Bread; and when he had given thanks, (b) he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, (c) this is my Body, which is given for you; Do this in remembrance of me.  Likewise, after supper, (d) he took the Cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for (e) this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins; Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. 

WHEREFORE, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

AND we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

AND we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.  And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him. And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer Page 82

And now, as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

OUR 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, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Prayer of Humble Access  Page 82

WE do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table.  But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.  Amen.

The Agnus Dei Page 82

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
grant us thy peace.

Words of Administration of the Elements Page 82

THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life.  Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.

THE Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s Blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.

Prayers for Those Unable to
Receive the Sacraments by Reason of
Law or Regulations

Dedication of Soul & Body to God’s Service  Page 588

SINCE it is of thy mercy, O gracious Father, that another day is added to our lives; We here dedicate both our souls and bodies to thee and thy service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life: in which resolution, do thou, O merciful God, confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Prayer for Grace to Enable Us to
Perform that Resolution  Page 588

BUT, O God, who knowest the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet with; We humbly beseech thee to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of thy Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and incited to our duty.  Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of thy judgments, and such a grateful sense of thy goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend thee.  And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions to him whom thou hast appointed the Judge of the quick and dead, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

The Prayer of Thanksgiving Page 83

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of his most precious death and passion. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Gloria in excelsis Page 84

GLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee,
We glorify thee,
We give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
have mercy upon us. 

For thou only art holy;
Thou only art the Lord;
Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
Art most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

The Blessing Page 84

THE Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord:  And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Go in peace and serve the Lord.

  • Now that services have resumed — or are about to resume in many localities — this will be the last of our Sunday livestreaming programs.  It is not the mission of the AIC to be an alternative to attendance at a local parish.  We have offered these live broadcasts so  that anyone who wished to hear an actual liturgy of Holy Communion using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer during the period of lock-downs as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic could do so.   We thank you for your interest and support.  In the coming months, we will make available four new books, an Annotated & Illustrated 4-color paperback edition of the Gospels.  The volume on the Gospel of John will be first, followed by volumes on Luke, Matthew and Mark.  These will be available through local bookstores and through the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home page at http://www.AnglicanInternetChurch.net.

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