Proper Prefaces (BCP)

Proper Prefaces 

1. Of God the Father

For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your 
image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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2. Of God the Son

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the 
week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious 
resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

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3. Of God the Holy Spirit

For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new 
people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in 
all the world.

Prefaces for Seasons

To be used on Sundays, and weekdays alike, except as otherwise 
appointed for Holy Days and Various Occasions


Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and 
death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that 
when he shall come again in power and great triumph to 
judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to 
behold his appearing.


Because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for 
us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made 
perfect Man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so 
that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and 
receive power to become your children.


Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have 
caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the 
knowledge of your glory in the face of your son Jesus Christ 
our Lord.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who was tempted in every 
way as we are, yet did not sin. By his grace we are able to 
triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves 
alone, but for him who died for us and rose again.

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You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare 
with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in 
works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, 
they may come to the fullness of grace which you have 
prepared for those who love you.

Holy Week

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. For our sins he was lifted high 
upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to 
himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became the 
source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him.


But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious 
resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the 
true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken 
away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed 
death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us 
everlasting life.


Through your dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 
After his glorious resurrection he openly appeared to his 
disciples, and in their sight ascended into heaven, to prepare 
a place for us; that where he is, there we might also be, and 
reign with him in glory.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. In fulfillment of his true 
promise, the Holy Spirit came down [on this day] from 
heaven, lighting upon the disciples, to teach them and to lead 
them into all truth; uniting peoples of many tongues in the 
confession of one faith, and giving to your Church the power 
to serve you as a royal priesthood, and to preach the Gospel 
to all nations.

Prefaces for Other Occasions

Trinity Sunday

For with your co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, you are one 
God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being; 
and we celebrate the one and equal glory of you, O Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All Saints

For in the multitude of your saints you have surrounded us 
with a great cloud of witnesses, that we might rejoice in their 
fellowship, and run with endurance the race that is set before 
us; and, together with them, receive the crown of glory that 
never fades away.

A Saint

For the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all your saints, 
who have been the chosen vessels of your grace, and the lights 
of the world in their generations.

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Because in the obedience of your saints you have given us an 
example of righteousness, and in their eternal joy a glorious 
pledge of the hope of our calling.
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Because you are greatly glorified in the assembly of your 
saints. All your creatures praise you, and your faithful 
servants bless you, confessing before the rulers of this world 
the great Name of your only Son.

Apostles and Ordinations

Through the great shepherd of your flock, Jesus Christ our 
Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to 
preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to 
be with them always, even to the end of the ages.

Dedication of a Church

Through Jesus Christ our great High Priest; in whom we are 
built up as living stones of a holy temple, that we might offer 
before you a sacrifice of praise and prayer which is holy and 
pleasing in your sight.


Because in Jesus Christ our Lord you have received us as your 
sons and daughters, made us citizens of your kingdom, and 
given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.


Because in the love of wife and husband, you have given us 
an image of the heavenly Jerusalem, adorned as a bride for 
her bridegroom, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who loves 
her and gave himself for her, that he might make the whole 
creation new.
Commemoration of the Dead

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the 
dead, and comforts us with the blessed hope of everlasting 
life. For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not 
ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is 
prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.

Book of Common Prayer, 1979 (377-382)