Book Of Common Prayer (2023)

Concerning the Service | Preface to Ordinations | Additional Directions

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

The people standing, the Bishop says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

Bishop Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

Bishop Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People His mercy endures for ever.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of ourhearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we mayperfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Presentation

The bishop and people sit. A Priest and a Lay Person, and additionalpresenters if desired, standing before the bishop, present the ordinand,saying

N., Bishop in the Church of God, on behalf of the clergy andpeople of the Diocese of N., we present to you N.N. to beordained a deacon in Christ's holy catholic Church.

Has he been selected in accordance with the canons of thisChurch? And do you believe his manner of life to be suitableto the exercise of this ministry?

We certify to you that he has satisfied the requirements of thecanons, and we believe him qualified for this order.

The Bishops say to the ordinand
Will you be loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship ofChrist as this Church has received them? And will you, inaccordance with the canons of this Church, obey your bishopand other ministers who may have authority over you andyour work?

I am willing and ready to do so; and I solemnly declare that Ido believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments tobe the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary tosalvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine,discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.

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The Ordinand then signs the above Declaration in the sight of allpresent.

All stand. The Bishop says to the people

Dear friends in Christ, you know the importance of thisministry, and the weight of your responsibility in presentingN.N. for ordination to the sacred order of deacons. Thereforeif any of you know any impediment or crime because ofwhich we should not proceed, come forward now, and makeit known.

If no objection is made, the Bishop continues

Is it your will that N. be ordained a deacon?

The People respond in these or other words
It is.

Will you uphold him in this ministry?

The People respond in these or other wordsWe will.

The Bishop then calls the people to prayer with these or similar words

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

All kneel, and the Person appointed leads the Litany for Ordinations,or some other approved litany. At the end of the litany, after theKyries, the Bishop stands and reads the Collect for the Day, or thefollowing Collect, or both, first saying

The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.

Let us pray.
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Lookfavorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacredmystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carryout in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole worldsee and know that things which were being cast down are beingraised up, and things which had grown old are being madenew, and that all things are being brought to their perfectionby him through whom all things were made, your Son JesusChrist our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unityof the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

Three Lessons are read. Lay persons read the Old Testament Lesson andthe Epistle.

The Readings are ordinarily selected from the following list and may belengthened if desired. On a Major Feast, or on a Sunday, the Bishop mayselect Readings from the Proper of the Day.

 Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4-9, or Ecclesiasticus 39:1-8 Psalm 84, or 119:33-40 Epistle 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, or 1 Timothy 3:8-13, or Acts 6:2-7

The Reader first says

A Reading (Lesson) from ______________________.
A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After each Reading, the Reader may say
The Word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God
or the Reader may say Here ends the Reading (Epistle).

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Silence may follow.

A Psalm, canticle, or hymn follows each Reading.

Then, all standing, a Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christaccording to _________________.
People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Luke 12:35-38, or Luke 22:24-27

After the Gospel, the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon

The Congregation then says or sings the Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Examination

All are seated except the ordinand, who stands before the Bishop. TheBishop addresses the ordinand as follows

My brother, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ,serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit.God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthooddirectly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, youare to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, thesick, and the lonely.

As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the HolyScriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to modelyour life upon them. You are to make Christ and hisredemptive love known, by your word and example, to thoseamong whom you live, and work, and worship. You are tointerpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of theworld. You are to assist the bishop and priests in publicworship and in the ministration of God's Word andSacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.

My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by Godand his Church to the life and work of a deacon?

Answer I believe I am so called.

Bishop Do you now in the presence of the Church commityourself to this trust and responsibility?

Answer I do.

Bishop Will you be guided by the pastoral direction andleadership of your bishop?

Answer I will.

Bishop Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the readingand study of the Holy Scriptures?

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Answer I will.

Bishop Will you look for Christ in all others, being ready toheal and serve those in need?

Answer I will.

Bishop Will you do you best to pattern your life [and thatof your family, or household, or community] inaccordance with the teachings of Christ, so that youmay be a wholesome example to all people?

Answer I will.

Bishop Will you in all things seek not your glory but theglory of the Lord Christ?

Answer I will.

Bishop May the Lord by his grace uphold you in the servicehe lays upon you.

Answer Amen.

The Consecration of the Deacon

All now stand except the ordinand, who kneels facing the Bishop.

The hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, or the hymn, Veni Sancte Spiritus, issung.

A period of silent prayer follows, the people still standing.

The Bishop then says this Prayer of Consecration

O God, most merciful Father, we praise you for sending yourSon Jesus Christ, who took on himself the form of a servant,and humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death onthe cross. We praise you that you have highly exalted him,and made him Lord of all; and that, through him, we knowthat whoever would be great must be servant of all. We praiseyou for the many ministries in your Church, and for callingthis your servant to the order of deacons.

