The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

 Opening Versicle with the Glory Be                        [Rite I page 63]
It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of the Versicle. The "alleluia" may be added except during Lent and Holy Week.

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

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.

Except in Lent, Alleluia may be added.
 

The Invitatory - Phos Hilaron                   [Rite I page 64]

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
 
 

The Psalms
Consult the Ordo and the Calendar Tables of the Order, or the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, to obtain the proper Psalms. In the recitation of the Psalms, a pause is made at the asterisk " * ". The "Glory be to the Father" is said after each psalm or at the end of the selected psalms.

As an alternative to the above, the Psalms may be read on the thirty day cycle established in The Book of Common Prayer.
 
 

Old Testament Lesson
Consult the Ordo and the Calendar Tables of the Order, or the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer to obtain the proper Old Testament lesson.
 
 

The Old Testament Canticle                        [The Song of Mary: Rite I page 65]
It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of this Canticle.

The Song of Mary      Magnificat  Luke 1:46-55
My soul doth magnify the Lord, *
  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded *
  the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth *
  all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *
  and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him *
  throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; *
  he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *
  and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, *
  and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *
  as he promised to our forefathers,
  Abraham and his seed for ever.

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.
 

New Testament Lesson
Consult the Ordo and the Calendar Tables of the Order, or the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer to obtain the proper New Testament lesson.
 
 

The New Testament Canticle                   [Rite I page 66]
The "Song of Simeon" is used. It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of this Canticle. If Compline will be said, The "Song of the Redeemed" may be used, found on page 94.

The Song of Simeon   Nunc dimittis    Luke 2:29-32
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *
  according to thy word;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *
  which thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
  and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

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.
 

Canticle 19  The Song of the Redeemed    Magna et mirabilia   Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
  surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
  O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *
  for you only are the holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
  because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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 Apostles Creed             [Rite I page 66]
Officiant and People together, all standing

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.
 
 

The Salutation and The Lord's Prayer                  [Rite I page 67]
The people stand or kneel

Officiant  The Lord be with you.
People     And with thy spirit.
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.
 

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
 

The Suffrages           [Rite I pages 67-68]
You may use either group A or group B.

   A

V. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in thee can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under thy care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let thy way be known upon earth;
R. Thy saving health among all nations.
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R. And sustain us with thy Holy Spirit.

  B

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That thy holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That there may be peace to thy Church and to the whole world,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in thy faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by thy Holy Spirit in the communion of [________ and] all thy saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.
 

The Collect of the Day
Refer to the Ordo and Calendar Tables of the Order for the proper Collect.
 

Fixed Collects
[For Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Rite I page 69]

A Collect for Sundays
Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise thee in that City of which he is the light; and where he liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays
O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the sting of death: Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in faith where thou hast led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness; for thy tender mercies' sake. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays
O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth thine unending day upon us who watch for thee, that our lips may praise thee, our lives may bless thee, and our worship on the morrow may give thee glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 

The following Collects are also fixed:

The Collect for Peace: Rite I page 69.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Collect for Aid against Perils: Rite I page 70.
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 Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Other Collects may also be included.
 

The Franciscan Collects
O God, who opened the eyes of our holy Father St. Francis to the vocation of service to you in this world; grant grace to the members of the Third Order, that we, being crucified with Christ, may show forth among men the radiance of his risen life, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns one God, world without end. Amen.

or this

O God, who has joined to the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion a Third Order dedicated to your service, grant, we ask, that being knit together in one fellowship we may glorify your holy Name after the example of blessed Francis and win others to your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Prayers for the Order for Each Day of the Week
[When reciting the Daily Office use the Collect for the current day of the week from the following:]

Sunday
O Blessed and glorious Trinity, in whom alone is perfect love, bless, we pray, the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion; that in humility, love and joy they may serve and worship you and be worthy followers of your servants, Francis and Clare; who lives and reigns one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday
Bless, O Lord, the friars in these latter days; and grant that, serving in humility, love and joy, they may draw many souls to follow you, who was lifted up upon the Cross to be the Savior of sinners; who now lives and reigns, God, world without end. Amen.

Tuesday
O God, pour your abundant blessing on those who, after the pattern of St. Clare, have left all to follow you in a life of poverty, penance and devotion. Assist them with your grace that they may persevere in their vocation to the end. Give them such increase of numbers as is according to your will and grant that all their needs may be supplied to the glory of your Name and the extension of your kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday
O God, who by the example of blessed Francis our Father moves your people to love of simple things, grant that after his pattern we may hold lightly to the things of this world and lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven. Amen.

Thursday
O Lord Jesus Christ, who inspired blessed Clare to hold fast the privilege of poverty and, with the blessed sacrament, to put to flight the armies of the infidel; grant us so to be emptied of the vain pomp and glory of the world and filled with the joy of your Presence that the enemy of souls may find in us nothing that is his. Amen.

Friday
Almighty God, who has taught us that in the Name of Jesus Christ alone is salvation; mercifully grant that your faithful people, ever glorying in his Name, may make your salvation known to all the world. Amen.

Saturday
We ask you, Lord, mercifully to pour the abundance of your grace into our hearts as we commemorate the holy virgin Mary, Mother of God, and sanctify our bodies in chastity and our souls in humility and love. Amen.

Closing Versicle and Response                 [Rite I page 72]

V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
 

Benediction
V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. And may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

or this

 Those provided in The Book of Common Prayer may also be used.

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.
2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20,21
 
 


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