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THE ORDER FOR EVENING PRAYER
As Written in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer


Today is Monday, December 10, 2018
The Second Sunday in Advent
The Season is ADVENT
There is a Proper Sentence of Scripture for Morning and Evening Prayer today.
There is a Proper Sentence before the Venite at Morning Prayer today.
There is a Seasonal Collect for today.

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The Minister shall begin the Evening Prayer by reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture; and then he shall say that which is written after them. But he may, at his discretion, pass at once from the Sentences to the Lord's Prayer.

And NOTE, that when the Confession and Absolution are omitted, the Minister may, after the Sentences, pass to the Versicles, O Lord, open thou our lips, etc., in which case the Lord's Prayer shall be said with the other prayers, immediately after The Lord be with you, etc., and before the Versicles and Responses which follow.

THE LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
 
LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Psalm xxvi. 8.
 
Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Psalm cxli. 2.
 
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.

Advent.
Watch ye, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. St. Mark xiii. 35, 36.

Christmas.
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Rev. xxi. 3.

Epiphany.
The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah lx. 3.

Lent
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.
 
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
 
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 St. John i. 8, 9.


Good Friday.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah liii. 6.

Easter.
Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. xv. 57.
 
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col. iii. 1.

Ascension.
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Heb. ix. 24.

Whitsunday.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. Psalm xlvi. 4.
 
The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev. xxii. 17.

Trinity Sunday.
Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah vi. 3.



LET us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Or else he shall say as followeth.

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 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 --


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.

 
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.

 
Then shall follow a Portion of the Psalms, according to the Use of this Church. And at the end of every Psalm, and likewise at the end of the Magnificat, Cantate Domino, Bonum est confiteri, Nunc dimittis, Deus misereatur, Benedic, anima mea, may be sung or said the Gloria Patri; and at the end of the whole Portion or Selection of the Psalms for the day, shall be sung or said the Gloria Patri, or else the Gloria in excelsis, as followeth.

Today's Psalms from the Daily Psalter

The Psalter

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers



 

The Psalter (First Set of Propers)


Psalm 119:89-104 (Section XII - XIII)


The One Hundred Nineteenth Psalm

I. Beati immaculati
(vs 1-8)

IX. Bonitatem fecisti
(vs 65-72)

XVII. Mirabilia
(vs 129-136)

II. In quo corrigit?
(vs 9-16)

X. Manus tuae fecerunt me
(vs 73-80)

XVIII. Justus es, Domine
(vs 137-144)

III. Retribue servo tuo
(vs 17-24)

XI. Defecit anima mea
(vs 81-88)

XIX. Clamavi in toto corde meo
(vs 145-152)

IV. Adhaesit pavimento
(vs 25-32)

XII. In aeternum, Domine
(vs 89-96)

XX. Vide humilitatem
(vs 153-160)

V. Legem pone
(vs 33-40)

XIII. Quomodo dilexi!
(vs 97-104)

XXI. Principes persecuti sunt
(vs 161-168)

VI. Et veniat super me
(vs 41-48)

XIV. Lucerna pedibus meus
(vs 105-112)

XXII. Appropinquet deprecatio
(vs 169-176)

VII. Memor esto verbi tui
(vs 49-56)

XV. Iniquos odio habui
(vs 113-120)

 

VIII. Portio mea, Domine
(vs 57-64)

XVI. Feci judicium
(vs 121-128)

 
 

I. Beati immaculati (vs 1-8)
 

BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the LORD.
 
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart;
 
Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.
 
Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
 
O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!
 
So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
 
I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
 
I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

II. In quo corrigit? (vs 9-16)
 

WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word.
 
With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
 
Thy word have I hid within my heart, * that I should not sin against thee.
 
Blessed art Thou, O LORD; * O teach me thy statutes.
 
With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.
 
I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.
 
I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.
 
