The Book of Common Prayer,
Lyon & Blair, Printers Wellington, N.Z. Stationers, &c., Lambton Quay1866
There is But one God. all Men are His sons and Prophets.
The accompanying Form of Prayer has been prepared principally for the purpose of preventing persons who profess Free thought doctrines from drifting into Atheism. The alterations in the Church of England Service are slight, but very important, fully as important as the alterations effected in Henry the VIII.'s time. Amendment being better than abolition, it has been thought better to amend than to abolish. The Lyceum Leaders and Guides published throughout Australasia offer no form of prayer; they are rather hymn books than prayer books. The accompanying amendment of the Church of England Service will allow all persons to worship God reverently side by side. This. I take it, is what most Colonists desire; thinking men being anxious to escape from the wretched differences of religious creed. A subsequent work will contain an adaptation of those glorious anthems and hymns used by all Churches in God's worship; but in this I hope to receive the aid of friends possessing musical ability. Music hath the power of softening the feelings of men worried by the cares of the world, and rendering the a more ready to bow their heads to God. I would also gladly receive any stiggetions towards correcting the accompanying drafts, which in two or three instances do not satisfy my mind. Especially would I ask Presbyterian and Wes-leyan clergymen to take them into their consideration.
Certain portions of the Church of England Service have necessarily been omitted. Reference will be made to the reasons why this has been done when the Evening Service and the ordinary Prayers and Thanksgivings are submitted. There is nothing to prevent any minister of religion from using the present proposed form of worship, and preaching from any authority he pleases, or from which his congregation desires him specially to preach. Yet even this form of prayer on tains many verses which I should like to omit, were it not that I fear to amend too much. A century hence these words may be omitted. Let that which has been done suffice for the present.
Gladly would I see a Church established in New Zealand to be called the Church of God, in which all men may worship the Great Maker and Ruler of this Universe's de by side But this will be a work of time, and all who aid in toe work must so expect it. Had it not been lor the steady determination of Thomas Cromwell, Cecil, Walsingham, and other English statesmen at the time of the Reformation, we should never have had a Church of England Service at all. The prayers would still be read in Latin, and a multitude of hum in beinss worshi ped not entitled to our adoration. There is out one God, and all men are His one and the prophets of His wondrous laws, l'ruly, it is not for us to worship any page 4 man or woman who has lived upon this earth; for that is equivalent to the setting up a human idol in place of the old graven image. Thinking men of the present day will not tolerate idolatry of any kind, and soon women will follow their example. Earnestly do I ask my fellow colonists of the Roman Catholic Church to think carefully over what I say; to read such a work as Draper's Intellectual Development of Europe," and to make use of the wonderful organization, power, and beautiful musical service of their Church in causing men to combine in the simple worship of God. And, further, to remember what Plato taught, "the unity of God, and brotherly love," so that our children may be educated side by side, and grow into a united and happy people.
The congregation of any church edifice may, by using this form of prayer, and inviting to their pulpit any clergyman who will preach these broad religious views, greatly aid in establishing such a Church as most men wish to see established. School Committees can also have portions of the Prayer Book taught in the schools, so that our present system of education may no longer be termed a Godless one. I hope these Committees will not, upon any account whatever, allow the Bible to be read in the schools; for the reading of the Bible does not mean the worship of God, but rather the perpetuation in Australasia of all the miserable differences of religious creed. Parliament in its wisdom would do well to ordain that every schoolmaster in the Colony should daily open school by reading a portion of these prayers, thereby preventing the strife of religious creeds. And so, with God's good grace, I submit these pages, sincerely hoping that they may tend to bind men's minds to one another in brotherly regard upon earth, and cause them humbly, modestly, and reverently to worship the Father and Ruler of all things who is in Heaven.
June 1st, 1886.
The Order for Morning Prayer Daily Throughout the Year.
At the beginning of Morning Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these sentences that follow:—
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Send your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment: not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
I will arise, and go to ray father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Early beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor croke them before the face of A mighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by His infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at His hands, to set forth His most worthy praise, to hear His most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saving after me:
A General Confession, to be said by the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have effended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have on And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no hearth in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy page 6 upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore the a theme that are penitent: And grant. O most merciful Father. That we may hereafter live a gedly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen
The Absolution or Remission of Sins, to be pronounced by the Minister alone, standing; the people still kneeling.
Almighty God, desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn away from his wickedness and live; therefore I say unto you that God pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent an unfeignedly beliere in Him. Wherefore let us beseech Him to grant us true repentance, that these things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter be pure and holy.
The people shall answer here, and at the end of all other prayers, Amen.
Then shall be said or sung the following hymn:—
Universal Lord! who sceptre swayed,
Ere first, creation's wondrous form was framed:
When by Thy will divine all things were made;
Then King, Almighty, was Thy name proclaimed.
When all shall cease, and this world's system o'er,
Then He omnipotent alone shall reign;
Who was. Who is, and Who evermore
In most refulgent glory shall remain.
Sole God I unequalled and beyond compare,
Without division or associate;
Without commencement, date, or final year,
Omnipotence is Thine, and regal state.
