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humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in Thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall follow the Litany, omitting the General Thanksgiving.
A Sermon or Address.
The Penitential Office from the Prayer Book.
Proper Psalms. 42, 43, 70.
Proper Lesson. 2 Chron. vi. 18 to the end. Heb. x. 23-32.
The Collects as above followed by the Prayer of St. Chrysostom and the Grace.
Then may follow a Sermon or Address.
After the Sermon may be said a Litany from the Book of Offices or the Penitential Office from the Prayer Book.
When there is a celebration of the Holy Communion the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for Ash Wednesday may be used, the Penitential Office being Omitted.
Or the following:
O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of Thy great mercy loose us; for the honor of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
For the Epistle. Micah vi. 3-9.
A COMPLINE OFFICE
Minister. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Minister. Turn thou us, O God our Saviour;
Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
Then shall be sung or said the Antiphon, and after that one or more of the Psalms following.
Antiphon. Save us, O Lord.
PSALM 4. Cum invocarem.
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness : thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?
3 Know this also, that the himself the man that is godly Lord he will hear me.
Lord hath chosen to when I call upon the
4 Stand in awe, and sin not commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousn sness and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say: Who will show us any good?
7 Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart: since the time that their corn and wine and oil increased.
9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.
PSALM 31. In te, Domine, speravi.
Verses 1 to 6.
In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness. 2 Bow down thine ear to me make haste to deliver me.
3 And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence that thou mayest save me.
4 For thou are my strong rock, and my castle : be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
5 Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me for thou art my strength.
6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth. Glory be.
PSALM 91. Qui habitat.
Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter: and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night : nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness: nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the ungodly.
9 For thou, Lord, art my hope thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
10 There shall no evil happen unto thee: neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee in their hands that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. Glory be.
PSALM 134. Ecce nunc.
Behold now, praise the Lord: all ye servants of the Lord;
2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord : even in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.
4 The Lord that made heaven and earth: give thee blessing out of Sion.
Antiphon. Save us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
Before the ending of the day,
2 From all ill dreams defend our sight,
30 Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Then may follow a Lesson of Holy Scripture.
Then shall the Minister say the Compline Verse:
Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are
called by Thy Name; leave us not. Jer. xiv. 9.