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THE PILGRIM PILGRIM WAY A DAILY OFFICE


THE PILGRIM WAY The ‘Cuthbert’ Office

These daily offices for Morning and Evening prayer (and a short ‘Night Prayer’ for optional use) are intended for individual use as part of a Christian’s regular spiritual discipline. It may be that those who are especially associated with or committed to ‘The Pilgrim Way’ will wish to use this office in the knowledge that others who are following this ‘Way’ will also be using the office. It is based on and drawn from the previously published (though rarely used!) ‘Daily Office of Cuthbert’ which was originally intended for public and corporate use. As in that Daily Office, prayers and texts have been gathered from a wide range of sources. Sadly, the very informal origins of the first ‘Cuthbert Office’ meant that sources were not always accurately recorded, and so they cannot now be acknowledged. Should this office ever be published more widely, then we will seek to recognise and attribute all sources and obtain the necessary permissions. Meanwhile, should anyone recognise their material and wish that this be attributed then we will gladly do so and offer unreserved apology for any unintended infringement of copyright. However, I know enough of the influences here to acknowledge material from Ray Simpson, David Adam, the Iona Community, the Northumbria Community, the Book of Common Worship of the PCUSA and the Church of Scotland’s’ Book of ‘Common Order’ amongst others. In the morning and evening offices which follow, texts may be either read or said aloud. It is suggested that there may be particular value in saying aloud


those parts written in bold print and that the Psalms for the Day might also be read aloud.

Repeating texts aloud assists with the unconscious memorisation of these texts which then become part of our ‘inner furniture’. Furthermore, reciting these texts enhances the sense of these being worship that we offer to God in the company of the whole church – even when we are on our own. In this spirit, many of the texts are in plural form, for even as we pray alone, we belong to the universal church, the Body of Christ. It may also be that some may wish to recite all of the office. However, while there is undoubted value in following a daily office as a part of our spiritual disciple, it is not intended that this office is regarded as rigid, prescriptive or beyond adaptation! The user must feel free to rework and adapt what is offered here, as it seems to best suit them. However, do not do so too hastily! It can take time to get into the rhythm of such an office. ‘Examen’ is noted as a regular in the evening office. This simply means the prayerful reflection on the day that has been in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us and help us identify any circumstances where we might need to ask for forgiveness. A note of Psalms and Bible Readings and Collects are available separately. September 2016


INDEX

DAILY OFFICES ................................................................................ 6 SHORT OFFICE FOR DAILY USE ....................................................... 56 NIGHT PRAYER ............................................................................. 60 SEASONAL OFFICES....................................................................... 72


DAILY OFFICES OFFICES


DAILY OFFICES OFFICES OUTLINE OF MORNING PRAYER Opening Sentences Candle lit Opening prayers Collect of the Day Psalm(s) Bible Reading(s) Silence and Reflection Prayers Lord’s Prayer ‘Cuthbert’ collect Closing Sentences The Grace

OUTLINE OF EVENING PRAYER Opening Sentences Candle lit Opening prayers Reflection on the Day and “Examen” Collect of the Day Psalm(s) Bible Reading(s) Silence and Reflection ‘Cuthbert’ collect Closing Sentences The Grace

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Sunday Morning

SUNDAY MORNING Resurrection OPENING SENTENCES Christ is risen from the wintry ground of death, let all creation rise to greet the returning Splendour. Christ is risen in victory over all powers of evil, let all who know loss and pain rise to greet the returning Saviour. Christ is risen to renew the face of the earth, let all who are in barren places rise to greet the returning Spring. Christ is risen and calls together a new people of love, let all peoples everywhere rise to greet the returning Spouse. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Risen Lord, come stand among us. Awaken us to your presence, open to us the gate of glory, show us the path of life, help us to know you are with us now and always. Amen. SILENCE God our Father, at the first creation you set the world’s corner-stone in place, while the morning stars sang together and the angels of God all shouted for joy. In the new creation your grace has dawned upon the world with healing for all.

