Friday, September 4, 2020

Evening Prayer - September 4 2020

 Confession


Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God, have mercy on us, 
forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen us in all goodness,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit,
keep us in eternal life.
Amen.


Opening Hymn: LEVAS2 (L176)    An Evening Prayer





1 If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive!
2 If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I offend some other through the strain,
Dear Lord, forgive!
3 If I have been perverse, or hard, or cold,
If I have longed for shelter in the fold,
When thou hast given me some fort to hold,
Dear Lord, forgive!
4 Forgive the sins I have confessed to thee;
Forgive the secret sins I do not see;
O guide me, love me, and my keeper be.
Dear Lord, Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

V: O God, make speed | to save | us.
R: O Lord, | make haste | to help | us.

Glo-ry 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.





O Gracious Light Phos hilaron with words



O gracious light, pure brightness
of the everliving 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 your praises, O God:
Father, Son, and 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.


Psalm 35


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O Lord, fight those who fight with me! 
At-tack those who at-tack me! 
Grab your small shield and large shield, 
and rise up to help me! 

Use your spear and lance 
a-gainst those who chase me! 
As-sure me with these words: 
I am your de-liv-er-er! 

May those who seek my life 
be em-bar-rassed and hu-mil-i-at-ed! 
May those who plan to harm me 
be turned back and a-shamed! 

May they be like wind driv-en chaff, 
as the Lord's an-gel at-tacks them! 
May their path be dark and slip-per-y, 
as the Lord's an-gel chas-es them! 

I did not harm them, 
but they hid net to catch me 
and dug a pit to trap me. 
Let de-struc-tion take them by sur-prise! 

Let the net they hid catch them! 
Let them fall into de-struc-tion! 
Then I will re-joice in the Lord 
and be hap-py be-cause of his de-liv-er-ance. 

With all my strength will say, 
O Lord, who can com-pare to you? 
You res-cue the op-pressed 
from those who try to o-ver-pow-er them; 

the op-pressed and need-
from those who try to rob them. 
Vio-lent men per-jure them-selves, 
and false-ly ac-cuse me. 

They re-pay me e-vil for the good have done; 
I am o-ver-whelmed with sor-row. 
When they were sick, I wore sack-cloth, 
and re-frained from eat-ing food. 

If I am ly-ing, 
may my prayers go un-an-swered! 
mourned for them 
as I would for a friend or my broth-er. 

I bowed down in sor-row 
as if I were mourn-ing for my moth-er. 
But when stum-bled, 
they re-joiced and ga-thered to-geth-er; 

they ga-thered to-geth-er to am-bush me. 
They tore at me with-out stop-ping to rest. 
When stum-bled, 
they taunt-ed me re-lent-less-ly, 

and tried to bite me. 
O Lord, how long are you go-ing to watch this? 
Res-cue me from their de-struc-tive at-tack; 
guard my life from the young lions! 

Then I will give you thanks in the great as-sem-bly; 
I will praise you be-fore a large crowd of peo-ple! 
Do not let my en-e-mies gloat o-ver me! 
Do not let those who hate me car-ry out their scheme! 

For they do not try to make peace with oth-ers, 
but plan ways to de-ceive 
those who live peace-ful-ly in the land. 
They are read-to de-vour me; 

they say, A-ha! A-ha! We've got you! 
But you take no-tice, Lord; do not be si-lent! 
O Lord, do not re-main far a-way from me! 
Rouse your-self, wake up and vin-di-cate me! 

My God and Lord, de-fend my just cause! 
Vin-di-cate me by your jus-tice, Lord my God! 
Do not let them gloat o-ver me! 
Do not let them say to them-selves, A-ha! 

We have what we want-ed! 
Do not let them say, We have de-voured him! 
May those who re-joice in my trou-bles 
be to-tal-ly em-bar-rassed and a-shamed! 

May those who ar-ro-gant-ly taunt me be cov-ered with shame 
May those who de-sire my vin-di-ca-tion 
shout for joy and re-joice! 
May they con-tin-ual-ly say, May the Lord be praised, 

for he wants his serv-ant to be se-cure. 
Then I will tell oth-ers a-bout your jus-tice, 
and praise you all day long. 
May the Lord be praised for-ev-er! 

Glo-ry 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. 


Readings



A reading from Acts 13:13-25


Then Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia, but John left them and returned to Jerusalem. Moving on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the law and the prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, “Brothers, if you have any message of exhortation for the people, speak it.” So Paul stood up, gestured with his hand and said,

“Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay as foreigners in the country of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For a period of about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. All this took about four hundred fifty years. After this he gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 

"Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing him, God raised up David their king. He testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ From the descendants of this man God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. Before Jesus arrived, John had proclaimed a baptism for repentance to all the people of Israel. But while John was completing his mission, he said repeatedly, ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God! 

