Various Occasions


For optional use, when desired, subject to the rules set forth in the
Calendar of the Church Year.


1. Of the Holy Trinity

Almighty God, who hast revealed to thy Church thine eternal
Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in
Trinity of Persons: Give us grace to continue steadfast in the
confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of thee,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Trinity Sunday



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2. Of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and most merciful God, grant, we beseech thee,
that by the indwelling of thy Holy Spirit we may be enlightened
and strengthened for thy service; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Pentecost


3. Of the Holy Angels

O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the
ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully
grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in
heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us
on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Preface of Trinity Sunday


4. Of the Incarnation

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more
wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant
that we may share the divine life of him who humbled
himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Epiphany



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5. Of the Holy Eucharist

Especially suitable for Thursdays

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a
wonderful Sacrament hath left unto us a memorial of his
passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his
Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves
the fruit of his redemption; who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Epiphany


6. Of the Holy Cross

Especially suitable for Fridays

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the
agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us
courage, we beseech thee, to take up our cross and follow
him; who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Holy Week


7. For all Baptized Christians

Especially suitable for Saturdays

Grant, O Lord God, to all who have been baptized into the
death and resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, that, as we
have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in
the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and true
holiness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth
and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Baptism



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8. For the Departed

O eternal Lord God, who holdest all souls in life: Give, we
beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth
thy light and thy peace; and grant that we, following the
good examples of those who have served you here and are
now at rest, may at the last enter with them into thine
unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful
servant N.; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates
of larger life, thou wilt receive him more and more into thy
joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served thee in
the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ
our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Any of the Collects appointed for use at the Burial of the Dead may be
used instead.

For the Prayers of the People, one of the forms appointed for the
Burial of the Dead may be used.

Preface to the Commemoration of the Dead

The postcommunion prayer on page 482 may be used.


9. Of the Reign of Christ

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all
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lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided
and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Ascension, or of Baptism


10. At Baptism

Almighty God, who by our baptism into the death and
resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ dost turn us from the old
life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him,
may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through
the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Preface of Baptism


11. At Confirmation

Grant, Almighty God, that we, who have been redeemed
from the old life of sin by our baptism into the death and
resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed in thy
Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Preface of Baptism, or of Pentecost



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12. On the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church

Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication
of this house of prayer: We give thee thanks for the fellowship
of those who have worshiped in this place, and we pray that
all who seek thee here may find thee, and be filled with thy
joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Litany of Thanksgiving for a Church, page 578, may be used for the
Prayers of the People.

Preface of the Dedication of a Church


13. For a Church Convention

Almighty and everlasting Father, who hast given the Holy
Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we beseech thee, with
his grace and presence, the bishops and the other clergy and
the laity here (or now, or soon to be) assembled in thy Name,
that thy Church, being preserved in true faith and godly
discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and
gave himself for it, thy Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Pentecost, or of the Season


14. For the Unity of the Church

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion
prayed for his disciples that they might be one, even as thou
and he are one: Grant that thy Church, being bound together
in love and obedience to thee, may be united in one body by
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didst send, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Baptism, or of Trinity Sunday


15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

For use on the traditional days or at other times

I. For those to be ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine
providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church:
Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are [now]
called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill
them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with
holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to
the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy
Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Apostles


II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry

O God, who didst lead thy holy apostles to ordain ministers
in every place: Grant that thy Church, under the guidance of
the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry
of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work
for the extension of thy kingdom; through him who is the
Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season



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III. For all Christians in their vocation

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole
body of thy faithful people is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before
thee for all members of thy holy Church, that in their
vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve thee;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of Baptism, or of the Season


16. For the Mission of the Church

O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people
everywhere may seek after thee and find thee, bring the
nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and
hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy
Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O God of all the nations of the earth: Remember the
multitudes who have been created in thine image but have
not known the redeeming work of our Savior Jesus Christ;
and grant that, by the prayers and labors of thy holy Church,
they may be brought to know and worship thee as thou hast
been revealed in thy Son; who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season, or of Pentecost



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17. For the Nation

Lord God Almighty, who hast made all the peoples of the earth
for thy glory, to serve thee in freedom and in peace: Give to
the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength
of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance
with thy gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect for Independence Day may be used instead.

Preface of Trinity Sunday


18. For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we beseech thee, in every heart the
true love of peace, and guide with thy wisdom those who
take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity
thy dominion may increase till the earth is filled with the
knowledge of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season


19. For Rogation Days

For use on the traditional days or at other times

I. For fruitful seasons

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray
that thy gracious providence may give and preserve to our
use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper
all who labor to gather them, that we, who constantly receive
good things from thy hand, may always give thee thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season



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II. For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life
shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with
thy people where they work; make those who carry on
the industries and commerce of this land responsive to thy
will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just
return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season


III. For stewardship of creation

O merciful Creator, thy hand is open wide to satisfy the
needs of every living creature: Make us, we beseech thee,
ever thankful for thy loving providence; and grant that we,
remembering the account that we must one day give, may be
faithful stewards of thy good gifts; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season


20. For the Sick

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and
relieve thy sick servants, and give thy power of healing to
those who minister to their needs, that those (or N., or NN.)
for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in
their weakness and have confidence in thy loving care;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season

The postcommunion prayer on page 457 may be used.



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21. For Social Justice

Almighty God, who hast created us in thine own image:
Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make
no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use
our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of
justice in our communities and among the nations, to the
glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season


22. For Social Service

O Lord our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to
be ministered unto but to minister: Bless, we beseech thee, all
who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of
others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may
minister in his name to the suffering, the friendless, and the
needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, the
same thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Preface of the Season


23. For Education

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by thy
Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that,
rejoicing in the knowledge of thy truth, they may worship
you and serve you from generation to generation; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season



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24. For Vocation in Daily Work

Almighty God our heavenly Father, who declarest thy glory
and showest forth thy handiwork in the heavens and in the
earth: Deliver us, we beseech thee, in our various occupations
from the service of self alone, that we may do the work
which thou givest us to do in truth and beauty and for the
common good; for the sake of him who came among us as
one that serveth, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth
and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season


25. For Labor Day

Almighty God, who hast so linked our lives one with another
that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide
us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but
for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for
our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of
other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out
of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
ever. Amen.

Preface of the Season



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