The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America

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Eve of James of Jerusalem, Bishop and Martyr, Brother of our Lord

Thursday after the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, or the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 24)

Season After Pentecost

Opening Sentence

The Officiant begins:

Officiant The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.
People Amen.
Officiant Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
People The maker of heaven and earth.

Confession of Sin

The Officiant continues

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence may be kept. The Officiant and People then say

Almighty God and Father, we confess to you,

to one another, and to the whole company of heaven,

that we have sinned, through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone.

For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,

have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins,

and by the power of your Holy Spirit,

raise us up to serve you in newness of life,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Officiant alone says

Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Officiant O God, make speed to save us;
People O Lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

The Psalms

Psalm 4

Cum invocarem

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness;*

you set me free when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O you children of men, how long will you blaspheme my honor,*

and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?

3 Know this also, that the Lord has chosen for himself the one that is godly;*

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not;*

commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness*

and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many that say, "Who will show us any good?"*

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,*

more than when others' grain and wine and oil increased.

8 I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest;*

for you, Lord, only, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 31:1-6

In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O Lord, have I put my trust;*

let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Bow down your ear to me,*

make haste to deliver me,

3 And be my strong rock and house of defense,*

that you may save me.

4 For you are my strong rock and my castle;*

be also my guide, and lead me for your Name's sake.

5 Draw me out of the net that they have laid secretly for me,*

for you are my strength.

6 Into your hands I commend my spirit,*

for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

Psalm 91

Qui habitat

1 Whoever dwells under the defense of the Most High*

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say unto the Lord, "You are my refuge and my stronghold,*

my God in whom I will trust."

3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter*

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He shall defend you under his wings, and you shall be safe under his feathers;*

his faithfulness and truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,*

nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness,*

nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall beside you, and ten thousand at your right hand,*

but it shall not come near you.

8 Indeed, with your eyes you shall behold*

and see the reward of the ungodly.

9 Because you have said, "The Lord is my refuge,"*

and have made the Most High your stronghold,

10 There shall no evil happen to you,*

neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you,*

to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands,*

that you hurt not your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder;*

the young lion and the serpent you shall trample under your feet.

14 "Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him;*

I will lift him up, because he has known my Name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him;*

indeed, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him and bring him honor.

16 With long life I will satisfy him,*

and show him my salvation."

Psalm 134

Ecce nunc

1 Behold now, praise the Lord,*

all you servants of the Lord,

2 You that stand by night in the house of the Lord,*

even in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary*

and sing praises unto the Lord.

4 The Lord who made heaven and earth*

give you blessing out of Zion.

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. Amen.

The Reading

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

1 PETER 5:8-9
Officiant The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.


A period of silence may be kept. A suitable hymn may be sung.

Officiant Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
People For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
Officiant Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
People Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And 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.


Officiant O Lord, hear our prayer;
People And let our cry come to you.
Officiant Let us pray.

A Collect for Evening

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Evening

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, illumine this night with your celestial brightness, and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

The Song of Simeon

The Officiant and People say or sing the Song of Simeon with this Antiphon, all standing

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,*

according to your word.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,*

which you have prepared before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,*

and to be the glory of your people Israel.

LUKE 2:29-32

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. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

The Dismissal

Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

The Officiant concludes with the following

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us, this night and evermore. Amen.


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