Daily Evening Prayer

Wednesday September 18, 2019

Approved for Provincial Use The Anglican Church in North America
Petertide, A.D. 2013

The Officiant may begin Evening Prayer by reading an opening sentence of Scripture found on pages 17-19 or another appropriate Scripture. The Confession of Sin may be said, or the Office may continue with “O Lord, open our lips.”

Opening Sentences of Scripture

Proper

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the People

Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us to acknowledge our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and others, those things necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, come with me to the throne of heavenly grace.

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
we have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts.
we have offended against your 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 apart from your grace, there is no health in us.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared
to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord;
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but that they may turn from their wickedness and live. He has empowered and commanded his ministers to pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons all who truly repent and genuinely believe his holy Gospel. For this reason, we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that our present deeds may please him, the rest of our lives may be pure and holy, and 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.

A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Invitatory

All stand

The Invitatory

All stand

  • Officiant
  • O Lord, open our lips;
  • People
  • And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
  • Officiant
  • O God, make speed to save us;
  • People
  • O Lord, make haste to help us.
  • Officiant
  • Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
  • People
  • As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
  • Officiant
  • Praise the Lord.
  • People
  • The Lord’s name be praised.

The following or some other suitable hymn or Psalm may be sung or said

Phos hilaron O Gladsome Light

O gladsome light,

pure brightness of the ever-living 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 praises to God: the Father, the Son, and the 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

Psalm 93. Dominus regnavit.


  • 1
  • THE LORD is King, and hath put on glorious apparel; *
  • the LORD hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
  • 2
  • He hath made the round world so sure, *
  • that it cannot be moved.
  • 3
  • Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been prepared: *
  • thou art from everlasting.
  • 4
  • The floods are risen, O LORD, the floods have lift up their voice; *
  • the floods lift up their waves.
  • 5
  • The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; *
  • but yet the LORD, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
  • 6
  • Thy testimonies, O LORD, are very sure: *
  • holiness becometh thine house for ever.

Psalm 94. Deus ultionum.


  • 1
  • O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth, *
  • thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth, show thyself.
  • 2
  • Arise, thou Judge of the world, *
  • and reward the proud after their deserving.
  • 3
  • LORD, how long shall the ungodly, *
  • how long shall the ungodly triumph?
  • 4
  • How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully, *
  • and make such proud boasting?
  • 5
  • They smite down thy people, O LORD, *
  • and trouble thine heritage.
  • 6
  • They murder the widow and the stranger, *
  • and put the fatherless to death.
  • 7
  • And yet they say, Tush, the LORD shall not see, *
  • neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
  • 8
  • Take heed, ye unwise among the people: *
  • O ye fools, when will ye understand?
  • 9
  • He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? *
  • or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
  • 10
  • Or he that instructeth the heathen, *
  • it is he that teacheth man knowledge; shall not he punish?
  • 11
  • The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, *
  • that they are but vain.
  • 12
  • Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, *
  • and teachest him in thy law;
  • 13
  • That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity, *
  • until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
  • 14
  • For the LORD will not fail his people; *
  • neither will he forsake his inheritance;
  • 15
  • Until righteousness turn again unto judgment: *
  • all such as are true in heart shall follow it.
  • 16
  • Who will rise up with me against the wicked? *
  • or who will take my part against the evil doers?
  • 17
  • If the LORD had not helped me, *
  • it had not failed, but my soul had been put to silence.
  • 18
  • But when I said, My foot hath slipt; *
  • thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
  • 19
  • In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart, *
  • thy comforts have refreshed my soul.
  • 20
  • Wilt thou have any thing to do with the throne of wickedness, *
  • which imagineth mischief as a law?
  • 21
  • They gather them together against the soul of the righteous, *
  • and condemn the innocent blood.
  • 22
  • But the LORD is my refuge, *
  • and my God is the strength of my confidence.
  • 23
  • He shall recompense them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice; *
  • yea, the LORD our God shall destroy them.

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 ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.


