Morning Prayer


At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow unless proper Sentences are provided. And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences. 

TO the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Daniel ix. 9, 10.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Dual Prayer with an audible voice; the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

HAIL, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners; Now, and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Then likewise he shall say,

Priest.O Lord, open thou our lips.
Answer.And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Priest.O God, make speed to save us.
Answer.O Lord, make haste to help us.

Here, all standing up, the Priest 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. Amen.
Priest. Praise be to thee, O Lord.
Answer. King of eternal glory.

Then shall be said or sung the Venite Psalm and the Invitatory following: Except on Easter Day, upon which another Anthem is appointed: and on the nineteenth day of every month it is not to be read here, but in the ordinary course of the Psalms.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Psalm 95.
Veníte, exsultémus Dómino

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: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God; and a great King above all gods:  for the Lord will not cast off his people:  in his hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also.

Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

The sea is his and he made it; and his hands prepared the dry land.  (All genuflect) O come, let us worship and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker: for he is the Lord our God; and we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Today if ye 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 tempted me, proved me, and saw my works.

Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

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:  unto whom I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

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.

Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: * Let us shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Then shall follow the Psalms in order as they be appointed. And at the end of every Psalm throughout the year, and likewise in the end of Benedicite, Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, shall be repeated, 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. Amen.

Antiphon. The Lord hath chosen Sion.

Psalm 131

A song of ascents

LORD, remember David: and all his trouble;

How he sware unto the Lord: and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;

I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb up into my bed;

I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to slumber: neither the temples of my head to take any rest;

Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord: an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata: and found it in the wood.

We will go into his tabernacle: and fall low on our knees before his footstool.

Arise, O Lord, into thy resting-place: thou, and the ark of thy strength.

Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness: and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.

For thy servant David’s sake: turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.

The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David: and he shall not shrink from it;

Of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy seat.

If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them: their children also shall sit upon thy seat for evermore.

For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself: he hath longed for her.

This shall be my rest for ever: here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.

I will bless her victuals with increase: and will satisfy her poor with bread.

I will deck her priests with health: and her saints shall rejoice and sing.

There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.

As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Antiphon. The Lord hath chosen Sion * to be an habitation for himself.

Antiphon. Behold.

Psalm 132

A song of ascents

BEHOLD, how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard: even unto Aaron’s beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.

Like as the dew of Hermon: which fell upon the hill of Sion.

For there the Lord promised his blessing: and life for evermore.

Antiphon. Behold, how good and * joyful a thing it is.

Antiphon. Praise the Lord.

Psalm 133

A song of ascents

BEHOLD now, praise the Lord: all ye servants of the Lord;

Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord: even in the courts of the house of our God.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary: and praise the Lord.

The Lord that made heaven and earth: give thee blessing out of Sion.

Antiphon. Praise the Lord, * all ye his servants.

Antiphon. Whatsoever.

Psalm 134

Alleluia

O PRAISE the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord: praise it, O ye servants of the Lord;

Ye that stand in the house of the Lord: in the courts of the house of our God.

O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.

For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: and Israel for his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great: and that our Lord is above all gods.

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth: and in the sea, and in all deep places.

He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world: and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.

He smote the first-born of Egypt: both of man and beast.

He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt: upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.

He smote divers nations: and slew mighty kings;

Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Basan: and all the kingdoms of Canaan;

And gave their land to be an heritage: even an heritage unto Israel his people.

Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever: so doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.

For the Lord will avenge his people: and be gracious unto his servants.

As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold: the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, but they see not.

They have ears, and yet they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths.

They that make them are like unto them: and so are all they that put their trust in them.

Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel: praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.

Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.

Praised be the Lord out of Sion: who dwelleth at Jerusalem.

Antiphon. Whatsoever * the Lord pleased, that did he.

Then shall be read distinctly with an audible voice the First Lesson, taken out of the Old Testament.

Here beginneth the Book of Genesis.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  The Lord God formed man of the dust of the earth; * And the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life, and he became man, even a living soul.
V.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth; and therein formed he man.
R.  And the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life, and he became man, even a living soul.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R.  And the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life, and he became man, even a living soul.

Priest. The Lord is high above all people.
Answer. And his glory above the heavens.

Antiphon.    O praise ye.

Psalm 148

Alleluia. A psalm of Aggæus and Zacharias

O PRAISE the Lord of heaven: praise him in the height.

Praise him, all ye angels of his: praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.

Praise him, all ye heavens: and ye waters that are above the heavens.

Let them praise the Name of the Lord: for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.

He hath made them fast for ever and ever: he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.

Praise the Lord upon earth: ye dragons, and all deeps;

Fire and hail, snow and vapours: wind and storm, fulfilling his word;

Mountains and all hills: fruitful trees and all cedars;

Beasts and all cattle: worms and feathered fowls;

Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of the world;

Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the Lord: for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.

He shalt exalt the horn of his people; all his saints shall praise him: even the children of Israel, even the people the serveth him.

Antiphon.    O praise ye the Lord from the heavens.

The Lesson is taken from The Handbook, by St. Augustine the Bishop.

