Friday, June 1, 2007

Friday's Anglican Moment: Proper Preface

In the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, after the confession and "comfortable words" yet before Communion is served, a Proper Preface is prayed by the priest. Following is the Proper Preface for Whitsuntide (Pentecost and the seven days following):

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven, lighting upon the disciples, to teach them, and to lead them into all truth; giving them boldness with fervent zeal constantly to preach the Gospel unto all nations; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son Jesus Christ

Then the service proceeds as usual:

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praising thee, and saying,

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory; Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord: Hosanna in the Highest.

Now, that's WORSHIP!

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