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The Liturgy of Monk Preston

Worship Service oThe Prayer Foundation Knights of Prayer Monks :    


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This Worship Service (Liturgy) was compiled in 2007 by S. G. Preston (Monk Preston, Co-Founder and President of The Prayer Foundation).  It was revised by him in 2010.

More extensive explanatory notes can be found at: Worship Service

Photo: of a lit candle.

Where Rubrics say: "Sung or Said," we ourselves always sing.

Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."


Text Colors:
  • Rubrics (directions for the conduct of the Service).
  • Officiant (designated Worship Leader).
  • People (Congregation).      
  • All (all together).                 


  • website bullets and arrows The symbol for making the Sign of the Cross (optional).            
  • A bell is rung once, each time this symbol appears. A single large bell is rung, except during the Sanctus ("Holy Holy, Holy"), when a set of three connected smaller bells is rung three times.

Any Christian can be designated to Officiate as Worship Leader ("priesthood of all believers"). Worship Service should be memorized and prayedService can be shortened or lengthened as needed.  The Psalms and Scripture Readings for a given day or specifically for the particular Hour of Prayer (Evening, Morning, or Noon) when the Service is being held can be found at: Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours.

Note: Officiant may use hand motions to signify to the congregation the proper times for standing and being seated.

Preparation for Worship Service

Candles and incense are lit in preparation for the Worship Service.  As in historic Monastic practice, a Bell is rung three times to call the Monks to prayer---to announce the beginning of the Service.

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                                      Call to Worship

A bell is rung three times to announce the beginning of the Service.

If an entrance procession takes place, it does so at this point in the Service.  

Everyone and everything is censed at the commencement of the Worship Service. 

This is to illustrate that everyone and everything is sanctified, or set aside for God, as an offering to God for His service.

The Greeting: Gloria Patri (Glory to the Father: Eastern Version)

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. All stand who are ableElderly and infirm may remain seated.

Sung or Said.                                                                    All Sing: website bullets and arrows Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

                    The Lord's Prayer

Sung or said.                                           All Sing: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

----------  The Liturgy of the Word  ----------

                                     Salvation Verses

All: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

These things have I written unto you that believe in the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that you have eternal life.

                 Reading from the Psalms

If there is a reading from the Book of Psalms, it is read at this time. 

The Psalm may also be read in alternating verses by Officiant with responses by the Congregation, or in alternating verses between men and women.

Officiant: Reading from The Book of Psalms, Psalm...                                                         (Reading) The Word of the Lord.     People: Thanks be to God.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able.

         Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Three Psalms, Hymns, and/or Spiritual Songs are sung.  

We sing them all together, but they also may be sung separately at various times throughout the Liturgy, as is the custom in many congregations.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

              Reading from the Old Testament

If there is a reading from the Old Testament, it is read at this time:   

Officiant: Reading from The Book of...,                                                 (Reading) The Word of the Lord.  People: Thanks be to God.

The Summary of the Law

All: And Jesus answered, "The first of all the commandments is..."The Lord our God is one Lord.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." This is the first commandment.  And the second is like it, namely this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  There is no other commandment greater than these."

The Greater Doxology (The Gloria)

Sung to the music of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel".  Replaced by "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" during Advent.  Replaced by The Ten Commandments* during Lent.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able. 

Sung or Said.                                                                                     All Sing: Glory be to our God in the highest; and on the earth, peace and good will toward all.             We bless you, worship you and adore you, we give thanks, we praise you for your glory:         Lord God, our King, the Father Almighty; Lord Christ, only Son of God the Father.                          Lord God, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.                         You sit at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer, for You alone are Lord.                                O Light of Light, You alone are Most High, You alone are the Holy One of God,                                       website bullets and arrows Lord Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in all the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

         Reading from The Acts; or The Epistles

If there is a reading from The Acts, or The Epistles, it is read at this time.

Officiant: Reading from The Acts of..., or The Epistle of..., Chapter...   (Reading) The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.