The Lord had foretold that if man should sin, he would bring upon himself the penalty of death.  Thus it was that, albeit God endowed man with free-will, he asserted his dominion over him by urging on him the danger of self-destruction through sin.  And so God placed him in that happy Garden (as it were, in a sheltered nook of life), whence he might have attained unto an even better life, if he had remained righteous.  But this first man sinned, and was therefore driven out of his paradise.  And by his sin, he infected all his offspring with the disease of sin, since he himself (their source), was poisoned therewith; whereby he brought upon all mankind the very sentence of death and damnation which he had earned for himself.  So it is that all who descend by fleshly generation from Adam and his wife Eve (which latter had urged him to sin, and therefore shared in the sentence passed upon him), inherit original sin; whereby we are drawn on, through divers errors and sorrows, toward the final ruin that fallen man doth share with the fallen angels, which same are our corrupters, masters, and partakers in this doom.

By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.  In this sentence, by the word World the Apostle signifieth all mankind.  Thus then did the matter stand―All of doomed humanity lay in misery, (or rather was blundering on, and plunging from bad to worse), together with that part of the Angels which had sinned, until both together should suffer the condign punishment of their vile treason.

For whatever, through blind and unbridled concupiscence, is willingly done by wicked men, and whatever such men suffer unwillingly in the way of secret or manifest pains, must evidently appertain to the wrath of God.  And yet the goodness of the Creator did not cease to minister even to the evil angels both life and strength, for if this ministration were withdrawn they would cease to be, and in the case of mankind, although each of us is sprung from a corrupt and doomed stock, God doth not cease to give form and life to our offspring; and he continueth to fashion each one’s parts and members throughout the various periods of life, and that in all the various races of the earth; yea, he doth ever quicken our senses, and provide us with sustenance.  For he judged it better to bring good out of evil things than to allow no evil things to exist.

V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he took one of his ribs: * Whereof he built another being, whom he brought unto the man to see what he would call her: * And he called her name Woman, because she was taken out of man.
V.  And while he slept he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.
R.  Whereof he built another being, whom he brought unto the man to see what he would call her.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R.  And he called her name Woman, because she was taken out of man.

Antiphon.  The kingdom of heaven.

Benedictus

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel : for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us : in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets : which have been since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies : and from the hand of all that hate us.
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers : and to remember his holy Covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham : that he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies : might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him : all the days of our life.
And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest : for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people : for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God : whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in 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 Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Antiphon.  The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder: which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard, saith the Lord.

The Lesson is taken from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time: Jesus spake this parable unto his disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.  And so on, and that which followeth.

A Homily by St. Gregory the Pope.

We hear that the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning, to hire labourers into his vineyard.  Who indeed is more justly to be likened to an householder than our Maker, who is the head of the household of faith, bearing rule over them whom he hath made, and being Master of his chosen ones in the world, as a Master over those that are in his house?  He it is that hath the Church for a vineyard, a vineyard that ceaseth not to bring forth branches of the True Vine, from righteous Abel to the last of the elect that shall be born into the world.

This householder, then, for the cultivation of his vineyard, goeth out early in the morning, and at the third hour, and the sixth hour, and the ninth hour, and the eleventh hour, to hire labourers into his vineyard.  Thus the Lord, from the beginning to the end of the world, ceaseth not to gather together preachers for the instruction of his faithful people.  The early morning of the world was from Adam until Noah; the third hour from Noah until Abraham; the sixth hour from Abraham until Moses; the ninth hour from Moses until the coming of the Lord; the eleventh hour from the coming of the Lord until the end of the world.  At this eleventh hour are sent forth as preachers, the Holy Apostles, who have received full wages, albeit they be come in late.

V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  Where is Abel thy brother? said the Lord unto Cain.  I know not, Lord.  Am I my brother’s keeper?  And the Lord said unto him: What hast thou done? * Behold, the voice of thy brother Abel’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
V.  And now thou art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.
R.  Behold, the voice of thy brother Abel’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R.  Behold, the voice of thy brother Abel’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
PriestLet us pray.

O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name.  Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Commemoration of  St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor.

Antiphon.  Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

V.  The Lord guided the righteous in right paths.
R.  And shewed him the kingdom of God.

Let us pray.
O God, who for an ensample of thy charity didst thyself teach blessed Peter  to enrich thy Church with a new offspring, to redeem the faithful from captivity: grant, we pray thee; that by his intercession, we, being delivered from the bondage of our sins, may rejoice in the freedom of our heavenly country.

Commemoration of the Second Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr.

Antiphon.  Lo, what I desired I now see; what I did hope for I now possess; now am I united in heaven to him whom I loved with my whole heart upon earth.

V.  The Lord guided the righteous in right paths.
R.  And shewed him the kingdom of God.

Let us pray.
O God, who makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed Agnes thy Virgin and Martyr: grant, we beseech thee; that, as we do venerate her in our outward office, so we may follow the example of her godly conversation.  Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who  liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Let us pray.

The Second Collect, for Peace.

GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Grace.

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 may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Priest.  Bless we the Lord.
Answer.  Thanks be to God.

Priest.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Answer.  Amen.

Priest. May help divine be with us all, for ever abiding.
Answer.  Amen.

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.

Here endeth the Order of Morning Prayer throughout the Year.