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May Christ, the sun of righteousness, shine in our hearts for ever and draw us to that light where you live in radiant glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 O God of all grace, who has gathered your saints into the everlasting life of your Risen presence, may we, inspired by the example of Cuthbert, who lived in your resurrection

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and who rejoices yet in your living light, come, with him and all your saints to share in your resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES By your death on the cross raise us, good Lord. By your burial in the grave raise us, good Lord. By your descending into hell raise us, good Lord. By your mighty resurrection raise us, good Lord. By your conquering death raise us, good Lord. By your risen appearances raise us, good Lord. By your presence among us raise us, good Lord. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Sunday Evening

SUNDAY EVENING Resurrection OPENING SENTENCES O God, come to our assistance. O Lord, hasten to help us. The Lord grant us a restful night and peace at the last. Amen. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome. Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening and the day is almost over. Let your light scatter the darkness and illumine your church. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Risen Lord, come stand among us. Awaken us to your presence, open to us the gate of glory, show us the path of life, help us to know you are with us now and always. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION Most merciful God, we confess to you, before the whole company of heaven and one another, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed and in what we have failed to do. Forgive us our sins, heal us by your Spirit and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen. God our Father, at the first creation you set the world’s corner-stone in place, while the morning stars sang together and the angels of God all shouted for joy. In the new creation your grace has dawned upon the world with healing for all. May Christ, the sun of righteousness, shine in our hearts for ever and draw us to that light where you live in radiant glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S)

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SILENCE AND REFLECTION O God of all grace, who has gathered your saints into the everlasting life of your Risen presence, may we, inspired by the example of Cuthbert, who lived in your resurrection and who rejoices yet in your living light, come, with him and all your saints to share in your resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES With all who are in darkness and weariness stand among us in your risen power. With all who are in doubt or despair stand among us in your risen power. With all who are in trouble or fearfulness stand among us in your risen power. With all who are in sickness and weariness stand among us in your risen power. With all who are frail and at the point of death stand among us in your risen power. Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Monday Morning

MONDAY MORNING Creation OPENING SENTENCES Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits. Bless him for his Creation which is alive with his Glory. God nods and beckons to us through every stone and star. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, you have called us out of darkness into light. Open our eyes to your presence, open our ears to your call, open our hearts to your love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. SILENCE Lord God, Creator and sustainer; you created the world by your love. You redeemed the world through your love. You maintain the world with your love. Enable us to give our love to you through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, is due all honour and praise, now and for ever; Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY

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Monday Morning

PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 Creator God, whose servant Cuthbert sought solitude in the wildness of creation, and to whom the creatures of the earth ministered; teach us to reverence all your works, to praise you in all we do, to share in your work of creation and to live to your glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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CLOSING SENTENCES Lord our God, bring newness to the world renew the face of the earth Restore the waters renew the face of the earth Refresh the air renew the face of the earth Revive the land renew the face of the earth Breathe new life into all of creation renew the face of the earth The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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MONDAY EVENING Creation OPENING SENTENCES The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. O God of all gods, I believe that you are the Creator of all things. O God of all gods, I believe that you are the Lord and Giver of life. O God of all gods, I believe that you are the Sustainer of all peoples. O God of all gods, I believe that you are the Giver of breath and spirit. O God of all gods, I believe that you are the Giver of body and mind. O God of all gods, I believe that you are here and with us now. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. You have called us out of darkness into light. Open our eyes to your presence, open our ears to your call, open our hearts to your love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen. Lord God, Creator and sustainer; you created the world by your love. You redeemed the world through your love. You maintain the world with your love. Enable us to give our love to you through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, is due all honour and praise, now and for ever; Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

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BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION Creator God, whose servant Cuthbert sought solitude in the wildness of creation, and to whom the creatures of the earth ministered; teach us to reverence all your works, to praise you in all we do, to share in your work of creation and to live to your glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES For the beauty of the earth O God, we praise you. For the mystery of creation O God, we praise you. For the wonders of the universe O God, we praise you. For the power within all things O God, we praise you. For all who work the land O God, we pray. For all who care for our planet O God, we pray. Amen.

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O God, you have designed this wonderful world, and know all things good for us. Give us such faith that, by day and by night, at all times and in all places, we may without fear entrust those who are dear to us to your never-failing love, in this life and in the life to come. Amen. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Tuesday Morning

TUESDAY MORNING Healing OPENING SENTENCES We come to God in our need, and bring with us the needs of others. We come to God who has come to us in Jesus, and who walks with us the road of the world’s suffering. We come as we are, with our faith, doubts, hopes and fears; it is God who invites us to come, and he has promised never to turn us away. . . . a candle may be lit . . . O great God, grant us your light. O great God, grant us your grace. O great God, grant us your joy, and let us be made pure in the well of your health. Amen. SILENCE Brother Jesus, you who walk with the wounded along the road of the world’s suffering; we come this day to seek your grace of healing, for the broken places of our world, for the broken people we know, for our own broken lives. As we come, may we find your promised presence and peace, healing and hope; and to you be all glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit; one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Tuesday Morning

COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 Healing God, whose servant Cuthbert delivered the oppressed from evil, and healed the sick of their diseases; enable us to minister your healing, and tend your needy ones, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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CLOSING SENTENCES Lord Christ, tend your sick ones. Lord Christ, rest your weary ones. Lord Christ, bless your dying ones. Lord Christ, soothe your suffering ones. Lord Christ, pity your afflicted ones. Lord Christ, shield your loving ones. For your name’s sake. Amen. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Tuesday Evening

TUESDAY EVENING Healing OPENING SENTENCES O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Amen. We come to God in our need, and bring with us the needs of others. We come to God who has come to us in Jesus, and who walks with us the road of the world’s suffering. We come as we are, with our faith, doubts, hopes and fears; it is God who invites us to come, and he has promised never to turn us away. . . . a candle may be lit . . . O great God, grant us your light. O great God, grant us your grace. O great God, grant us your joy, and let us be made pure in the well of your health. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION We confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, that we have sinned by our own fault, in thought, word, and deed;

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wherefore we pray God Almighty to have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen. Brother Jesus, you who walk with the wounded along the road of the world’s suffering; we come this day to seek your grace of healing, for the broken places of our world, for the broken people we know, for our own broken lives. As we come, may we find your promised presence and peace, healing and hope; and to you be all glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit; one God, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION Healing God, whose servant Cuthbert delivered the oppressed from evil, and healed the sick of their diseases; enable us to minister your healing, and tend your needy ones, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday Evening

CLOSING SENTENCES Into our world of darkness, into our places of strife, into our troubles and weakness, come Lord, come down, come in, come among us. Into our joys and celebrations, into our homes and to our loved ones, into our work and our achievements, come Lord, come down, come in, come among us. To those who are in need, to those who are in sickness, to those who are in despair, come Lord, come down, come in, come among us. Amen. In peace we will lie down and sleep; for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety. Abide with us, Lord Jesus, for the night is at hand and the day is now past. As the night watch looks for the morning, so do we look for you, O Christ. Amen.

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Wednesday Morning

WEDNESDAY MORNING Prayer and the Spiritual Struggle OPENING SENTENCES The angels sing in delight at Creation. The world is vibrant with the joy of God’s messengers. The angels proclaim the birth of God’s Son. God is enthroned on the praise of his servants. The angels follow the will of God. Darkness and the shadow of sin are chased away. . . . a candle may be lit . . . God of all truth and Creator of light, who has won the victory over evil, sin, darkness and death, may the blessing of light be upon us. Scatter the darkness from before us that we may walk as children of light. Illumine our hearts, that all that is false within us may flee, that we might awake to Christ’s summons in our midst, and that we might discern his glory all around through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SILENCE Loving God, who has invited our fellowship and who longs for our presence; grant that in prayer we may enter into communion with you, and kindle in our hearts

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a desire to spend time with you; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 Almighty God, as Cuthbert, your servant, gave himself to a life of prayer and wrestled with the powers of evil, so may we, strengthened by your Spirit, dedicate ourselves ever more fully to prayer,

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and stand fast against all darkness, in the name and strength of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Lord, by your cross and passion, free us from evil and deliver us. Destroy the powers of darkness and deliver us. Free your creation from corruption and deliver us. Bring us to the liberty of the children of God and deliver us. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Wednesday Evening

WEDNESDAY EVENING Prayer and the Spiritual Struggle OPENING SENTENCES Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Amen. The angels sing in delight at Creation. The world is vibrant with the joy of God’s messengers. The angels proclaim the birth of God’s Son. God is enthroned on the praise of his servants. The angels follow the will of God. Darkness and the shadow of sin are chased away. . . . a candle may be lit . . . God of all truth and Creator of light, who has won the victory over evil, sin, darkness and death, may the blessing of light be upon us. Scatter the darkness from before us that we may walk as children of light. Illumine our hearts, that all that is false within us may flee, that we might awake to Christ’s summons in our midst, and that we might discern his glory all around through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION Most merciful God, we confess to you, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed and in what we have failed to do. Forgive us our sins, heal us by your Spirit and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen. Loving God, who has invited our fellowship and who longs for our presence; grant that in prayer we may enter into communion with you, and kindle in our hearts a desire to spend time with you; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION

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Almighty God, as Cuthbert, your servant, gave himself to a life of prayer and wrestled with the powers of evil, so may we, strengthened by your Spirit, dedicate ourselves ever more fully to prayer, and stand fast against all darkness, in the name and strength of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Lord, may your protecting peace be upon us and all whom we love. May angels watch over our dreams; may angels guard our thoughts. Now we will lie down in peace. now we will sleep in God. Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Thursday Morning

THURSDAY MORNING Community OPENING SENTENCES The Creator Father is with us. The Saviour Jesus is with us. The Strengthening Spirit is with us. Amen. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord, eternal God and Father, surrounded by the saints in glory. You create us by your power and redeem us by your love. Grant us the light of love that never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light around us. Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that as we give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you, we may reflect your nature here on earth until we come to you, and your saints in everlasting light, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. SILENCE Loving God, who has invited our fellowship and who longs for our presence; grant that in prayer we may enter into communion with you, and kindle in our hearts

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a desire to spend time with you; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 King of Heaven, who called Cuthbert from tending sheep to be a shepherd of the people; inspired by his example and enabled by your grace

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may we seek to guard unity, build community, and welcome all whom we meet; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the threeness, through confession of the oneness of the Creator. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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THURSDAY EVENING Community OPENING SENTENCES You, O Lord, are in the midst of us and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God. Amen. The Creator Father is with us. The Saviour Jesus is with us. The Strengthening Spirit is with us. Amen. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord, eternal God and Father, surrounded by the saints in glory. You create us by your power and redeem us by your love. Grant us the light of love that never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light around us. Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that as we give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you, we may reflect your nature here on earth until we come to you, and your saints in everlasting light, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. SILENCE

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The servants of the Lamb shall see the face of God, whose name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22.4,5 REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION Most merciful God, we confess to you, before the whole company of heaven and one another, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed and in what we have failed to do. Forgive us our sins, heal us by your Spirit and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen. Loving God, who has invited our fellowship and who longs for our presence; grant that in prayer we may enter into communion with you, and kindle in our hearts a desire to spend time with you; through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY

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PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION King of Heaven, who called Cuthbert from tending sheep to be a shepherd of the people; inspired by his example and enabled by your grace may we seek to guard unity, build community, and welcome all whom we meet; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES God with us lying down, God with us rising up. Christ with us sleeping, Christ with us waking. Spirit with us now, Spirit with us evermore. Send your peace into our hearts, O Lord, at the evening hour, that we may be contented with your mercies of this day, and confident of your protection for this night;

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and now, having forgiven others, even as you forgive us, may we have a pure comfort and a healthful rest within the shelter of this home. Amen. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Friday Morning

FRIDAY MORNING The Way of the Cross OPENING SENTENCES We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. We seek, O Christ, to tread in your steps; by your weakness, make us strong. We desire, O Christ, to follow in your way; by your obedience, lead us into the way of the Cross. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation. You have rescued us from darkness. You have released us from fear. You have redeemed us from death. You have made us your children. We worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. SILENCE Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, you have borne insults and pains for us and so won for us many benefits. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. To your praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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Friday Morning

COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 Gracious God, whose servant, Cuthbert, followed your Son, Jesus Christ, on the costly road of discipleship; enable us by your grace to take up our Cross and follow in the sacrificial way of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was obedient even unto death, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and praise, now and for ever. Amen.

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CLOSING SENTENCES Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me, Christ over me, Christ beside me, on my left, and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me, on my left, and my right. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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FRIDAY EVENING The Way of the Cross OPENING SENTENCES Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Sacrificial Love lingers still among us, calling us to wait and to watch. Eternal Light, shine into our hearts. Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil. Eternal Power, strengthen us. Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us. With our whole being we shall seek your face, until we are brought to your holy Presence. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation. You have rescued us from darkness. You have released us from fear. You have redeemed us from death. You have made us your children. We worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Friday Evening

SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION We confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, that we have sinned by our own fault, in thought, word, and deed; wherefore we pray God Almighty to have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, you have borne insults and pains for us and so won for us many benefits. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. To your praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S)

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Friday Evening

SILENCE AND REFLECTION Gracious God, whose servant, Cuthbert, followed your Son, Jesus Christ, on the costly road of discipleship; enable us by your grace to take up our Cross and follow in the sacrificial way of our Lord Jesus Christ who was obedient even unto death, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and praise, now and for ever. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES We go in the Way of the Cross of Christ: the Cross before us to keep us true, the Cross behind us to shield us from ill, the Cross above us to lead us through. Amen. O Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Friday Evening

