Evening Prayer(Traditional)

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Evening Prayer for Friday, February 24, 2017
 Lent:   Today is the Holy Day of Saint Matthias Bible Version: NKJ
Psalm 141:1- 10
Psalm 143:1- 12
Ruth 3:1- 8
2 Corinthians 4:1- 12
Matthew 5:38- 48
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Daily Evening Prayer:  

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture, or with the Service of Light, and continuing with the appointed Psalmody; or with the versicle 'O God, make speed to save us'

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from theLord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness; let the whole earthtremble before him. Psalm 96:9

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15,16

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7,8

Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name. Amos 5:8

If I say, 'Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,' darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10,11

Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' John 8:12

Confession of Sin


Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what I have done,
and by what I have left undone.
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbors as myself.
I am truly sorry and I humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on me and forgive me;
that I may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Invitatory and Psalter
Officiant:    O God, make speed to save us
People:       O God, make speed to help us

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen
Except in Lent, add   Alleluia

The following, or some other suitable hymn, or an Invitatory Psalm, may be sung or said.
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving 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 or Psalms Appointed

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

One or two lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying

*After each Lesson you may say
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 141:1-10

(1) LORD, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. (2) Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (3) Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. (4) Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

(5) Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked. (6) Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, And they hear my words, for they are sweet. (7) Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, As when one plows and breaks up the earth. (8) But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.

(9) Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, And from the traps of the workers of iniquity. (10) Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While I escape safely.

Psalm 143:1-12

(1) Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. (2) Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous. (3) For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead. (4) Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed.

(5) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. (6) I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah (7) Answer me speedily, O LORD; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. (8) Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

(9) Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter. (10) Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. (11) Revive me, O LORD, for Your name's sake! For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. (12) In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.

Ruth 3:1-18

(1) Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? (2) "Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. (3) "Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. (4) "Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do."

(5) And she said to her, "All that you say to me I will do." (6) So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. (7) And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. (8) Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet.

2 Corinthians 4:1-18

(1) Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. (2) But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (3) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

(5) For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. (6) For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (8) We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

(9) persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed -- (10) always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. (12) So then death is working in us, but life in you.

Matthew 5:38-48

(38) " You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' (39) "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (40) "If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. (41) "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

(42) "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. (43) " You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' (44) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (45) "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

(46) "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (47) "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (48) "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Canticles

Canticles can be prayed or song after each reading all after all reading.
After the Old Testament a Canticle maybe read or Silence may be kept after each Reading. One of the following Canticles can be sung or said after each Reading.

10 The Second Song of Isaiah       Quaerite Dominum
Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways *
and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *
and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *
nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *
and return not again, but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *
it will not return to me empty;
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *
and prosper in that for which I sent it.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. 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

The Lord's Prayer

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.

Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages
A
  Show us your mercy, O Lord;   And grant us your salvation.
  Clothe your ministers with righteousness;   Let your people sing with joy.
  Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;   For only in you can we live in safety.
  Lord, keep this nation under your care;   And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
  Let your way be known upon earth;   Your saving health among all nations.
  Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;   Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
 . Create in us clean hearts, O God;   And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

B
 That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
 We entreat you, O Lord.
 That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
 We entreat you, O Lord.
 That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
 We entreat you, O Lord.
 That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
 We entreat you, O Lord.
 That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
 We entreat you, O Lord.
 That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of [________ and] all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
 We entreat you, O Lord.

The Collect of the Day
  A Collect for Fridays
Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow,one of these prayer for mission is added
O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this
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.

or the following
O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.
Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.
Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,we your unworthy servants give you humble thanksfor 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. Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: 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.
Then may be said Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God

You may then conclude with one of the following
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
---or---
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13
---or---
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21

This concludes the Evening Prayer, Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord

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