The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20 Confession of Sin
Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.or this
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
*A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes 'us' for 'you' and 'our' for 'your.'
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 PsalmOn other Sundays and weekdays
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: 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.
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. (2)
Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. (3)
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. (4)
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
(5) Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created. (6) He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away. (7) Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, (8) lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
(9) you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, (10) wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, (11) kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, (12) young men and maidens, old men and children.
(13) Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. (14) He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. (2)
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. (3)
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. (4)
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.
(5) Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. (6) May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, (7) to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, (8) to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,
(9) to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. (2)
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. (3)
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, (4)
praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,
(5) praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. (6) Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. (4)
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: (5)
Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. (6)
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. (7)
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.'
(8) Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. (9) They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,' declares the LORD. (10) This is what the LORD says: 'When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. (11) For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(12) Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (14) I will be found by you,' declares the LORD, 'and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,' declares the LORD, 'and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. (7)
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (8)
So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. (9)
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.'
(10) After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (11) From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis. (12) From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. (13) On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
(14) One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. (15) When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. 'If you consider me a believer in the Lord,' she said, 'come and stay at my house.' And she persuaded us.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. (2)
He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (3)
Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. (4)
Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
(5) When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' (6) If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. (7) Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. (8) When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.
(9) Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' (10) But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, (11) Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' (12) I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
(17) The seventy-two returned with joy and said, 'Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.' (18) He replied, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (19) I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (20) However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'
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