These additional Canticles are to be used only in parishes that serve Matins and Evensong Daily and then with discretion remembering the importance of repetition.
The following canticles may be used in place of the first canticle at Matins, on ferial days as appointed hereinafter except that the Te Deum shall be said on all Sundays and Holy Days outside Lent and Advent when the Benedicite shall be said instead.
Laetabitur deserta et invia - Isaiah 35.1,2b-4a,4c-6,10
1. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; * and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
2. they shall see the glory of the Lord, * and the excellency of our God.
3. Strengthen ye the weak hands, * and confirm the feeble knees.
4. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, * Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, * and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6. or in the wilderness shall waters break out, * and streams in the desert
7. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, * and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads
8. they shall obtain joy and gladness, * and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Populus, qui ambulabat in tenebris - Isaiah 9.2,3b,4a,6,7
1. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: * they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
2. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not decreased the joy: * they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
3. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, * and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
4. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: * and the government shall be upon his shoulder
5. his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, * The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
6. Of the increase of his government and peace * there shall be no end
7. upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, * to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
8. from henceforth even for ever. * The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
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Venite, et revertamur ad Dominum - Hosea 6.1-6
1. Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us;
2. He hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
3. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
4. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning
5. He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
6. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee?
7. For your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
8. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
9. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Auribus percipe, Domine caeli - Deuteronomy 32.1-12
1. Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; * and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, * as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3. Because I will publish the name of the Lord: * ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: * a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5. They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: * they are a perverse and crooked generation.
6. Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? * is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
7. Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: * ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
8. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, * he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
9. For the Lord's portion is his people; * Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; * he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, * spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12. So the Lord alone did lead him, * and there was no strange god with him.
Lamed o vos - Lamentations 1:12-14,16,18
1. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, *which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
2. From above hath he sent fire into my bones, * and it prevaileth against them:
3. He hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: * he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.
4. The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: * they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck:
5. He hath made my strength to fall, * the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.
6. For these things I weep; * mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, *
7. the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: * my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.
8. The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow.
Incipite Domino - Judith 16:2-20
1. Begin ye to the Lord with timbrels, * sing ye to the Lord with cymbals,
2. Tune unto him a new psalm, * extol and call upon his name.
3. The Lord putteth an end to wars, * the Lord is his name.
4. He hath set his camp in the midst of his people, * to deliver us from the hand of all our enemies.
5. The Assyrians came out of the mountains from the north in the multitude of their strength: * the multitude stopped up the torrents, and their horses covered the valleys.
6. He bragged that he would set my borders on fire, and kill my young men with the sword, * to make my infants a prey, and my virgins captives.
7. But the almighty Lord hath struck him, * and hath delivered him into the hands of a woman, and hath slain him.
8. For their mighty one did not fall by young men, neither did the sons of Titan strike him, nor tall giants oppose themselves to him, * but Judith the daughter of Merari weakened him with the beauty of her face.
9. For she put off her the garments of widowhood, * and put on her the garments of joy, to give joy to the children of Israel.
10. She anointed her face with ointment, * and bound up her locks with a crown, she took a new robe to deceive him.
11. Her sandals ravished his eyes, * her beauty made his soul her captive, with a sword she cut off his head.
12. The Persians quaked at her constancy, * and the Medes at her boldness.
13. Then the camp of the Assyrians howled, * when my lowly ones appeared, parched with thirst.
14. The sons of the damsels have pierced them through, and they have killed them like children fleeing away: * they perished in battle before the face of the Lord my God.
15. Let us sing a hymn to the Lord, * let us sing a new hymn to our God.
16. O Adonai, Lord, great art thou, and glorious in thy power, * and no one can overcome thee.
17. Let all thy creatures serve thee: because thou hast spoken, and they were made: * thou didst send forth thy spirit, and they were created, and there is no one that can resist thy voice.
18. The mountains shall be moved from the foundations with the waters: * the rocks shall melt as wax before thy face.
19. But they that fear thee, * shall be great with thee in all things.
20. Woe be to the nation that riseth up against my people: * for the Lord almighty will take revenge on them, in the day of judgment he will visit them.
Magnus es, Domine- Tobit 13
1. Thou art great, O Lord, forever, * and thy kingdom is unto all ages:
2. For thou scourgest, and thou savest: * thou leadest down to hell, and bringest up again: and there is none that can escape thy hand.
