Worship Service of The Prayer Foundation Knights of Prayer Monks :

The Shorter Liturgy of Monk Preston

"In ainm an Athar, agus a Mhic, agus an Spioraid Naomh."  ("In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." -in Gaelic).



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Interdenominational, Evangelical

Historical, Liturgical


Photo: of a lit candle.

   About this Service:

Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."Photo: St. Kevin's Church, Glendalough, Ireland, was built in the 1100's and used for worship services through the 1800's. Celtic Chapel of (dedicated to) Kevin of Glendalough (c. 498 A.D.-618 A.D.), used for worship 1100's-1800's A.D., Ireland.

Preparation for Worship Service

"Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice."  -Psalm 141:2

In Our Monastery Chapel, 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.

Historically, in the Church, the use of incense has been understood as symbolizing both the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, and the prayers of the saints (Christian believers) rising before the throne of God.

"For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts."  -Malachi 1:11

--------------------------- Introductory Rite---------------------------- 

Call to Worship

(All stand who are ableElderly and infirm may remain seated.)

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

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

(Sung or said:) 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

(Kneel or remain standing.  Sung or said:)                                             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.                                                                                           (Congregation may be seated.)

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

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

Reading from the Old Testament

(If there is a reading from the Old Testament, it is read at this time:  The Book of..., (Reading) The Word of the Lord.                            Thanks be to God.

                               The Greater Doxology (The Gloria)

(All sing, 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.)

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.

Reading from The Acts, or The Epistles

(Congregation may be seated.)                                                                    (If there is a reading from The Acts, or The Epistles, it is read at this time: The Acts of..., or The Epistle of..., Chapter...                      (Reading) The Word of the Lord.                                                      Thanks be to God.

                                       Reading from The Gospel

(If there is a reading from the Gospel it is read at this timeThere is always a Gospel reading on The Lord's Day.  If none is specified for a particular Sunday in Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours, 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 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.                                                                                           The Lord be with you.                                                                              And also with you.                                                                                          Reading from The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to....                                                                                                        Glory to Thee, Lord.                                                                      (Reading) The Gospel of the Lord.                                                                       Praise to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ.

(The Congregation may be seated.)

 Teaching from Holy Scripture

(If there is to be teaching from 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.)                                                                    Glory to God.                                                                                         Glory to God.

(On Easter: He is Risen!  Response: He is Risen Indeed!)

                                  Opportunity to Receive Christ

Each Officiant may prefer his 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 Profession of Faith

(All stand who are able.)                                                                             (If there is to be no Communion, The Nicene Creed may be omitted, if it has been recited in an earlier Service that day, or The Apostles' Creed may be recited in its place.)                                                                          

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things seen and unseen.

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; by 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

(Remain standing or kneel:)                                                                     Let us pray:                                                                                               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.

Let us now offer our individual prayer to the Lord:                             Lord, hear our prayer.                                                                             (Larger groups may pray in individual silent prayer, smaller groups may choose to individually pray aloud, one at a time.)

(If Communion is not to be observed, the Service continues with the Concluding Rite.)

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

Presentation of the Gifts

Trisagion (Thrice Holy) Hymn

(All stand who are able.  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 the this first part pf the Trisagion Hymn is being sung  We do this as a processional, which is optional.)

Prayer Over the Gifts

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, our God.  Through Thy 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.

General Confession

 Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy)

(Remain standing or kneel.)                                                                        website bullets and arrows Lord have mercy upon us.                                                                Christ have mercy upon us.                                                                    Lord have mercy upon us.

                                      Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world;                                  have mercy upon us,                                                                                 receive our prayer,                                                                                     grant us peace.

                                              The Confession

Almighty Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, we confess that we have sinned against Thee in thought, word, and deed.  By what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved Thee 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.

