A must read for families

This article from The North American Anglican, a special from one of the contributors to The Homely Hours, is an absolute must-read for those interested in family devotions.

First Office of Instruction Audio and ACGS – Pelham Podcast Availability

As the new Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd – Pelham, AL podcast is added to more apps, please check the website to see where you can download. We are still hoping it will be available on iTunes soon but it is currently available on seven different apps: https://www.goodshepherdacna.com/podcast.

Also, we recorded the First Office of Instruction from the 2003 REC Book of Common Prayer as a service and plan on doing the Second Office soon.  The REC BCP version is spot on with the 1928 BCP except for a few very minor additions, namely breaking up the Ten Commandments into more questions. The responses remain the same.  We hope to record more parts of the classic prayer book, especially the 1662 Catechism and the 1928 American Family Prayer Offices to assist families with their devotional life.

Great Article on Family Prayer and an Announcement

The Rev. Dcn. Parker has authored a brilliant article on utilizing the full version of the daily offices but in an abbreviated manner (as allowed by the rubrics) to better facilitate family prayer.

The readers of this blog will recall my focus on using the Catechism, Family Prayer, 39 Articles, and other sections of the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books to facilitate family devotions.  As Dcn. Parker points out, Bishop Edmund Gibson authored a booklet of family devotions that were minimally adopted in creating the Family Prayer Offices in the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books.  These offices are greatly abbreviated and lack liturgical responses that would be more engaging for the family.  However, the abbreviated version of the full daily offices Dcn. Parker writes about do include responses that are more engaging for the entire family (or church small group for that matter).

I fully endorse and strongly recommend families use the abbreviated office that Dcn. Parker references in his article.  He is to be commended for “doing the math” and condensing the office (as allowed by the Prayer Book) into a shorter form and publishing this office for the church to use within their home.  A copy of the condensed office may be found at the bottom of the article at The North American Anglican or here.

Speaking of Bishop Edmund Gibson and his work, Family Devotion; or an Exhortation to Morning and Evening Prayers in Families, I have submitted for publication a book that takes the abbreviated daily offices and prayers from Bishop Gibson’s work and “updated” the language and spelling so the contemporary church will have his work again for family use.  Bishop Gibson’s booklet included several prayers not included in the Family Prayer Offices published in the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books.  Additionally, since the ACNA 2019 Proposed Book of Common Prayer will only include an abbreviated form of Family Prayer based on the 1979 Episcopal Prayer Book, my work will hopefully serve as a supplement.

But wait, that’s not all!” Also included in my book will be the Godly Prayers originally attached to the 1559 and later editions of the classic Books of Common Prayer, but not formally considered a part of the Prayer Book.  I have also edited the language and spelling as needed and hope it will prove a useful resource for families, small groups, individuals, and the church at large.

Finally, I have edited and enlarged much of my work on this blog to serve as a bit of a “how to” guide in starting family prayer.  Hopefully, it will prove to be of some use, but the real gems are the two works on prayer that are being edited and republished.  More details on a publication date will be posted later.

Nov. 1 Deadline for Daily Office and Holy Eucharist Feedback

This is in follow-up to my recent post encouraging ACNA clergy and laity to ask the ACNA Liturgy Task Force to place “miserable offenders” back into the Daily Office General Confession.  I submitted my post and a brief email to the ACNA Liturgy Task Force and, understandably, received an automatic-reply.  I will republish this automatic response below but I want to highlight two aspects of the reply, namely the scope of review for the Task Force and the upcoming deadline to submit feedback.

First, in the words of the Liturgy Task Force, “[t]he Daily Office and Holy Eucharist are in a ‘final’ form” but they are still considering feedback received prior to November 1, 2018.  Therefore, please submit your feedback (such as including a more expansive Daily Office for Family Prayer and re-inserting “miserable offenders” in the General Confession) as soon as possible.

Second, when submitting feedback, make sure it is “in discreet, focused comments or simple bullet-point proposals on certain words and phrases within a rite.”  In other words, keep it short and sweet! The more feedback that is received on targeted changes, such as adding “miserable offenders” to the Daily Office General Confession, the greater the likelihood these changes will be made.

Although there is a Nov. 1st deadline for feedback regarding the Daily Office and Eucharist liturgies, please note that feedback and comments regarding “the Initiatory (Baptism and Confirmation) and Pastoral Rites (Holy Matrimony, Thanksgiving for a Child, Healing, Time of Death and Burial)” are due August 6th according to the ACNA website.

Remember, to send feedback to the ACNA Liturgy Task Force, please email them at liturgytaskforce@anglicanchurch.net.

Below is the automatic-reply from the Task Force:

Hello!

This is an automatic reply, but, my name is Ben Jefferies, and I am the secretary to the Liturgy Task Force.

Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback on the ACNA liturgies; it is most welcome!

Feedback on all of the rites appearing in the Book of Common Prayer (2019) is appreciated, and all feedback will be considered by the Liturgy Task Force throughout the revision process that concludes at the end of this year.

The Daily Office and Holy Eucharist are in a “final” form, and the deadline for feedback has officially passed. However, in order to make the newly approved “final” rites as good, true to principle, and useful as they can be, the Liturgy Task Force will still consider focused feedback received between now and Nov 1, 2018.

Because all rites have preliminary approval of the College of Bishops, feedback in essay form and requests for global re-consideration can no longer be accepted.  Please offer feedback in discreet, focused comments or  simple bullet-point proposals on certain words and phrases within a rite.

