Morning Prayer
The Feast of All Saints
November 1

Domine labia mea aperies
et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us
Agios o Theos, Agios ischyros, Agios athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis


Performed by St. Austin's Choir, Great Witley in Worcestershire.

IESU, salvator saeculi,
redemptis ope subveni,
et, pia Dei genetrix,
salutem posce miseris.

Coetus omnes angelici,
patriarcharum cunei
ac prophetarum merita
nobis precentur veniam.

Baptista tui praevius
et claviger aethereus
cum ceteris apostolis
nos solvant nexu criminis.

Chorus sacratus martyrum,
sacerdotum confessio
et virginalis castitas
nos a peccatis abluant.

Monachorum suffragia
omnesque cives caelici
annuant votis supplicum
et vitae poscant praemium.

Sit, Christe, tibi gloria
cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu,
quorum luce mirifica
sancti congaudent perpetim. Amen.

O Jesus, Savior of the world,
Assist the souls you have redeemed;
And gentle Mother of our Lord,
For us poor sinners pardon win.

May all the gleaming Angel hosts
And patient Patriarchs serene,
And Prophets faithful unto death,
Make supplication for the world.

May John, fore-runner of our Light,
And he who holds the keys above,
And all Apostles of our Lord,
Absolve us from the stains of sin.

And may the Martyrs countless throng,
And Priests devoted to their Lord,
And holy virgins' merits too,
Obtain remission for our falls.

May pure monastic prayer above,
United with all Saints on high,
Accept our lowly sighs on earth,
And gain for us eternal life.

All glory, Jesus, be to you,
The Father and the Spirit, too,
Whose wondrous light is cause of joy
For all the Saints eternally. Amen.

READING      Ephesians 1:17-18
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, grant you a spirit of wisdom and insight to know him clearly. May God enlighten your innermost vision that you may know the great hope to which he has called you, the wealth of his glorious heritage to be distributed among the members of the church.


Antiphon: The saints find their home in the kingdom of heaven; their life is eternal peace, alleluia.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
     in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
     they are studied by all who delight in them.
His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
     and his righteousness endures for ever.
He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
     the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
He gives food to those who fear him; *
     he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works *
     in giving them the lands of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
     all his commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever, *
     because they are done in truth and equity.
He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
     holy and awesome is his Name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
     those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
     his praise endures for ever.
Antiphon: The saints find their home in the kingdom of heaven; their life is eternal peace, alleluia.

Antiphon: Saints of the Lord, sing praise to the Lord forever.

    Psalm 112    
    Beatus vir
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
     and have great delight in his commandments!
Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
     the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
     and their righteousness will last for ever.
Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
     the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
It is good for them to be generous in lending *
     and to manage their affairs with justice.
For they will never be shaken; *
     the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
     their heart is right;
     they put their trust in the Lord.
Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
     until they see their desire upon their enemies.
They have given freely to the poor, *
     and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
     they will hold up their head with honor.
The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
     the desires of the wicked will perish.
Antiphon: Saints of the Lord, sing praise to the Lord forever.

Antiphon: Sing a hymn of praise in honor of the saints, the children of Israel whom God has chosen as his own; celebrate the glory of all his holy ones.

    Psalm 113    
    Laudate, pueri
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
     praise the Name of the LORD.
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
     from this time forth for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its going down *
     let the Name of the LORD be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, *
     and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
     but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
He takes up the weak out of the dust *
     and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
He sets them with the princes, *
     with the princes of his people.
He makes the woman of a childless house *
     to be a joyful mother of children.
Antiphon: Sing a hymn of praise in honor of the saints, the children of Israel whom God has chosen as his own; celebrate the glory of all his holy ones.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

First Reading
2 Esdras 2:42-47

I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs. In their midst was a young man of great stature, taller than any of the others, and on the head of each of them he placed a crown, but he was more exalted than they. And I was held spellbound. Then I asked an angel, "Who are these, my lord?" He answered and said to me, "These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned, and receive palms." Then I said to the angel, "Who is that young man who is placing crowns on them and putting palms in their hands?" He answered and said to me, "He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world." So I began to praise those who had stood valiantly for the name of the Lord.

Te Deum Laudamus


You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.


Te deum laudamus
Te dominum confitemur.
Te æternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes angeli, tibi cæli: et universæ Potestates.
Tibi Cherubim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra majestates gloriæ tuæ.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus.
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus.
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbum terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia.
Patrem immensæ majestatis:
Venerandum tuum, verum, et unicum Filium.
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriæ, Christe, tu Patris
sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna cælorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Judex crederis, esse venturus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis famulis subveni,
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum Sanctis
tuis in Gloria numerari.

Second Reading

Hebrews 11:32-12:2

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.
    -    Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.
Delight in his love, you pure of heart,
    -    and sing for joy in the Lord.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
    -    Let the just rejoice and sing for joy in the Lord.

BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: The saints will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father, alleluia.

God is the reward of all the saints. Let us joyfully call upon him:

                          Lord, save your people.

O God, through your Son Jesus Christ you built your Church on the foundation of the apostles,
- keeping their teaching secure among their faithful people.

You made the martyrs powerful witnesses even to the point of giving up their lives,
- help all Christians to give faithful witness to your Son.

You gave holy virgins the gift of imitating the virginity of Christ,
- may those consecrated to virginity be steadfast witnesses to the coming of your kingdom.

Your saints now see you face to face,
- keep alive in our hearts the hope of coming at last into your presence.

Bring all who have died into the company of heaven with Mary, Joseph and all your saints,
- and give us also a place in the unending fellowship of your kingdom.

Our Father…


O Almighty God, who have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those indescribable joys which you have prepared for those who truly love you: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Almighty ever-living God,
by whose gift we venerate in one celebration
the merits of all the Saints,
bestow on us, we pray,
through the prayers of so many intercessors,
an abundance of the reconciliation with you
for which we earnestly long.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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