The Peace

(All stand who are able.)                                                                            As we have been forgiven, let us now forgive all others, granting The Peace with the priestly blessing:

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.  The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

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

                                         Eucharistic Prayer

                                Sursum Corda (Lift Up Your Hearts)                                                                                                                                     The Lord be with you.                                                                              And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.
                                                                 Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
It is fitting and right to do so.


                                                Sanctus (Holy)

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of Heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name, evermore praising Thee, and saying,                                                                                         website bullets and arrowsHoly,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 who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

                               Mysterium Fidei (Mystery of the Faith)

Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith.                                              Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.                     (The Congregation may be seated.)

Holy Communion

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.)

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.  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".

Upon receiving the Communion elements, the Congregation, in preparation for the partaking of the Communion elements and the following time of silence, may individually choose either to kneel or to remain seated.

Some may instead prefer the practice of having the congregation  go forward to receive the Communion elements after the the Words of Institution are spoken.

                            Epiclesis (Invocation of the Holy Spirit)

(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.

                                          Words of Institution

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 broken 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 ----------------------------

Time of Silence

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)

(All stand who are able.  All sing:)                                                              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

Go into all the world and tell the good news to everyone.

Dismissal Blessing

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.                                            And also with you.

                                               The Doxology 

(All sing:) Praise God from whom all blessings flow.                         Praise Him all creatures here below.                                                  Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.                                                         website 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 thy God.  Thou shall have no other gods before me.                                                                                                                 Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image.  Thou shall not bow down to them, nor serve them.                                                                    Thou shall not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.                   Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.                                             Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land.                                                                                                              Thou shall not kill.                                                                                       Thou shall not commit adultery.                                                                 Thou shall not steal.                                                                                    Thou shall not bear false witness.                                                             Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbor's.

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This "Shorter Liturgy of Monk Preston" was excerpted in 2010 from the longer "Liturgy of Monk Preston", which was compiled in 2007 and revised 2010 by S. G. Preston (Monk Preston, Co-Founder and President of The Prayer Foundation).

It was both compiled and revised after extensive study of the earliest extant Christian liturgies.


                                         Shoes or slippers (not stockings) are removed before entering the Chapel. All attending may also each light their own candle, a symbol of Christ, in whose Holy Name we offer our prayers.














                            (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)


















(See: The Ten Commandments: Different Versions)

                            (Luke 2:14) 




























(John 1:12-13)



(The Nicene Creed is always included in traditional liturgical worship whenever there is CommunionThe Apostles' Creed may be added elsewhere in the Service.  Or it may be used  in place of the Nicene Creed, if there is no Communion.)













(I Timothy 2:2-5) 


                        (Matthew 9:38)






("Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving").


(Trisagion: Isaiah 6:33; Rev. 4:8)



                      (Ecclesiates 3:13, Psalm 104:15, Genesis 14:18)



                                      (Kyrie Eleison:    The Three petitions proclaim the Trinity.  Psalm 51:3-4)


                            (Agnus Dei: John 1:29)





                                         (I John 1:8-9)




(The Peace is given by The Priestly Blessing: The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee - Numbers 6:24-26)

(Philippians 4:7)













(Sanctus: Isaiah 6:3; Luke 13:35.)  (Bell Rubrics as in the Celtic Lorrha Missal)



(Or: Memorial Acclamation)



                                   (Revelation 19:1-6)















                                               (Words of Institution:                   I Corinthians 11:24; Matthew 26:27-28; I Corinthians 11:25-26)




(Habakkuk 2:20) (Psalm 46:10  



(Gloria Patri: Western Version.  Note: "world without end" is a Medieval English phrase meaning "forever and ever" or "unto the ages of ages".)

                                              (Mark 16:15)       


                                       (II Corinthians 13:14)


(Matthew 28:19)                                               (Or: The Common Doxology.  The Doxology may be the world's most sung music.  Words: Thomas Ken, 1674.  Music: attributed to Louis Bourgeois, 1551 ("Old Hundredth"  Hymn, Geneva Psalter).





(See: The Ten Commandments: Different Versions)

(Excerpted from: Exodus 20:1-17)