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Saturday Morning

SATURDAY MORNING Mission OPENING SENTENCES Come, Holy Spirit, come and fill us. Come, Lord of life, come and fill us. Come, wind of heaven, come and fill us. Come, flame of love, come and fill us. Come, giver of all gifts, come and fill us. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Creator of light, the blessing of light be upon us: The blessing of daylight. The blessing of sunlight. The blessing of Christ light. Scatter the darkness from before us that we may walk as children of light, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SILENCE

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Holy Spirit of God, who fills the timid with power, gives gifts to your people, and multiplies within them the fruit of love. Come to us now and fill us; renew, refresh and revive us, that we may live and work for you, and be part of your mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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

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Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your servant Cuthbert: grant to us, your humble servants, the same faith and power of love; that, as we rejoice in his ministry, we may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES May we do this day on earth as the saints do in heaven. May we live this day in your light and walk in the hope of your kingdom. May we reach out to any and to all as Christ has reached out to us. May we be bold to speak of our faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Saturday Evening

SATURDAY EVENING Mission OPENING SENTENCES Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting of my hands as an evening sacrifice. God will come, and there shall be continuous day, for at evening time there shall be light. God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. Kindling Spirit, come; inflame our waiting hearts. Consoling Spirit, come; you know our every need. Amen. . . . a candle may be lit . . . God will come, and there shall be continuous day, for at evening time there shall be light. God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, your face is hidden from us by our sins, and we forget your mercy in the blindness of our hearts. Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires. With lowliness and meekness may we draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. Holy Spirit of God, who fills the timid with power gives gifts to your people and multiplies within them the fruit of love; come to us now and fill us; renew, refresh and revive us, that we may live and work for you, and be part of your mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S)

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Saturday Evening

SILENCE AND REFLECTION Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your servant Cuthbert: grant to us, your humble servants, the same faith and power of love; that, as we rejoice in his ministry, we may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Great God, Creator, Saviour and Spirit, come into our minds, come into our dreams, come into our mouths, until we become your presence and sign in the world. Abide with us, O Lord, for evening comes and the day is almost over. Abide with us, for the days are hastening on and we hasten with them. Abide with us and with all your faithful people, until the daystar rises and the morning light appears, and we shall abide with you for ever. Amen. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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SHORT OFFICE FOR DAILY USE


SHORT OFFICE FOR DAILY USE

The Daily Office of the Pilgrim Way includes provision for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer plus optional Seasonal offices.

Some people may prefer to use a simpler and shorter Daily Office on a regular basis and many will find that there are times or circumstances when a shorter office is a preferable alternative on occasion.

This brief office is offered for such circumstances.


Short Office For Daily Use

SHORT OFFICE FOR DAILY USE

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise . . . a candle may be lit . . .

PSALM . . . one of the psalms set for the day may be read . . .

BIBLE READING(S) the reading in bold on the accompanying Bible reading schedule is read, the comment may be read and a time of silent reflection observed.

PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . .

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 COLLECT OF THE DAY The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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NIGHT PRAYER


NIGHT PRAYER

This is a short optional office intended for use by individuals or groups prior to retiring at the end of the day.

Where possible there can be value in observing silence after this office.


Night Prayer

NIGHT PRAYER

Come to us this night, O God, come to us with light. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Dwell with us this night, O God, dwell with us in love. In the Name of the restful Father, in the Name of the calming Son, in the Name of the peaceful Spirit, may we and God be one. A PSALM IS SAID

SUNDAY - PSALM 4 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; you set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood? But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

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Night Prayer

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put your trust in the Lord. There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their corn and wine and oil increase. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

MONDAY - PSALM 91 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty, shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’ For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, yet it shall not come near you.

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Night Prayer

Your eyes have only to behold to see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge and the Most High your stronghold, there shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your tent. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because they have set their love upon me, therefore will I deliver them; I will lift them up, because they know my name. They will call upon me and I will answer them; I am with them in trouble, I will deliver them and bring them to honour. With long life will I satisfy them and show them my salvation.

TUESDAY - PSALM 141 (selected verses) O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

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Night Prayer

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with those who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies. Let a righteous person strike me - it is a kindness; let them rebuke me - it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. My eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge - do not give me over to death. Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers.