May God bless you for your concern and love for his Church,

Ben+

Miserably offended by “miserable offenders”

Professor Samuel L. Bray recently highlighted in his article, “‘And (Apart From Your Grace) There is No Health In Us’ Weighing the merits of a liturgical revision“, that the proposed ACNA Book of Common Prayer has qualified the classical prayer book phrase “there is no health in us” in the daily office General Confession.  I commend his well-researched article to everyone and hope the ACNA Liturgy Task Force will heed his advise and simply retain the clause “And there is no health in us” without qualification.

Today I write regarding a different clause that has been excluded altogether from the same General Confession found in the order for both morning and evening prayer.  The (in)famous clause, “miserable offenders,” follows directly after the line “And there is no health in us” in the classical prayer book.  However, in the proposed ACNA daily office General Confession, the line simply says “O Lord, have mercy upon us.”  It omits the following clause, “miserable offenders” and follows the language (or lack thereof) found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Rite One General Confession.

This omission is in need of correction. I applaud the ACNA Liturgy Task Force in restoring, albeit with qualification, the line “there is no health in us” but suggest they also restore the full language of the clause following it: “O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.”  The term “miserable offenders” identifies humanity for precisely what we are and explains why we are asking for mercy from the Creator.

Additionally, no less a luminary than C.S. Lewis cautioned against the liturgical revisionism in his day and urged the retention of the very same clause in his essay, “‘Miserable Offenders’ An Interpretation of Prayer Book Language.”  In the words of the immortal Lewis:

ONE of the advantages of having a written and printed service, is that it enables you to see when people’s feelings and thoughts have changed. When people begin to find the words of our service difficult to join in, that is of course a sign that we do not feel about those things exactly as our ancestors. Many people have, as their immediate reaction to that situation the simple remedy — “Well, change the words” — which would be very sensible if you knew that we are right and our ancestors were wrong. It is always at least worth while to find out who it is that is wrong.

This brief essay is a must read for laity and liturgists alike.  “Modernizing” language or omitting language that is offensive to the modern mind also results in changing the theology of the Church’s rule of prayer.  The use of the term “miserable offenders” in the context of asking the Lord to have mercy upon us strikes home the fact that there is truly “no health in us” and, as Lewis explains, we are miserable as we are to be pitied for the state of affairs we find ourselves. This is exactly why we are asking for the Lord’s mercy.

Indeed, after this cry for mercy upon miserable offenders such as ourselves, the General Confession turns to asking God to forgive those who are penitent.  The confession ends with a request that we may repent and then turn to the Lord for restoration and assistance in living “a godly, righteous, and sober life” to glorify His holy Name.  But unless we realize the depths of our sinfulness, how can we truly ask for repentance and restoration?  It is precisely because we are miserable offenders without any health in us that we need repentance in the first place.  Furthermore, because of where we find ourselves, we are in desperate need for the Lord’s help in turning towards a godly, righteous, and sober life.

If you agree with restoring “miserable offenders” to the daily office general confession then please contact the ACNA Liturgy Task Force immediately at liturgytaskforce@anglicanchurch.net as they are quickly closing the time period for further comments and edits to the proposed ACNA 2019 BCP.

Updated Daily Offices for Family Prayer Submission to ACNA Liturgy Task Force

The following is an updated and slightly revised submission to the ACNA Liturgy Task Force.  If you think it should be added as an alternate to the current proposed text (located here) then I encourage you to please share your thoughts with the Liturgy Task Force by emailing them at <liturgytaskforce@anglicanchurch.net>.

Updated Proposal to ACNA Liturgy Task Force for BCP Office for Family Prayer © 2018

FAMILY OFFICE MORNING PRAYER.

The head of the household having called together the Family says the following with all kneeling, with all repeating the Lord’s Prayer:

Let us pray:

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.

Here may follow the Collect for the day.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading of the Psalter, read responsively.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading from the Old and New Testaments.

Acknowledgment of God’s Mercy and Preservation through the Night.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in Whom we live, move, and have our being, and whose mercy is all over Your works: We, your needy creatures, in thanks of Your good Providence over us, give You our humble praises, for our preservation from the beginning of our lives to this day. Blessed be Your holy Name for the continued protection by Your hand, by which we have been and delivered from the dangers of the past night. By You we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day. For your mercies, we bless and magnify your glorious Name; asking you to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for the sake Him who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Dedication of Soul and Body to God’s Service.


Since it is of your mercy gracious Father that another day is added to our lives; We here dedicate both our souls and our bodies to Your service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life. We renounce the devil and all his works, the vanities of this evil world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh; desiring nothing so much as to serve You faithfully all the days of our lives. Sincerely we resolve to improve and may each day become better servants of You and persevere in holiness and righteousness until the end. We ask You merciful God to confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

But God, who know the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the many temptations which we daily meet; We humbly ask You to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of Your Holy Spirit; that we may be restrained from sin, and reminded of our duty to You. When You see us giving into temptation, prevent us from being tempted beyond our ability, and stretch out Your helping hand to save and deliver us.

Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of your judgments, and such a grateful sense of your goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend You. And, above all, remind of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions to Him whom you have appointed the Judge of quick and dead, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Here may follow a hymn, canticle, or the Apostle’s Creed

For Grace to guide and keep us the following Day, and for God’s Blessing

So we may give a good account of this day, give us grace to have You and your law before our eyes, that we may walk in it according to Your will with watchfulness and guarded consideration. We implore Your grace and protection for the ensuing day. Keep us sober and temperate in all things, including food and drink, and diligent in our several callings and vocations which Your Providence has appointed us. Grant us patience under our afflictions and minds always content with our present condition. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceable among our neighbors; full of compassion towards the needy and afflicted; and ready to do good to all, according to our abilities and opportunities. Through walking faithfully before You throughout our days, and being found watchful for our appointed time, we may from a life of righteousness be translated to a life of glory, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

For God’s blessing upon the business of the day

[*Now we are entering upon the business of the stations which Your Providence has placed us, and we truly ask Your blessing this day upon our plans and work ahead. Direct us in all our ways and prosper the works of our hands.] We desire to walk in a constant sense of Your all-seeing Providence, therefore preserve our coming and going throughout this day. Defend us from all dangers and adversities; and be pleased to take us, and all who are dear to us, under your fatherly care and protection. These things, and whatever else You shall see to be necessary and convenient for us, we humbly ask You, through the merits and mediation of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*On Sunday morning, instead of the bracketed text, say:

And now we are going to public worship, therefore we ask you to let Your Holy Spirit accompany us, and make us devout, serious and attentive, raise our minds from the thoughts of this world, to the consideration of the next, that we fervently join in the prayers and praises of Your church, and listen to our duty with honest hearts, in order to practice it. And give us grace to dedicate this day, as You have appointed us, to Your service and the care of our souls. Direct us in all our ways, and guide our feet into Your paths.

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.

 

FAMILY OFFICE EVENING PRAYER.

The head of household with all the Family kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

Let us pray:

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.

Here may follow the Collect for the day.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading of the Psalter, read responsively.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading from the Old and New Testaments.

Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon.

Let us silently confess our sins before Almighty God.

MOST gracious and merciful God, who are of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and has promised mercy and forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; We come before You in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our many transgressions of your righteous laws, in thought, word and deed. We have every day been doing those things which You have forbidden, and leaving undone the things which You have commanded. When we look upon our past lives and remember that You are privy to our most secret sins, we are afraid of Your judgements and are ashamed to lift up our eyes to You.

* But, O gracious Father, who desire not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we ask you to be merciful, in Your Son Jesus Christ, for the merits of His sufferings, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply aware of the great evil of them; and work in us a broken and contrite heart leading to a lamentation of our sins and a hearty repentance; that we may obtain forgiveness at Your hands, Who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

* Here let him who reads make a short pause, that every one may secretly confess the sins and failings of that day.

Prayer for Grace to reform and grow better.

AND prior to our own frailty, or the temptations which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, protect us through the direction and assistance of your Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss within our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or wrongful desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never allow the sun to go down upon our anger; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards you, and towards all: That so our hearts are fit for Your Holy Spirit’s dwelling and whether we wake or sleep, will be under His blessed protection, and have our whole spirit, soul, and body preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Intercession.

Accept O Lord as the testimony of our love and charity, our intercessions for all mankind. Let the light of your Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto Your Church; and grant that every member of the same, in their vocation and ministry, may serve you faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and maintain your true religion and virtue. Send down your blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our family, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble and affliction of mind or body; and do administer to them according to their needs; for the sake of He who went about doing good to the souls and bodies of men, Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

¶ Here may follow a hymn, canticle, or Apostle’s Creed

The Thanksgiving.

TO our prayers, O Lord, we join our sincere thanks for all your mercies; our life, our reason, and all other gifts of soul and body. We thank you Lord for our health, friends, food, clothing, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore Your mercy in sending Your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards You. We bless You for your patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great sins. We bless You for all the directions, assistance, and comforts of Your Holy Spirit; for Your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day. We humbly ask you to continue your blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to Your laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Prayer for God’s Protection through the Night following.

IN particular, we ask you to continue your gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and from fear that we may enjoy refreshing sleep for the duties of the coming day. And grant us grace always to live in such a manner that we may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, we may be Yours through the merits and satisfaction of Your Son Christ Jesus, in whose Name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. 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.

 

A SHORTER FORM OF THE FAMILY DAILY OFFICES: MORNING.

After the reading of a brief portion of Holy Scripture, let the Head of the Household, or some other member of the family, say as follows with all kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, Who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day; please defend us with Your mighty power; and grant that this day we not fall into sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Here may be added any special Prayers.

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.

A SHORTER FORM OF THE FAMILY DAILY OFFICES: EVENING.

After the reading of a brief portion of Holy Scripture, let the Head of the Household, or some other member of the family, say as follows with all kneeling and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

Enlighten our darkness, we beg you O Lord; and by Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Here may be added any special Prayers.

THE Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this night and evermore. Amen.

 AN ORDER FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL MORNING PRAYER

When you rise from bed in the morning, begin.

“I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5.

Almighty and Everlasting God, in Whom I live, move, and have my being, and whose mercy is all over Your works; I give you my humble thanks for the preservation of my life.  I thank You that You have protected me from the perils and dangers of the past night and have given me quiet and comfortable rest and brought me safely to the beginning of this day.  Allow the same good Providence continue to watch over me and preserve my comings and goings, that I may be defended from all dangers, the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Give me grace to act soberly, diligently, honestly, in my vocation, and with duty and submission to those You have set over me; and to desire and endeavor to live in peace and love with my neighbors. Preserve a strict regard to truth and sincerity in all my words and actions and let no fear of punishment or displeasure from men ever make me transgress my duty to You.

To the end may I walk in Your fear this day, and all the days of my life; keep up in my mind a due sense and reverence of Your all-knowing wisdom, and the remembrance of the last day in which I must give a strict account of my thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in my body, be sentenced by Your righteous judgment for eternity. Grant this, O Father, for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, my blessed Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

AN ORDER FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL EVENING PRAYER

Just prior to entering your bed, begin.

Most gracious God, who by Your wise Providence have appointed to Mankind several stations and offices in this life, I acknowledge Your wisdom and goodness in this and all other dispensations; desiring in all things to pay a ready and cheerful submission to Your holy will. To this end, provide me with a spirit of humility, patience, and contentment, as is suitable to the condition in which Your Providence has placed me. Bless me with good health, a comforted mind that I may perform my work with cheerfulness and doing my duty to You, and resting on the gracious promises for a reward of my labor and obedience in this life.

Since, through the frailty of my nature and the numerous temptations which I daily meet, I cannot always stand upright; I pray You to forgive me all transgressions of my duty, whether in thought, word, or deed, and especially forgive the sins and failings of the past day, and enable me through the Holy Spirit to avoid them for the future, and to be ever growing in the graces and virtues of the Christian life, as long as You shall be pleased to continue my life in this world. I thank You for your constant care over me considering the changes of this mortal life, and in particular for Your preservation of me during this past day.  I ask You to continue Your gracious protection to me this night that I may enjoy such quiet and refreshing sleep as may fit me for the duties of the next day.  I ask you for this in the Name, and for the merits of Your Son Jesus Christ, my blessed Savior and Redeemer. Amen. Our Father, which art in heaven; hallowed be thy Name. They kingdom come. They 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 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, forever and ever. Amen.

“I will lie me down in peace, and take my rest, for I is Thou Lord only that makest me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:9.

 

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS

For the Spirit of Prayer.

ALMIGHTY God, who pours out on all who desires the spirit of grace and of supplication; Deliver us, when we draw away to your from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with a diligent mind and heart we may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Morning.

O GOD, the King eternal, who separated the day from the darkness, and turns the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep Your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done Your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night arrives, rejoice to give You thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who alone provided us the breath of life, and alone can keep alive in us the holy desires you do impart; We ask You for your compassion’s sake, to sanctify all our thoughts and endeavors; that we may neither begin an action without a pure intention nor continue it without Your blessing. And grant that, having the eyes of the mind opened to behold things invisible and unseen, we may in heart be inspired by your wisdom, and in work be upheld by Your strength, and in the end be accepted by You as Your faithful servants; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

At Night.

O LORD, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

O GOD, who are the life of mortal men, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead; We thank you for the timely blessings of the day, and humbly supplicate your merciful protection all this night. Bring us, we ask you, in safety to the morning hours; through Him who died for us and rose again, Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday Morning.

O GOD, who makes us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of Your Son our Lord; Provide us this day such a blessing through our worship of your, that the days to come may be spent in Your service; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Quiet Confidence.

O GOD of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; By the might of Your Spirit lift us, we pray to your presence, where we may be still and know that You are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Guidance.

O GOD, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what You would have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in Your light we may see light, and in Your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For Trustfulness.

O MOST loving Father, who wills us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you and who cares for us; Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which You have manifested to us in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O HEAVENLY Father, You understand all Your children; through Your gift of faith we bring our confusion to the light of your wisdom, and receive the blessed encouragement of your sympathy, and a clearer knowledge of your will. Glory be to You for all Your gracious gifts. Amen.

For Joy in God’s Creation.

O HEAVENLY Father, who has filled the world with beauty; Open, we as You, our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of Him by whom all things were made, Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Children.

ALMIGHTY God, heavenly Father, who has blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength so to train them, that they may love whatsoever things are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the Absent.

O GOD, whose fatherly care reaches to the ends of the earth; We humbly ask you graciously to behold and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those We Love.

ALMIGHTY God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come; knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Recovery of a Sick Person.

O MERCIFUL God, giver of life and health; Bless, we pray You that Your servant, [N.], and those who administer to him of your healing gifts; that he may be restored to health of body and of mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For One about to undergo an Operation.

ALMIGHTY God our heavenly Father, we ask You graciously to comfort Your servant in his suffering, and to bless the means made use of for his cure. Fill his heart with confidence, that though he be sometime afraid, he yet may put his trust in Your; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Birthday.

WATCH over Your child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be, keeping him unspotted from the world. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he fall; and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 
 

For an Anniversary of One Departed.

ALMIGHTY God, we remember this day your faithful servant [N.], and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service; that he may rest, with You and Your servants everywhere, in the eternal victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those in Mental Darkness.

O HEAVENLY Father, we ask you to have mercy upon all your children who are living in mental darkness. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Blessing on the Families of the Land.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who places us in families; We place in your continual care the homes in which your people dwell. Put far from them every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh; turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers; and so enkindle fervent love among us all, that we be endued with brotherly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For all Poor, Homeless, and Neglected Folk.

