Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Saturday, 16 March 2019
  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
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  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 82

   
 

   
1
  God standeth in the congregation of princes :
  he is a Judge among gods.
   
 
   
2
  How long will ye give wrong judgement :
  and accept the persons of the ungodly?
   
 
   
3
  Defend the poor and fatherless :
  see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
   
 
   
4
  Deliver the out-cast and poor :
  save them from the hand of the ungodly.
   
 
   
5
  They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness :
  all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
   
 
   
6
  I have said, Ye are gods :
  and ye are all the children of the most Highest.
   
 
   
7
  But ye shall die like men :
  and fall like one of the princes.
   
 
   
8
  Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth :
  for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
   
 

Psalm 83

   
 

   
1
  Hold not thy tongue, O God, keep not still silence :
  refrain not thyself, O God.
   
 
   
2
  For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring :
  and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
   
 
   
3
  They have imagined craftily against thy people :
  and taken counsel against thy secret ones.
   
 
   
4
  They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people :
  and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
   
 
   
5
  For they have cast their heads together with one consent :
  and are confederate against thee;
   
 
   
6
  The tabernacles of the Edomites, and the Ismaelites :
  the Moabites, and Hagarens;
   
 
   
7
  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek :
  the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre.
   
 
   
8
  Assur also is joined with them :
  and have holpen the children of Lot.
   
 
   
9
  But do thou to them as unto the Madianites :
  unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison;
   
 
   
10
  Who perished at Endor :
  and became as the dung of the earth.
   
 
   
11
  Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb :
  yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana;
   
 
   
12
  Who say, Let us take to ourselves :
  the houses of God in possession.
   
 
   
13
  O my God, make them like unto a wheel :
  and as the stubble before the wind;
   
 
   
14
  Like as the fire that burneth up the wood :
  and as the flame that consumeth the mountains.
   
 
   
15
  Persecute them even so with thy tempest :
  and make them afraid with thy storm.
   
 
   
16
  Make their faces ashamed, O Lord :
  that they may seek thy Name.
   
 
   
17
  Let them be confounded and vexed ever more and more :
  let them be put to shame, and perish.
   
 
   
18
  And they shall know that thou, whose Name is Jehovah :
  art only the most Highest over all the earth.
   
 

Psalm 84

   
 

   
1
  O how amiable are thy dwellings :
  thou Lord of hosts!
   
 
   
2
  My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord :
  my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
   
 
   
3
  Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young :
  even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
   
 
   
4
  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house :
  they will be alway praising thee.
   
 
   
5
  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee :
  in whose heart are thy ways.
   
 
   
6
  Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well :
  and the pools are filled with water.
   
 
   
7
  They will go from strength to strength :
  and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
   
 
   
8
  O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer :
  hearken, O God of Jacob.
   
 
   
9
  Behold, O God our defender :
  and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
   
 
   
10
  For one day in thy courts :
  is better than a thousand.
   
 
   
11
  I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God :
  than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
   
 
   
12
  For the Lord God is a light and defence :
  the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
   
 
   
13
  O Lord God of hosts :
  blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
   
 

Psalm 85

   
 

   
1
  Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land :
  thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
   
 
   
2
  Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people :
  and covered all their sins.
   
 
   
3
  Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure :
  and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
   
 
   
4
  Turn us then, O God our Saviour :
  and let thine anger cease from us.
   
 
   
5
  Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever :
  and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
   
 
   
6
  Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us :
  that thy people may rejoice in thee?
   
 
   
7
  Shew us thy mercy, O Lord :
  and grant us thy salvation.
   
 
   
8
  I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me :
  for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.
   
 
   
9
  For his salvation is nigh them that fear him :
  that glory may dwell in our land.
   
 
   
10
  Mercy and truth are met together :
  righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
   
 
   
11
  Truth shall flourish out of the earth :
  and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
   
 
   
12
  Yea, the Lord shall shew loving-kindness :
  and our land shall give her increase.
   
 
   
13
  Righteousness shall go before him :
  and he shall direct his going in the way.
   
 
     
    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: Genesis 43.1-15

 

And the famine was sore in the land.

And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.

       
  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: Galatians 6

 

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For every man shall bear his own burden.
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

     
  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  
     
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  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.
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  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.
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  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  
     
    Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; 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.