Verbum Tuum Veritas (Thy Word is Truth)

Officiant: The Words of our Lord: "Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me,                People: I delight to do Your will, O my God."                                                                Officiant: "Sanctify them through Your truth:                                                              People: Your word is truth."       Officiant: The entrance of Your words give light.                         People: You will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Reading from the Gospel

If there is a reading from the Gospel it is read at this time.  There is always a Gospel reading on The Lord's Day.

Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours usually specifies a particular chapter, but any Chapter or portion of the Gospels may be selected to be read.  If there is to be a procession with the Gospel; either as in Eastern Orthodox practice (around the Nave) or as in Anglican practice (where it is carried to the center of the Nave and read, then returned); it takes place at this point in the Service.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able.

Officiant: Reading from The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to....                                               (Reading) The Gospel of our Lord.  People: Thanks be to God.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

            Teaching from Holy Scripture

If there is to be teaching from the Scripture, it takes place at this point in the Service.  There is always teaching from the Bible on The Lord's Day.

(Teaching from Scripture.)                   Officiant: The Lord be with you.       People: And with your spirit.

(On Easter:) Officiant: He is Risen!                                      People: He is Risen Indeed!

                  Opportunity to Receive Christ

If any who are not Christians are present, an opportunity for them to receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior is made at this point in the Service.

Each Officiant may prefer his using own individual words in doing this.  A sample form may be seen on our webpage: Receiving Christ: A Liturgical Form of The Plan of Salvation and Sinner's Prayer.

                        The Unity of the Spirit

All: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

                               The Profession of Faith

If there is to be no Communion: The Nicene Creed may be omitted, if it has been recited in an earlier Service that same day; or The Apostles' Creed may be recited in its place. 

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able.                     

All: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.                                   And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; through whom all things were made. Who, for us all for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures; and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.                                                        And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the  prophets.                                           And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.              Amen.

                               Prayer of the Faithful

Officiant: Let us pray:                              All: For all people; for rulers, and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.                                                  O Lord of the harvest, send forth laborers into Your harvest.                           Officiant: Let us now offer our individual prayer to the Lord. People: Lord, hear our prayer.                             

(Optional): Larger groups may pray in silent prayer. Officiant may make request for, or pray previously received, prayer requests. Smaller groups may choose to take turns individually praying aloud.

                                 The 23rd Psalm

All: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:  He leadeth me beside the still waters: He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 117 

All: O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  For his merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the lord endureth for ever.  Praise ye the Lord.                             

Psalm 134

Sung or said.                              All: Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night, stand in the house of the Lord.  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.  The Lord that made heaven and earth, bless thee out of Zion. Behold, bless ye the Lord.

If Communion is not to be observed, The Liturgy of the Eucharist is omitted, and the Service continues with the Concluding Rite.

------  The Liturgy of the Eucharist  ------ 

    ___OBLATION (Presentation of the Gifts)___

All remain standing who are able.

                     Trisagion (Thrice Holy) Hymn

Sung or said.                                                                                      All Sing: website bullets and arrows Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

The Communion elements are brought and placed upon the Altar/Communion Table while this first part of the Trisagion Hymn is being sung.  

We do this as a processional (optional).

                           Prayer Over the Gifts

All: Blessed are You, O Lord, our God.  Through Your goodness we have this bread, and this fruit of the vine to offer; which Earth has given and human hands have made. Blessed be God forever.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

                  The Call to Holiness

All: I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.


        Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy)

Officiant: website bullets and arrows Lord, have mercy upon us.                                            People: Christ have mercy upon us.                                                         Officiant: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

                     Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)

All: Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world:                                                               have mercy upon us,                        hear our prayer,                             grant us peace.

                                  The Confession

All: Father Almighty, Lord of Heaven and Earth, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed.                  By what we have done, and by what we have left undone.                                                      We have not loved You with our whole heart.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                Words of Absolution

Officiant: Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: "Your sins are forgiven you." "Go, and sin no more."

