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While a Prelude is being played, the Minister proceeds to the Altar and kneels before it. He remains in this position while an Assistant reads:
1. THE OPENING PRAYER. O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter, we are assembled in Thy presence to hear Thy holy word. We pray Thee so to open our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of Thy word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe on Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Christ's sake. Amen. The Minister rises and stands facing the Altar.
2. THE HYMN. The contents of this Hymn may be determined by the season of the Church Year. On ordinary Sundays the Hymn may be a general Hymn of Prayer.
3a. THE CONFESSION OF SIN.
Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto Thee, that we are by nature sinful and unclean, and that we have sinned against Thee by thought, word and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Thine infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Thy grace, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Or: O most merciful God, who hast given Thine only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us, and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Thy Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of Thee, and of Thy will, and true obedience to Thy word, to the end that by Thy grace we may come to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
36. TIE KYRIE. The Congregation shall sing or say:
3c. THE ABSOLUTIO.V. Then shall the Minister turn to the Congregation and say:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, hath had mercy upon us, and hath given His Only Son to die for us, and for His sake forgiveth us all our sins. To them that believe on His name, He giveth power to become the sons of God, and hath promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved.
Grant this, Lord, unto us all.
4. THE GLORIA. 1. Then shall the Minister turn to the Altar and chant or say:
On the three great Festivals the Congregation shall then sing the Hymn:
5. THE COLLECT.
Then shall the Minister turn to the Congregation and chant: 2-6-5
| The Minister shall then chant: 2257 92
6. THE EPISTLE, OR LESSON. [ The Minister, turning to the Congregation, shall read the Epistle for the day, announcing it as follows :
The Epistle for (here he shall name the day) is written in the -- chapter of --, beginning at the -- verse.
The Epistle ended, the Minister shall then say: Here endeth the Epistle (or Lesson).
This hymn shall correspond to the Epistle or be a lIymn of Praise.
8. THE GOSPEL. The Minister, turning to the Congregation, shall say:
The holy Gospel is written in the -- chapter of St.--, beginning at the-verse.
The Congregation shall here rise and remain standing until the Confession of Faith has been said.
Then shall the Minister read the Gospel for the day.
9. TIIE CONFESSION OF FAITII. | The Minister shall say : Let us confess our holy Faith.
| The Minister shall turn to the Altar and, together with the Congregation, he shall say
THE APOSTLES' CREED.
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 Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the Life everlasting.
I The Congregation shall sing:
10. HYMN. | Then shall a hymn be sung, during which the Minister shall enter the pulpit. | After the Hymn sloall follovo
11a. THE SERMON. | The Sermon shall close with the GLORIA PATRI:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
116. THE GENERAL PRAYER. Everlasting and merciful God, we beseech Thee in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Look in mercy upon Thy Church. Protect it, and sanctify it by Thy truth. May Thy word be taught in its purity and Thy sacraments be rightly administered. Grant unto Thy Church faithful pastors who shall declare Thy truth with power and shall live according to Thy will. Send forth laborers into Thy harvest, and open the door of faith unto all the heathen and unto the people of Israel. In mercy remember the enemies of Thy Church and grant to them repentance unto life.
Let Thy protecting hand be over our nation and country and over all who travel by land or water, Prosper what is good among us, and bring to naught every evil counsel and purpose. Protect and bless Thy servants, the President of the United States, the Governor of this Commonwealth, our Judges and Magistrates, and all others in authority. Fit them for their high calling by the gift of the Spirit of Thy wisdom and fear, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
According to Thy promise, O God, be Thou the Defender of the widow and the Father of the orphan. Relieve and comfort the sick and the sorrowful. Graciously help those who are assaulted by the devil and who are in peril of death. Be the strength of those who are suffering for the sake of Christ's name. Grant that we may dwell together in peace and prosperity. Bestow upon us good and seasonable weather. And bless us with upright Christian counsel in all that we undertake.
Especially do we commend to Thy care and keeping this Thy congregation which Thou hast bought with a great price. Keep from us all offenses, and bind us together in the unity of Thy holy love. Grant that the little ones who are baptized in Thy Name may be brought up in Thy fear. (Bestow the power of renunciation and faith upon the hearts of the young who are to be confirmed in their baptismal covenant.*) And at Thy Table give unto those who there commune with Thee peace and life everlasting.
*) The words enclosed in this parenthesis are to be used when a class is being prepared for confirmation.