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Anglicanism

  • Canticles

A. Morning Prayer


  • 1. VENITE (PSALM 95) (a) Traditional form

  • 1. O come let us/ sing unto the/ Lord: let us heartily

    rejoice in the/ strength of/ our sal/ vation.
    2. Let us come before his/ presence with/ thanksgiving:
    and show ourselves/ glad in/ him with/ psalms.
    3. For the Lord is a/ great/ God: and a great/ King
    above/ all/ gods.
    4. In his hand are all the/ corners of the/ earth:
    and the strength of the/ hills is/ his/ also.

    2nd part
    5. The sea is his and/ he/ made it: and his
    hands pre/ pared the/ dry/ land.
    6. O come let us worship and/ fall/ down:
    and kneel be/ fore the/ Lord our/ Maker.
    7. For he is the/ Lord our/ God: and we are the people
    of his pasture, and the/ sheep of/ his/ hand.
    8. To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden/ not your/
    hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of
    temp/ tation/ in the/ wilderness;
    9. When your fathers/ tempted/ me: proved/
    me and/ saw my/ works.
    10. Forty years long was I grieved with this gene/ ration
    and/ said: It is a people that do err in their hearts,
    for they/ have not/ known my/ ways;
    11. Unto whom I/ sware in my/ wrath:
    that they should not/ enter/ into my/ rest.
    Glory be to the Father, and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and/ ever/ shall be: world without/ end. A/ men.

    B. Morning Prayer (b) Modern translation


    1. O come let us sing/ out to the/ Lord: let us shout
    in triumph to the/ rock of/ our sal/ vation.
    2. Let us come before his/ face with/ thanksgiving:
    and cry/ out to him/ joyfully in/ psalms.
    3. For the Lord is a/ great/ God:
    and a great/ King above/ all/ gods.
    4. In his hand are the/ depths of the/ earth:
    and the peaks of the/ mountains are/ his/ also.
    2nd part
    5. The sea is his and/ he/ made it:
    his hands/ moulded/ dry/ land.
    6. Come let us worship and/ bow/ down:
    and kneel be/ fore the/ Lord our/ Maker.
    7. For he is the/ Lord our/ God:
    we are his/ people and the/ sheep of his/ pasture.
    8. To-day if only you would hear his voice,
    "Do not harden your/ hearts as at Meribah:
    as on that day at/ Messah in the/ wilderness;
    9. When your/ fathers/ tested me: put me to proof
    though/ they had/ seen my/ works.
    10. Forty years long I loathed that gene/ ration and/ said:
    `It is a people that err in their hearts for they/ do not/ know my/ ways'
    11. Of whom I/ swore in my/ wrath: `They/ shall not/ enter my/ rest.'"
    Glory be to the Father, and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and/ ever/ shall be: world without/ end. A/ men.

    2. Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100) (a) Traditional words


    1. O be joyful in the Lord/ all ye/ lands: serve the Lord with gladness,
    and come before his/ presence/ with a/ song. 2. Be ye sure that the Lord/ he is/ God: it is he that
    hath made us and not we ourselves, we are his/ people
    and the/ sheep of his/ pasture.
    3. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his/
    courts with/ praise: be thankful unto him and/ speak good/ of his/ name.
    4. For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is/ ever/ lasting:
    and his truth endureth from gene/ ration to/ gene/ ration.
    Glory be to the Father, and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and/ ever/ shall be: world without/ end. A/ men.

    (Psalm 100) (b) Modern translation


    1. O shout to the Lord in triumph/ all the/ earth:
    serve the Lord with gladness and come before his/
    face with/ songs of/ joy.
    2. Know that the Lord/ he is/ God: it is he who has made us
    and we are his, we are his/ people and the/ sheep of his/ pasture.
    3. Come into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his/ courts with/ praise:
    give thanks to him and/ bless his/ holy/ name.
    4. For the Lord is good, his loving mercy/ is for/ ever:
    his faithfulness through/ out all/ gener/ ations.
    Glory to the Father and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the be/ ginning is/ now: and ever shall be world without end. A/ men.

