Thursday, November 12, 2009

A suggested order for Morning Prayer and Holy Communion

Although the rubrics of the 1962 BCP envision such a service, they are cagey about the execution. What follows is my proposal for an orderly celebration of this liturgy. This service may be used when it is desired both to sing the service of Morning Prayer and to offer the Liturgy of the Sacrifice. It may be adapted for use in the evening.

*Begin the service of Morning Prayer with the Preces and Venite.
*Follow with the psalm appointed by the Revised Common Lectionary.
*Use the readings from the RCL, placing the Gospel after the Benedictus
*Continue the celebration of the Eucharist from the Nicene Creed
*Commemorate the Collect in the biddings to the Intercession.
*Sing the Gloria before the final blessing as prescribed.

This system seems to solve the problems inherent in trying to follow the rubric to the letter, complete with changing lectionaries, and the apparent disappearance of the collect of the day.


Anonymous said...

Geoff said...

Yes, there are also pdf leaflets available from the website of St John's, Detroit, along with this explanatory leaflet.

Looking at the St Thomas order, the collect does indeed seem to be MIA, the lectionary choice is unclear, and instead of picking up at the Second Lesson (as recommended by at least our BCP) they've done so at the Sursum Corda, necessitating the retention of the penitential rite at the beginning of Morning Prayer.

Stephen said...

Why would you want to do this instead of haveing Matins & Mass? The other option would be Matins to the end of the first Caticle then to go directly to the begining of the communion service.