Thou art my God, my living Redeemer,
My sheltering rock in painful hour.
My refuge, standard and protector.
My lot's disposer when I seek Thy power.
Into Thy hands my spirit I consign,
Whilst wrapt in sleep, and when again I wake;
And with my spirit my body I resign,
The Lord with me, no fear my soul can shake. Amen.
Then the Minister skull kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer with an audible voice; the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here and wheresover else it is used in Divine Service.
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 them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Then likewise he shall say,
O Lord, open Thou our lips.
Ans. And our mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.
O God make speed to save us.
Ans. O Lord, make haute to help us.
¶ Here all standing up, the Minister shall say,
Glory be to God on High, the Ruler of the Universe.
Ans. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
Ans. The Lord's Name be praised
Then shall be said, or sung, thin Psalm tallowing:—
Venite, exultemus Domino.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with Psalms.
For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above ad gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is His also.
The sea is His, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship, and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and saw my works.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways.
Unto whom I sware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.
Glory be to God on High, the Ruler of the Universe.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Then shall follow the Psalms of David and Proverbs of Solomon n order as they are appointed. And at the end of every Psalm and Proverb throughout the year, and likewise at the end of Benedicite, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis, shall be repeated:
Glory be to God on High, the Ruler of the Universe.
Ans—As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. A men.
Then shall be read distinctly, with an audible voice, the following Lesson by the Minister:—
Inot the hearts of men God uttered these words: I am the Lord thy God Thou shalt have no other god but me.
Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord th; God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates.
Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt do no murder.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is his
Answer Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.page 8
Te Neum Landamus.
We praise thee. O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee: Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim: continually do cry:
Holy, Holy. Holy: Lord God of Sabbaoth.
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy glory.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.
The holy Church throughout ail the world: doth acknowledge thee:
The Father: of an infinite Majesty.
O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for ever
Day by day we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
Vouc safe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.
Or this Canticle:
Bendicte, omnia Opera.
Oall ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Heavens bless ye the Lord: praise him. and magnify him forever.
O ye Waters that be above the firmament, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Sun, and Moon, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Showers, and Dew, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Dews, and Frosts, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Nights, and Days, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Lightnings, and Clouds, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him forever.
O let the Earth bless the Lord: yea, let it praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O all ye Green Things upon the Earth, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.page 9
O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Seas, and Floods, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Whales, and all that move in the Waters, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O all ye Beasts, and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever
O let Israel bless the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him forever.
O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him forever.
Glory be to God on High, the Ruler of the Universe.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Then shall be read in like manner this Second Lesson.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake: tor theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely.
Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt hath lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted: it is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, hut on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteous ness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.page 10
Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee:
Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him; lest at any time thy adversary deliver thee to the Judge, and the Judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Verily I say unto thee. Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery;
But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
It hath been said. Whosoever shall put away his wife let him give her a writing of divorcement.
But I say unto you that whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
And if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne;
Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because you canst not make one hair white or black
But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;
But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that, would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said. Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you Love your enemies bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despite fully use you and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them who love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.
Glory be to God on High the Ruler of the Universe
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Obe joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
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.
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.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and His truth endureth from generation to generation.
Glory he to God on High, the Ruler of the Universe.
As it, was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Then the Minister. Clerks, and People shall say the Lord's Prayer with a loud voice.
Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed he thy Name. Thy kingdom come. They will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. Ami load us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then the Minister, standing up, shall say:
O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
Ans. And grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, save the Queen.
Ans. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
Ans. And make thy chosen people joyful,
O Lord, save thy people.
Ans. And bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord
Ans. Because there is none other than fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Ans. And take not thy holy Spirit from us.
Then shall follow these three Prayers or Collects, all kneeling. First Collect.
We prostrate ourselves humbly before Thee, Oh Supreme King of Kings, Lords of Lords, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. Thou art our god, and there is none other. As it is written, Know thyself this day, and reflect in thine heart, that the Lord he is God, in heaven above and on the earth beneath: there is none else. Amen.
The second Collect, for Peace.
Ogod, who are the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us Thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in Thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries. Amen.
The third Collect, for Grace.
Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with Thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger: but that all our doings may be ordered by Thy governance, to do always that is righteous in Thy sight. Amen.page 12
In Quires or places where they sing, here followeth the Anthem. Then these four Prayers following are to be yead:—
A Prayer for the Queen's Majesty.
Olord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ru who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we be seech Thee with Thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Victorla; and so replenish her with the grace of Thy Holy pint, that she may alway incline to Thy will, and walk in Thy way: Endue her plenteousty with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity. Amen.
A Prayer for the Royal Family.
Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech Thee to bless A bert. Edward Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family: Endue them with Thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with Thy heavenly grace; pepes them with ail happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom. Amen.
A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels; Send down upon our Ministers, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of Thy grace; and that they may truly please Thee, pour upon them the continual dew of Thy blessing. Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; grunting us in this world knowledge of the truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
The grace of the Most High and Merciful God, and your humble reverence for His Holy Name, and your loving fellowship for each other upon earth, be with you all this day and evermore. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Morning Prayer throughout the Year.