7.14pm on Saturday 24 March 2018

Evening Prayer (Evensong) in Traditional Language

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    Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Saturday, 24 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 119.1-32


 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.
 For they who do no wickedness :
  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 judgements of thy righteousness.
 I will keep thy ceremonies :
  O forsake me not utterly.
 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 words 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 judgements 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.
 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 judgements.
 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.
 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 judgements 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.
    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 25.1-14


The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;

The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,
Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.

    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 12.36b-end

Jesus departed, and did hide himself from them.
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

  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  
    Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same 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.

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