Book of Common Prayer (page 269)
By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
The Bishop, if present, or the Priest, stands and, facing the people,
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn
from their wickedness and live, has given power and
commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to
his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of
their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly
repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.
Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his
Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on
this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure
and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A deacon or lay reader leading the service remains kneeling and
substitutes the prayer for forgiveness appointed at Morning Prayer.
The Peace is then exchanged.
In the absence of a bishop or priest, all that precedes may be led by a
deacon or lay reader.
The Litany of Penitence may be used at other times, and may be preceded
by an appropriate invitation and a penitential psalm.
When Communion follows, the service continues with the Offertory.
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