Friday - Song of Zechariah


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Bless-ed be the Lord, the God of Is-ra-el; 
he has come to his peo-ple and set them free. 
He has raised up for us a might-sav-ior, 
born of the house of his serv-ant Da-vid. 

Through his ho-ly proph-ets he prom-ised of old, 
that he would save us from our en-e-mies, 
from the hands of all who hate us. 
He prom-ised to show mer-cy to our fath-ers 

and to re-mem-ber his ho-ly cov-e-nant. 
This was the oath he swore to our fath-er A-bra-ham, 
to set us free from the hands of our en-e-mies, 
Free to wor-ship him with-out fear, 

ho-ly and right-eous in his sight 
all the days of our life. 
And you, my child, shall be called 
the proph-et of the Most High, 

for you will go be-fore the Lord to pre-pare his way, 
To give his peo-ple knowl-edge of sal-va-tion 
by the for-give-ness of their sins. 
In the ten-der com-pas-sion of our God 

the dawn from on high shall break up-on us, 
To shine on those who dwell in dark-ness 
and the shad-ow of death, 
and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

Glo-ry 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. 


A reading from John 9:18-41


Now the Jewish religious leaders refused to believe that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned the parents of the man who had become able to see. They asked the parents, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” So his parents replied, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. Ask him, he is a mature adult. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, ask him.”) 

Then they summoned the man who used to be blind a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?” He answered, “I told you already and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You people don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?” 

They heaped insults on him, saying, “You are his disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man comes from!” The man replied, “This is a remarkable thing, that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him. Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They replied, “You were born completely in sinfulness, and yet you presume to teach us?” So they threw him out. 

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man replied, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he is the one speaking with you.” [ He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said,] “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” 

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains. 

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God! 

Friday - Song to the Lamb


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Splen-dor and ho-nor and king-ly pow-er 
are yours by right, Lord our God, 
For you cre-at-ed eve-ry-thing that is, 
and by your will they were cre-at-ed and have their be-ing; 

And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, 
for with your blood you have re-deemed for God, 
From eve-ry fam-i-ly, lan-guage, peo-ple, and na-tion, 
a king-dom of priests to serve our God. 

And so, to him who sits up-on the throne, 
and to Je-sus Christ the Lamb, 
Be wor-ship and praise, do-min-ion and splen-dor, 
for ev-er and for ev-er-more. 

Glo-ry 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. 


Prayers



Friday Creed


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We be-lieve in God, the Fath-er 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 Spi-rit 
and born of the Vir-gin Ma-ry. 
He suf-fered un-der Pon-tius Pi-late, 
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-scend-ed into heav-en, 
and is seat-ed at the right hand of the Fath-er. 

He will come a-gain 
to judge the liv-ing and the dead. 
We be-lieve in the Ho-ly Spi-rit, 
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. 




Friday - Our Father


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The Lord be with you. 
And al-so with you. A-men. 
Our Fath-er 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. 




Friday - Evening Suffrages A


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Show us your mer-cy, Lord; 
And grant us your sal-va-tion. 
Clothe your min-is-ters with right-eous-ness; 
Let your peo-ple sing with joy. 

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; 
For on-ly in you can we live in safe-ty. 
Lord, keep this na-tion un-der your care; 
And guide us in the way of jus-tice and truth. 

Let your way be known up-on earth; 
Your sav-ing health a-mong all na-tions. 
Let not the need-y, O Lord, be for-got-ten; 
Nor the hope of the poor be tak-en a-way. 

Cre-ate in us clean hearts, God; 
And sus-tain us by your Ho-ly Spi-rit. 
Show us your mer-cy, Lord; 
And grant us your sal-va-tion. 




Collect of the Day

 

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 

Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. 

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.





A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom


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Al-might-God, 
you have giv-en us grace at this time 
with one ac-cord 
to make our com-mon sup-pli-ca-tion to you; 

and you have prom-ised 
through your well-be-lov-ed Son 
that when two or three are ga-thered to-geth-er in his Name 
you will be in the midst of them: 

Ful-fill now, O Lord, our de-sires and pe-ti-tions 
as may be best for us; 
grant-ing us in this world knowl-edge of your truth, 
and in the age to come life ev-er-last-ing. A-men. 


Friday - Closing Eph 3:20


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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 



LEVAS2 (L158)   Make me a blessing

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1. Out in the highways and byways of life
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where the darkness is rife
Making the sorrowing glad

[Refrain]
Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing 
Out of my life Let Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing O Savior I pray
Make me a blessing to someone today

2. Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love
Tell of His power to forgive
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True every moment you live [Refrain]

3. Give as 'twas given to you in your need
Love as the Master loved you
Be to the helpless a helper indeed
Unto your mission be true [Refrain]


Music from the Vox Barnabas Psalter, a collection of 60 Chant Scores by John Johansen, 
released to Public Domain March 30, 2020.
Scriptures from the New English Translation(NET) Bible, used with permission.


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