                 The Priesthood of All Believers

All: For You, O Christ, were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your Blood, out of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation; and have made us to our God a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Your own special people.  That we may show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Who once were not a people, but are now the people of God; who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able. 

                                   THE PEACE

                           (The Forgiving)

Officiant: As we have been forgiven, let us now forgive all others, granting The Peace with The Priestly Blessing:

         (The Priestly Blessing)    

All: The Lord bless you, and keep you: The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

                       (Votum: "We Desire" Blessing) 

Officiant: website bullets and arrows And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

   ____ANAMPHORA (Eucharistic Prayer)____

  Preface (Thanksgiving for Salvation)

  Sursum Corda (Lift Up Your Hearts)

Officiant: The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.
Officiant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Officiant: Let us give thanks to our Lord God.
People: It is fitting and right to do so.



All: Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of Heaven, we laud and magnify Your glorious Name, evermore praising You, and saying;

Sanctus (Holy)

All: website bullets and arrowsHoly,Holy,Holy,  Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of Your glory.  Glory to You, O Lord Most High.  Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

         Mysterium Fidei (Mystery of the Faith)

Officiant: Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith:                            All: Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.


Communion Song

All sing: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. 

(As much of the entire song may be sung ("Thank You Jesus..."; "Thank You Father..."; "Holy Spirit..."; or another added, as is needed to complete distribution of the Communion elements.)


Sung or said.                                                                     All sing:  website bullets and arrows O Merciful Father, in the name of Thy Son, send Thy Holy Spirit upon us all, and bless these Thy gifts.  Amen.

   Sancta Sanctus (The Holy for the Holy)

May be said wherever in the Service Officiant finds to be most appropriate.

Officiant: The gifts of God for the people of God.

We practice Open Communion.  

Individual wafers, and individual cups are at this point in the Service offered to any Christian present who desires to partake of Holy Communion 

Distribution of the elements may be made by the Officiant, or Officiant and another or others together; or solely by another or others designated to do so. As they do so, they may say the words, "The Gifts of God for the People of God." 

Individual cups containing grape juice are in the center rings of the serving tray, and those containing wine are offered in the outer rings.  

As the applicable Words of Institution from Scripture are spoken, Officiant and Congregants break and eat, and drink; all together partaking of the Communion elements at the same time, illustrating "the priesthood of all believers".

      ____ANAMNESIS (Remembrance)____

                     Words of Institution

Officiant: The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, "Take, eat: this is my body, which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." 

And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink you all from it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death 'till He returns.

---------  Concluding Rite  ---------- 

If Communion has been observed: the Congregation remains seated.  

If Communion has not been observed: Officiant motions for the Congregation to be seated.

                         Time of Silence

Officiant: The LORD is in His holy temple: let all the Earth keep silence before Him.  Be still and know that He is God...He will be exalted in the Earth. 

Beginning of short Time of Silence before God.

End of Time of Silence before God.

Gloria Patri (Glory to the Father: Western Version)

Officiant motions for the Congregation to stand. 

All stand who are able.                       

Sung or said.                                          All: website bullets and arrows Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

                    The Great Commission

Officiant: Go into all the world and tell the Good News to everyone.

                Benediction (Dismissal Blessing)                      

Officiant: website bullets and arrows The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.              People: And with your spirit.

        The Doxology (The Common Doxology)

All sing: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.                                 Praise Him all creatures here below.                                        Praise Him above, ye heavenly bullets and arrows Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


A bell is rung three times to announce the conclusion of the Service.  All candles and oil lamps are extinguished with the exception of the Sanctuary Lamp.

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* The Ten Commandments                                          

I am the LORD Your God.  You shall have no other gods before me.                                                You shall not make for yourself a graven image.  You shall not bow down to them, or serve them.                                                        You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.                              Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land.                              You shall not murder.                 You shall not commit adultery.     You shall not steal.                      You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet anything that is your neighbor's.

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(Except KJV Scripture Texts and Historic Prayers, which are in the Public Domain) Copyright 2007, 2010 S.G.P. All rights reserved.