Scripture Verse

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

— 1 St. John i:8, 9, Opening Sentence for Evening Prayer [Lent]

Chorister’s Prayer

St Stephen’s Choir of Men and Boys is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and the Choir uses the Chorister’s Prayer as their preparation for every service, led by the Head Chorister. A previous Head Chorister indicated an interest in leading the prayer in Latin, and so we provided a translation.oratio choristae

Here is the Chorister’s Prayer, in English:

℣. The Lord be with you.

℟. And with thy spirit.

℣. Let us pray.

Bless, O Lord, * us thy servants, who minister in thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts; and what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And here is the Oratio Choristæ, in Latin:

℣. Dominus vobiscum;

℟. Et cum spiritu tuo.

℣. Oremus.

Bénedic Domine * nos servos tuos, qui mínistrant in templum tuum. Dona, ut quod ore cantámus, corde credámus; et quod corde crédimus, opéribus comprobémus; per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.