Morning & Evening Prayer:
Week of 22 May 2022

We are continuing a “soft-launch” wherein the Office will be recited from Wednesday to Friday. Morning Prayer will be recited in the church at 8:30 a.m.. Evening Prayer will be recited over Zoom at 5:30 p.m. (Please subscribe to parish emails in order to receive Zoom details).

Please note that neither Morning nor Evening Prayer is currently being live-streamed via YouTube.

To learn more about the Daily Offices please watch this video by Bishop Anthony Burton.


Divine Office Details

Wednesday, 25 May: S. Aldhelm of Sherborne, Bishop & Confessor
(com. Rogation Wednesday, being the Vigil of the Ascension, at Mass)

  • Morning Prayer & Litany- 8:30 a.m.
    (Mattins of S. Aldhelm of Sherbourne)

    Invitatory: Saints’ Days, p. 25
    Psalmody: Pss. 11-13, p.341
    1st Lesson: Joel 2.21-27
    1st Canticle: Te Deum, p. 7
    2nd Lesson: John 6.22-40
    2nd Canticle: Benedictus, p. 9
    Collect of the Day: Saint Aldhelm, The Canadian Book of Occasional Offices, p. 143 or Of a Bishop, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 312
  • Evening Prayer – 5:30 p.m.
    (I Evensong of The Ascension Day)

    Psalmody: Pss. 68 pt. 2, p. 412
    1st Lesson: Song of the Three Children 29-37
    1st Canticle: Magnificat, p. 21
    2nd Lesson: Matthew 28.16—end
    2nd Canticle: Nunc Dimittis, p. 22
    Collect of the Day: The Ascension Day, p. 201
    Final Antiphon of the B.V.M.: Regina caeli

Thursday, 26 May: The Ascension Day

  • Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
    (Mattins of The Ascension)

    Invitatory: Ascensiontide, p. 25
    Psalmody: Pss. 8, p. 337; Pss. 15, p. 344
    1st Lesson: 2 Kings 2.1-5
    1st Canticle: Te Deum, p. 7
    2nd Lesson: John 17
    2nd Canticle: Benedictus, p. 9
    Collect of the Day: The Ascension Day, p. 201
    Final Antiphon of the B.V.M.: Regina caeli
  • Evening Prayer – 5:30 p.m.
    (II Evensong of The Ascension Day)
    Psalmody: Pss. 24, p. 357; Pss. 47, p. 389
    1st Lesson: Daniel 7.9, 10, 13, 14
    1st Canticle: Magnificat, p. 21
    2nd Lesson: Heb. 1
    2nd Canticle: Nunc Dimittis, p. 22
    Collect of the Day: The Ascension Day, p. 201
    Commemoration: The Venerable Bede, The Canadian Book of Occasional Offices, p. 143, or Of a Doctor of the Church, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 317
    Final Antiphon of the B.V.M.: Regina caeli

Friday, 27 May: S. Venerable Bede, Confessor & Doctor of the Church
(com. Octave of Ascension Day)

  • Morning Prayer & Litany- 8:30 a.m.
    (Mattins of S. Venerable Bede; com. Octave of the Ascension)

    Invitatory: Saints’ Days, p. 25
    Psalmody: Pss. 120—125
    1st Lesson: Judges 2.6—end
    1st Canticle: Te Deum, p. 7
    2nd Lesson: Hebrews 2
    2nd Canticle: Benedictus, p. 9
    Collect of the Day: The Venerable Bede, The Canadian Book of Occasional Offices, p. 143, or Of a Doctor of the Church, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 317
    Commemoration: Octave of Ascension Day, p. 201
    (Final Antiphon of the B.V.M.: Regina caeli)
  • Evening Prayer – 5:30 p.m.
    (I Evensong of S. Augustine of Canterbury;
    com. S. Venerable Bede; com. Octave of the Ascension)

    Psalmody: Pss. 104, p. 462
    1st Lesson: Judges 3.12—end
    1st Canticle: Magnificat, p. 21
    2nd Lesson: Hebrews 3
    2nd Canticle: Nunc Dimittis, p. 22
    Collect of the Day: Saint Augustine of Canterbury, The Canadian Book of Occasional Offices, p. 143 or Of a Missionary, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 314
    Commemorations: The Venerable Bede, The Canadian Book of Occasional Offices, p. 143, or Of a Doctor of the Church, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 317; Octave of Ascension Day, p. 201
    Final Antiphon of the B.V.M.: Regina caeli

Additional Prayers

Prayer before the Office

The following prayers may be said silently before the Office:

Aperi Domini
Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless thy holy Name: cleanse my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections, that I may fittingly recite this Office with attention and devotion, and so may be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of S. Gertrude
O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou thyself didst offer thy praises to God while upon the earth, I now recite this Office to thee.

“O Lord, hear our prayer.”

If the Officiant says “O Lord, hear our prayer.” instead of “The Lord be with you.”, please respond “And let our cry come unto thee.”

Closing Versicles and Final Pater

Officiant: The Lord be with you. (O Lord, hear our prayer.)
People: And with thy spirit. (And let our cry come unto thee.)
Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Officiant: May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
People: Amen.

Then all pray “Our Father,” etc., silently.

Officiant: The Lord give us his peace.
People: And life everlasting. Amen.

Final Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Officiant: O Queen of heaven, be joyful, alleluia;
All: Because he whom so meetly thou barest, alleluia,
Hath arisen, as he promised, alleluia:
Pray for us to the Father, alleluia.

Officiant: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
People: For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

Officiant: Let us pray.
O God, who, by the resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, didst vouchsafe to give gladness unto the world: grant, we beseech thee, that we, being holpen by the Virgin Mary, his Mother, may attain unto the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
People: Amen.

Officiant: May the divine assistance remain with us always.
People: And with our absent brothers and sisters. Amen.

Prayer after the Office

The following prayers may be said silently after the Office:

Sacrosanctae
To the holy and undivided Trinity, to the crucified Humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the fruitful Virginity of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, and to the whole company of the saints, be everlasting praise, honour, power, and glory from every creature, and unto us the remission of all our sins for ever, world without end. Amen.

V: Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Father eternal.
R: And blessed are the paps which gave suck to Christ the Lord.

“Our Father,” etc., and “Hail Mary,” etc.

Morning & Evening Prayer:
Week of 22 May 2022