The Lessons

The First Lesson from

Zephaniah 3 (Listen)

3:1   Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
    the oppressing city!
  She listens to no voice;
    she accepts no correction.
  She does not trust in the LORD;
    she does not draw near to her God.
  Her officials within her
    are roaring lions;
  her judges are evening wolves
    that leave nothing till the morning.
  Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
  her priests profane what is holy;
    they do violence to the law.
  The LORD within her is righteous;
    he does no injustice;
  every morning he shows forth his justice;
    each dawn he does not fail;
    but the unjust knows no shame.
  “I have cut off nations;
    their battlements are in ruins;
  I have laid waste their streets
    so that no one walks in them;
  their cities have been made desolate,
    without a man, without an inhabitant.
  I said, ‘Surely you will fear me;
    you will accept correction.
  Then your1 dwelling would not be cut off
    according to all that I have appointed against you.’2
  But all the more they were eager
    to make all their deeds corrupt.
  “Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD,
    “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey.
  For my decision is to gather nations,
    to assemble kingdoms,
  to pour out upon them my indignation,
    all my burning anger;
  for in the fire of my jealousy
    all the earth shall be consumed.

  “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
    to a pure speech,
  that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD
    and serve him with one accord.
10   From beyond the rivers of Cush
    my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,
    shall bring my offering.
11   “On that day you shall not be put to shame
    because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me;
  for then I will remove from your midst
    your proudly exultant ones,
  and you shall no longer be haughty
    in my holy mountain.
12   But I will leave in your midst
    a people humble and lowly.
  They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD,
13     those who are left in Israel;
  they shall do no injustice
    and speak no lies,
  nor shall there be found in their mouth
    a deceitful tongue.
  For they shall graze and lie down,
    and none shall make them afraid.”

14   Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
    shout, O Israel!
  Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
    O daughter of Jerusalem!
15   The LORD has taken away the judgments against you;
    he has cleared away your enemies.
  The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
    you shall never again fear evil.
16   On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
  “Fear not, O Zion;
    let not your hands grow weak.
17   The LORD your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
  he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
  he will exult over you with loud singing.
18   I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
    so that you will no longer suffer reproach.3
19   Behold, at that time I will deal
    with all your oppressors.
  And I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
  and I will change their shame into praise
    and renown in all the earth.
20   At that time I will bring you in,
    at the time when I gather you together;
  for I will make you renowned and praised
    among all the peoples of the earth,
  when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes,” says the LORD.

Footnotes

[1] 3:7 Hebrew her
[2] 3:7 Hebrew her
[3] 3:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

(ESV)

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader may say

  •  
  • The Word of the Lord
  • People
  • Thanks be to God


Or the Reader may say

Here ends the Reading.


The following Canticles are normally sung or said aftereach of the lessons. The Officiant may also use a Canticle drawn from those on pages 35-43 or an appropriate song of praise.


Magnificat     The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46-55
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For he has regarded
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from now on,
all generations will call me blessed.
For he that is mighty has magnified me,
and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him,
throughout all generations.
He has shown the strength of his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the humble and meek.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel,
as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

The Second Lesson from

Matthew 13:44–58 (Listen)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

(ESV)

Nunc dimittis     The Song of Simeon

Luke 2:29-32
Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,
according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared before the face of all people;
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and to be 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 ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.

If desired, a sermon on the Evening Lessons may be preached.

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 kneel or stand.

  • Officiant
  • The Lord be with you.
  • People
  • And with your spirit.
  • Officiant
  • Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy [upon us].
Christ, have mercy [upon us].
Lord, have mercy [upon us].

Officiant and People

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.

or this

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

  • Officiant
  • O Lord, show us your mercy;
  • People
  • And grant us your salvation.
  • Officiant
  • O Lord, save our nations;
  • People
  • And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
  • Officiant
  • Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
  • People
  • And make your chosen people joyful.
  • Officiant
  • O Lord, save your people;
  • People
  • And bless your inheritance.
  • Officiant
  • Give peace in our time, O Lord;
  • People
  • For only in you can we live in safety.
  • Officiant
  • Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
  • People
  • Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
  • Officiant
  • Create in us clean hearts, O God;
  • People
  • And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection (Wednesday)

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Collect for Mission

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, women and children everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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. John Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications 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.

  •  
  • Let us bless the Lord
  • People
  • Thanks be to God

The Officiant may invite the People to join in one of the Graces.

Officiant

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