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Service for the Observance of the 1600th Anniversary of the Council of Nicea.

New York: National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1925.


I APPROVE the forms of service herein set forth by the special committee of the National Council for the due observance of the sixteen hundredth anniversary of Nicea, and commend them to my brethren in the Episcopate for authorization in their dioceses.

Ethelbert Talbot,
Presiding Bishop.




Introit, Psalm c. Jubilate Deo.


O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.

2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.


The Collect

(For the Seventh Sunday after Trinity)


LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Epistle. I St. John iv. 7

(For the First Sunday after Trinity)


BELOVED, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.


The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1.

(For St. Philip and St. James' Day.)


AND Jesus said unto his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.


Proper Preface.

(For Trinity Sunday.)


WHO art one God, one Lord; not one only Person, but three Persons in one Substance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, etc.


Or else this may be said, the words [Holy Father] being retained in the introductory Address.


FOR the precious death and merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and for the sending to us of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; who art one with thee in thy Eternal Godhead. Therefore with Angels, etc.


Prayer before the Blessing.

(The Collect for Trinity Sunday.)


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.






OUT of Sion hath God appeared: in perfect beauty. Psalm 1,2.


Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high: and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth! Psalm cxiii. 5.


O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God. Psalm lxviii. 35.


The Psalter.

One or more of the following Psalms: 27, 33, 46, 61, 72, 122.


First Lesson.

Deuteronomy 6: 4-12, or Isaiah 40: 9-end.


Second Lesson.

St. John 1:1-14, or Philippians 3: 3-14.


The Collect.

As authorized for the Holy Communion.




From the Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church.


THOU who, at all times, and at every hour, both in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified, O Christ-God, long-suffering, plenteous in mercy and compassion, who lovest the just and showest mercy to those who are hardened in sin; who callest all men to salvation through the promise of good things to come: Do thou, the same Lord, receive also our supplications at this present time, and direct our lives according to thy commandments; sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set right our minds; cleanse our thoughts; and deliver us from all calamity, wrath, and distress. Compass us round about with thy holy Angels; that, guided and guarded by their host, we may attain unto the unity of the faith, and unto the comprehension of thine ineffable glory: for blessed are thou for ever and ever. Amen.


ILLUMINE our hearts, O God, who lovest mankind, with the pure light of thy divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our understanding to the comprehension of the proclamation of thy Gospel: implant in us, likewise, the fear of thy blessed commandments; that, trampling down all carnal desires, we may lead a godly life, both thinking and performing such things as are pleasing to thee: For thou art the light of our souls and of our bodies, O Christ God, and unto thee do we ascribe glory, together with thy Father, who is from everlasting, and thy holy, life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.




This is an English translation of the original form of the Creed as adopted by the Council of Nicea, A. D. 325.


[It will be remembered that this form is not authorized to supersede the Prayer Book form in public worship.]


WE believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Begotten of the Father, His only Begotten, that is, of the substance of the Father; God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God; Begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made, both the things in heaven and the things on earth; Who for the sake of us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate, and was made man; Who suffered, and rose again the third day, and ascended into the heavens, and is to come again to judge the quick and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost.

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