The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

 Opening Versicle with the Glory Be                 [Rite II page 117]
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.

All stand

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, add   Alleluia.

The Invitatory - Phos Hilaron              [Rite II page 118]

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 your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are 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 II page 119]
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 proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
  for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
  the Almighty has done great things for me,
  and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
  in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
  he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
  and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
  and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
  for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
  to Abraham and his children 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 II page 120]
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, you now have set your servant free *
  to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
  whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
  and the glory of your 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.

The Apostles Creed               [Rite II page 120]
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 Salutation and The Lord's Prayer                [Rite II page 121]
 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. 
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
 and the glory are yours,
now and for 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 II pages 121-122]
You may use either group A or group B.


V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in you can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let your way be known upon earth;
R. Your 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 your Holy Spirit.


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

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

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

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

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

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of [_____ and] all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, 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 II page 123]

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 you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays
Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

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

The following Collects are also fixed:
The Collect for Peace: Rite II page 123.
The Collect for Aid against Perils: Rite II page 123

A Collect for Peace
Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that
peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered
from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

The Collect for Aid against Perils
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in 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.

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:]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 II page 126]

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

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 Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.     2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace inbelieving 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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