3. Give glory to the Lord, ye children of Israel, * and praise him in the sight of the Gentiles:
3. Because he hath therefore scattered you among the Gentiles, * who know not him, that you may declare his wonderful works,
4. Make them know * that there is no other almighty God besides him.
5. He hath chastised us for our iniquities: * and he will save us for his own mercy.
6. See then what he hath done with us, * and with fear and trembling give ye glory to him: And extol the eternal King of worlds in your works.
7. As for me, I will praise him in the land of my captivity: * because he hath shewn his majesty toward a sinful nation.
8. Be converted therefore, ye sinners, * and do justice before God, believing that he will shew his mercy to you.
9. And I and my soul will rejoice in him. * Bless ye the Lord, all his elect, keep days of joy, and give glory to him.
10. Jerusalem, city of God, * the Lord hath chastised thee for the works of thy hands.
11. Give glory to the Lord for thy good things, * and bless the God eternal,
12. That he may rebuild his tabernacle in thee, * and may call back all the captives to thee, and thou mayst rejoice for ever and ever.
13. Thou shalt shine with a glorious light: * and all the ends of the earth shall worship thee.
14. Nations from afar shall come to thee: * and shall bring gifts, and shall adore the Lord in thee,
15. They shall esteem thy land as holy. * For they shall call upon the great name in thee.
16. They shall be cursed that shall despise thee: * and they shall be condemned that shall blaspheme thee: and blessed shall they be that shall build thee up.
17. But thou shalt rejoice in thy children, * because they shall all be blessed, and shall be gathered together to the Lord.
18. Blessed are all they that love thee, * and that rejoice in thy peace.
19. My soul, bless thou the Lord, * because the Lord our God hath delivered Jerusalem his city from all her troubles.
20. Happy shall I be if there shall remain of my seed, * to see the glory of Jerusalem.
21. The gates of Jerusalem shall be built of sapphire, and of emerald, * and all the walls thereof round about of precious stones.
22. All its streets shall be paved with white and clean stones: * and Alleluia shall be sung in its streets.
23. Blessed be the Lord, who hath exalted it,* and may he reign over it for ever and ever, Amen.
Tollam quippe vos de gentibus - Ezekiel 36.24-26,28b
1. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, * and will bring you into your own land.
2. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: * from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
3. A new heart also will I give you, * and a new spirit will I put within you:
4. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, * and I will give you an heart of flesh.
5. Ye shall be my people, * and I will be your God.
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Christ The King
Et ibunt populi multi - Isaiah 2.3-5
1. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, * to the house of the God of Jacob;
2. And he will teach us of his ways, * and we will walk in his paths:
3. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, *and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4. And he shall judge among the nations, * and shall rebuke many people:
5. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, * and their spears into pruning hooks:
6. nation shall not lift up sword against nation, * neither shall they learn war any more.
7. O house of Jacob, come ye, * and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Et egredietur virga - Isaiah 11.1, 2, 3b-4a, 6, 9
1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
3. The spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
4. he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, * neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
5. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, * and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
6. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
7. The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; * and a little child shall lead them.
8. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: * for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Hæc dicit Dominus Deus - Isaiah 42.5-8a
1. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, * and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it;
2. He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, * and spirit to them that walk therein:
3. I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, *and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,
4. And give thee for a covenant of the people, * for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes,
5. To bring out the prisoners from the prison, * and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
6. I am the Lord: that is my name: * and my glory will I not give to another.
Ego Dominus Sanctus vester - Isaiah 43.15, 16, 18, 19, 20c, 21
1. I am the Lord, your Holy One, * the creator of Israel, your King.
2. Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, * and a path in the mighty waters;
3. Remember ye not the former things, * neither consider the things of old.
4. Behold, I will do a new thing;* now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
5. I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. * to give drink to my people, my chosen.
6. This people have I formed for myself; * they shall shew forth my praise.
Benedictus es Domine Deus Israhel - 1 Chronicles 29.10b-13,14b
1. Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. * Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:
2. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; * thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