    3. The Easter Anthems (a) Traditional words


    1. Christ our passover is/ sacrificed/ for us:
    therefore/ let us/ keep the/ feast.
    2. Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of/ malice and/ wickedness:
    but with the unleavened bread of sin/ ceri/ ty and / truth.
    3. Christ being raised from the dead/ dieth no/ more:
    death hath no/ more do/ minion/ over him.
    4. For in that he died, he died unto/ sin/ once:
    but in that he liveth, he/ liveth/ unto/ God.
    5. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed/ unto/ sin:
    but alive unto God through/ Jesus/ Christ our/ Lord.
    6. Christ is/ risen from the/ dead:
    and become the/ first-fruits of/ them that/ slept.
    7. For since by/ man came/ death:
    by man came also the resur/ rection/ of the/ dead.
    8. For as in Adam/ all/ die:
    even so in Christ shall/ all be/ made a/ live.
    Glory be to the Father, and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and/ ever/ shall be: world without/ end. A/ men.

    3. The Easter Anthems (b) Modern translation


    1. Christ our passover has been/ sacrificed/ for us:
    so let us/ cele/ brate the/ feast.
    2. Not with the old leaven of cor/ruption and/ wickedness:
    but with the unleavened/ bread of sin/ cerity and/ truth.
    3. Christ once raised from the dead/ dies no/ more:
    death has no/ more do/ minion/ over him.
    4. In dying he died to sin/ once for/ all:
    in/ living he/ lives to/ God.
    5. See yourselves therefore as/ dead to/ sin:
    and alive to God in/ Jesus/ Christ our/ Lord.
    6. Christ has risen/ from the/ dead:
    and become the/ first-fruits of/ those who/ slept.
    7. For as by/ man came/ death: by man has come
    also the resur/ rection/ of the/ dead.
    8. For as in/ Adam all/ die: even so in Christ shall/
    all be/ made a/ live.
    Glory to the Father and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit;
    As it was in the be/ginning is/ now: and ever shall be world without/ end. A/ men.

    4. Benedictus (Song of Zechariah) Luke 1:68-80
    (a) Traditional words


    1. Blessed be the Lord/ God of/ Israel: for he hath/
    visited· and re/ deemed his/ people;
    2. And hath raised up a mighty sal/ vation/ for us:
    in the/ house of his/ servant/ David.
    3. As he spake by the mouth of his/ holy/ prophets:
    which have been/ since the/ world be/ gan;
    4. That we should be saved/ from our/ enemies:
    and from the/ hands of/ all that/ hate us;
    5. To perform the mercy promised/ to our/ forefathers:
    and to re/member his/ holy/ covenant;
    6. To perform the oath which he sware to our/ fore·father/ Abraham:
    that/ he would/ give/ us;
    7. That we being delivered out of the/ hand of our/ enemies:
    might/ serve him with/ out/ fear;
    8. In holiness and/ righteousness be/ fore him:
    all the/ days of/ our/ life.
    9. And thou child shalt be called the/ prophet of the/ highest:
    for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord/ to pre/ pare his/ ways;
    10. To give knowledge of salvation/ unto his/ people:
    for the re/ mission/ of their/ sins,
    11. Through the tender mercy of/ our/ God:
    whereby the day-spring/ from on/ high hath/ visited us;
    12. To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the/
    shadow of/ death: and to guide our feet/ into the/ way of/ peace.
    Glory be to the Father, and/ to the/ Son:
    and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and/ ever/ shall be: world without/ end/ A/ men.

    4. Benedictus (Song of Zechariah) Luke 1:68-80
    (b) Modern translation


    1. Blessed be the Lord the/ God of/ Israel:
    for he has come to his/ people and/ set them/ free.
    2. He has raised up for us a/ mighty/ Saviour:
    born of the/ house of his/ servant/ David.
    3. Through his holy prophets he/ promised of/ old:
    that he would save us from our enemies, from the/ hands of/ all that/ hate us.
    4. He promised to show/ mercy to our/ fathers:
    and to re/ member his/ holy/ covenant;
    5. This was the oath he swore to our/ father/ Abraham:
    to set us/ free from the/ hands of our/ enemies;
    6. Free to worship him with/ out/ fear: holy and righteous
    in his sight/ all the/ days of our/ life.
    7. You my child shall be called the prophet of the/ Most/ High:
    for you will go before/ Lord to pre/ pare his/ ways.
    8. To give his people knowledge/ of sal/ vation: by the for/ giveness of/ all their/ sins.
    9. In the tender compassion/ of our/ God:
    the dawn from on/ high shall/ break up/ on us.
    10. To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the/ shadow of/ death:
    and to guide our feet/ into the/ way of/ peace.
    Glory be to the Father and/ to the/ Son: and/ to the/ Holy/ Spirit; As it was in the be/ ginning is/ now: and shall be for/ ever. A/ men. 5. A

