A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 8/3/2021

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T0530x

Morning Prayer for Invention of St Stephen, Protomartyr

Tuesday after the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

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Opening Sentence

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm xix. 14.

Opening Versicles & Invitatory

℣. O Lord, open thou our lips.
℟. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
℣. O God, make speed to save us.
℟. O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

℣. Praise ye the Lord.
℟. The Lord's Name be praised.

Venite, exaltemus Domino Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13

Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation

O COME, let us sing unto the Lord; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation

For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, * and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it, * and his hands prepared the dry land.

In the strength of our salvation

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 the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, * and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples with his truth.

In the strength of our salvation

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 heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

PSALM 15. Domine, quis habitabit?

  LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle:
or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
2   Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life:
and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
3   He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour:
and hath not slandered his neighbour.
4   He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes:
and maketh much of them that fear the LORD.
5   He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not:
though it were to his own hindrance.
6   He that hath not given his money upon usury:
nor taken reward against the innocent.
7   Whoso doeth these things:
shall never fall.

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.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

PSALM 16. Conserva me, Domine

  PRESERVE me, O God:
for in thee have I put my trust.
2   O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD:
Thou art my God; my goods are nothing unto thee.
3   All my delight is upon the saints that are in the earth:
and upon such as excel in virtue.
4   But they that run after another god:
shall have great trouble.
5   Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer:
neither make mention of their names within my lips.
6   The LORD himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup:
thou shalt maintain my lot.
7   The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground:
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
8   I will thank the LORD for giving me warning:
my reins also chasten me in the night season.
9   I have set God alway before me:
for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
10   Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
11   For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell:
neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
12   Thou shalt show me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy:
and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

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.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

If any man serve me, † let him follow me; * and where I am, there shall also my servant be.

PSALM 17. Exaudi, Domine

  HEAR the right, O LORD, consider my complaint:
and hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
2   Let my sentence come forth from thy presence:
and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.
3   Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me:
for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
4   Because of men's works that are done against the words of thy lips:
I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.
5   O hold thou up my goings in thy paths:
that my footsteps slip not.
6   I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me:
incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
7   Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee:
from such as resist thy right hand.
8   Keep me as the apple of an eye:
hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
9   From the ungodly, that trouble me:
mine enemies compass me round about, to take away my soul.
10   They are inclosed in their own fat:
and their mouth speaketh proud things.
11   They lie waiting in our way on every side:
turning their eyes down to the ground;
12   Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey:
and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.
13   Up, LORD, disappoint him, and cast him down:
deliver my soul from the ungodly, which is a sword of thine;
14   From the men of thy hand, O LORD, from the men, I say, and from the evil world:
which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
15   They have children at their desire:
and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
16   But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness:
and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.

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.

If any man serve me, † let him follow me; * and where I am, there shall also my servant be.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

PSALM 17. Exaudi, Domine

  HEAR the right, O LORD, consider my complaint:
and hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
2   Let my sentence come forth from thy presence:
and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.
3   Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me:
for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
4   Because of men's works that are done against the words of thy lips:
I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.
5   O hold thou up my goings in thy paths:
that my footsteps slip not.
6   I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me:
incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
7   Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee:
from such as resist thy right hand.
8   Keep me as the apple of an eye:
hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
9   From the ungodly, that trouble me:
mine enemies compass me round about, to take away my soul.
10   They are inclosed in their own fat:
and their mouth speaketh proud things.
11   They lie waiting in our way on every side:
turning their eyes down to the ground;
12   Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey:
and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.
13   Up, LORD, disappoint him, and cast him down:
deliver my soul from the ungodly, which is a sword of thine;
14   From the men of thy hand, O LORD, from the men, I say, and from the evil world:
which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
15   They have children at their desire:
and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
16   But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness:
and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.

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.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 41st verse of the 9th Chapter of Judges

And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech. And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and smote them. And Abimelech, and the company that was with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields, and slew them. And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt. And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith. And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done. And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women. Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it. But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower. And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire. And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull. Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A women slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place. Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren: And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Here beginneth the 14th verse of the 2nd Chapter of Ruth

And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed. And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz. And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

First Canticle

Appointed Canticle    Te Deum    Benedicite

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

The Song of Tobit Magnus es, Domine
Tobit 13:1-7

Blessed be God that liveth for ever, * and blessed be his kingdom.
For he doth scourge, and hath mercy: † he leadeth down to hell, and bringeth up again: * neither is there any that can avoid his hand.
Confess him before the Gentiles, ye children of Israel: * for he hath scattered us among them.
There declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living: * for he is our Lord, and he is the God our Father for ever.
And he will scourge us for our iniquities, * and will have mercy again, and will gather us out of all nations, among whom he hath scattered us.
If ye turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, † and deal uprightly before him, * then will he turn unto you, and will not hide his face from you.
Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth, and praise the Lord of might, * and extol the everlasting King.
In the land of my captivity do I praise him, * and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation.
O ye sinners, turn and do justice before him: * who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on you?
I will extol my God, * and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in his greatness.

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.

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

We Praise Thee Te Deum laudamus

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
the Father, of an infinite majesty,
thine adorable, true, and only Son,
also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
in glory everlasting.

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

O ALL ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye dews and frosts, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye frost and cold, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye ice and snow, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET the earth bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye wells, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

O LET Israel bless the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord. * praise him and magnify him for ever.

LET us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; * praise him and magnify him for ever.

If any man serve me, † him will my Father honour, * saith the Lord.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 17th Chapter of Matthew

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 10th Chapter of Luke

After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus Luke 1: 68-79

Unto us hath the Lord raised up † an horn of salvation * in the house of his servant David.

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 dayspring 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.

Unto us hath the Lord raised up † an horn of salvation * in the house of his servant David.

The Apostles' Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints:
The Forgiveness of sins:
The Resurrection of the body:
And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

℣. The Lord be with you.
℟. And with thy spirit.
℣. Let us pray.

℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison
℟. Christ, have mercy upon us. or  ℟. Christe eleison
℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison

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.

℣. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
℟. And grant us thy salvation.
℣. O Lord, save the State.
℟. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
℣. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
℟. And make thy chosen people joyful.
℣. O Lord, save thy people.
℟. And bless thine inheritance.
℣. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
℟. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
℣. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
℟. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

We give thee thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to thy Son Jesus Christ, who stands at thy right hand; where he liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Commemoration of Fifth Sunday after Trinity

And Jesus entered † into a ship, and sat down therein, * and taught the people, alleluia.

GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace.

O 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.

A Collect for Grace.

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 our Lord. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii. 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.


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