Morning Prayer for Lent (in Time of Quarantine)
Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 75-102
Opening Hymn #7 Christ, whose glory fills the skies Ratisbon
|1||Christ, whose glory fills the skies,|
|Christ, the true, the only Light,|
|Sun of Righteousness, arise!|
|Triumph o’er the shades of night:|
|Dayspring from on high, be near;|
|Daystar, in my heart appear.|
|2||Dark and cheerless is the morn|
|unaccompanied by thee;|
|joyless is the day’s return,|
|till thy mercy’s beams I see,|
|till they inward light impart,|
|glad my eyes, and warm my heart.|
|3||Visit then this soul of mine!|
|Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!|
|Fill me, radiancy divine;|
|scatter all my unbelief;|
|more and more thyself display,|
|shining to the perfect day.|
Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Music: Ratisbon, melody from Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, 1524; adapt. att. William Henry Havergal (1793-1870); harm. William Henry Havergal (1793-1870), alt.
Meter: 77. 77. 77
The Officiant begins the service with this sentence of Scripture. (BCP, p. 76)
Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repents of evil.
Confession of Sin (BCP, p. 79)
The Officiant says to the people
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Silence may be kept.
Officiant and People together, all kneeling
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
The Priest alone stands and says
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory and Psalter (BCP p. 80)
|Officiant||Lord, open our lips.|
|People||And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.|
Officiant and People
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Venite (Lenten version) Psalm 95:1-11 (adapted from BCP, p. 82)
Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to God with psalms.
For you, O Lord, are a great God, *
and a great sovereign above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you made it, *
and your hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand. *
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!
“Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.
They put me to the test, *
though they had seen my works.
Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
‘This people are wayward in their hearts;
they do not know my ways.’ So I swore in my wrath, *
‘They shall not enter into my rest.’”
The Psalm or Psalms Appointed (BCP, p. 84)
Psalm 23 (BCP, p. 612)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
At the end of the Psalms is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The Lessons (BCP, p. 84)
First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
A Reading (Lesson) from the First book of Samuel.
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
After each Lesson the Reader may say
|The Word of the Lord.|
|People||Thanks be to God.|
Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles, or one of those on pages 85-95 (Canticles 8-21), is sung or said after each Reading. If three Lessons are used, the Lesson from the Gospel is read after the second Canticle.
Canticle 9 Hymnal 679 Surely It is God Who Saves Me Thomas Merton
|1||Surely it is God who saves me;|
|trusting him, I shall not fear.|
|For the Lord defends and shields me|
|and his saving help is near.|
|So rejoice as you draw water|
|from salvation’s living spring;|
|in the day of your deliverance|
|thank the Lord, his mercies sing.|
|2||Make his deeds known to the peoples;|
|tell out his exalted Name.|
|Praise the Lord, who has done great things;|
|all his works his might proclaim.|
|Zion, lift your voice in singing;|
|for with you has come to dwell,|
|in your very midst, the great and|
|Holy One of Israel.|
Words: Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944); para. of The First Song of Isaiah
Music: Thomas Merton, Ray. W. Urwin (b. 1950)
Meter: 87. 87. D
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
A Reading (Lesson) from the book of Ephesians.
Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
|The Word of the Lord.|
|People||Thanks be to God.|
Sequence Hymn #691 My faith looks up to thee Olivet
|1||My faith looks up to thee,|
|thou Lamb of Calvary,|
|Now hear me while I pray,|
|take all my guilt away;|
|O let me from this day|
|be wholly thine.|
|2||May thy rich grace impart|
|strength to my fainting heart,|
|my zeal inspire;|
|as thou hast died for me,|
|O may my love to thee|
|pure, warm, and changeless be,|
|a living fire.|
|3||While life’s dark maze I tread,|
|and griefs around me spread,|
|be thou my guide;|
|bid darkness turn to day;|
|wipe sorrow’s tears away,|
|nor let me ever stray|
|from thee aside.|
Words: Ray Palmer (1808-1887)
Music: Olivet, Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Meter: 664. 6664
The Holy Gospel: John 9:1-41
The Priest says to the people
|The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.|
|People||Glory to you, Lord Christ.|
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”
|The Gospel of the Lord.|
|People||Praise to you, Lord Christ.|
The Homily The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire
The Apostles’ Creed (BCP, p. 96)
Officiant and People together, all standing
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers (BCP, p. 97)
The People stand or kneel
|Officiant||The Lord be with you.|
|People||And also with you.|
|Officiant||Let us pray.|
Officiant and People
|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.
Suffrage B (BCP p. 98)
- Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R. Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you;
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R. Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. For we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope;
R. And we shall never hope in vain.
The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects
Collect of the Day
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Collect for Sundays (BCP p. 98)
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Grace (BCP p. 99)
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Mission (BCP p. 101)
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty (New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765)
God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart, bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. Amen.
Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow. For the sick: Diana Hauser, Joan Voit, Carey Lane, Mary Mathai, Karen Nesbit, and Jim Duncan.
For the departed: Jack Steele
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
In union, O Lord, with the faithful of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is now
being celebrated, we desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. We present to you our souls and bodies with the earnest wish that we may always be united to you. And since we cannot now receive you sacramentally, we beseech you to come spiritually into our hearts. We unite ourselves with you and embrace you with all the love of our souls. Let nothing ever separate you from us. May we live in you, and may you live in us, both in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Anthem/Hymn #490 I want to walk as a child of the light Houston
|1||I want to walk as a child of the light.|
|I want to follow Jesus.|
|God set the stars to give light to the world.|
|The star of my life is Jesus.|
|In him there is no darkness at all.|
|The night and the day are both alike.|
|The Lamb is the light of the city of God.|
|Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.|
|2||I want to see the brightness of God.|
|I want to look at Jesus.|
|Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path,|
|and show me the way to the Father.|
|3||I’m looking for the coming of Christ.|
|I want to be with Jesus.|
|When we have run with patience the race,|
|we shall know the joy of Jesus.|
Words: Kathleen Thomerson (b. 1934)
Music: Houston, Kathleen Thomerson (b. 1934)
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
The General Thanksgiving (BCP p. 101)
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom (BCP p. 102)
Officiant and People
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Officiant then concludes with the following
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14