The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica


 Prayer Before Office
Open my mouth, Lord, that I may bless your holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding; inflame my affections; that I may say this Office worthily, with attention and devotion, and so be meet to be heard in the presence of your divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening Versicle with the Glory Be     [Rite I page 42]
 It is customary to trace the Sign of the Cross with the thumb on the lips at the beginning of the Versicle. The "alleluia" may be added except during Lent and Holy Week.

All stand

Officiant   O Lord, open thou our lips.
People      And our mouth shall show forth thy 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.

Except in Lent, Alleluia may be added.
 

The Antiphon to the Invitatory Psalm     [Rite I pages 43-44]
The Antiphon is said at the beginning and the end of the Invitatory Psalm.

In Advent
Our King and Savior draweth nigh: O come, let us adore him.

On the Twelve Days of Christmas
Alleluia. Unto us a child is born: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

From the Epiphany through the Baptism of Christ, and on the Feasts of the Transfiguration and Holy Cross
The Lord hath manifested forth his glory: O come, let us adore him.

In Lent
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us adore him.

From Easter Day until the Ascension
Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

From Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost
Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

On the Day of Pentecost
Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

On Trinity Sunday
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God: O come, let us adore him.

On other Sundays and Weekdays
The earth is the Lord's for he made it: O come, let us adore him.
or this
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: O come, let us adore him.
or this
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: O come, let us adore him.

The Alleluias in the following Antiphons are used only in Easter Season.

On Feasts of the Incarnation
[Alleluia.] The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us: O come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]

On All Saints and other Major Saints' Days
[Alleluia.] The Lord is glorious in his saints: O come, let us adore him. [Alleluia.]
 

The Invitatory Psalm, The Venite     [Rite I pages 44-45]
Psalm 95 may be used for the Invitatory. This would be especially suitable for Fridays, except during the fifty days of Easter. It is also appropriate during Lent and Holy Week, and at other penitential occasions.

Venite Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9,13

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *
    let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *
    and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *
    and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his and he made it, *
    and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down *
    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God, *
    and we are the people of his pasture
    and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *
    let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *
    and with righteousness to judge the world
    and the peoples with his truth.

or Psalm 95, page 146.

The Book of Common Prayer also permits the use of the "Jubilate Deo". In Easter Week and the fifty days of Easter, it is customary to use the "Christ our Passover" in place of the Invitatory.
Jubilate Deo: Rite I, page 45.

Jubilate   Psalm 100

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

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.

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.

For the Lord is gracious;
his mercy is everlasting; *
    and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
 
 

Christ our Passover: Rite I page 46
In Easter Week, in place of an Invitatory Psalm, the following is sung or said. It may also be used daily until the Day of Pentecost.

Christ our Passover    Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *
death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ is risen from the dead, *
and become the first fruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, *
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
 

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
["A Song of Praise": Rite I page 49]
["A Song of Creation": Rite I page 47]
"A Song of Praise" is used except on Saturday for Morning Prayer, at which time "A Song of Creation" is used in its place.
 

Canticle 2  A Song of Praise     Benedictus es, Domine    Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou for the Name of thy Majesty; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,
and dwellest between the Cherubim; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
  praised and exalted above all for ever.
 

Canticle 1  A Song of Creation      Benedicite, omnia opera Domini   Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65
This Canticle may be shortened by omitting section II or III

I Invocation

O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
praise him and magnify him for ever.

II The Cosmic Order

O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord; *
O ye waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord;
O ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord;
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye dews and frosts, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye frost and cold, bless ye the Lord;
O ye ice and snow, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord;
O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

III  The Earth and its Creatures

O let the earth bless the Lord; *
  O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye wells, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord;
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; *
  O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord;
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

IV The People of God

O ye people of God, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord;
O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.

O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord; *
  O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; *
  praise him and magnify him for ever.
 
 

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 50]
The "Song of Zechariah" is used. It is customary to make the Sign of the Cross at the beginning of this Canticle. On Sundays the "We Praise Thee" [Te Deum Laudamus] is appropriate or the "Glory to God" [Gloria in excelsis].

Canticle 4  The Song of Zechariah     Benedictus Dominus Deus    Luke 1:68-79

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
  for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *
  in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *
  which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, *
  and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *
  and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, *
  that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *
  might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, *
  all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
  for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
  to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *
  for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, *
  whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, *
  and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.
 

 We Praise Thee: Rite I, page 52.

Canticle 7  We Praise Thee    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 Cherubim and Seraphim 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 adorable, 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 humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
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.
 
 

Glory to God: Rite I, page 52.

Canticle 6  Glory be to God     Gloria in excelsis

Glory be to God on high,
  and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,
  we worship thee,
  we glorify thee,
  we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
  that takest away the sins of the world,
  have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
  receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
  have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy,
thou only art the Lord,
thou only, O Christ,
  with the Holy Ghost,
  art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
 
 

Several other Canticles are provided from which you may select. However, the "Song of Simeon" and the "Song of Mary" are not used at Morning prayer.

The Apostles Creed     [Rite I page 53]

The Apostles' Creed

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 54]
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 page 55]
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

V. O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;
R. Govern them and lift them up for ever.
V. Day by day we magnify thee;
R. And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;
R. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
V. O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;
R. As our trust is in thee.
V. O Lord, in thee have I trusted;
R. Let me never be confounded.
 

The Collect for 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 56]

A Collect for Sundays
O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world didst rest from all thy works and sanctify a day of rest for all thy creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of thy sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to thy people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The following Collects are also fixed:
The Collect for Peace: Rite I page 57.

A 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 defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Collect for Grace: Rite I page 57.

A 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 we, being ordered by thy governance, may do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Other Collects may also be included.

The Franciscan Collect
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 59]
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost "Alleluia, alleluia" may be added to the preceding versicle and response.

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:

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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