WEDNESDAY - PSALM 104 (selected verses) Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.

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Night Prayer

You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night. The sun rises, and people go out to their work, to their labour until evening. How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all. May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works. I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD.

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Night Prayer

THURSDAY - PSALM 134 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you that by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth give you blessing out of Zion.

FRIDAY - PSALM 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I lack for nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me to water where I may rest; he revives my spirit; for his name’s sake he guides me in the right paths. Even were I to walk through a valley of deepest darkness I should fear no harm, for you are with me; your shepherd’s staff and crook afford me comfort. You spread a table for me in the presence of my enemies; you have richly anointed my head with oil, and my cup brims over. Goodness and love unfailing will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord throughout the years to come.

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Night Prayer

SATURDAY - PSALM 121 If I lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall I find help? My help comes only from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot stumble; he who guards you will not sleep. The guardian of Israel never slumbers, never sleeps. The Lord is your guardian, your protector at your right hand; the sun will not strike you by day nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you against all harm; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, now and for evermore.

. . . following the Psalm . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING . . . one of the following short Scripture readings may be read . . .

SUNDAY - MATTHEW 11: 28–30 [Jesus said:] Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and

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Night Prayer

learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

MONDAY - 1 THESSALONIANS 5: 23 May the God of peace . . . sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

TUESDAY - MATTHEW 6: 31–34 Do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

WEDNESDAY - 2 CORINTHIANS 4: 6–10 It is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

THURSDAY - 1 JOHN 4: 18–20 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.

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Night Prayer

FRIDAY - REVELATION 22: 3c-5 [The servants of the Lamb] will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

SATURDAY - 1 PETER 5: 8, 9 Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

SILENCE . . . a short silence may be observed . . . NUNC DIMITTIS Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people; a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. We are placing our souls and our bodies under your guarding this night, O Christ.

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Night Prayer

O Son of the tears, of the wounds, of the piercings, may your cross this night be shielding all. The Lord bless us and watch over us; the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us; the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace. Amen.

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SEASONAL OFFICES


SEASONAL OFFICES Optional ‘Seasonal Offices’ are offered for those who may wish to mark the seasons of the Christian Year. Instead of varying from day to day, these can be used for every day of the week in the appropriate season. There can often be a benefit to changing patterns in this way in terms of ‘refreshing’ our prayer experience and there is always a benefit in connecting our prayers with those of the great rhythms of the Liturgical Year. However, some may wish to use these ‘seasonal’ offices only on occasion, or only use them for the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Passiontide, Easter and Pentecost (indicated in bold). They are provided simply as an additional resource for use if desired.

Advent

from first Sunday of Advent until 24 December

Incarnation

from 25 December until 5 January

Epiphany

from 6 January until 2 February

Lent

from Ash Wednesday until Saturday immediately before Palm / Passion Sunday

Passiontide

from Palm / Passion Sunday until Holy Saturday

Easter

from Easter Day until the day before Ascension Day

Ascensiontide

from Ascension Day until Saturday immediately before Pentecost

Pentecost

from the day of Pentecost until the following Sunday (Trinity)

Creationtide

from 1 September until the second Sunday of October

Kingdomtide

from Monday after the second Sunday of October, until the Saturday immediately before Advent Sunday


Advent- Morning Prayer

ADVENT- MORNING PRAYER This office for Advent can be used instead of the regular daily Morning Prayer, from the first Sunday of Advent until the 24 December.

OPENING SENTENCES O Lord, reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory. Now it is time to awake out of sleep, for the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light,. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all to you be praise and glory for ever. In your tender compassion the dawn from on high is breaking upon us to dispel the lingering shadows of night. As we look for your coming among us this day, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed be God for ever. SILENCE

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Advent- Morning Prayer

God of all wisdom, our hearts yearn for the warmth of your love, and our minds search for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour, and strengthen us to grow in love, that at the dawn of his coming we may rejoice in his presence and welcome the light of his truth. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION . . . one of the following ‘Canticles’ may be said. . .

A SONG OF THE KING'S GLORY - PSALM 24 The earth is the Lord's and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein. For he has founded it upon the seas and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

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Advent- Morning Prayer

'Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord or who can rise up in his holy place?' Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not lifted up their soul to an idol, nor sworn an oath to a lie; 'They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a just reward from the God of their salvation.' Such is the company of those who seek him, of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 'Who is the King of glory?' 'The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord who is mighty in battle.' Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 'Who is this King of glory?' 'The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.'

