Thursday, September 3, 2020

Evening Prayer - Thursday September 3 2020


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

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 37:19-42

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They will not be a-shamed when hard times come; 
when fam-ine comes they will have e-nough to eat. 
But e-vil men will die; 
the Lords en-e-mies will be in-cin-er-at-ed 

they will go up in smoke. 
E-vil men bor-row, but do not re-pay their debt, 
but the god-ly show com-pas-sion and are gen-er-ous. 
Sure-ly those fa-vored by the Lord will pos-sess the land, 

but those rejected by him will be wiped out. 
The Lord grants suc-cess to the one he finds com-mend-a-ble. 
E-ven if he trip, he will not fall head-long, 
for the Lord holds his hand. 

I was once young, now am old. 
I have nev-er seen a god-ly man a-ban-doned, 
or his chil-dren forced to search for food. 
All day long he shows com-pas-sion and lends to oth-ers, 

and his chil-dren are bless-ed. 
Turn a-way from e-vil! Do what is right! 
Then you will en-joy last-ing se-cu-ri-ty. 
For the Lord pro-motes jus-tice, 

and nev-er a-ban-dons his faith-ful fol-low-ers. 
They are per-ma-nent-ly se-cure, 
but the chil-dren of e-vil men are wiped out. 
The god-ly will pos-sess the land 

and will dwell in it per-ma-nent-ly. 
The god-ly speak wise words 
and pro-mote jus-tice. 
The law of their God con-trols their think-ing; 

Their feet do not slip. 
E-vil men set an am-bush for the god-ly 
and try to kill them. 
But the Lord does not sur-ren-der the god-ly, 

Nor al-low them to be condemned in a court of law. 
Re-ly on the Lord! O-bey his com-mand! 
Then he will per-mit you to pos-sess the land; 
you will see the de-mise of e-vil men. 

I have seen ruth-less e-vil men grow-ing in in-flu-ence, 
like a green tree grows in its na-tive soil. 
But then one passes by, 
and sud-den-ly they have dis-ap-peared! 

looked for them, 
but they could not be found. 
Ob-serve the up-right! 
Take note of the one who has in-teg-ri-ty! 

For the one who pro-motes peace has fu-ture. 
Sin-ful re-bels are to-tal-ly de-stroyed; 
e-vil men have no fu-ture. 
But the Lord de-liv-ers the god-ly; 

he pro-tects them in times of trou-ble. 
The Lord helps them and res-cues them; 
he res-cues them from e-vil men and de-liv-ers them, 
for they seek his pro-tec-tion. 

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 Acts 13:1-12

Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen (a close friend of Herod the tetrarch from childhood ) and Saul. While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. ” Then, after they had fasted and prayed and placed their hands on them, they sent them off. 

So Barnabas and Saul, sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. (Now they also had John as their assistant. ) When they had crossed over the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for that is the way his name is translated) opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 

But Saul (also known as Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at him and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? Now look, the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness and darkness came over him, and he went around seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then when the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, because he was greatly astounded at the teaching about the Lord. 

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God! 

Thursday - Song of Moses

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I will sing to the Lord, 
for he is loft-and up-lift-ed; 
the horse and its rid-er 
has he hurled into the sea. 

The Lord is my strength and my ref-uge; 
the Lord has be-come my Sav-ior. 
This is my God and I will praise him, 
the God of my peo-ple and will ex-alt him. 

The Lord is a might-y war-ri-or; 
Yah-weh is his ho-ly Name. 
The char-i-ots of Phar-oah and his ar-my 
has he hurled into the sea; 

The fin-est of those who bear ar-mor 
have been drowned in the Red Sea. 
The fa-thom-less deep has o-ver-whelmed them; 
they sank into the depths like stone. 

Your right hand, Lord, 
is glo-ri-ous and might-y; 
your right hand, Lord, 
has o-ver-thrown the en-e-my. 

Who can be com-pared with you, 
Lord, a-mong the gods? 
who is like you, 
glo-ri-ous in ho-li-ness, 

Awe-some in re-nown, 
and work-er of won-ders? 
You stretched forth your right hand; 
the earth swal-lowed them up. 

With your con-stant love 
you led the peo-ple you re-deemed; 
with your might you brought them in safe-ty 
to your ho-ly dwell-ing place. 

You will bring them in and plant them 
on the mount of your pos-ses-sion, 
In the rest-ing place 
you have made for your-self, Lord, 

In the sanc-tu-ar-y, Lord, 
that your hand has es-tab-lished. 
The Lord shall reign 
for ev-er and for ev-er. A-men! 

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 9:1-17

Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him. We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said this, he spat on the ground and made some mud with the saliva. He smeared the mud on the blind man’s eyes and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated “sent”). So the blind man went away and washed, and came back seeing. 

Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some people said, “This is the man!” while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” The man himself kept insisting, “I am the one!” So they asked him, “How then were you made to see?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” They said to him, “Where is that man?” He replied, “I don’t know.” 

They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees. (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath.) So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. He replied, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I am able to see.” 

Then some of the Pharisees began to say, “This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division among them. So again they asked the man who used to be blind, “What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God! 

Thursday - Song of Praise

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Glo-ry to you, Lord God of our fath-ers; 
you are wor-thy of praise; glo-ry to you. 
Glo-ry to you for the ra-di-ance of your ho-ly Name; 
we will praise you and high-ly ex-alt you for ev-er. 

Glo-ry to you in the splen-dor of your tem-ple; 
on the throne of your maj-es-ty, glo-ry to you. 
Glo-ry to you, seat-ed be-tween the Cher-u-bim; 
we will praise you and high-ly ex-alt you for ev-er. 

Glo-ry to you, be-hold-ing the depths; 
in the high vault of heav-en, glo-ry to you. 
Glo-ry to you, Fath-er, Son, and Ho-ly Spi-rit; 
we will praise you and high-ly ex-alt you for ev-er. 


Thursday 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. 

Thursday - 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. 

Thursday - Evening Suffrages B

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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-fenses, 
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 Spi-rit 
in the com-mun-ion of Bar-na-bas and all your saints, 
en-trust-ing one an-oth-er and all our life to Christ, 
We en-treat you, Lord. 

Collect of the Day


Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 


A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Prayer for Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

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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. 

Thursday - Closing Blessings

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The grace of our Lord Je-sus Christ, 
and the love of God our Fath-er, 
and the fel-low-ship of the Ho-ly Spi-rit, 
be with us all ev-er-more. A-men. 

Thanks be to God! 
May the God of hope fill us 
with all joy and peace in be-liev-ing 
through the pow-er of the Ho-ly Spi-rit. A-men. 

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

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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