18 September 2016

Our Lord's Summary of the Law (Anglican Patrimony)

from The Nigerian United Liturgy of 1965
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
     The first commandment is, 
               Hear, O Israel, 
               the Lord, our God, the Lord is one : 
               and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
               and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

The second is this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and write these Thy laws in our hearts, we beseech Thee.

Brethren, we have come together to hear God's most holy Word, and to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord. Let us, therefore, kneel and examine ourselves in silence, seeking God's grace that we may draw near to Him with repentance and faith.

Then follows a short period of silence

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the Commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways, make your humble confession to Almighty God, that you may be reconciled anew to Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

               Heavenly Father, we confess that we have sinned 
                       against Thee and our neighbour.
               We have walked in darkness rather than in light;
                       we have named the name of Christ,
                       but have not departed from iniquity.
               Have mercy upon us, we beseech Thee;
                       for the sake of Jesus Christ
                       forgive us all our sins;
               Cleanse us by Thy Holy Spirit;
                       quicken our consciences;
                       and enable us to forgive others,
                       that we may henceforth serve Thee in newness of life,
                       to the glory of Thy Holy Name. Amen.

Anglican Church in Nigeria
Church of the Province of West Africa