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BCP Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer
    Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Thursday, 22 March 2018
  The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
  The minister may use a seasonal sentence before using one or more of the penitential sentences.
  The minister introduces the service
    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 most 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 [after me]:
    Beloved, we are come together in the presence of almighty God and of the whole company of heaven to offer unto him through our Lord Jesus Christ our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the greatness of God's love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace; and to ask on behalf of all men such things as their well-being doth require.
    Wherefore let us kneel in silence, and remember God's presence with us now.
  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 them, O God, which confess their faults.
    Restore thou them that are penitent;
    according to thy promises declared unto mankind
       in Christ Jesu 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.
  A priest says
    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;
    and 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 them that 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.
  or other ministers may say
    Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord,
    to thy faithful people pardon and peace,
    that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
    and serve thee with a quiet mind;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.
  Evening Prayer
    The introduction to the service is used on Sundays, and may be used on any occasion. If the Introduction is not used, the service begins with the opening responses.
    These responses are used
    O Lord, open thou our lips
  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Ghost;
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.
    Praise ye the Lord.
  The Lord's name be praised.

Psalm 108


 O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready :
  I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
 Awake, thou lute, and harp :
  I myself will awake right early.
 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people :
  I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
 For thy mercy is greater than the heavens :
  and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens :
  and thy glory above all the earth.
 That thy beloved may be delivered :
  let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
 God hath spoken in his holiness :
  I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine :
  Ephraim also is the strength of my head.
 Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot :
  over Edom will I cast out my shoe; upon Philistia will I triumph.
 Who will lead me into the strong city :
  and who will bring me into Edom?
 Hast not thou forsaken us, O God :
  and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
 O help us against the enemy :
  for vain is the help of man.
 Through God we shall do great acts :
  and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 109


 Hold not thy tongue, O God of my praise :
  for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
 And they have spoken against me with false tongues :
  they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
 For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part :
  but I give myself unto prayer.
 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good :
  and hatred for my good will.
 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him :
  and let Satan stand at his right hand.
 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned :
  and let his prayer be turned into sin.
 Let his days be few :
  and let another take his office.
 Let his children be fatherless :
  and his wife a widow.
 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread :
  let them seek it also out of desolate places.
 Let the extortioner consume all that he hath :
  and let the stranger spoil his labour.
 Let there be no man to pity him :
  nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
 Let his posterity be destroyed :
  and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord :
  and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
 Let them alway be before the Lord :
  that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;
 And that, because his mind was not to do good :
  but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
 His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him :
  he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
 He clothed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment :
  and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
 Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him :
  and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
 Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies :
  and to those that speak evil against my soul.
 But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name :
  for sweet is thy mercy.
 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor :
  and my heart is wounded within me.
 I go hence like the shadow that departeth :
  and am driven away as the grasshopper.
 My knees are weak through fasting :
  my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
 I became also a reproach unto them :
  they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
 Help me, O Lord my God :
  O save me according to thy mercy;
 And they shall know, how that this is thy hand :
  and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
 Though they curse, yet bless thou :
  and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame :
  and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth :
  and praise him among the multitude;
 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor :
  to save his soul from unrighteous judges.

    At the end of each psalm these words are said or sung
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
    Old Testament Reading  

First Reading: Jeremiah 23.9-32

Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness.
For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

    Either the Magnificat (as follows) or Cantate Domino (Psalm 98) is said or sung.
  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 shewed 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.
Luke 1.46-55
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
  New Testament Reading  

Second Reading: John 12.12-19

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

  Nunc dimittis  
    Either the Nunc dimittis (as follows) or Deus misereatur (Psalm 67) is said or sung.
  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.
Luke 2.29-32
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
    and to the Holy Ghost;
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
    world without end. Amen.
  The Apostles' 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.
    The Lord be with you.
  And with thy spirit.
    Let us pray.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  Our Father, which art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.
    O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
  And grant us thy salvation.
    O Lord, save the Queen.
  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
    Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
  And make thy chosen people joyful.
    O Lord, save thy people.
  And bless thine inheritance.
    Give peace in our time, O Lord.
  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
    but only thou, O God.
    O God, make clean our hearts within us.
  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
    Three Collects are said.
  The Collect of the Day  
    We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  The 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 both, 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.
  The Collect for Aid against all 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.
    The order for the end of the service may include:
    hymns or anthems
       a sermon
    further prayers (which may include prayers from here)
    This prayer may be used to conclude the service
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    and the love of God,
    and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
    be with us all evermore.
Last Modified Thursday 05 May 2011