Here the Bishop lays hands upon the head of the ordinand, and prays

Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give yourHoly Spirit to N.; fill him with grace and power, and makehim a deacon in your Church.

The Bishop continues

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Make him, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant,to observe the discipline of Christ. Let his life and teaching soreflect your commandments, that through him many maycome to know you and love you. As your Son came not to beserved but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ's service,and come to the unending glory of him who, with you andthe Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

The People in a loud voice respond Amen.

The new deacon is now vested according to the order of deacons.

The Bishop then gives a Bible to the newly ordained, saying

Receive this Bible as the sign of your authority to proclaimGod's Word and to assist in the ministration of his holySacraments.

The Peace

The Bishop then says to the congregation

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.

The Bishop and the Clergy now greet the newly ordained.

The new Deacon then exchanges greetings with family members and others,as may be convenient.

The Clergy and People greet one another.

At the Celebration of the Eucharist

The liturgy continues with the Offertory.

The newly ordained Deacon prepares the bread, pours sufficient wine(and a little water) into the chalice, and places the vessels on theLord's Table.

The Bishop goes to the Table and begins the Great Thanksgiving.

After Communion

In place of the usual postcommunion prayer, the following is said

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Almighty Father, we thank you for feeding us with the holyfood of the Body and Blood of your Son, and for uniting usthrough him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. We thankyou for raising u glory; through JesusChrist your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you andthe Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Bishop blesses the people, after which the new Deacon dismissesthem

Let us go forth into the world,rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.People Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost, "Alleluia, alleluia," maybe added to the dismissal and to the response.


What did the Book of Common Prayer do? ›

It was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English, such as Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, the Holy Communion, as well as orders for Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals.

Why was the Book of Common Prayer so controversial? ›

One of the most controversial aspects of the Book of Common Prayer was its promotion of the belief that the success of Communion depended more upon the receptive heart of the Christian participant than the actual bread and wine used. This and other aspects of the Book put it at the centre of a storm of controversy.

What religion uses the Book of Common Prayer? ›

Book of Common Prayer, liturgical book used by churches of the Anglican Communion. First authorized for use in the Church of England in 1549, it was radically revised in 1552, with subsequent minor revisions in 1559, 1604, and 1662.

Who Wrote the Book of Common Prayer? ›

The Book of Common Prayer was the first compendium of worship in English. The words—many of them, at least—were written by Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury between 1533 and 1556.

Can a Catholic use the Book of Common Prayer? ›

No. The Book of Common Prayer seems to be a cross between the Catholic Missal and the Catechism.

What version of the Bible is used in the Book of Common Prayer? ›

The Book of Common Prayer, as is the case with the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible, represents one of the major works of English literature.

Do Lutherans use the Book of Common Prayer? ›

Traditional English-language Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian prayer books have borrowed from the Book of Common Prayer, and the marriage and burial rites have found their way into those of other denominations and into the English language.

Why did the Puritans reject the Book of Common Prayer? ›

The Book of Common Prayer was not popular with the puritans partly because it was based on the Catholic Sarum Rite. The Sarum Rite was the liturgical form used in most of the English Church prior to the introduction of the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549.

Does God listen to written prayers? ›

Through the scriptures, we are taught that God will always hear our prayers and will answer them if we address Him with faith and real intent. In our hearts we will feel the confirmation that He does hear us, a feeling of peace and calm.

How much of the Bible is in the Book of Common Prayer? ›

There is a rather common saying that the Book of Common Prayer is composed of 85% bible passages. It is true. As J.I. Packer once said, “The Book of Common Prayer” is the Bible arranged for worship.

Does the Church of England still use the Book of Common Prayer? ›

It was revised in 1552, 1559, 1604, and 1662. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is still the official Prayer Book in the Church of England, and it has served as the model for subsequent BCPs throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Do Methodists use the Book of Common Prayer? ›

Although the Book of Common Prayer was instrumental in shaping the spirituality of John Wesley and his early disciples, its place was later disputed within the Methodist Church. However, since the late 19th century it has become a lasting inspiration for the denomination.

Do Presbyterians use the Book of Common Prayer? ›

This Book of Common Worship is a compilation of services, prayers, and forms from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship tradition. Though largely based upon the 1946 edition, this work also draws from the 1906, the 1932, and other service books in the Presbyterian tradition.

What are the 5 types of prayer? ›

We've defined what prayer is – a spiritual communion with God. We've defined the primary types of prayer: supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, confession, and intercession.

Who translated the Book of Common Prayer? ›

The Psalter included in the 1662 prayer book is that of the Coverdale Bible translated by Myles Coverdale, which had been the translation used since the 1549 prayer book and similarly used by other prayer books onwards.


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