3. Both riches and honour come of thee, * and thou reignest over all;
4. And in thine hand is power and might; * and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
5. Now therefore, our God, * we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
6. For all things come of thee, * and of thine own have we given thee.
Sion evangelizatrix - Isaiah 40. 9-11
1. O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; * O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength;
2. Lift it up, be not afraid; * say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
3. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, * and his arm shall rule for him:
4. Behold, his reward is with him, * and his work before him.
5. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: * he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
6. And carry them in his bosom, * and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Pone me ut signaculum super cor tuum – Song of Solomon 8:6,7
1. Set me as a seal upon thine heart, * as a seal upon thine arm.
2. for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: * the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
3. Many waters cannot quench love, * neither can the floods drown it:
4. If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, * it would utterly be contemned.
Gaudens gaudebo in Domino - Isaiah 61.10, 11; 62.1-3
1. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, * my soul shall be joyful in my God;
2. For he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, * he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
3. As a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, * and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
4. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, * and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth;
5. So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise * to spring forth before all the nations.
6. For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, *and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
7. Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, * and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
8. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, * and all kings thy glory:
9. Thou shalt be called by a new name, * which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
10. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Laetamini cum Hierusalem - Isaiah 66.10, 11a, 12a, 12c, 13a, 14a, b
1. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, * all ye that love her:
2. Rejoice for joy with her, * all ye that mourn for her:
3. That ye may suck, * and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations;
4. For thus saith the Lord, * ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
5. As one whom his mother comforteth, * so will I comfort you;
6. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb:
7. And the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
Despectum, et novissimum virorum - Isaiah 53:3-6
1. He is despised and rejected of men; * a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
2. We hid as it were our faces from him; *he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
3. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: * yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
4. But he was wounded for our transgressions, * he was bruised for our iniquities:
5. The chastisement of our peace was upon him; * and with his stripes we are healed.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; * and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Justorum autem animæ - Wisdom 3.1, 2a, 3b-8
1. But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, * and the torment of death shall not touch them.
2. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: * but they are in peace.
3. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, * their hope is full of immortality.
4. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: * because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself.
5. As gold in the furnace he hath proved them, * and as a burnt offering he hath received them.
6. The just shall shine, * and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds.
8. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, * and their Lord shall reign for ever.
For obvious reasons, even more discretion should be shown in varying the Gospel Canticles. No such variation should be made on Sundays or the Principal, Greater, or Lesser Holy Days. But the following may be used on feral days at the discretion of the Rector.
Et ecce venio velociter – Rev 22:12-14,16, 17
1. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, * to give every man according as his work shall be.
2. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, * the first and the last.
3. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, * and may enter in through the gates into the city.
4. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify * unto you these things in the churches.
5. I am the root and the offspring of David, * and the bright and morning star.
6. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. * And let him that heareth say, Come.
7. And let him that is athirst come. * And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Qui eripuit nos – Col 1:13-20a
1. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, * and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
2. In whom we have redemption through his blood, * even the forgiveness of sins:
3. Who is the image of the invisible God, * the firstborn of every creature:
4. For by him were all things created, * that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,
5. Whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: * all things were created by him, and for him:
6. And he is before all things,* and by him all things consist.
7. And he is the head of the body, the church: * who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
8. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; * by him to reconcile all things unto himself;
quia et Christus passus est - 1 Peter 2:21b-25
1. Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, * that ye should follow his steps:
2. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: * Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again;
3. When he suffered, he threatened not; *but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
4. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, * that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
5. by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; * but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini – 1 Peter 1:3-5
1. Blessed be the God and Father * of our Lord Jesus Christ,
2. Which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope * by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
3. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, * reserved in heaven for you,
4. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation * ready to be revealed in the last time.
5. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,* as silver and gold,
6. But with the precious blood of Christ, * as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
7. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; * that your faith and hope might be in God.
Haec est adnuntiatio - 1 John 1:5-9
1. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, * that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
2. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, * we lie, and do not the truth:
3. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, * we have fellowship one with another,
4. And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son * cleanseth us from all sin.
5. If we say that we have no sin, * we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
6. If we confess our sins, * he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Magna et mirabilia – Rev 15:3,4
1. Great and marvellous are thy works, * Lord God Almighty;
2. Just and true are thy ways, * thou King of saints.
3. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? * for thou only art holy:
4. for all nations shall come and worship before thee; * for thy judgments are made manifest.