O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let Your fatherly goodness be upon all that You have made. Remember in pity those that are destitute, homeless, or forgotten of their fellow-men. Bless the congregation of your poor. Uplift those who are cast down. Mightily befriend innocent sufferers, and sanctify to them the endurance of their wrongs. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and by your heavenly grace preserve from falling those whose extreme poverty tempts them to sin; Although they be troubled on every side, let them not be distressed and though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of Him, who for our sakes became poor, Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Faithfulness in the Use of this World’s Goods.

ALMIGHTY God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess; Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of Your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A General Intercession.

O GOD, at whose word man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening; Be merciful to all whose duties are difficult or burdensome, and comfort them concerning their toil. Shield from bodily accident and harm the workmen at their work. Protect the efforts of sober and honest industry, and allow not laborers to be defrauded. Incline the heart of employers and of those whom they employ to mutual forbearance, fairness, and goodwill. Give the spirit of governance and of a sound mind to all in places of authority. Bless all those who labor in works of mercy or in schools. Care for all elderly persons, all little children, the sick and the afflicted, and those who travel. Remember all who by reason of weakness are overtasked, or because of poverty are forgotten. Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before You; and according to the greatness of Your power, preserve those that are appointed to die. Give ear unto our prayer, O merciful and gracious Father, for the love of Your dear Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Grace before Meat.

BLESS, O Father, Your gifts to our use and us to your service; for Christ’s sake. Amen.

GIVE us grateful hearts, our Father, for all Your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

An Update on Family Prayer in ACNA’s Proposed Book of Common Prayer

The Liturgy Task Force (LTF) for the ACNA has updated numerous sections of its Texts for Common Prayer as of January 2018.  One proposed text in particular has captured my attention due to this blog’s emphasis on family catechesis and prayer.  Namely, the greatly abbreviated daily office for family prayer.

Previously, I brought attention to how the proposed ACNA daily office for family prayer is substantially lacking in terms of content when compared to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Indeed, I proposed and submitted to the LTF a slightly modernized and complete version of the family prayer daily office that Bishop Gibson originally authored.

My submission appears to have fallen on deaf ears as the only noticeable changes to the ACNA proposal is revising the Psalms and minor formatting.  The changes to the Psalms likely correspond with the LTF’s work on a “Revised Cloverdale Psalter.”  I had hoped that my submission (while rather large when compared to their current proposal) would at least encourage the LTF to expand the family prayer section more in tune to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Although the LTF did not make any movement towards expanding their draft family prayer office, I remain hopeful that the LTF is open to further revision and expansion.

To that extent, the LTF has been very vocal lately in its call for feedback.  If you share my concern that the ACNA proposed family prayer daily office is lacking then I ask that you please contact the LTF at liturgytaskforce@anglicanchurch.net and respectfully ask that they consider using the full work of Bishop Gibson’s family prayers or at least update the version published in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Using the 1928 family prayer offices is a relatively easy route for the LTF to take as the REC 2003 Modern Language BCP has already done the LTF’s work for them by modernizing the text. (See pages 160-167).

Should the LTF decline further revision to the family prayer section of the ACNA BCP, I would like to publish my edited work of Bishop Gibson’s classic.  Please feel free to comment whether you would be interested in such a work.  My present work could be expanded with a guide on how to start a family oratory in the Anglican tradition and concluding with the edited version of Bishop Gibson’s family prayers.

New Anglican Resources

Previously, I dedicated a post to resources to assist Anglicans in their daily prayer, catechesis, and devotional life: Online BCP, Sermon, & Catechesis Resources.  Since then, I have discovered a few additional resources that need to be shared.

For several years I have wished there was an app that would contain the Anglican formularies.  Someone has finally created an app for both iOS and Droid that contains the daily office from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. It is www.anglicanhours.com and the iTunes link is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anglican-hours/id1330286668?ls=1&mt=8 while the Droid link is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anglicanhours.lifeofprayer.

The app developer admits this is a work in progress and is extremely receptive to comments, suggestions, and identifying any bugs. He is to be commended for doing this work of love and I am very grateful to his contribution to making Anglican devotions easily accessible. I’m hopeful he will add the Athanasian Creed, Family Prayer sections from the 1928 BCP, Thirty-Nine Articles, and the Homilies.

Several excellent resources are located on the revamped Reformed Episcopal Church website: http://www.recus.org/resources.html. The Modern Language Edition of REC’s 2003 BCP (which is a slightly updated 1928 with modifications from the 1662) is now available here: http://www.recus.org/documents/ModernLanguageBCP.pdf. Also available is the REC’s Book of Occasional Services: http://www.recus.org/documents/Book-of-Occasional-Services.pdf. Finally, an excellent essay from REC’s Presiding Bishop Ray Sutton, entitled, “A Catechetical Model for Evangelism.” The REC continues to pave the way within the ACNA regarding how liturgical revision can occur and be faithful to the prayer book tradition.  May their tribe increase.

If you are aware of additional resources please feel free to leave a comment or contact me and I will include.

 

An Expanded Family Prayer Daily Office

My prior attempt at drafting a very modest and slightly updated version of the 1928 BCP Family Prayer Office can be found here. After examining the 2003 REC Modern Language rite, which is an update similar to my own proposal (with little, if any meaningful deviations), I was fortunate to have a colleague at The North American Anglican steer me to Bishop Edmund Gibson‘s original Family Prayer devotions, which can be found here and here. A side-by-side comparison of: Bishop Gibson’s Family Prayer devotions, the first three American BCP’s adaptations of those devotions, the 1928 BCP, and the 1979 BCP adaptations can be found here.