My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

III. Retribue servo tuo (vs 17-24)
 

O DO well unto thy servant; * that I may live, and keep thy word.
 
Open thou mine eyes; * that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
 
I am a stranger upon earth; * O hide not thy commandments from me.
 
My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire * that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
 
Thou hast rebuked the proud; * and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
 
O turn from me shame and rebuke; * for I have kept thy testimonies.
 
Princes also did sit and speak against me; * but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
 
For thy testimonies are my delight, * and my counsellors.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

IV. Adhaesit pavimento (vs 25-32)
 

MY soul cleaveth to the dust; * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
 
I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: * O teach me thy statutes.
 
Make me to understand the way of thy commandments; * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
 
My soul melteth away for very heaviness; * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
 
Take from me the way of lying, * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
 
I have chosen the way of truth, * and thy judgments have I laid before me.
 
I have stuck unto thy testimonies; * O LORD, confound me not.
 
I will run the way of thy commandments, * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

V. Legem pone (vs 33-40)

 
TEACH me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes, * and I shall keep it unto the end.
 
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
 
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.
 
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.
 
O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.
 
O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.
 
Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.
 
Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

VI. Et veniat super me (vs 41-48)
 

LET thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD, * even thy salvation, according unto thy word.
 
So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word.
 
O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; * for my hope is in thy judgments.
 
So shall I alway keep thy law; * yea, for ever and ever.
 
And I will walk at liberty; * for I seek thy commandments.
 
I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, * and will not be ashamed.
 
And my delight shall be in thy commandments, * which I have loved.
 
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; * and my study shall be in thy statutes.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

VII. Memor esto verbi tui (vs 49-56)
 

O THINK upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, * wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.
 
The same is my comfort in my trouble; * for thy word hath quickened me.
 
The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; * yet have I not shrinked from thy law.
 
For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, O LORD, * and received comfort.
 
I am horribly afraid, * for the ungodly that forsake thy law.
 
Thy statutes have been my songs, * in the house of my pilgrimage.
 
I have thought upon thy Name, O LORD, in the night season, * and have kept thy law.
 
This I had, * because I kept thy commandments.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

VIII. Portio mea, Domine (vs 57-64)
 

THOU art my portion, O LORD; * I have promised to keep thy law.
 
I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; * O be merciful unto me, according to thy word.
 
I called mine own ways to remembrance, * and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
 
I made haste, and prolonged not the time, * to keep thy commandments.
 
The snares of the ungodly have compassed me about; * but I have not forgotten thy law.
 
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, * because of thy righteous judgments.
 
I am a companion of all them that fear thee, * and keep thy commandments.
 
The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: * O teach me thy statutes.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

IX. Bonitatem fecisti (vs 65-72)
 

O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, * according unto thy word.
 
O teach me true understanding and knowledge; * for I have believed thy commandments.
 
Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word.
 
Thou art good and gracious; * O teach me thy statutes.
 
The proud have imagined a lie against me; * but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
 
Their heart is as fat as brawn; * but my delight hath been in thy law.
 
It is good for me that I have been in trouble; * that I may learn thy statutes.
 
The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me * than thousands of gold and silver.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

X. Manus tuae fecerunt me (vs 73-80)
 

THY hands have made me and fashioned me: * O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
 
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; * because I have put my trust in thy word.
 
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, * and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
 
O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, * according to thy word unto thy servant.
 
O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; * for thy law is my delight.
 
Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; * but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
 
Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, * be turned unto me.
 
O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, * that I be not ashamed.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XI. Defecit anima mea (vs 81-88)
 

MY soul hath longed for thy salvation, * and I have a good hope because of thy word.
 
Mine eyes-long sore for thy word; * saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
 
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; * yet do I not forget thy statutes.
 
How many are the days of thy servant? * when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
 
The proud have digged pits for me, * which are not after thy law.
 
All thy commandments are true: * they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
 
They had almost made an end of me upon earth; * but I forsook not thy commandments.
 
