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Order of Service for the Battle of Britain Service September 18, 1955 in the All Saints' Church, Palmerston North.


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All Saints’ Church
Palmerston North

Battle of Britain Service
September 18th, 1955.


Hymn No. 165—“O God our Help”.

Then shall the Minister say, the people standing,

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk
and not faint.—Isaiah xl. 31.


Beloved, we are come together in the presence of Almighty God and of the
whole company of Heaven to offer unto Him through our Lord Jesus Christ
our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to
pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the
greatness of God’s love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace;
and to ask on behalf of all men such things as their well-being doth require.
Wherefore, let us kneel in silence, and remember God’s presence with us

Then shall all kneel, and, silence having been kept for a space,
the Minister shall say,

Let us humbly confess our sins to [Almighty] God.

Then shall the people say after the Minister,

O God, our Father, we have sinned against thee in thought and word and
deed; we have not loved thee with all our heart; we have not loved our
neighbours as ourselves. Have mercy upon us, we beseech thee; cleanse us
from our sins; and help us to overcome our faults; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

To be pronounced by the Minister standing; the people still kneeling.
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant, unto you pardon and re-
mission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace
and comfort of the Holy Spirit.—Amen.

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Then shall the Minister say,
O Lord, open thou our lips.
Answer: And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
The Minister: O God, make speed to save us.
Answer: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
Answer: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world
without end. Amen.
The Minister: Praise ye the Lord.
Answer: The Lord’s Name be praised.
Then shall be sung this Psalm following
CXXII. Laetatus sum.
I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of
the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city: that is at unity in itself
For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord: to testify
unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.
For there is the seat of judgment: even the seat of the house of
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love
Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions’ sake: I will wish thee pros-
Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God: I will seek to do
thee good.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world with-
out end. Amen.

Then, the people being seated, there shall be read

THE FIRST LESSON. Ecclus 44, 1-13.
Then shall all stay and sing
WE praise thee, O God: we acknow-
ledge [thee] to be the Lord,
All the earth doth worship thee: the
Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the
Heavens, and all the Powers
To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin:
continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sab-
Heaven and earth are full of the
Majesty: of thy Glory.
The glorious company of the Apos-
tles: praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Proph-
ets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise
The holy Church throughout all the
world: doth acknowledge thee
The Father: of an infinite Majesty
Thine honourable, true: and only
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the
When thou lookest upon thee to de-
liver man: thou didst not abhor
the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the
sharpness of death: thou didst
open the Kingdom of Heaven to
all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of
God: in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to
be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy
servants: whom thou hast re-
deemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with
thy Saints: in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people: and bless
thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for
Day by day: we magnify thee
And we worship thy Name: ever
world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this
day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have
mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon
us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let
me never be confounded.

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Then, all being seated, there shall be read

THE SECOND LESSON. Ephesians 6, 10-20.

Then all shall stand and sing

BLESSED by the Lord God of Israel:
for he hath visited, and redeem-
ed his people;
And hath raised up in a mighty salva-
tion for us: in the house of his
servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his
holy Prophets: which have been
since the world began;
That we should be saved from our
enemies: and from the hands of
all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to
our forefathers: and to remem-
ber his holy Covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware
to our forefather Abraham: that
he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the
hands of our enemies: might
serve him without fear.
In holiness and righteousness before
him: all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the
Prophet of the Highest: for thou
shalt go before the face of the
Lord to prepare his ways
To give knowledge of salvation unto
his people: for the remission of
their sins.
Through the tender mercy of our
God: whereby the day-spring
from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in
darkness, and in the shadow of
death: and to guide our feet into
the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the
Son: and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be: world without
end. Amen.

Then shall be said the Apostles’ Creed, by the Minister
and the people standing.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by
the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, deal and buried: He descended into hell; The third day
he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth
on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall
come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the Com-
munion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the
body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

And after that these Prayers following, the Minister first pronouncing
in a loud voice.

The Lord be with you.
Answer: And with thy spirit.
Minister: Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Then the Minister and People shall say the Lord’s Prayer with a loud voice.

Our father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy Name, Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them
that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver
us from evil. Amen.

The Minister standing shall say,.
O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
Answer: And grant us thy salvation.
Minister: O Lord, save the Queen.
Answer: And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Minister: Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.

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Answer: And make thy chosen people joyful.

Minister: O Lord, save thy people.

Answer: And bless thine inheritance.

Minister: Give peace in our time, O Lord.

Answer: Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only
thou, O God.

Minister: O God, make clean our hearts within us.

Answer: And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Then shall follow these Collects
Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual
mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall,
keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all
things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

The Second Collect, for Peace.
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in know-
ledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect free-
dom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any
adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Grace.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who
hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the
same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into
no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings
may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy
sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn No. 291—“Oft in danger, oft in woe.” 540

Then shall Special Prayers be offered for—

The Queen and all in authority.
Our Nation and Empire.
For Peace in the World.
For Fallen Comrades.

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the
Fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Hymn No. 266—“Lead kindly Light.” 281

Hymn No. 298—“Praise my soul, the King of Heaven.” 167



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