The Order for Mattins

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Welcome

 

Seasonal Sentence

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1.3

Penitential Sentence

O Lord, correct me, but with judgement; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
Jeremiah 10.24; Psalm 6.1                               

Hymn

AMNS 76
Come, ye faithful raise the strain

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God hath brought his Israel
into joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
Jacob’s sons and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.

‘Tis the spring of souls to-day;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death
as a sun hath risen:
all the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesu’s resurrection.

Alleluia now we cry
to our King immortal,
who triumphant burst the bars
of the tomb’s dark portal;
Alleluia, with the Son
God the Father praising;
Alleluia yet again
to the Spirit raising.

St John of Damascus (c. 675-c. 750)
Tr: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) (alt.)
Exodus 14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
ST JOHN DAMASCENE
A. W. Godfrey Brown (b. 1936)

¶      Introduction

Confession

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 cloke 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 most 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 with [after] me

 

A general Confession to be said of the whole Congregation with (after) the Minister, all kneeling.

All     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,
which 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 Absolution or Remission of sins to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing:
the people still kneeling.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who desireth not the death of a sinner,
but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live;
and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers
to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,
the absolution and remission of their sins:
he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent
and unfeignedly believe his holy gospel.
Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,
and his Holy Spirit,
that those things may please him which we do at this present;
and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;
so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord’s Prayer: the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here, and wheresover else it is used in Divine Service.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

All     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.

¶      Morning Prayer

O Lord, open thou our lips
All     and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
All     O Lord, make haste to help us.

Stand & Face East

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.
All     The Lord’s name be praised.

Easter Anthems – page 6 of Oxford Psalter

1        Christ our passover is sacrificed for us :
therefore let us keep the feast;

2        Not with the old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness :
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

3        Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more :
death hath no more dominion over him.

4        For in that he died, he died unto sin once :
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

5        Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin :
but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

6        Christ is risen from the dead :
and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

7        For since by man came death :
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

8        For as in Adam all die :
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Gloria Patris is said or sung
Here, all standing up

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

Psalmody – Psalm 16

1        Preserve me, O God :
for in thee have I put my trust.

2        O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord :
Thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.

3        All my delight is upon the saints, that are in the earth :
and upon such as excel in virtue.

4        But they that run after another god :
shall have great trouble.

5        Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer :
neither make mention of their names within my lips.

6        The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup :
thou shalt maintain my lot.

7        The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground :
yea, I have a goodly heritage.

8        I will thank the Lord for giving me warning :
my reins also chasten me in the night-season.

9        I have set God always before me :
for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

10      Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced :
my flesh also shall rest in hope.

11      For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell :
neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

12      Thou shalt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy :
and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

Gloria Patris is said or sung
Here, all standing up

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

Click below for today’s lessons and canticles and the Apostles’ Creed

The First Lesson

The portion of scripture appointed as the first Lesson is written in the chapter of 2nd Chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
beginning at the 14th verse.

14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth,
a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,
ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25For David speaketh concerning him,

I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand,
that I should not be moved:

26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29Men and brethren,
let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David,
that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him,
that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh,
he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

 

Acts 2: 14a, 22-32

Here endeth the First Lesson

After the lesson, silence may be kept for a while

Stand

Te Deum Laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.
To thee cherubin and seraphin continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee:
the Father of an infinite majesty;
thine honourable, true and only Son;
also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
and we worship thy name, ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

 

Sit for second lesson

The Second Lesson

The New Testament Lesson is written in the 20th chapter of Gospel according to St John
beginning at the 19th verse.

19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you.

20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.
Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21Then said Jesus to them again,
Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them;
and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25The other disciples therefore said unto him,
We have seen the Lord.

But he said unto them,
Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails,
and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:
then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
Peace be unto you.

27Then saith he to Thomas,
Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands;
and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:
and be not faithless, but believing.

28And Thomas answered and said unto him,
My Lord and my God.

29Jesus saith unto him,
Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:
blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,
which are not written in this book:

31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Jn 20: 19-end

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

After the lesson, silence may be kept for a while

 

Stand

Jubilate Oxford Psalter p. 14

1        O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands :
serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.

2        Be ye sure that the Lord he is God :
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

3        O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise :
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

4        For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting :
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Psalm 100

Gloria Patris is said or sung
Here, all standing up

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

All turn east to say the Creed

All     I believe in God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.

He descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Lesser Litany

The Lord be with you.
All     And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
All     Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

All     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. Amen.

O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
All     And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord, save the Queen.
All     And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
All     And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save thy people.
All     And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.
All     Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts within us.
All     And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

 

Let us pray.

Almighty Father,
who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins,
and to rise again for our justification:
Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness,
that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of the same
thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

The Collect for Peace

O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord,
in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life,
whose service is perfect freedom;
defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in thy defence,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

The Collect for Grace

O Lord, our heavenly Father,
almighty and everlasting God,
who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day;
defend us in the same with thy mighty power;
and grant that this day we fall into no sin,
neither run into any kind of danger,
but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,
to do always that is righteous in thy sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

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Hymn

AMNS 73  Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,
your sweetest notes employ,
the Paschal victory to hymn
in strains of holy joy.

How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,
and crushed the serpent’s head;
and brought with him, from death’s domains,
the long-imprisoned dead.

From hell’s devouring jaws the prey
alone our Leader bore;
his ransomed hosts pursue their way
where he hath gone before.

Triumphant in his glory now
his sceptre ruleth all,
earth, heaven, and hell before him bow,
and at his footstool fall.

While joyful thus his praise we sing,
his mercy we implore,
into his palace bright to bring
and keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.
Alleluia! Amen.

