Evening Prayer for September 13, 2017

Evening Prayer

O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. Psalm xcvi. 9.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm xix. 14.

A General Confession


To be said by the whole Congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling.

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy 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 there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.


The Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins.


To be made by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all those who truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel.

Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Or this.

THE Almighty and merciful Lord grant you Absolution and Remission of all your sins, true repentance; amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.


Or, when a Priest or Bishop is not present.


Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him.

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 likewise he shall say,


O Lord, open thou our lips.
Answer. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.


Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Minister. Praise ye the Lord.
Answer. The Lord's Name be praised.

Psalm 63

[1] O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

              my soul thirsts for you;

       my flesh faints for you,

              as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

       [2] So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

              beholding your power and glory.

       [3] Because your steadfast love is better than life,

              my lips will praise you.

       [4] So I will bless you as long as I live;

              in your name I will lift up my hands.

       [5] My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,

              and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

       [6] when I remember you upon my bed,

              and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

       [7] for you have been my help,

              and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

       [8] My soul clings to you;

              your right hand upholds me.

       [9] But those who seek to destroy my life

              shall go down into the depths of the earth;

       [10] they shall be given over to the power of the sword;

              they shall be a portion for jackals.

       [11] But the king shall rejoice in God;

              all who swear by him shall exult,

              for the mouths of liars will be stopped. (ESV)

Psalm 64

[1] Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

              preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

       [2] Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,

              from the throng of evildoers,

       [3] who whet their tongues like swords,

              who aim bitter words like arrows,

       [4] shooting from ambush at the blameless,

              shooting at him suddenly and without fear.

       [5] They hold fast to their evil purpose;

              they talk of laying snares secretly,

       thinking, “Who can see them?”

       [6] They search out injustice,

       saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”

              For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.

       [7] But God shoots his arrow at them;

              they are wounded suddenly.

       [8] They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;

              all who see them will wag their heads.

       [9] Then all mankind fears;

              they tell what God has brought about

              and ponder what he has done.

       [10] Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD

              and take refuge in him!

       Let all the upright in heart exult! (ESV)

First Lesson

Job 16

[1] Then Job answered and said:

[2] “I have heard many such things;

              miserable comforters are you all.

       [3] Shall windy words have an end?

              Or what provokes you that you answer?

       [4] I also could speak as you do,

              if you were in my place;

       I could join words together against you

              and shake my head at you.

       [5] I could strengthen you with my mouth,

              and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.

       [6] “If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,

              and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?

       [7] Surely now God has worn me out;

              he has made desolate all my company.

       [8] And he has shriveled me up,

              which is a witness against me,

       and my leanness has risen up against me;

              it testifies to my face.

       [9] He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;

              he has gnashed his teeth at me;

              my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

       [10] Men have gaped at me with their mouth;

              they have struck me insolently on the cheek;

              they mass themselves together against me.

       [11] God gives me up to the ungodly

              and casts me into the hands of the wicked.

       [12] I was at ease, and he broke me apart;

              he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;

       he set me up as his target;

       [13]       his archers surround me.

       He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;

              he pours out my gall on the ground.

       [14] He breaks me with breach upon breach;

              he runs upon me like a warrior.

       [15] I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin

              and have laid my strength in the dust.

       [16] My face is red with weeping,

              and on my eyelids is deep darkness,

       [17] although there is no violence in my hands,

              and my prayer is pure.

       [18] “O earth, cover not my blood,

              and let my cry find no resting place.

       [19] Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,

              and he who testifies for me is on high.

       [20] My friends scorn me;

              my eye pours out tears to God,

       [21] that he would argue the case of a man with God,

              as a son of man does with his neighbor.

       [22] For when a few years have come

              I shall go the way from which I shall not return. Job 17:1-2

       [1] “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;

              the graveyard is ready for me.

       [2] Surely there are mockers about me,

              and my eye dwells on their provocation. (ESV)

Magnificat. St. Luke i. 46.

MY soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded * the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; * as he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Second Lesson

Mark 4:1-20

[1] Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. [2] And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: [3] “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. [4] And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. [5] Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. [6] And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. [7] Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. [8] And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” [9] And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

[10] And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. [11] And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, [12] so that

“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,

              and may indeed hear but not understand,

       lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

       [13] And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? [14] The sower sows the word. [15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. [16] And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. [17] And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. [18] And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, [19] but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. [20] But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (ESV)

Nunc Dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.

LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.


I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Minister. Let us pray.

Here, if it hath not already been said, shall follow the Lord's Prayer. 

Minister. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
Answer. And grant us thy salvation.
Minister. O Lord, save the State.
Answer. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Minister. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
Answer. And make thy chosen people joyful.
Minister. O Lord, save thy people.
Answer. And bless thine inheritance.
Minister. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Answer. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
Minister. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Answer. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Then shall be said the Collect for the Day, and after that the Collects and Prayers following. 

The Collect for the Day

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Peace.

O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.Amen.


A Collect for Aid against Perils.

LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.Amen.

In places where it may be convenient, here followeth the Anthem.
The Minister may here end the Evening Prayer with such
Prayer, or Prayers, taken out of this Book, as he shall think fit. 


A Prayer for The President of the United States,
and all in Civil Authority.

Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.


A Prayer for the Clergy and People.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.


A Prayer for All Conditions of Men.

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired;] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

* This may be said when any desire the prayers of the Congregation. 


A General Thanksgiving.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us, and to all men; [* particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable 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 beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

* This may be said when any desire to return thanks for mercies vouchsafed to them. 

NOTE, That the General Thanksgiving may be said by the Congregation with the Minister. 


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


2 Cor. xiii. 14.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.