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Opening Acclamation

Once the song is over the presider, the priest leading the service, says what is called the Opening Acclamation, “Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!” or another greeting and the people answer according to the particular greeting. These are all found on page 355 of the Book of Common Prayer. Episcopal worship actively involves everyone in the worship of God. It is also rooted in the Bible. “Blessed be God” may be found in Psalm 66:20, 2 Corinthians 1:3 and other places in the Scripture.


Presider: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
PeopleL The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions.

Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;
People: His mercy endures for ever.