Bishop Gibson is an excellent standard the Liturgy Task Force should lean upon. He included a variety of prayers and an excellent preface to his works which should be republished.  My revised version of an updated language Family Prayer section for the proposed ACNA BCP incorporates much more of Bishop Gibson’s original prayers and adds a section regarding individual prayer.

It is interesting that Bishop Gibson took the step to create an individual prayer section since all worship is corporate throughout the BCP. This individual prayer devotion was originally addressed towards servants who were not always allowed inside the family’s worship and were too far away or consumed with their duties to attend distance church services. It is also evident that Bishop Gibson developed these extensive prayers to serve the American frontier, since all Anglican churches in the colonies were under his purview as Bishop of London.

The language Bishop Gibson utilizes is beautiful in both its wording and theological depth.  I prefer not to alter the wording, but since the proposed  ACNA BCP is to be written in contemporary language, I thought that taking a stab at “modernizing” (I hate that word) the Family Prayer devotions for the ACNA Liturgy Task Force’s consideration would be worthwhile.

Family prayer and catechesis within the family is ignored by the average American Christian.  The inclusion of a more extensive Daily Office for Families would help encourage laity to take up their responsibilities to the Lord in raising disciples within the home. It is imperative that ACNA, and every orthodox Anglican and Christian jurisdiction, take up the banner for pressing laity into service by calling them to have home oratories to bolster and strengthen the local parish. Our vocations are not merely limited to our careers but extend to fatherhood and motherhood. Through the Family Prayer Daily Office, parents are continually presenting supplications and blessings to the Lord in prayer and providing examples to their children. A new BCP without the traditional Family Prayer section would be a missed opportunity for ACNA.

Forgive the formatting, it has not translated well from my copy and paste job from Microsoft Word. I will try to reformat and republish as it appears in my Word version.

Updated Proposal to ACNA Liturgy Task Force for BCP Office for Family Prayer

FAMILY OFFICE MORNING PRAYER.

The head of the household having called together the Family says the following with all kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

Let us pray:

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.

Here may follow the Collect for the day.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading from the Old and New Testaments.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading of the Psalter, read responsively.

Acknowledgment of God’s Mercy and Preservation through the Night.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in Whom we live, move, and have our being, and whose mercy is all over Your works: We, your needy creatures, in a thankful sense of Your good Providence over us, give your our humble praises, for your preservation of us from the beginning of our lives to this day. Blessed be Your holy Name for the continued protection by Your hand, by which we have been defended within the changes and changes of this mortal life, and kept safe and delivered from innumerable dangers, and particularly from the dangers of the past night. To Your watchful Providence we wholly owe that regardless our fears and dangers around us, we are brought in safety to the beginning of this day. For your mercies, we bless and magnify your glorious Name; humbly asking you to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for the sake Him who lay down in the grave, and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dedication of Soul and Body to God’s Service.

 

Since it is of your mercy gracious Father that another day is added to our lives; We here dedicate both our souls and our bodies to your service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life. We renounce the devil and all his works, the vanities of this evil world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh; desiring nothing so much as to serve You faithfully all the days of our lives. Sincerely we resolve to improve in the time you are pleased to grant us in this world that we may each day become better servants of You and persevere in holiness and righteousness until the end. We ask you merciful God to confirm and strengthen us; that, as we grow in age, we may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

But God, who know the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the many temptations which we daily meet; We humbly ask You to have compassion on our infirmities, and to give us the constant assistance of your Holy Spirit; that we may be effectually restrained from sin, and incited to our duty. When You see us giving into temptation, prevent us from being tempted beyond our ability, and stretch out Your helping hand to save and deliver us.

Imprint upon our hearts such a dread of your judgments, and such a grateful sense of your goodness to us, as may make us both afraid and ashamed to offend You. And, above all, keep in our minds a lively remembrance of that great day, in which we must give a strict account of our thoughts, words, and actions to Him whom you have appointed the Judge of quick and dead, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Here may follow a hymn, canticle, or the Apostle’s Creed

For Grace to guide and keep us the following Day, and for God’s Blessing

So we may give a good account of this day, give us grace to have You and your law before our eyes, that we may walk in it according to Your will with watchfulness and guarded consideration. We implore Your grace and protection for the ensuing day. Keep us sober and temperate in all things, including food and drink, and diligent in our several callings and professions which Your Providence has appointed us. Grant us patience under our afflictions and minds always contented with our present condition You see fit to lay upon us. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceable among our neighbors; full of compassion towards the needy and afflicted; and ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and opportunities. Through walking faithfully before You throughout our days, and being found watchful for our appointed time, we may from a life of righteousness be translated to a life of glory, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

For God’s blessing upon the business of the day

[*Now we are entering upon the business of the stations which Your Providence has placed us, and we truly ask Your blessing this day upon our honest plans and work ahead. Direct us in all our ways and prosper the works of our hands.] We desire to walk in a constant sense of Your all-seeing Providence, therefore preserve our coming and going throughout this day. Defend us from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously pleased to take us, and all who are dear to us, under your fatherly care and protection. These things, and whatever else You shall see to be necessary and convenient for us, we humbly ask You, through the merits and mediation of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*On Sunday morning, instead of the bracketed text, say: And now we are going to public worship, therefore we ask you to let Your Holy Spirit accompany us, and make us devout, serious and attentive, raise our minds from the thoughts of this world, to the consideration of the next, that we fervently join in the prayers and praises of Your church, and listen to our duty with honest hearts, in order to practice it. And give us grace to dedicate this day, as You have appointed us, to Your service and the care of our souls. Direct us in all our ways, and guide our feet into Your paths.

