Common Worship texts

    A Lectionary and Additional Collects
for Holy Communion
(Book of Common Prayer)
         
  Common of Saints
         
    Of a Martyr or Martyrs  
The Collect   Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyr N. or M. triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 3
Hebrews 11.32-12.2
Jeremiah 11.18-20
Matthew 16.24-27
 
         
    Of a Doctor or Confessor  
The Collect   O God, who hast enlightened thy Church by the teaching of thy servant N.: Enrich it evermore, we beseech thee, with thy heavenly grace, and raise up faithful witnesses, who by their life and doctrine may set forth to all men the truth of thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 37.30-35
1 Corinthians 2.6-13
Wisdom 7.7-14
Matthew 13.51-52
 
         
    Of a Bishop  
The Collect   O God, the light of the faithful, and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed N. to be a Bishop in the Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word and guide them by his example: Grant us, we pray thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in his footsteps; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 99
1 Timothy 3.15-16
Ezekiel 34.11-16
Mark 4.26-32
 
         
    Of an Abbot or Abbess  
The Collect   O God, by whose grace the blessed Abbot (Abbess) N., enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church: Grant that we may be inflamed with the same spirit of discipline and love, and ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 1
1 John 2.15-17
Proverbs 10.27-32
Luke 6.20-23a
 
         
    Of Missionaries  
The Collect   O Lord Jesus Christ, who callest to thee whom thou willest and sendest them whither thou dost choose: We thank thee for calling thy servant N. to preach thy Gospel to the nations; and we humbly pray thee to raise up among us those who shall be heralds and evangelists of thy kingdom, and shall build up thy Church in every land; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
         
    Psalm 96.7-13
2 Corinthians 4.5-10
Isaiah 61.1-3
Matthew 28.16-20
 
         
    Of a Virgin or Virgin Martyr  
The Collect   O God, who didst endue thy holy Virgin N. with grace to witness a good confession (and to suffer gladly for thy sake): Grant that we, after her example, may be found ready when the Bridegroom cometh, and enter with him to the marriage feast; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 131
Philippians 3.7-14
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 51.10-12
Matthew 25.1-13
 
         
    Of any Saint  
The Collect   O Almighty God, who willest to be glorified in thy Saints and didst raise up thy servant N. to shine as a light in the world: Shine, we pray thee, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may shew forth thy praises, who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 32
Revelation 7.13-17
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 2.1-6
Mark 10.42-45
 
         
         
         
  Special Occasions    
         
    For Ember Days  
The Collect   Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son: Mercifully look upon the same, and so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
Or   Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office or adminis-tration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit of thy Holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
      Jeremiah 1.4-10
or Numbers 11.16-17,24-29
or Numbers 27.15-end
 
    Acts 13.44-49
or Acts 20.28-35
or Ephesians 4.7-16
Matthew 9.35-38
or Luke 4.16-21
or John 10.1-16
 
         
    Feast of the Dedication or Consecration of a Church
The Collect   O God, by whose providence we celebrate again the consecration [or dedication] of this church: Send down upon us, we beseech thee, thy heavenly blessing; and, because holiness becometh thine house for ever, make us living temples, holy and acceptable unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 122
1 Corinthians 3.9-17
or Peter 2.1-5
2 Chronicles 7.11-16
Matthew 21.12-16
or John 10.22-29
 
         
    Patronal Feast of a Church  
    If no Proper Collect, and Readings are provided in this Book for the Saint's Day, those which are provided in the Common of Saints may be used on the Patronal Festival. The Service may also be used on the seven days following, except where other provision is made in this Book.
         
    Thanksgiving for Harvest  
The Collect   Almighty and everlasting God, who hast graciously given to us the fruits of the earth in their season: We yield thee humble and hearty thanks for these thy bounties, beseeching thee to give us grace rightly to use them to thy glory and the relief of those that need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
         
    Psalm 65

Galatians 6.6-10
Deuteronomy 8.7-10
or Deuteronomy 26.1-4
John 4.31-36