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Sunday Morning Prayer for Individuals and Families

For anyone who is quarantined or unable to attend worship March 5-April 5 

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Sunday Morning Prayer at Home for Individuals and Families

March 15 – April 5, 2020

Scripture Sentence

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

MARK 8:34


Confession of Sin

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.


Silence is kept. All kneeling, the Officiant and People say


Almighty and most merciful Father,

we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done;

and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare all those who confess their faults.

Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.


Grant to your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Officiant   O Lord, open our lips;

    People   And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant   O God, make speed to save us;

    People   O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

    People   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Officiant   Praise the Lord.

    People   The Lord’s Name be praised.

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: *

O come, let us adore him.



O Come


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 depths of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for 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 our God, *

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *

as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested me, *


and put me to the proof, though they had seen my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation and said, *


“It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways,”

Of whom I swore in my wrath *


that they should not enter into my rest.


The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: *

O come, let us adore him.


Scripture Lessons


March 15 March 22 March 29 April 5
Ps 95


Ex 17:1-7

Rom 1:16-32

John 4:5-26

(27-38) 39-42

Ps 23


1 Sam 16:1-13

Eph 5:1-14

John 9:1-13, 28-38



Ps 130


Ezek 37:1-14

Rom 6:15-23

John 11:(1-17)18-44



Matt 21:1-11

Ps 118:19-29



Isa 52:13—53:12

Ps 22:1-21v or Ps 22:1-11v

Phil 2:5-11

Matt (26:36-75)

27:1-54 (55-66)




A Lenten Canticle

The following Canticles are normally sung or said after each of the lessons.



A Song of Penitence


Especially suitable for use during Lent


O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven,*

    God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,  and of all their righteous offspring:


You made the heavens and the earth, *

    with all their vast array.

All things quake with fear at your presence; *

    they tremble because of your power.

But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *

    it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O Lord, you are full of compassion, *

    long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.

You hold back your hand; *

    you do not punish as we deserve.

In your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *

    that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *

    and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.

I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *

    and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to you: *

    Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.

Do not let me perish in my sin, *

    nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.

For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *

    and in me you will show forth your goodness.

Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy, *

    and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.

For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, *

    and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

PRAYER OF MANASSEH, 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15





Seek the Lord while he wills to be found


Especially suitable for use during Lent


Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *

     call upon him when he draws near.

Let the wicked forsake their ways *

     and the evil ones their thoughts;

And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *

     and to our God, for he will richly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *

     nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *

     so are my ways higher than your ways,

     and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *

     and return not again, but water the earth,

Bringing forth life and giving growth, *

     seed for sowing and bread for eating,

So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *

     it will not return to me empty;

But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *

     and prosper in that for which I sent it.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

     as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.




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 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.




Officiant   The Lord be with you.


    People   And with your spirit.


Officiant   Let us pray.


The People kneel or stand.


Lord, have mercy upon us.                  Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy upon us. or         Christ, have mercy.


Lord, have mercy upon us.                  Lord, have mercy.


Officiant and People


Our Father, who art in heaven,           Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,                        hallowed be your Name,

thy kingdom come,                              your kingdom come,

thy will be done,                                   your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.                    on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.         Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,            And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those                                as we forgive those

who trespass against us.                      who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,        Save us from the time of trial,

but deliver us from evil.                       and deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,                    For the kingdom, the power,

and the power, and the glory,              and the glory are yours,

for ever and ever. Amen.                      now and for ever. Amen.


Officiant   O Lord, show your mercy upon us;

People   And grant us your salvation.

Officiant   O Lord, guide those who govern us;

    People   And lead us in the way of justice and truth.


Officiant   Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

    People   And let your people sing with joy.


Officiant   O Lord, save your people;


    People   And bless your inheritance.


Officiant   Give peace in our time, O Lord;

    People   And defend us by your mighty power.


Officiant   Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

    People   Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.


Officiant   Create in us clean hearts, O God;

    People   And take not your Holy Spirit from us.


Collect for March 15 – Third Sunday in Lent

Heavenly Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look with compassion upon the heartfelt desires of your servants, and purify our disordered affections, that we may behold your eternal glory in the face of Christ Jesus; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Collect for March 22 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

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.




Collect for March 29 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Collect for April 5 – Palm Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and come to share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




Almighty and everlasting God, who alone works great marvels: Send down upon our clergy and the congregations committed to their charge the life-giving Spirit of your grace, shower them with the continual dew of your blessing, and ignite in them a zealous love of your Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


or this


O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


or this


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.


The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.


A hymn or anthem may be sung.


Before the close of the Office one or both of the following prayers may be used.




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.




Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: 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 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.