The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b Confession of Sin
Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Officiant:
Lord, open our lips. People:
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Officiant and People:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen Alleluia Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalm, Venite, or Jubilate
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! The following Antiphon may be sung or said with the Invitatory Psalm
The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come let us adore him.
The Lessons *At the end of the Psalms is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. *After each Lesson the Reader may say Officiant :
The Word of the Lord. Response :
Thanks be to God.
The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. (2)
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (3)
The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (4)
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty.
(5) Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2)
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. (3)
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. (4)
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
(5) For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (6) Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. (7) Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. (8) Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
(9) Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (10) Say among the nations, 'The LORD reigns.' The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. (11) Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; (12) let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
(13) they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.
And it will be said: 'Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.' (15)
For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (16)
I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath of man that I have created. (17)
I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.
(18) I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, (19) creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace, to those far and near,' says the LORD. 'And I will heal them.' (20) But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. (21) There is no peace,' says my God, 'for the wicked.'
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (2)
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3)
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (4)
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
(5) And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: 'My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, (6) because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.'
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. (38)
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.' (39)
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (40)
On hearing his words, some of the people said, 'Surely this man is the Prophet.'
(41) Others said, 'He is the Christ.' Still others asked, 'How can the Christ come from Galilee? (42) Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?' (43) Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. (44) Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
(45) Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, 'Why didn't you bring him in?' (46) No one ever spoke the way this man does,' the guards declared.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.CanticlesCanticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.After the Old Testament a Canticle may be read or Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles can be sung or said after each reading.
16 The Song of Zechariah       Benedictus Dominus Deus
Luke 1: 68-79
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading