Optional Opening Words
The following may be said before the Lord’s Prayer and Collect for Purity
The people standing, the Celebrant says
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
In Lent and on other penitential occasions
Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins.
For Gods’ mercy endureth for ever.