    5. Song of Creation (Benedicite)
    On weekdays, verses 4-17 may be omitted


    1. Bless the Lord all cre/ated / things : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 2. Bless the / Lord you / heavens : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 3. Bless the Lord you / angels · of the / Lord : bless the / Lord you / stars of / heaven. 4. Bless the Lord you waters a/bove the / heavens : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 5. Bless the Lord / sun and / moon : bless the / Lord you / stars of / heaven. 6. Bless the Lord all / rain and / dew : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 7. Bless the Lord all / winds that / blow : bless the / Lord / fire and heat. 8. Bless the Lord scorching wind and / bitter / cold : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 9. Bless the Lord dews and / falling / snows : bless the / Lord you / nights and / days. 10. Bless the Lord / light and / darkness : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 11. Bless the Lord / frost and / cold : bless the / Lord you / ice and / snow. 12. Bless the Lord / lightnings and / clouds : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 13. O let the earth / bless the / Lord : bless the / Lord you / mountains and / hills. 14. Bless the Lord all that / grows in the / ground : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 15. Bless the / Lord you / springs : bless the / Lord you / seas and / rivers. 16. Bless the Lord you whales and all that / swim in · the / waters : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for/ ever. 17. Bless the Lord all / birds · of the / air : bless the / 33 Lord you / beasts and / cattle. 18. Bless the Lord all / men on the / earth : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 19. O people of God / bless the / Lord : bless the / Lord you / priests · of the / Lord. 20. Bless the Lord you / servants · of the / Lord : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 21. Bless the Lord all men of / upright / spirit : bless the Lord you that are / holy and / humble in / heart. Bless the Father the Son and the / Holy / Spirit : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 6. Great and Wonderful 1. Great and wonderful are your deeds Lord / God · the Al/mighty : just and true are your / ways O / King of the / nations. 2. Who shall not revere and praise your / name O / Lord? : for / you a/lone are / holy. 3. All nations shall come and worship / in your / presence : for your just / dealings have / been re/vealed. To him who sits on the throne / and to the / Lamb : be praise and honour glory and might for ever and / ever. / A/men. 7. Te Deum (a) Traditional words 1. We praise / thee O / God : we acknowledge / thee to / be the / Lord. 2. All the earth doth / worship / thee : the / Father / ever/lasting. 3. To thee all Angels / cry a/loud : the Heavens and / all the / powers there/in. 4. To thee / cherubim and / seraphim : con/tinual/ly do / cry, 5. Holy / Holy / Holy : Lord / God of / Saba/oth; 34 * 6. Heaven and / earth are / full : of the / majesty / of thy / glory. 7. The glorious company of the apostles / praise / thee: the goodly fellowship of the / prophets / praise / thee. 8. The noble / army of / martyrs : praise / - / - / thee. 9. The holy church throughout all the world doth ac/knowledge / thee : the Father / of an / infinite / majesty; 10. Thine honourable true and / only / Son : also the / Holy / Ghost the / Comforter. ¶ 11. Thou art the King of / Glory O / Christ : thou art the ever/lasting / Son of the / Father. 12. When thou tookest upon thee to de/liver / man : thou didst not ab/hor the / Virgin's / womb. 2nd part 13. When thou hadst overcome the / sharpness of / death : thou didst open the Kingdom of / Heaven to / all be/lievers. 14. Thou sittest at the right / hand of / God : in the / glory / of the / Father. * 15. We believe that / thou shalt / come : to / be / our / judge. 16. We therefore pray thee / help thy / servants : whom thou hast redeemed / with thy / precious / blood. 17. Make them to be numbered / with thy / saints : in / glory / ever/lasting. ¶ 18. O Lord save thy people and / bless thine / heritage : govern them and / lift them / up for / ever. 19. Day by day we / magnify / thee : and we worship thy name / ever / world without / end. 20. Vouch/safe O / Lord : to keep us this / day with/out / sin. 21. O Lord have / mercy up/on us : have / mer/cy up/on us. 22. O Lord let thy mercy / lighten up/on us : as our / trust is / in / thee. 35 23. O Lord in thee / have I / trusted : let me / never / be con/founded. * This verse may be sung without a break at the colon. ¶ The chant may change at these verses. (b) Modern translation 1. You are / God and we / praise you : you are the / Lord and / we ac/claim you; 2. You are the e/ternal / Father : all cre/ation / worships / you. 3. To you all angels, all the / powers of / heaven : Cherubim and Seraphim / sing in / endless / praise. 4. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of / power and / might : heaven and / earth are / full of your / glory. 5. The glorious company of ap/ostles / praise you : the noble fellowship of prophets praise you, the whiterobed / army of / martyrs / praise you. 6. Throughout the world the holy / Church ac/claims you : Father of / majes/ty un/bounded; 7. Your true and only Son, worthy of / all / worship : and the Holy / Spirit / advocate and / guide. 8. You Christ are the / King of / glory : the e/ternal / Son of the / Father. 9. When you became man to / set us / free : you did not ab/hor the / Virgin's / womb. 10. You overcame the / sting of / death : and opened the kingdom of / heaven to / all be/lievers. 11. You are seated at God's right / hand in / glory : we believe that you will / come and / be our / judge. 12. Come then Lord and / help your / people : bought with the / price of / your own / blood; *13. and bring us / with your / saints : to / glory / ever/lasting. 14. Save your people Lord and / bless · your 36 in/heritance : govern and up/hold them / now and / always. 15. Day by / day we / bless you : we / praise your / name for / ever. 16. Keep us today Lord from / all / sin : have mercy / on us / Lord have / mercy. 17. Lord show us you / love and / mercy : for we / put our / trust in / you. * 18. In you Lord / is our / hope : let us not be con/founded / at the / last. * These verses may be sung to the second part of the chant. 8. Gloria in Excelsis 1. Glory to / God in the / highest : and / peace @ to his / people on / earth. 2. Lord God / heaven-ly / King : al/mighty / God and / Father. 3. We worship you we / give you / thanks : we / praise you / for your / glory. 4. Lord Jesus Christ only / Son of the / Father : Lord / God / Lamb of God, 5. You take away the / sin of the / world : have / mercy / on / us; 6. You are seated at the right hand / of the / Father : re/ceive / our / prayer. 7. For you a/lone · are the / Holy One : you a/lone / are the / Lord. 8. You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ with the / Holy / Spirit : in the glory of God the / Father. / A/men. 37 9. Saviour of the World 1. Jesus Saviour of the world, come to us / in your / mercy : we look to / you to / save and / help us. 2. By your cross and your life laid down, you set your / people free : we look to / you to / save and / help us. 3. When they were ready to perish you / saved · your dis/ciples : we look to / you to / come to our / help. 4. In the greatness of your mercy loose us / from our / chains : forgive the / sins of / all your / people. 5. Make yourself known as our Saviour and / mighty de/liverer : save and / help us that / we may / praise you. 6. Come now and dwell with us / Lord Christ / Jesus : hear our / prayer and be / with us / always. 7. And when you / come in your / glory : make us to be one with you, and to / share the / life of your / kingdom. 38 B. Evening Prayer 1. Psalm 134, or O Gladsome Light or The Easter Anthems (see p.28) Psalm 134 1. Come bless the Lord, all you / servants of the / Lord : you that by night / stand in the / house of our / God. 2. Lift up your hands toward the holy place and / bless the / Lord : may the Lord bless you from Zion, the / Lord who made / heaven and / earth. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end / A/men. O Gladsome Light 1. O gladsome light, O grace Of God the Father's face, The eternal splendour wearing; Celestial, holy, blest, Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Joyful in thine appearing. 2. Now, ere day fadeth quite, We see the evening light, Our wonted hymn outpouring; Father of might unknown, Thee, his incarnate Son, And Holy Spirit adoring. 3. To thee of right belongs All praise of holy songs, O Son of God, life-giver; 39 Thee, therefore, O Most High, The world doth glorify, And shall exalt for ever. 2. Magnificat (The Song of Mary) Luke 1:46-55 (a) Traditional words 1. My soul doth / magnify the / Lord : and my spirit hath re/joiced in / God my / Saviour. 2. For he / hath re/garded : the / lowliness / of his / handmaiden. 3. For be/hold from / henceforth : all gene/rations shall / call me / blessed. 