Office for the Dead, with explanatory notes

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For those who would like to pray for Richard III in full:

I've prepared usable English versions of the Office (matins, lauds, and vespers) for the dead, which Philippa and I intend to use - the first two during the hour we have to sit waiting for the reburial service in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March, and the third one during the hour we have to sit waiting on Sunday 22 March. Of course, we shall say the offices in silence, then, because the cathedral will be full of people.

For those who aren't used to them, these have instructions / explanations in red ('rubrics'). When you see a cross, you make the sign of the cross. 

Where alternative readings, prayers &c are possible I've simply chosen the one that seemed most fitting to me. I've also added at the end of each office, in dark blue, the collect (prayer) that Richard III requested.