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(Eucharistic Liturgies) A Penitential Order: Rite I

For use at the beginning of the Liturgy, or as a separate service. A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. The people standing, the Celebrant says Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. In place of the above, from Easter Day through the... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) A Penitential Order: Rite II

For use at the beginning of the Liturgy, or as a separate service. A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. The people standing, the Celebrant says Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. In place of the above, from Easter Day through the... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) An Exhortation

This Exhortation may be used, in whole or in part, either during the Liturgy or at other times. In the absence of a deacon or priest, this Exhortation may be read by a lay person. The people stand or sit. Beloved in the Lord: Our Savior Christ, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrame... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

This rite requires careful preparation by the Priest and other participants. It is not intended for use at the principal Sunday or weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The People and Priest Gather in the Lord's Name Proclaim and Respond to the Word of God The proclamation and response may inclu... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) Communion Under Special Circumstances

This form is intended for use with those who for reasonable cause cannot be present at a public celebration of the Eucharist. When persons are unable to be present for extended periods, it is desirable that the priest arrange to celebrate the Eucharist with them from time to time on a regular basis,... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) Prayers of the People

Prayer is offered with intercession for: The Universal Church, its members, and its mission The Nation and all in authority The welfare of the world The concerns of the local community Those who suffer and those in any trouble The departed (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate) Any of the ... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) The Holy Eucharist: Rite I

The Word of God A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. The people standing, the Celebrant may say Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is ... Read More

(Eucharistic Liturgies) The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The Word of God A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. The people standing, the Celebrant says Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is ris... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Ash Wednesday

On this day, the Celebrant begins the liturgy with the Salutation and the Collect of the Day. Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins an... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Good Friday

On this day the ministers enter in silence. All then kneel for silent prayer, after which the Celebrant stands and begins the liturgy with the Collect of the Day. Immediately before the Collect, the Celebrant may say Blessed be our God. People For ever and ever. Amen. Let us pray. Almighty God, we p... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Great Vigil of Easter

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle In the darkness, fire is kindled; after which the Celebrant may address the people in these or similar words Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughou... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Holy Saturday

There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day. When there is a Liturgy of the word, the Celebrant begins with the Collect of the Day O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await wit... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Maundy Thursday

The Eucharist begins in the usual manner, using the following Collect, Psalm, and Lessons Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who ... Read More

(Proper Liturgies For Special Days) Palm Sunday

When circumstances permit, the congregation may gather at a place apart from the church, so that all may go into the church in procession. The branches of palm or of other trees or shrubs to be carried in the procession may be distributed to the people before the service, or after the prayer of bles... Read More

A Form of Commitment to Christian Service

This form may be used when a person wishes to make or renew a commitment to the service of Christ in the world, either in general terms, or upon undertaking some special responsibility. It is essential that the person seeking to make or renew a commitment prepare in advance, in consultation with the... Read More

An Order for Burial

When, for pastoral considerations, neither of the burial rites in this Book is deemed appropriate, the following form is used. The body is received. The celebrant may meet the body and conduct it into the church or chapel, or it may be in place before the congregation assembles. Anthems from Holy Sc... Read More

An Order for Marriage

If it is desired to celebrate a marriage otherwise than as provided, this Order is used. Normally, the celebrant is a priest or bishop. Where permitted by civil law, and when no priest or bishop is available, a deacon may function as celebrant, but does not pronounce a nuptial blessing. The laws of ... Read More

An Outline of the Faith Commonly Called the Catechism

An Outline of the Faith commonly called the Catechism Human Nature Q. What are we by nature? A. We are part of God's creation, made in the image of God. Q. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? A. It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in... Read More

Articles of Religion (Thirty-Nine Articles)

As established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth day of September, in the Year of our Lord, 1801. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body... Read More

Burial of the Dead: Rite I

All stand while one or more of the following anthems are sung or said I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand... Read More

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