Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Evensong - Fifth Wednesday of Easter

Wednesday - Evensong Invitation


Grace to you and peace from God our Fa-ther
and from the Lord Je-sus Christ.
Wor-ship the Lord in the beau-ty of his ho-li-ness;
let the whole earth trem-ble be-fore him.

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as in-cense,
the lift-ing up of my hands as the eve-ning sac-ri-fice.
I will bless the Lord who gives me coun-sel;
my heart teach-es me, night af-ter night.

I have set the Lord al-ways be-fore me;
be-cause he is at my right hand, shall not fall.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glor-y to the Fath-er, and to the Son,
and to the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in the be-gin-ning, is now,
and will be for ev-er. A-men.

Wednesday - O Gracious Light


gra-cious light,
pure bright-ness of the ev-er-liv-ing Fa-ther in heav-en,
O Je-sus Christ, ho-ly and bless-ed!
Now as we come to the set-ting of the sun,

Our eyes be-hold the ves-per light,
We sing your prais-es, God:
Fa-ther, Son, and Ho-ly Spir-it.
We sing your prais-es, God!

You are wor-thy at all times
to be praised by hap-py voice,
O Son of God, O Giv-er of life,
and to be glo-ri-fied through all the worlds.


Psalm 119:73-96


Your hands made me and formed me.
Give me un-der-stand-ing so that I might learn your com-mand.
Your loy-al fo-llow-ers will be glad when they see me,
for I find hope in your word.

I know, Lord, that your reg-u-la-tions are just.
You dis-ci-plined me be-cause of your faith-ful de-vo-tion to me.
May your loy-al love con-sole me,
as you prom-ised your serv-ant.

May I ex-pe-ri-ence your com-pas-sion, so might live!
For I find de-light in your law.
May the ar-ro-gant be hu-mil-i-at-ed,
for they have slan-dered me!

But I med-i-tate on your pre-cept.
May your loy-al fol-low-ers turn to me,
those who know your rules.
May I be ful-ly com-mit-ted to your stat-ute,

so that I might not be a-shamed.
I des-per-ate-ly long for your de-liv-er-ance.
I find hope in your word.
My eyes grow tired as I wait for your prom-ise to be ful-filled.

I say, When will you com-fort me?
For I am like a wine-skin dried up in smoke.
I do not for-get your stat-ute.
How long must your serv-ant en-dure this?

When will you judge those who pur-sue me?
The ar-ro-gant dig pits to trap me, which vio-lates your law.
All your com-mands are re-li-a-ble.
I am pur-sued with-out rea-son. Help me!

They have al-most de-stroyed me he-re on the earth,
but I do not re-ject your pre-cept.
Re-vive me with your loy-al love,
that I might keep the rules you have re-vealed.

O Lord, your in-struc-tions en-dure;
they stand se-cure in heav-en.
You dem-on-strate your faith-ful-ness to all gen-er-a-tions.
You es-tab-lished the earth and it stood firm.

To-day they stand firm by your de-cree,
for all things are your serv-ants.
If I had not found en-cour-age-ment in your law,
I would have died in my sor-row.

I will nev-er for-get your pre-cept,
for by them you have re-vived me.
I be-long to you. De-liv-er me!
For seek your pre-cept.

The wick-ed pre-pare to kill me,
yet I con-cen-trate on your rules.
I real-ize that everything has its lim-it,
but your com-mands are be-yond full com-pre-hen-sion.

Glor-y to the Fath-er, and to the Son,
and to the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in the be-gin-ning, is now,
and will be for ev-er. A-men.


The Lessons

A reading from Matthew 6:19-24

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 

"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Here ends the Reading.
Thanks be to God!

Wednesday - Song of Mary


My soul pro-claims the great-ness of the Lord,
my spir-it re-joices in God my Sav-ior;
for he has looked with fa-vor on his low-ly serv-ant.
From this day all gen-er-a-tions will call me bless-ed:

the Al-might-y has done great things for me,
and ho-ly is his Name.
He has mer-cy on those who fear him
in eve-ry gen-er-a-tion.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scat-tered the proud in their con-ceit.
He has cast down the might-y from their thrones,
and has lift-ed up the low-ly.

He has filled the hun-gry with good things,
and the rich he has sent a-way emp-ty.
He has come to the help of his serv-ant Is-ra-el,
for he has re-mem-bered his prom-ise of mer-cy,

The prom-ise he made to our fa-thers,
to A-bra-ham and his chil-dren for-ev-er.
My soul pro-claims the great-ness of the Lord,
my spir-it re-joices in God my Sav-ior;

Glor-y to the Fath-er, and to the Son,
and to the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in the be-gin-ning, is now,
and will be for ev-er. A-men.

Wednesday Creed


We be-lieve in God, the Fa-ther al-might-y,
cre-a-tor of heav-en and earth.
We be-lieve in Je-sus Christ,
his on-ly son, our Lord.

He was con-ceived by the pow-er of the Ho-ly Spir-it
and born of the Vir-gin Mar-y.
He suf-fered un-der Pon-tius Pil-ate,
was cru-ci-fied, died, and was bur-ied.

He de-scend-ed to the dead.
On the third day he rose a-gain.
He a-scended into heav-en,
and is seat-ed at the right hand of the Fa-ther.

He will come a-gain
to judge the liv-ing and the dead.
I be-lieve in the Ho-ly Spir-it,
the ho-ly cath-o-lic Church,

the com-mun-ion of saints,
the for-give-ness of sins,
the res-ur-rec-tion of the bod-y,
and the life ev-er-last-ing. A-men.

Wednesday - Our Father


The Lord be with you.
And al-so with you. A-men.
Our Fa-ther in heav-en,
hal-low-ed be your Name.

Your king-dom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heav-en.
Give us to-day our dai-ly bread.
For-give us our sins as we for-give those who sin a-gainst us.

Save us from the time of tri-al,
and de-liv-er us from e-vil.
For the king-dom, the pow-er, and the glo-ry are yours,
now and for ev-er. A-men.

Wednesday - Suffrages B


That this eve-ning may be ho-ly, good, and peace-ful,
We en-treat you, Lord.
That your ho-ly an-gels may lead us in paths of peace and good-will,
We en-treat you, Lord.

That we may be par-doned and for-giv-en for our sins and of-fense,
We en-treat you, Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We en-treat you, Lord.

That we may de-part this life in your faith and fear,
and be freed from con-dem-na-tion
be-fore the great judg-ment seat of Christ,
We en-treat you, Lord.

That we may be bound to-geth-er by your Ho-ly Spir-it
in the com-mun-ion of Bar-na-bas and all your saints,
entrusting one an-oth-er and all our life to Christ,
We en-treat you, Lord.


Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection
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.

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

Wednesday - Closing Eph 3:20


Let us bless the Lord. Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia
Thanks be to God. Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia
Glo-ry to God whose pow-er, work-ing in us,
can do in-fi-nite-ly more than we can ask or im-ag-ine:

Glo-ry to him from gen-er-a-tion to gen-er-a-tion in the Church,
and in Christ Je-sus for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.
Let us bless the Lord. Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia
Thanks be to God. Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia

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