Michael and All Angels

29 September
Invitation to Confession

We have come to Mount Zion,

the city of the living God,

the heavenly Jerusalem,

to myriads of angels,

to God, the judge of all,

and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.

Hebrews 12.22-24

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Kyrie Confession

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Woe is me, for I am lost;

I am a person of unclean lips.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Our guilt is taken away,

and our sin is forgiven.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Everlasting God,

you have ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:

grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,

so, at your command,

they may help and defend us on earth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Principal Service

Genesis 28.10-17

Psalm 103.19-end

Revelation 12.7-12

John 1.47-end


Revelation 12.7-12

Psalm 103.19-22

Hebrews 1.5-end

John 1.47-end

Second Service

Daniel 10.4-end

Revelation 5

Evening Psalms

Psalms 138, 148

Third Service

Tobit 12.6-end or Daniel 12.1-4

Acts 12.1-11

Morning Psalms

Psalms 34, 150

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.

Bless the Lord, all you his hosts,

you ministers of his who do his will.

Psalm 103.21



In the power of the Spirit,

and in union with Christ,

let us pray to the Father.

Father in heaven,

by his blood your Christ has ransomed us to you,

and has made us a kingdom and priests to you our God.

As the angels minister to you in heaven,

strengthen your Church to serve you here on earth.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,

when the angels greeted the birth of your Son

they sang for joy ‘Glory to God and peace on earth’.

Bless with Christ’s peace the nations of the world.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,

your Son has promised to your children

the care of the guardian angels who look upon your face.

Protect by your mercy our neighbours, families and friends.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,

you give your angels charge over those who trust in you

to guard them in all their ways.

Be with those in trouble…,

rescue them and show them your salvation.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,

your angel declares ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.’

‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit,

‘for they may rest from their labours,

for they take with them the record of their deeds.’

Enfold in your love [… and] all who come in faith

to your judgement seat in heaven.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,

the angels sing by day and night around your throne:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty.’

With Michael, prince of the angels, who contends by our side,

with Gabriel, your herald, who brings glad tidings,

with Raphael, the protector, who ministers your healing,

and with the whole company of heaven,

we worship you, we give you glory,

we sing your praise and exalt you for ever.


Introduction to the Peace

Hear again the song of the angels:

‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace.’

Prayer at the Preparation of the Table

God of glory,

as you appointed angels to minister in your presence,

so may all our worship bring you worthy praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through him the archangels sing your praise,

the angels fulfil your commands,

the cherubim and seraphim continually proclaim your holiness;

the whole company of heaven glorifies your name and rejoices to do your will.

Therefore we pray that our voices may be heard with theirs,

for ever praising you and saying:


And now we give you thanks

and praise your holy name

because the splendour of your faithful angels and archangels shows us your greatness,

which surpasses in goodness the whole of creation.

So as the hosts of angels rejoice in your glory,

we give you, their Creator, glory and worship.

In adoration and joy we make their hymn of praise our own:

Extended Preface

It is indeed right and good,

our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

You reveal your wise purpose

for the salvation of the human race

by assigning to the angels and archangels

the ministry of your steadfast love and protection.

While they contemplate your glory,

standing before you and singing your praise,

they keep a faithful vigil for us,

guarding us along the way that leads to life,

and guiding us towards the kingdom of your light.

In joyful gladness we unite our voices with theirs

and sing the ageless hymn of your praise:

Post Communion

Lord of heaven,

in this eucharist you have brought us near

to an innumerable company of angels

and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:

as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage

we have shared their fellowship,

so may we come to share their joy in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


God keep you in the fellowship of his saints;

Christ protect you by the ministry of the angels;

the Spirit make you holy in God’s service;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.


God bring you to the home

that Christ prepares for all who love him.


God give you the will to live each day

in life eternal.


God make you citizens of heaven,

with the whole company of the redeemed.


And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.



Blessing and honour and thanksgiving and praise

more than we can utter, more than we can conceive,

be to you, most holy and glorious Trinity,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

from all angels, and all people, all creatures

for ever and ever.


The Lord commands his angels

to keep you in all your ways.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels, mighty in power,

who fulfil his command and heed the voice of his word.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his hosts,

his servants that do his will.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his works,

in every place where he rules,

my soul, give thanks to the Lord.

or he commands his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.

Short Passages of Scripture

Mortals ate the bread of angels;

the Lord sent them food in plenty.

Psalm 78.25

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all you his angels; praise him all his host.

Psalm 148.1,2

And the angel said to me, ‘Write this:

Blessed are those who are invited

to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’

Revelation 19.9


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