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 II page 80]
 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.

The Antiphon to the Invitatory Psalm     [Rite II pages 80-82]
The Antiphon is said at the beginning and the end of the Invitatory Psalm.

The Invitatory Psalm, The Venite     [Rite II page 82]
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

Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

or Psalm 95, page 724.

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 II pages 82-83.]
Jubilate     Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

[Christ our Passover: Rite II page 83.]
Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so also 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" is used except on Saturday for Morning Prayer, at which time "A Song of Creation" is used in its place.
["A Song of Praise": Rite II page 90]

Canticle 13  A Song of Praise   Benedictus es, Domine    Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
  you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
  we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
  on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
  we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
  in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
  we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

["A Song of Creation": Rite II page 88]
Canticle 12  A Song of Creation     Benedicite, omnia opera Domini      Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65
One or more sections of this Canticle may be used. Whatever the selection, it begins with the Invocation and concludes with the Doxology.


Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

I  The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
  O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
  all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and summer, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
  drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
  O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

II  The Earth and its Creatures

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
  O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
  and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

III  The People of God

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
  praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

New Testament Lesson or Gospel
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 or Gospel Canticle     [Rite II pages 92-93]
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 16  The Song of Zechariah   Benedictus Dominus Deus    Luke 1:68-79

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
  he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
  born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
  and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
  to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
  holy and righteous in his sight
  all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
  the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and 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 II page 95.]
Canticle 21  You are God     Te Deum laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
  heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
  Father, of majesty unbounded,
  your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
  and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
  Come then, Lord, and help your people,
  bought with the price of your own blood,
  and bring us with your saints
  to glory everlasting.

[Glory to God: Rite II page 94.]
Canticle 20  Glory to God     Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
  and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
  we worship you, we give you thanks,
  we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father;
  receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
  Jesus Christ,
  with the Holy Spirit,
  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 II page 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 Salutation and The Lord's Prayer   [Rite II page 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. 
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 I page 55]
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.


V. 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 on 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 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 II, pages 98-99]

A Collect for Sundays
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 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 Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

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

The following Collects are also fixed:
The Collect for Peace: Rite II page 99.
The Collect for Grace: Rite II page 100.

A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace
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.

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 Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion, 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 both a Second and 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 I page 59]

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:

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 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 3:20,27


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