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
Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.or this
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen. *A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes 'us' for 'you' and 'our' for 'your.'
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. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Officiant:
Lord, open our lips. People:
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Officiant and People:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen Alleluia Then follows one of the Invitatory Psalms
Jubilate Psalm 100
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age. The following Antiphon may be sung or said with the Invitatory PsalmOn other Sundays and weekdays
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (2)
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (3)
When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence. (4)
For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. (5)
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. (6)
O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished. (7)
But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. (8)
He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. (9)
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. (10)
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. (11)
Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people. (12)
When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble. (13)
Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, (14)
That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation. (15)
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. (16)
The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah (17)
The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. (18)
For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. (19)
Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight. (20)
Put them in fear, O LORD, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. SelahGlory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? (2)
He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; (3)
He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; (4)
In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; (5)
He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
(20) Take advantage of opportunities, but guard yourself against evil. Don't underrate yourself. (21) Humility deserves honor and respect, but a low opinion of yourself leads to sin. (22) Do not let others have their way at your expense; do not bring on your own ruin by giving up your rights. (23) Never hesitate to speak out when the occasion calls for it. Don't hide your wisdom.
(24) Your wisdom and education can be known only by what you say. (25) Do not, however, go against the truth, and remember that you do not know everything. (26) Don't be ashamed to confess your sins; there's no point in trying to stop a river from flowing. (27) Don't allow yourself to be dominated by someone who is stupid or show partiality to influential people.
(28) Stand up for what is right, even if it costs you your life; the Lord God will be fighting on your side. (29) Don't be quick to speak or lazy and negligent in your work. (30) Don't act like a lion at home or be suspicious of your servants. (31) Don't stick out your hand to get something if you're going to be tightfisted when the time comes to pay it back.
(1) Don't rely on money to make you independent. (2) Don't think you have to have everything you want, and then spend your energy trying to get it. (3) Don't think that no one can exercise authority over you; if you do, the Lord is certain to punish you. (4) Don't think that you can sin and get away with it; the Lord does not mind waiting to punish you.
(5) Don't be so certain of the Lord's forgiveness that you go on committing one sin after another. (6) Don't think that his mercy is so great that he will forgive your sins no matter how many they are. He does show mercy, but he also shows his furious anger with sinners. (7) Come back to the Lord quickly. Don't think that you can keep putting it off. His anger can come upon you suddenly, and you will die under his punishment.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. (2)
Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, (3)
saying, 'Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.' (4)
And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: (5)
of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; (6)
of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; (7)
of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; (8)
of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, (52)
and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. (53)
But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. (54)
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?' (55)
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, 'You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. (56)
For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them.' And they went to another village. (57)
Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, 'Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.' (58)
And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' (59)
Then He said to another, 'Follow Me.' But he said, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' (60)
Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.' (61)
And another also said, 'Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.' (62)
But Jesus said to him, 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.' The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.Canticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.
8 The Song of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading
I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharoah and his army has he hurled into the sea; *
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
with your might you brought them in safety to
your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
forever and forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
17 The Song of the Simeon       Nunc Dimittis
Can be read after the New Testament Reading
Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. The Apostles' Creed *Officiant and People together, all standing
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 People stand or kneel Officiant :
The Lord be with you.People :
And with your Spirit.Officiant :
Let us pray.
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, forever and ever. Amen.
Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages
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.
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 Week: Proper 24 The Sunday closest to October 19
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed
your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your
mercy, that your Church throughout the world may
persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your
Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
The Collect of the Day: A Collect for the Renewal of Life (Monday)
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the
night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive
far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your
law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having
done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may,
when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. 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.
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
Officiant and 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 love in 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 The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God
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 forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21This concludes the Evening Prayer, Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord