Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Monday, 3 August 2020
  The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
  Introduction
   
  The minister may use a seasonal sentence before using one or more of the penitential sentences.
   
  The minister introduces the service
     
    Dearly beloved [brethren],
    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge
       and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;
     
    [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before
       the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;
    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and
       obedient heart;
    to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same
       by his infinite goodness and mercy.
    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge
       our sins before God;
    yet ought we most chiefly so to do,
    when we assemble and meet together
    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have
       received at his hands,
    to set forth his most worthy praise,
    to hear his most holy word,
    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,
    as well for the body as the soul.]
     
    Wherefore I pray and beseech you,
    as many as are here present,
    to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice,
    unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying [after me]:
     
    (or)
     
    Beloved, we are come together in the presence of almighty God and of the whole company of heaven to offer unto him through our Lord Jesus Christ our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the greatness of God's love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace; and to ask on behalf of all men such things as their well-being doth require.
     
    Wherefore let us kneel in silence, and remember God's presence with us now.
   
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  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 them, O God, which confess their faults.
    Restore thou them that are penitent;
    according to thy promises declared unto mankind
       in Christ Jesu 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.
   
  A priest says
     
    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;
    and 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 them that 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.
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  Amen.
   
  or other ministers may say
     
    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.
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  Amen.
   
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  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.
    Amen.
  Evening Prayer
     
    The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
     
    These responses are used
     
    O Lord, open thou our lips
All
  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
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  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Ghost;
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  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.
     
    Praise ye the Lord.
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  The Lord's name be praised.
     
  Psalmody  
   

Psalm 18

  
 

  
1
 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stony rock, and my defence *
 my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.
  
 
  
2
 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised *
 so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
  
 
  
3
 The sorrows of death compassed me *
 and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
  
 
  
4
 The pains of hell came about me *
 the snares of death overtook me.
  
 
  
5
 In my trouble I will call upon the Lord *
 and complain unto my God.
  
 
  
6
 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple *
 and my complaint shall come before him, it shall enter even into his ears.
  
 
  
7
 The earth trembled and quaked *
 the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
  
 
  
8
 There went a smoke out in his presence *
 and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
  
 
  
9
 He bowed the heavens also, and came down *
 and it was dark under his feet.
  
 
  
10
 He rode upon the cherubims, and did fly *
 he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
  
 
  
11
 He made darkness his secret place *
 his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.
  
 
  
12
 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed *
 hail-stones, and coals of fire.
  
 
  
13
 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder *
 hail-stones, and coals of fire.
  
 
  
14
 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them *
 he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
  
 
  
15
 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered, at thy chiding, O Lord *
 at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.
  
 
  
16
 He shall send down from on high to fetch me *
 and shall take me out of many waters.
  
 
  
17
 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me *
 for they are too mighty for me.
  
 
  
18
 They prevented me in the day of my trouble *
 but the Lord was my upholder.
  
 
  
19
 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty *
 he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
  
 
  
20
 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing *
 according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.
  
 
  
21
 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord *
 and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doth.
  
 
  
22
 For I have an eye unto all his laws *
 and will not cast out his commandments from me.
  
 
  
23
 I was also uncorrupt before him *
 and eschewed mine own wickedness.
  
 
  
24
 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing *
 and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-sight.
  
 
  
25
 With the holy thou shalt be holy *
 and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.
  
 
  
26
 With the clean thou shalt be clean *
 and with the froward thou shalt learn frowardness.
  
 
  
27
 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity *
 and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
  
 
  
28
 Thou also shalt light my candle *
 the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be light.
  
 
  
29
 For in thee I shall discomfit an host of men *
 and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
  
 
  
30
 The way of God is an undefiled way *
 the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.
  
 
  
31
 For who is God, but the Lord *
 or who hath any strength, except our God?
  
 
  
32
 It is God, that girdeth me with strength of war *
 and maketh my way perfect.
  
 
  
33
 He maketh my feet like harts’ feet *
 and setteth me up on high.
  
 
  
34
 He teacheth mine hands to fight *
 and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.
  
 
  
35
 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation *
 thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.
  
 
  
36
 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go *
 that my footsteps shall not slide.
  
 
  
37
 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them *
 neither will I turn again till I have destroyed them.
  
 
  
38
 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand *
 but fall under my feet.
  
 
  
39
 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle *
 thou shalt throw down mine enemies under me.
  
 
  
40
 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me *
 and I shall destroy them that hate me.
  
 
  
41
 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them *
 yea, even unto the Lord shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
  
 
  
42
 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind *
 I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
  
 
  
43
 Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings of the people *
 and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.
  
 
  
44
 A people whom I have not known *
 shall serve me.
  
 
  
45
 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me *
 but the strange children shall dissemble with me.
  
 
  
46
 The strange children shall fail *
 and be afraid out of their prisons.
  
 
  
47
 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my strong helper *
 and praised be the God of my salvation.
  
 
  
48
 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged *
 and subdueth the people unto me.
  
 
  
49
 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth me up above mine adversaries *
 thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
  
 
  
50
 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles *
 and sing praises unto thy Name.
  
 
  
51
 Great prosperity giveth he unto his King *
 and sheweth loving-kindness unto David his Anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.
  
 
     
    At the end of each psalm these words are said or sung
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
     
    Old Testament Reading  
 
   

First Reading: Ezekiel 28.1-19

 

The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

       
  Magnificat  
     
    Either the Magnificat (as follows) or Cantate Domino (Psalm 98) is said or sung.
     
1
  My soul doth magnify the Lord :
    and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
     
2
  For he hath regarded :
    the lowliness of his handmaiden.
     
3
  For behold, from henceforth :
    all generations shall call me blessed.
     
4
  For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
    and holy is his Name.
     
5
  And his mercy is on them that fear him :
    throughout all generations.
     
6
  He hath shewed strength with his arm :
    he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
     
7
  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
    and hath exalted the humble and meek.
     
8
  He hath filled the hungry with good things :
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
     
9
  He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
    as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
   
Luke 1.46-55
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
     
  New Testament Reading  
 
   

Second Reading: James 2.1-13

 

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

     
  Nunc dimittis  
     
    Either the Nunc dimittis (as follows) or Deus misereatur (Psalm 67) is said or sung.
     
1
  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
    according to thy word.
     
2
  For mine eyes have seen :
    thy salvation;
     
3
  Which thou hast prepared :
    before the face of all people;
     
4
  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
    and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
   
Luke 2.29-32
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
     
  The Apostles' Creed  
     
All
  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.
     
  Prayers  
     
    The Lord be with you.
All
  And with thy spirit.
     
    Let us pray.
     
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
All
  Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
     
All
  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.
     
    O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
All
  And grant us thy salvation.
     
    O Lord, save the Queen.
All
  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
     
    Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
All
  And make thy chosen people joyful.
     
    O Lord, save thy people.
All
  And bless thine inheritance.
     
    Give peace in our time, O Lord.
All
  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
    but only thou, O God.
     
    O God, make clean our hearts within us.
All
  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
     
    Three Collects are said.
     
  The Collect of the Day  
     
    O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All
  Amen.
     
     
  The 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 both, 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.
All
  Amen.
     
  The Collect for Aid against all 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.
All
  Amen.
     
    The order for the end of the service may include:
     
    hymns or anthems
       a sermon
    further prayers (which may include prayers from here)
     
    This prayer may be used to conclude the service
     
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    and the love of God,
    and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
    be with us all evermore.
All
  Amen.