4. For he that is mighty hath / magnified / me : and / holy / is his / name. 5. And his mercy is on / them that / fear him : through/out all / gene/rations. 6. He hath show-ed / strength with his / arm : he hath scattered the proud, in the imagi/nation / of their / hearts. 7. He hath put down the mighty / from their / seat : and hath ex/alted the / humble and / meek. 8. He hath fill-ed the hungry with / good / things : and the rich he / hath sent / empty a/way. 9. He re/membering his / mercy : hath / holpen his / servant / Israel. 10. As he promised / to our / forefathers : Abraham / and his / seed for / ever. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end. / A/men. (b) Modern translation 1. My soul proclaims the / greatness of the / Lord : my spirit re/joices in / God my / Saviour. 40 2. For he has looked with favour on his / lowly / servant: from this day all gene/rations will / call me / blessed. 3. The Almighty has done / great things / for me : and / holy / is his / name. 4. He has mercy on / those who / fear him : in / every / gene/ration. 5. He has showed the / strength of his / arm : he has scattered the / proud in / their con/ceit. 6. He has cast down the mighty / from their / thrones : and has / lifted / up the / lowly. 7. He has filled the hungry with / good / things : and the rich he has / sent a/way / empty. 8. He has come to the help of his / servant / Israel : for he has re/membered his / promise of / mercy. 9. The promise he / made · to our / fathers : to Abraham / and his / children for / ever. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end / A/men. 3. Bless the Lord 1. Bless the Lord the / God of our / fathers : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 2. Bless his holy and / glorious / name : sing his/ praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 3. Bless him in his holy and / glorious / temple : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 4. Bless him who be/holds the / depths : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 5. Bless him who sits be/tween the / cherubim : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 6. Bless him on the / throne of his / kingdom : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 41 7. Bless him in the / heights of / heaven : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. Bless the Father the Son and the / Holy / Spirit : sing his / praise and ex/alt him for / ever. 4. Nunc Dimittis (The Song of Simeon) Luke 2:29-32 (a) Traditional words 1. Lord now lettest thou thy servant de/part in / peace : ac/cording / to thy / word. 2. For mine eyes have / seen thy sal/vation : which thou hast prepared before the / face of / all / people. 3. To be a light to / lighten the / Gentiles : and to be the / glory · of thy / people / Israel. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end. / A/men. (b) Modern Translation 1. Lord now you let your servant / go in / peace : your / word has / been ful/filled. 2. My own eyes have / seen the sal/vation : which you have prepared in the / sight of / every people. 3. A light to re/veal you · to the / nations : and the / glory · of your / people / Israel. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end / A/men. 42 5. The Song of Christ's Glory 1. Christ Jesus was in the / form of / God : but he did not / cling to e/quality with / God. 2. He emptied himself, taking the / form of a / servant: and was / born in the / likeness of / men. 3. Being found in human form he / humbled him/self : and became edient unto death / even / death on a / cross. 4. Therefore God has / highly ex/alted him : and bestowed on him the / name above / every / name. 5. That at the name of Jesus every / knee should / bow : in heaven and on / earth and / under the / earth. 6. And every tongue confess the Jesus / Christ is / Lord: to the / glory of / God the / Father. Glory be to the Father, and / to the / Son : and / to the / Holy / Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and / ever / shall be : world without / end / A/men. 6. Glory and Honour 1. Glory and / honour and / power : and yours by / right O / Lord our / God. 2. For you cre/ated / all things : and by your / will they / have their / being. 3. Glory and / honour and / power : and yours by / right O / Lamb · who was / slain. 4. For by your blood you ransomed / men for / God : from every race and language, from / every / people and / nation. 5. To make them a / kingdom of / priests : to stand and / serve be/fore our / God. To him who sits on the throne / and · to the / Lamb : be praise and honour glory and might, for ever and / ever./ A/men.




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