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.

 

FAMILY OFFICE EVENING PRAYER.

The head of household with all the Family kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

Let us pray:

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.

Here may follow the Collect for the day.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading from the Old and New Testaments.

¶ Here may follow the Daily Lectionary reading of the Psalter, read responsively.

Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon.

Let us silently confess our sins before Almighty God.

MOST gracious and merciful God, who are of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and has promised mercy and forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; We come before You in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of your righteous laws, in thought, word and deed. We have every day been doing those things which You have forbidden, and leaving undone the things which You have commanded. When we look upon our past lives and remember that You are privy to our most secret sins, we are afraid of Your judgements and are ashamed to lift up our eyes to You.

* But, O gracious Father, who desire not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we ask you to be merciful, in Your Son Jesus Christ, for the merits of His sufferings, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply aware of the great evil of them; and work in us a broken and contrite heart leading to a lamentation of our sins and a hearty repentance; that we may obtain forgiveness at Your hands, Who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

* Here let him who reads make a short pause, that every one may secretly confess the sins and failings of that day.

Prayer for Grace to reform and grow Better.

AND prior to our own frailty, or the temptations which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, protect us through the direction and assistance of your Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or wrongful desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never allow the sun to go down upon our wrath; but may always go to our rest in peace, charity, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards you, and towards men: That so our hearts are fit for Your Holy Spirit’s dwelling and whether we wake or sleep, will be under His blessed protection, and have our whole spirit, soul, and body preserved pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Intercession.

Accept O Lord as the testimony of our love and charity, our intercessions for all mankind. Let the light of your Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto Your Church; and grant that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may serve you faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and maintain your true religion and virtue. Send down your blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our family, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble and affliction of mind or body; and do administer to them according to their needs; for the sake of He who went about doing good to the souls and bodies of men, Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

¶ Here may follow a hymn, canticle, or Apostle’s Creed

The Thanksgiving.

TO our prayers, O Lord, we join our sincere thanks for all your mercies; our life, our reason, and all other gifts of soul and body. We thank you Lord for our health, friends, food, clothing, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore Your mercy in sending Your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards You. We bless You for your patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great sins. We bless You for all the directions, assistance, and comforts of Your Holy Spirit; for Your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day. We humbly ask you to continue your blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to Your laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for God’s Protection through the Night following.

IN particular, we ask you to continue your gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and from fear that we may enjoy refreshing sleep for the duties of the coming day. And grant us grace always to live in such a manner that we may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, we may be Yours through the merits and satisfaction of Your Son Christ Jesus, in whose Name we offer up these our imperfect prayers. 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.

On Sundays, and on other days when it may be convenient, it will be proper to begin with a Chapter, or part of a Chapter, from the New Testament.

 

 

A SHORTER FORM OF THE FAMILY DAILY OFFICES:

MORNING.

After the reading of a brief portion of Holy Scripture, let the Head of the Household, or some other member of the family, say as follows with all kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, Who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day; please defend us with Your mighty power; and grant that this day we not fall into sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Here may be added any special Prayers.

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.

EVENING.

After the reading of a brief portion of Holy Scripture, let the Head of the Household, or some other member of the family, say as follows with all kneeling and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

Enlighten our darkness, we beg you O Lord; and by Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Here may be added any special Prayers.

THE Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this night and evermore. Amen.

AN ORDER FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL MORNING PRAYER

When you rise from bed in the morning, begin.

“I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5.

Almighty and Everlasting God, in Whom I live, move, and have my being, and whose mercy is all over Your works; I give you my humble thanks for the preservation of my life.  I thank You that You have protected me from the perils and dangers of the past night and have given me quiet and comfortable rest and brought me safely to the beginning of this day.  Allow the same good Providence continue to watch over me and preserve my comings and goings, that I may be defended from all dangers, the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Give me grace to act with sobriety, diligence, honesty, in my vocation, and with duty and submission to those You have set over me; and to desire and endeavor to live in peace and love with my neighbors. Preserve a strict regard to truth and sincerity in all my words and actions and let no fear of punishment or displeasure from men ever make me transgress my duty to You.

To the end may I walk in Your fear this day, and all the days of my life; keep up in my mind a due sense and reverence of Your all-knowing wisdom, and the remembrance of the last day in which I must give a strict account of my thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in my body, be sentenced by Your righteous judgment for eternity. Grant this, O Father, for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, my blessed Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

AN ORDER FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL EVENING PRAYER

Just prior to entering your bed, begin.

Most gracious God, who by Your wise Providence have appointed to Mankind their several stations and offices in this life, I acknowledge Your wisdom and goodness in this and all other dispensations; desiring in all things to pay a ready and cheerful submission to Your holy will. To this end, provide me with a spirit of humility, patience, and contentment, as is suitable to the condition in which Your Providence has placed me. Bless me with good health, a comforted mind that I may perform the offices which belong to me with cheerfulness and doing my duty to You, and resting on the gracious promises for a reward of my labor and obedience in this life.