O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; * and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XII. In aeternum, Domine (vs 89-96)
 

O LORD, thy word * endureth for ever in heaven.
 
Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; * thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
 
They continue this day according to thine ordinance; * for all things serve thee.
 
If my delight had not been in thy law, * I should have perished in my trouble.
 
I will never forget thy commandments; * for with them thou hast quickened me.
 
I am thine: O save me, * for I have sought thy commandments.
 
The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me; * but I will consider thy testimonies.
 
I see that all things come to an end; * but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XIII. Quomodo dilexi! (vs 97-104)
 

LORD, what love have I unto thy law! * all the day long is my study in it.
 
Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies; * for they are ever with me.
 
I have more understanding than my teachers; * for thy testimonies are my study.
 
I am wiser than the aged; * because I keep thy commandments.
 
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep thy word.
 
I have not shrunk from thy judgments; * for thou teachest me.
 
O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; * yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!
 
Through thy commandments I get understanding: * therefore I hate all evil ways.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XIV. Lucerna pedibus meus (vs 105-112)
 

THY word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths.
 
I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed, * to keep thy righteous judgments.
 
I am troubled above measure: * quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
 
Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O LORD; * and teach me thy judgments.
 
My soul is alway in my hand; * yet do I not forget thy law.
 
The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments.
 
Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; * and why? they are the very joy of my heart.
 
I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, * even unto the end.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XV. Iniquos odio habui (vs 113-120)
 

I HATE them that imagine evil things; * but thy law do I love.
 
Thou art my defence and shield; * and my trust is in thy word.
 
Away from me, ye wicked; * I will keep the commandments of my God.
 
O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; * and let me not be disappointed of my hope.
 
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; * yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.
 
Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; * for they imagine but deceit.
 
Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; * therefore I love thy testimonies.
 
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; * and I am afraid of thy judgments.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XVI. Feci judicium (vs 121-128)
 

I DEAL with the thing that is lawful and right; * O give me not over unto mine oppressors.
 
Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, * that the proud do me no wrong.
 
Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, * and for the word of thy righteousness.
 
O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, * and teach me thy statutes.
 
I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know thy testimonies.
 
It is time for thee, LORD, to lay to thine hand; * for they have destroyed thy law.
 
For I love thy commandments * above gold and precious stones.
 
Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; * and all false ways I utterly abhor.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XVII. Mirabilia (vs 129-136)
 

THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.
 
When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
 
I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.
 
O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
 
Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.
 
O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.
 
Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.
 
Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XVIII. Justus es, Domine (vs 137-144)
 

RIGHTEOUS art thou, O LORD; * and true are thy judgments.
 
The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.
 
My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
 
Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.
 
I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.
 
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.
 
Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.
 
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XIX. Clamavi in toto corde meo (vs 145-152)
 

I CALL with my whole heart; * hear me, O LORD; I will keep thy statutes.
 
Yea, even unto thee do I call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
 
Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; * for in thy word is my trust.
 
Mine eyes prevent the night watches; * that I might be occupied in thy word.
 
Hear my voice, O LORD, according unto thy loving-kindness; * quicken me, according to thy judgments.
 
They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, * and are far from thy law.
 
Be thou nigh at hand, O LORD; * for all thy commandments are true.
 
As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since, * that thou hast grounded them for ever.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XX. Vide humilitatem (vs 153-160)
 

O CONSIDER mine adversity, and deliver me, * for I do not forget thy law.
 
Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; * quicken me according to thy word.
 
Health is far from the ungodly; * for they regard not thy statutes.
 
Great is thy mercy, O LORD; * quicken me, as thou art wont.
 
Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; * yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
 
It grieveth me when I see the transgressors; * because they keep not thy law.
 
Consider, O LORD, how I love thy commandments; * O quicken me, according to thy loving- kindness.
 
