A Tribute to the Prayer Book (Add your favorite passages)

Discussion in 'Liturgy, and Book of Common Prayer' started by The Hackney Hub, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. The Hackney Hub

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    The Episcopal Church
    I've asked persons to provide their favorite portions from the Book of Common Prayer(1662), as this marks the 350th anniversary of its publication. Below are some of the most treasured passages contained therein.

    The Daily Offices

    The Exhortation and Confession at Daily Prayer

    DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

    This exhortation comes from the 1552 edition of the Prayer Book, it emphasizes the penitential character of the opening of the daily services.

    ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

    The Lord's Prayer

    OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, For ever and ever. Amen.

    The Lord's Prayer is said twice in each of the Offices each day and twice in the Communion Service. I like this version of the prayer.

    The Collect for Peace (Morning Prayer)

    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.

    This prayer is one of the collects said daily at Morning Prayer, following the Collect of the Day and preceding the Collect for Grace.

    Third Collect at Evening Prayer, for Aid against All Perils

    LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

    This prayer comes from the medieval Compline Office.

    The Communion Service

    The Prayer of Humble Access

    WE do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

    The Prayer of Humble Access precedes the Prayer of Consecration in the 1662 BCP. It is of Cranmer's own composition.

    The Collect for Purity

    ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    This Collect opens up the Communion Service and ultimately comes from the Sarum Use.

    The Comfortable Words

    Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith to all that truly turn to Him:
    COME unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. S. Matth. 11. 28.
    So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16Hear also what Saint Paul saith. This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.Hear also what Saint John saith. If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1.

    The Beginning of the Prayer of Consecration

    ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again...

    Collects and other Prayers

    Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent

    BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Collect for the Twelth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

    ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire, or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

    Collect for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity Sunday

    GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Other Passages

    From the Catechism

    "Yes verily: and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end."
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    Hackney Hub...

    This is another interesting thread. Thank you.
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    I was reading the Ordination of the Bishop from the book of common prayer and I am not familiar if this prayer appears in other sections but when I read it there I was able to really pray it:

    Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
    and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our
    hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may
    perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;
    through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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