Evening Prayer

The current and past liturgies for Evening Prayer, as done every Wednesday for Grace Anglican's Evening Prayer Groups.

Time varies with readings, but typically lasts 40–45 minutes.

Currently, Scripture readings are taken from the upcoming Sunday's lectionary.

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For the Week Beginning with the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany


Silence is kept.

Nations shall come to your light, and the kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60.3

CONFESSION OF SIN

The officiant says to the people

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

All kneeling, the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires Of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare all those who confess their faults.
Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared
To all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

A Deacon or lay person remains kneeling, and prays

Grant to your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE INVITATORY

All stand

Officiant:  O Lord, open our lips;
People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant:  O God, make speed to save us;
People: O lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant:  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
People: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant:  Praise the Lord;
People: The Lord's name be praised.

PHOS HILARON

O Gladsome Light

O gladsome light,
pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light, We sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, And to be glorified through all the worlds.

Then follows

THE PSALM APPOINTED

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Dominus illuminatio

At the end of the Psalm, the Gloria Patri is said

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

THE LESSONS

A reading from the Second Book of Kings, chapter 22, verses 8 to 20.

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The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

A reading from the First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 2, verses 1 to 16.

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The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

A reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter 5, verses 13 to 20.

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The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

THE MAGNIFICAT

The Song of Mary

All Stand. The Magnificat will be said together, alternating by whole verse.

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; For he has regarded, the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from now on, All generations will call me blessed; For he that is mighty has magnified me, And holy is his Name. And his mercy is on those who fear him, throughout all generations. He has shown the strength of his arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, And has exalted the humble and meek. He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich he has sent empty away. He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel, As he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,world without end. Amen.

THE APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit And born of the virgin Mary He suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Officiant:  The Lord be with you
People: And with your spirit.
Officiant:  Let us pray.

The people kneel or stand

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord have mercy upon us.

The Officiant and the people

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, And the power, and the glory For ever and ever. Amen.

Officiant:  O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
People: And grant us your salvation.
Officiant:  O Lord, guide those who govern us;
People: And lead us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant:  Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People: And let your people sing with joy.
Officiant:  O Lord, save your people;
People: And bless your inheritance.
Officiant:  Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People: And defend us by your mighty power.
Officiant:  Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People: Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant:  Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People: And take not your Holy Spirit from us..
The Collect of the Day

O God, you know that we are set in the midst of many grave dangers, and because of the frailty of our nature, we cannot always stand upright: Grant that your strength and protection may support us in all dangers and carry us through every temptation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect for Peace

O God, the source of all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Collect for Aid Against Peril

Lighten our darkness, we beseech you, O Lord; and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

All are invited to share prayer requests for themselves and/or others. Each request is prayed for immediately following, or all-at-once after all requests are given.

THE GENERAL THANKSGIVING

The Officiant and the people

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable lovein the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A PRAYER OF ST. JOHN CHYRSOSTOM

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well- beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Officiant:  Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Officiant concludes with the following

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us, this night and evermore. Amen.


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