A SONG OF THE WILDERNESS - ISAIAH 35: 1, 2B-4A, 4C-6, 10 The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice, the desert shall blossom and burst into song. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weary hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

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Advent- Morning Prayer

Say to the anxious, 'Be strong, fear not, your God is coming with judgement, coming with judgement to save you.' Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads. Joy and gladness shall be theirs, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

A SONG OF REDEMPTION - COLOSSIANS 1: 13-18A, 19, 20A Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. The Father has delivered us from the dominion of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son; in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. All things were created through him and for him, he is before all things and in him all things hold together.

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Advent- Morning Prayer

He is the head of the body, the Church, he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things.

. . . following the Canticle . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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 Jesus, Son of Mary in whom your servant Cuthbert found strength and protection; be our helper and encircler, and our strength everlasting, in whose name we pray. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES . . . until 16 December. . . May the Lord, when he comes find us watching and waiting.

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Advent- Morning Prayer

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17 DECEMBER

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

18 DECEMBER

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

19 DECEMBER

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

20 DECEMBER

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

21 DECEMBER

O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.


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22 DECEMBER

O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.

23 DECEMBER

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

24 DECEMBER

Shower, O heavens, from above and let the skies rain down righteousness. Let the earth open that salvation may spring up.

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Advent - Evening Prayer

ADVENT - EVENING VENING PRAYER This office for Advent can be used instead of the regular daily Evening Prayer, from the first Sunday of Advent until the 24 December.

OPENING SENTENCES O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Reveal among us the light of your presence that we may behold your power and glory. Drop down the dew from above, O heavens, and let the clouds rain justice. Let the earth’s womb be opened, and bring forth a Saviour. . . . a candle may be lit . . . O Christ, splendour of the glory of God, and perfect image of the Eternal One who begot you, we praise you for the infinite love which sent you among us we confess you as the light and life of the world and we adore you as our Lord and our God. As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and forever. Amen.

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Advent - Evening Prayer

SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. We accept lies as truth, exploit neighbours, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world. Amen. God of hope and joy, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will brighten the night of the waiting world. Let no sorrow hinder the joy of those who seek him. Let no sin obscure the vision of wisdom seen by those who find him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY

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Advent - Evening Prayer

PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION MAGNIFICAT - LUKE 1: 46-55 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.

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Advent - Evening Prayer

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. Jesus, Son of Mary in whom your servant Cuthbert found strength and protection; be our helper and encircler, and our strength everlasting, in whose name we pray. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES As the day draws near its end we receive God’s peace, knowing our sins are forgiven. We receive God’s peace, knowing death has no fear. We receive God’s peace, knowing no powers can harm us. We receive God’s peace, knowing Jesus is near. The earth rejoices in hope of the Saviour’s coming, and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes, for he is Lord forever. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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Christmas Season - Morning Prayer

CHRISTMAS SEASON - MORNING PRAYER This office for Christmas can be used in place of the regular daily Morning Prayer, from Christmas Day until the 5 January.

OPENING SENTENCES O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. The Word of life which was from the beginning we proclaim to you. The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of heaven and earth, to you be praise and glory for ever. As your living Word, eternal in heaven, assumed the frailty of our mortal flesh, may the light of your love be born in us to fill our hearts with joy as we sing: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed be God for ever. SILENCE The night has passed, and the day lies open before us. As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.

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Christmas Season - Morning Prayer

Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION . . . one of the following ‘Canticles’ may be said. . .

BENEDICTUS - LUKE 1: 68–79 Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel; you have come to your people and set them free. You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of your servant David. Through your holy prophets, you promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us, to show mercy to our forebears, and to remember your holy covenant. This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship you without fear, holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. 85


Christmas Season - Morning Prayer

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way, to give God’s 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.

THE SONG OF THE MESSIAH - FROM ISAIAH 9 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness upon them the light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them great gladness; they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest. For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them; the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders. For to us a child is born and to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor; the Mighty God; the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness. From this time forth and for evermore; the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

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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.

. . . following the Canticle . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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. 87


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Now and for ever. Amen God of grace, whose guidance was sought by Cuthbert, direct our hours this day. May we see the face of Christ in everyone we meet, and may everyone we meet see the face of Christ in us. Teach us to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ in his name we pray. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES King of glory, you accepted such humbling; Clothe us with the garments of humility. Babe of heaven, you birth reveals the simplicity of the Father’s love Keep us in the simplicity of that love. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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CHRISTMAS SEASON - EVENING PRAYER This office for Christmas can be used in place of the regular daily Evening Prayer, from Christmas Day until the 5 January.

