A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 11/23/2020

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T0L20x

Morning Prayer for Clement, Bishop of Rome, c. 100

Monday after the Sunday Before Advent

Use 1943 LectionaryUse 1928 Lectionary

Opening Sentence

I was glad when they said unto me, We will go into the house of the LORD. Psalm cxxii. 1.

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

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.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord

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.

Let us sing unto the Lord

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.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord

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.

Let us sing unto the Lord

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.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

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

PSALM 110. Dixit Dominus

  THE LORD said unto my Lord:
Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2   The LORD shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion:
be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3   In the day of thy power shall thy people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship:
the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
4   The LORD sware, and will not repent:
Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedech.
5   The Lord upon thy right hand:
shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
6   He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies:
and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
7   He shall drink of the brook in the way:
therefore shall he lift up his head.

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 111. Confitebor tibi

  I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart:
secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
2   The works of the LORD are great:
sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3   His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4   The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works:
that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5   He hath given meat unto them that fear him:
he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6   He hath showed his people the power of his works:
that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7   The works of his hands are verity and judgment:
all his commandments are true.
8   They stand fast for ever and ever:
and are done in truth and equity.
9   He sent redemption unto his people:
he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.

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 112. Beatus vir

  BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD:
he hath great delight in his commandments.
2   His seed shall be mighty upon earth:
the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
3   Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4   Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness:
he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
5   A good man is merciful, and lendeth:
and will guide his words with discretion.
6   For he shall never be moved:
and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
7   He will not be afraid of any evil tidings:
for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.
8   His heart is stablished, and will not shrink:
until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9   He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor:
and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10   The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him:
he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

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.

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

PSALM 113. Laudate, pueri

  PRAISE the LORD, ye servants:
O praise the Name of the LORD.
2   Blessed be the Name of the LORD:
from this time forth for evermore.
3   The LORD'S Name is praised:
from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
4   The LORD is high above all heathen:
and his glory above the heavens.
5   Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath his dwelling so high:
and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth!
6   He taketh up the simple out of the dust:
and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
7   That he may set him with the princes:
even with the princes of his people.
8   He maketh the barren woman to keep house:
and to be a joyful mother of children.

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.

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

PSALM 124. Nisi quia Dominus

  IF the LORD himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say:
if the LORD himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
2   They had swallowed us up quick:
when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.
3   Yea, the waters had drowned us:
and the stream had gone over our soul.
4   The deep waters of the proud:
had gone even over our soul.
5   But praised be the LORD:
who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.
6   Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler:
the snare is broken, and we are delivered.
7   Our help standeth in the Name of the LORD:
who hath made heaven and earth.

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 128. Beati omnes

  BLESSED are all they that fear the LORD:
and walk in his ways.
2   For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands:
O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
3   Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine:
upon the walls of thine house.
4   Thy children like the olive-branches:
round about thy table.
5   Lo, thus shall the man be blessed:
that feareth the LORD.
6   The LORD from out of Sion shall so bless thee:
that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
7   Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children:
and peace upon Israel.

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.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 44th Chapter of Ecclesiasticus

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us. The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning. Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies: Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions: Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing: Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations: All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times. There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported. And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them. But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten. With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant. Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes. Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out. Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore. The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.

Here beginneth the 13th verse of the 1st Chapter of Joel

Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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 David Benedictus es, Domine
1 Chronicles 29:10-13

Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel * our father, for ever and ever.
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, † and the victory, and the majesty: * for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, * and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee, * and thou reignest over all;
And in thine hand is power and might; * and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

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 1st Chapter of Revelation

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 1st Chapter of 2 Peter

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

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

Blessed be † the Lord God of Israel* for he hath visited and redeemed his people.

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.

Blessed be † the Lord God of Israel* for he hath visited and redeemed his people.

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

Almighty God, who didst choose thy servant Clement of Rome to recall the Church in Corinth to obedience and stability: Grant that thy Church may be grounded and settled in thy truth by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; reveal to it what is not yet known; fill up what is lacking; confirm what has already been revealed; and keep it blameless in thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Commemoration of Sunday Before Advent

STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of Felicitas, Priest and Martyr

He that hateth his life * in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy martyr Felicitas triumphed over suffering and was faithful even unto death: Grant us, who now remember him with thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to thee in this world, that we may receive with him the crown of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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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