Chorus novæ Jerusalem
Tr: Robert Campbell (1814-1868)
St Fulbert of Chartres (d. 1028)
Philippians 2:11; Revelation 5:5
ST FULBERT
Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)

Sermon

 

Hymn

AMNS 83
Love’s redeeming work is done

Love’s redeeming work is done;
fought the fight, the battle won:
lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er,
lo, he sets in blood no more.

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened paradise.

Lives again our glorious King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ has led,
following our exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise;
ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection Thou!

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Matthew 27:62-65; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Colossians 3:1-4
SAVANNAH
Source:       Melody from Herrnhut collection, c. 1740
in John Wesley’s A Collection of Tunes,
Set to Music,
As they are commonly sung at the Foundery 1742

Prayers

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A Prayer for the Queen’s Majesty

O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty,
King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes,
who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth:

Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour
to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH;
and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit,
that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way.

Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts;
grant her in health and wealth long to live;
strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies;
and finally after this life she may attain everlasting joy and felicity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,
we humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh,
Charles Prince of Wales, William Duke of Cambridge
and all the Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit;
enrich them with thy heavenly grace;
prosper them with all happiness;
and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

A Prayer for the Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God,
who alone workest great marvels:

Send down upon our Bishops, and Curates,
and all Congregations committed to their charge,
the healthful Spirit of thy grace;
and that they may truly please thee,
pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing.

Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator,
Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Shortened Litany

Here followeth the Litany, or General Supplication, to be sung or said after Morning Prayer, upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at other times when it shall be commanded by the Ordinary.

O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Father of heaven: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God: have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O Lamb of God: that takest away the sins of the world;

Grant us thy peace.

O Lamb of God: that takest away the sins of the world;

Have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Upon several occasions, to be used before the two final Prayers of the Litany, or of Morning and Evening Prayer.

Prayers

A Prayer that may be said after any of the former.

O GOD,
whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive,
receive our humble petitions;
and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins,
yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; f
or the honour of Jesus Christ,
our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

A Prayer for Her Majesty’s Government and Civil Service.

MOST GRACIOUS GOD,
we humbly beseech thee, as for this Kingdom in general,
so especially for the High Court of Parliament,
the ministers and civil servants of our most religious and gracious Queen:
under the same:

That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations
at all times
to the advancement of thy glory,
the good of thy Church,
the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and her Dominions;
that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours,
upon the best and surest foundations,
that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety,
may be established among us for all generations.

These and all other necessaries,
for them, for us, and thy whole Church,
we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ
our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Prayers about the outbreak of Coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of thy mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in thy comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from thy love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust into thy tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
thine everlasting arms be there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
we beseech thee
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all
that doest for the sick,
and thy wisdom to that search for a cure.
Strengthen them with thy Spirit,
that through their work many shall be restored to good health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For and from the ill or isolated

O God,
help us to trust thee,
help us to know that thou art with us,
help us to believe that nothing can separate us from thy saving grace
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect or Prayer for all Conditions of men, to be used at such times when the Litany is not appointed to be said.

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind,
we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men;
that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them,
thy saving health unto all nations.

More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholick Church;
that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit,
that all who profess and call themselves Christians
may be led into the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace,
and in righteousness of life.

Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those,
who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate;
[*especially those for whom our prayers are desired;]
that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them,
according to their several necessities,
giving them patience under their sufferings,
and a happy issue out of all their afflictions.

And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

 

The Final Prayers of the Litany

From our enemies defend us, O Christ.

Graciously look upon our afflictions.

Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts.

Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.

Favourably with mercy hear our prayers.

O Son of David, have mercy upon us.

Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ.

Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

Priest.
O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us;

Answer.
As we do put our trust in thee.

Let us pray.

We humbly beseech thee, O Father,
mercifully to look upon our infirmities;
and for the glory of thy Name
turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved;
and grant that in all our troubles
we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy,
and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living,
to thy honour and glory;
through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God,
who hast given us grace at this time with one accord
to make our common supplications unto thee;
and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name
thou wilt grant their requests:

Fulfil now, O Lord,
the desires and petitions of thy servants,
as may be most expedient for them;
granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,
and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
be with us all evermore.

2 Corinthians 13

All     Amen.

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Hymn

AMNS 80
Alleluia, alleluia, hearts to heaven

1 Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts to heaven and voices raise;
sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise:
he who on the cross a victim
for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,
now is risen from the dead.

2 Christ is risen, Christ the first-fruits
of the holy harvest field,
which will all its full abundance
at his second coming yield;
then the golden ears of harvest
will their heads before him wave,
ripened by his glorious sunshine,
from the furrows of the grave.

3 Christ is risen, we are risen;
shed upon us heavenly grace,
rain, and dew, and gleams of glory
from the brightness of thy face;
that we, with our hearts in heaven,
here on earth may fruitful be,
and by angel-hands be gathered,
and be ever, Lord, with thee.

4 Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to God on high;
Alleluia to the Saviour,
who has gained the victory;
Alleluia to the Spirit,
fount of love and sanctity;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
to the Triune Majesty.

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)
John 15:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23
LUX EOI
Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)

Blessing

The peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord:

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father,
the Son,
and the Holy Ghost,
be amongst you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Dismissal

The Lord be with you
All     and with thy spirit.

Let us bless the Lord.
All     Thanks be to God.

Remember, O Lord, what thou hast wrought in us,
and not what we deserve;
and, as thou hast called us to thy service,
make us worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Extracts from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.

Extracts from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown, are reproduced by permission of the Crown’s Patentee, Cambridge University Press.

 

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