Since, through the frailty of my nature and the numerous temptations which I daily meet, I cannot always stand upright; I pray You to forgive me all transgressions of my duty, whether in thought, word, or deed, and especially forgive me the sings and failings of the past day, and enable me through the Holy Spirit to avoid them for the future, and to be ever rowing in the graces and virtues of the Christian life, as long as You shall be pleased to continue my life in this world. I thank You for your constant care over me considering the changes of this mortal life, and in particular for Your preservation of me during this past day.  I ask You to continue Your gracious protection to me this night that I may enjoy such quiet and refreshing sleep as may fit me for the duties of the next day.  I ask you for this in the Name, and for the merits of Your Son Jesus Christ, my blessed Savior and Redeemer. Amen. Our Father, which art in heaven; hallowed be thy Name. They kingdom come. They 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 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, forever and ever. Amen.

“I will lie me down in peace, and take my rest, for I is Thou Lord only that makest me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:9.

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS

For the Spirit of Prayer.

ALMIGHTY God, who pours out on all who desires the spirit of grace and of supplication; Deliver us, when we draw away to your from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with a diligent mind and heart we may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Morning.

O GOD, the King eternal, who separated the day from the darkness, and turns the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep Your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done Your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night arrives, rejoice to give You thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who alone provided us the breath of life, and alone can keep alive in us the holy desires you do impart; We ask You for your compassion’s sake, to sanctify all our thoughts and endeavors; that we may neither begin an action without a pure intention nor continue it without your blessing. And grant that, having the eyes of the mind opened to behold things invisible and unseen, we may in heart be inspired by your wisdom, and in work be upheld by Your strength, and in the end be accepted by You as Your faithful servants; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

At Night.

O LORD, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

O GOD, who are the life of mortal men, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead; We thank you for the timely blessings of the day, and humbly supplicate your merciful protection all this night. Bring us, we ask you, in safety to the morning hours; through Him who died for us and rose again, Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday Morning.

O GOD, who makes us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of Your Son our Lord; Provide us this day such a blessing through our worship of your, that the days to come may be spent in Your service; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Quiet Confidence.

O GOD of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; By the might of Your Spirit lift us, we pray to your presence, where we may be still and know that You are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Guidance.

O GOD, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what You would have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in Your light we may see light, and in Your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For Trustfulness.

O MOST loving Father, who wills us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you and who cares for us; Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which You have manifested to us in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O HEAVENLY Father, You understand all Your children; through Your gift of faith we bring our confusion to the light of your wisdom, and receive the blessed encouragement of your sympathy, and a clearer knowledge of your will. Glory be to You for all Your gracious gifts. Amen.

For Joy in God’s Creation.

O HEAVENLY Father, who has filled the world with beauty; Open, we as You, our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of Him by whom all things were made, Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Children.

ALMIGHTY God, heavenly Father, who has blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength so to train them, that they may love whatsoever things are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the Absent.

O GOD, whose fatherly care reaches to the ends of the earth; We humbly ask you graciously to behold and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those We Love.

ALMIGHTY God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come; knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Recovery of a Sick Person.

O MERCIFUL God, giver of life and health; Bless, we pray You that Your servant, [N.], and those who administer to him of your healing gifts; that he may be restored to health of body and of mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For One about to undergo an Operation.

ALMIGHTY God our heavenly Father, we ask You graciously to comfort Your servant in his suffering, and to bless the means made use of for his cure. Fill his heart with confidence, that though he be sometime afraid, he yet may put his trust in Your; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Birthday.

WATCH over Your child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be, keeping him unspotted from the world. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he fall; and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

For an Anniversary of One Departed.

ALMIGHTY God, we remember this day your faithful servant [N.], and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service; that he may rest, with You and Your servants everywhere, in the eternal victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For Those in Mental Darkness.

O HEAVENLY Father, we ask you to have mercy upon all your children who are living in mental darkness. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a Blessing on the Families of the Land.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who places us in families; We place in your continual care the homes in which your people dwell. Put far from them every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh; turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers; and so enkindle fervent love among us all, that we be endued with brotherly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For all Poor, Homeless, and Neglected Folk.

O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let Your fatherly goodness be upon all that You have made. Remember in pity those that are destitute, homeless, or forgotten of their fellow-men. Bless the congregation of your poor. Uplift those who are cast down. Mightily befriend innocent sufferers, and sanctify to them the endurance of their wrongs. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and by your heavenly grace preserve from falling those whose extreme poverty tempts them to sin; Although they be troubled on every side, let them not be distressed and though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of Him, who for our sakes became poor, Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Faithfulness in the Use of this World’s Goods.

ALMIGHTY God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess; Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of Your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A General Intercession.

O GOD, at whose word man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening; Be merciful to all whose duties are difficult or burdensome, and comfort them concerning their toil. Shield from bodily accident and harm the workmen at their work. Protect the efforts of sober and honest industry, and allow not laborers to be defrauded. Incline the heart of employers and of those whom they employ to mutual forbearance, fairness, and goodwill. Give the spirit of governance and of a sound mind to all in places of authority. Bless all those who labor in works of mercy or in schools. Care for all elderly persons, all little children, the sick and the afflicted, and those who travel. Remember all who by reason of weakness are overtasked, or because of poverty are forgotten. Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before You; and according to the greatness of Your power, preserve those that are appointed to die. Give ear unto our prayer, O merciful and gracious Father, for the love of Your dear Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Grace before Meat.

BLESS, O Father, Your gifts to our use and us to your service; for Christ’s sake. Amen.

GIVE us grateful hearts, our Father, for all Your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.