A Service of the Word

    Morning and Evening Prayer
    on Sunday
     
     
  Introduction
     
    From earliest times, Christians gathered at regular hours during each day and night to respond to God's word with praise on behalf of all creation and with intercession for the salvation of the world. By the fourth century, if not earlier, morning and evening had emerged as the pre-eminent hours for the offering of this sacrifice of praise. They have remained so ever since, especially on Sundays when the Church commemorates both the first day of creation and the day of Christ's resurrection. These orders of service are examples of forms which comply with the provisions of A Service of the Word and are intended to help Christians of our own day take their part in this privilege and duty which belongs to all God's priestly people. They may be celebrated in a variety of different ways, for example, as:
     
        a simple form of prayer at the very beginning or end of the day;
     
        the Gathering and Liturgy of the Word for another service which is to follow immediately;
     
        the principal service of the day.
     
    To meet diverse needs such as these, they are very flexible in arrangement. The central core, however, consists of the Liturgy of the Word interwoven with canticles to supply the response of praise, followed by intercessory prayer in one form or another. A variety of alternative endings is provided in the form of thanksgivings for different aspects of the Church's life. Whenever possible, the services should include some singing, especially of the Gospel canticle, which is the climax of the morning or evening praise for the work of God in Christ. If desired, metrical paraphrases may be substituted for any of the biblical canticles, and other hymns and songs may be added at appropriate points.
     
    Provision for weekdays is published separately.
     
    For Notes, see here.
     
     
    An Order for Morning Prayer on Sunday 
     
    An Order for Evening Prayer on Sunday 
     
    Thanksgivings for Use at Morning and Evening Prayer on Sunday
     
    Thanksgiving for the Word 
    Thanksgiving for Holy Baptism 
    Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church 
    Thanksgiving for the Mission of the Church