Thy word is true from everlasting; * all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XXI. Principes persecuti sunt (vs 161-168)
 

PRINCES have persecuted me without a cause; * but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
 
I am as glad of thy word, * as one that findeth great spoils.
 
As for lies, I hate and abhor them; * but thy law do I love.
 
Seven times a day do I praise thee; * because of thy righteous judgments.
 
Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; * and they have none occasion of stumbling.
 
LORD, I have looked for thy saving health, * and done after thy commandments.
 
My soul hath kept thy testimonies, * and loved them exceedingly.
 
I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; * for all my ways are before thee.
 
Go to the end of Psalm 119
 
 
 

XXII. Appropinquet deprecatio (vs 169-176)
 

LET my complaint come before thee, O LORD; * give me understanding according to thy word.
 
Let my supplication come before thee; * deliver me according to thy word.
 
My lips shall speak of thy praise, * when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
 
Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; * for all thy commandments are righteous.
 
Let thine hand help me; * for I have chosen thy commandments.
 
I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD; * and in thy law is my delight.
 
O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; * and thy judgments shall help me.
 
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; * O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
 

 

The Psalter (Second Set of Propers)


Psalm 67


The Sixty-Seventh Psalm

Deus misereatur.


God be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
 
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
 
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
 
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
 
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.


Psalm 111


The One Hundred Eleventh Psalm

Confitebor tibi.


I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
 
The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
 
His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
 
The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance.
 
He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
 
He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
 
The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
 
They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
 
He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.

 
Gloria in excelsis.

GLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Then shall be read the First Lesson, according to the Table or Calendar.
 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers

 

The First Lesson (First Set of Propers)


Amos 3:1-8


Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

 

The First Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Isaiah 11:1-10


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

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After which shall be sung or said the Hymn called Magnificat, as followeth.

But NOTE, That the Minister, at his discretion, may omit one of the Lessons in Evening Prayer, the Lesson being followed by one of the Evening Canticles.



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.

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Or this Psalm.
 
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.

O SING unto the LORD a new song; * for he hath done marvellous things.
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, * hath he gotten himself the victory.
The LORD declared his salvation; * his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel; * and all the ends of the world
have seen the salvation of our God.
Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands; * sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
Praise the LORD upon the harp; * sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
With trumpets also and shawms, * O show yourselves joyful before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is; * the round world, and they that dwell therein.
Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; * for he cometh
to judge the earth.
With righteousness shall he judge the world, * and the peoples with equity.

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Or this.
 
Bonum est confiteri. Psalm xcii.

IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, * and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest;
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning, * and of thy truth in the night season;
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute; * upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy works; * and I will rejoice in giving praise
for the operations of thy hands.

Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed.

And after that shall be sung or said the Hymn called Nunc dimittis, as followeth.

 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers

 

The Second Lesson (First Set of Propers)


I Thessalonians 2:1-13


For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as father doth his children. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also we thank God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

 

The Second Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


St. John 5:30-40


I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.


Arrow Go to Deus misereatur        Arrow Go to Benedic, anima mea

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.

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Or else this Psalm.
 
Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii.

GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

Arrow Go to the Creed


Or this.
 
Benedic, anima mea. Psalm ciii.

PRAISE the LORD, O my soul; * and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, * and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thy sin, * and healeth all thine infirmities;
Who saveth thy life from destruction, * and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness.
O praise the LORD, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength; * ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his word.
O praise the LORD, all ye his hosts; * ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
O speak good of the LORD, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: * praise thou
the LORD, O my soul.

 
Then shall be said the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and the People, standing. And any churches may, instead of the words He descended into hell, use the words He went into the place of departed spirits, which are considered as words of the same meaning in the Creed.

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.

Arrow Go to Prayers


Or the Creed commonly called the Nicene.

I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
 
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.


  And after that, these Prayers following, the People devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,

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

The Second Sunday in Advent

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The First Sunday in Advent
(to be said throughout Advent)

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. 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.

Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer.



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