OPENING SENTENCES O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. You laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands Eternal God, in Jesus Christ your light shines in our darkness, giving joy in sorrow and comfort in loneliness. Fill us with the mystery of your Word made flesh, until our hearts overflow with praise and joy, for he is the beginning and the end of all that exists, living for ever more. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good.

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We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, and live in the truth of Christ the Lord. Amen. O God, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son for us. Increase and strengthen our faith and fix it firmly on the mystery of your Word made flesh, that we may triumph over all evil through Christ who reigns now and forever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION MAGNIFICAT - LUKE 1: 46-55 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

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He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. God of grace, whose guidance was sought by Cuthbert, bless our sleep this night. May we rest in peace and rise refreshed; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Child of glory, Son of God bring your peace. Child of Mary, born in a stable bring your peace.

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Child of humanity, from whose line we come bring your peace. Child of peace, gentle and strong bring your peace. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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EPIPHANY SEASON - MORNING PRAYER This office for the Season of Epiphany can be used in place of the regular daily Morning Prayer, from the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) until Candlemas (2 February).

OPENING SENTENCES O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Your light springs up for the righteous and all the peoples have seen your glory. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him. Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is King. Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Blessed are you, Sovereign God, king of the nations, to you be praise and glory for ever. From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is proclaimed in all the world. As the Sun of Righteousness dawns in our hearts, anoint our lips with the seal of your Spirit, that we may witness to your gospel, and sing your praise in all the earth. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed be God for ever.

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SILENCE JUBILATE - A SONG OF JOY - PSALM 100 O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Know that the Lord is God; it is he that has made us and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting, and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION . . . the following ‘Canticle’ may be said . . .

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THE SONG OF THE NEW JERUSALEM - ISAIAH 60.1-3, 11A, 18, 19, 14B Arise, shine out, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising upon you. Though night still covers the earth, and darkness the peoples; above you the Holy One arises, and above you God's glory appears. The nations will come to your light, and kings to your dawning brightness. Your gates will lie open continually, shut neither by day nor by night. The sound of violence shall be heard no longer in your land, or ruin and devastation within your borders. You will call your walls, Salvation, and your gates, Praise. No more will the sun give you daylight, nor moonlight shine upon you; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, your God will be your splendour. For you shall be called the city of God, the dwelling of the Holy One of Israel. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. PRAYERS . . . for world, church, those in need, the day ahead, concluding with . . . 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.

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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 God of light, who has shone in the darkness and whose brightness was revealed in Christ our Lord, and proclaimed by your servant Cuthbert; may we on whom that light has shined reflect your glory in our lives this day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES Eternal light shine upon us and within us. Eternal Light guide us and direct us. Eternal Light challenge us and comfort us. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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EPIPHANY SEASON - EVENING PRAYER This office for the Season of Epiphany can be used in place of the regular daily Evening Prayer, from the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) until Candlemas (2 February).

OPENING SENTENCES O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations. In every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering my name is great among the nations. . . . a candle may be lit . . . Eternal Light, you have shown us your glory in Christ, the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, your love is near. Draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where the Spirit makes all life complete, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SILENCE REFLECTION ON THE DAY AND ‘EXAMEN’ PRAYER OF CONFESSION

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God of glory, you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light. We turn away from the poor; we ignore cries for justice; we do not strive for peace. In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin, and baptize us once again with your Spirit, that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ. Amen. God of light and glory, you reveal your love to all of the world. May our lives tell of that love, shine with your light and reveal your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT OF THE DAY PSALM(S) . . . following the Psalm(s) . . . Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. BIBLE READING(S) SILENCE AND REFLECTION NUNC DIMITTIS - LUKE 12: 29-32 Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled.

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My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people; a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. God of light, who has shone in the darkness and whose brightness was revealed in Christ our Lord, and proclaimed by your servant Cuthbert; may we on whom that light has shined reflect your glory in our lives this day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. CLOSING SENTENCES As the day draws near its end we receive God’s peace, knowing our sins are forgiven. We receive God’s peace, knowing death has no fear. We receive God’s peace, knowing no powers can harm us. We receive God’s peace, knowing Jesus is near. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

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The Pilgrim Way - Daily Office and Night Prayer  

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