The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America


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Evening Prayer

Eve of The Third Sunday in Advent

Advent

Opening Sentence

Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.

MARK 13:35-36

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the People

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us to acknowledge our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things which are necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, draw near with me to the throne of heavenly grace.

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence is kept. All kneeling, the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father,

we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires

of our own hearts.

We have offended against your 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 apart from your grace, there is no health in us.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare all those who confess their faults.

Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises

declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

A Deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant to your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but that they may turn from their wickedness and live. He has empowered and commanded his ministers to pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all who truly repent and genuinely believe his holy Gospel. For this reason, we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that our present deeds may please him, the rest of our lives may be pure and holy, and that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE INVITATORY

All stand.

Officiant O Lord, open our lips;
People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant O God, make speed to save us;
People O Lord, make haste to help us
Officiant Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant Praise the Lord.
People The Lord’s Name be praised.

PHOS HILARON

O Gladsome Light

O gladsome 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.

The Psalm Appointed

60 Day Cycle

Psalm 109

Deus, laudem

1 Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise,*

for the mouth of the ungodly, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.

2 They have spoken against me with false tongues;*

they encompassed me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

3 In return for the love that I had for them, they have become my adversaries;*

but I give myself to prayer.

4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good,*

and hatred for my love.

5 Set an ungodly man to be ruler over him,*

and let an accuser stand at his right hand.

6 When judgment is given, let him be condemned,*

and let sentence be passed on him for guilt.

7 Let his days be few,*

and let another take his office.

8 Let his children be fatherless*

and his wife a widow.

9 Let his children be vagabonds and beg their bread;*

let them be driven out, even from desolate places.

10 Let the creditor consume all that he has,*

and let strangers take his labor for spoil.

11 Let there be no one to pity him,*

nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.

12 Let his posterity be destroyed,*

and in the next generation let his name be blotted out.

13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be held in remembrance in the sight of the Lord,*

and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

14 Let them be always before the Lord,*

that he may root out the memorial of them from the earth,

15 Because he was not minded to do good,*

but persecuted to death the poor and needy, and those who were brokenhearted.

16 His delight was in cursing; let curses come upon him;*

he loved not blessing; therefore let it be far from him.

17 He clothed himself with cursing as with a garment,*

so let it soak into his body like water, and like oil into his bones.

18 Let it be to him as the cloak that he has on*

and as the belt that he always wears.

19 Let this be the recompense from the Lord to my enemies,*

and to those who speak evil against my soul.

20 But deal with me, O Lord God, according to your Name;*

for sweet is your mercy.

21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor,*

and my heart is wounded within me.

22 I disappear like the shadow that lengthens,*

and am shaken off like a grasshopper.

23 My knees are weak through fasting;*

my flesh is grown lean for want of nourishment.

24 I have become a reproach to them;*

when they look on me, they shake their heads.

25 Help me, O Lord my God;*

save me according to your mercy;

26 And they shall know that this is your hand,*

and that you, O Lord, have done it.

27 Though they curse, yet you bless;*

let them be confounded who rise up against me, but let your servant rejoice.

28 Let my adversaries be clothed with shame,*

and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a cloak.

29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth,*

and praise him among the multitude,

30 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor,*

to save their souls from the unrighteous judges.

The Psalms Appointed

30 Day Cycle

Psalm 73

Quam bonus Isræl!

1 Truly, God is loving to Israel,*

even to those who have a clean heart.

2 Nevertheless, my feet had almost stumbled;*

my steps had nearly slipped.

3 For I was envious of the proud*

when I saw the ungodly in such prosperity.

4 For they are in no fear of death,*

but their bodies are healthy and strong.

5 They come to no misfortune like other folk,*

neither are they afflicted like others.

6 Therefore they wear pride as a necklace,*

and they wrap themselves with violence as with a garment.

7 Their eyes swell with greed,*

and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.

8 Their talk is malice and mockery;*

they have proud looks, and tyrannous words are on their lips.

9 For they set their mouth against the heavens,*

and their evil speech spreads through the world.

10 Therefore the people turn to them,*

and find no fault in them.

11 They say, "How should God perceive it?*

Is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12 Behold, these are the ungodly;*

they prosper in their ways, and they have riches in possession.

13 I said, "Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart*

and washed my hands in innocence."

14 All the day long have I been afflicted,*

and chastened every morning.

15 Indeed, had I spoken as they do,*

then would I have betrayed the generation of your children.

16 When I sought to understand this,*

it was too hard for me,

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;*

then I understood their end.

18 Surely, you set them in slippery places,*

and cast them down, and destroy them.

19 Oh, how suddenly are they consumed;*

they perish and come to a fearful end.

20 Indeed, like a dream when one awakens,*

so shall you make their image vanish out of the city.

21 Thus my heart was grieved,*

and I was wounded within;

22 So foolish was I, and ignorant,*

as if I were a beast before you.

23 Nevertheless, I am always with you,*

for you hold me by my right hand.

24 You shall guide me with your counsel,*

and after that receive me with glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?*

And there is no one on earth whom I desire in comparison with you.

26 Though my flesh and my heart fail me,*

God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27 For behold, those who forsake you shall perish;*

you destroy all those who are unfaithful to you.

28 But it is good for me to hold fast to God, to put my trust in the Lord God,*

and to speak of all your works in the gates of the city of Zion.

Psalm 74

Ut quid, Deus?

1 O God, why have you utterly cast us off?*

Why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture?

2 O think upon your congregation*

whom you have purchased and redeemed of old.

3 Think upon the tribe of your inheritance,*

and Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.

4 Draw near and behold how all is made desolate*

and how the enemy has destroyed all that is in your sanctuary.

5 Your adversaries roar in the midst of your holy place*

and set up their banners as tokens of victory.

6 Like hewers of timber in a thicket of trees,*

so have they broken down all the carved work with axes and hammers.

7 They have set fire to your holy place*

and have defiled the dwelling place of your Name, even to the ground.

8 They said in their hearts, "Let us make havoc of them altogether."*

Thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.

9 We do not see any signs; there is not one prophet anymore;*

there is no one who knows how long these things shall continue.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonor?*

How long shall the enemy blaspheme your Name, for ever?

11 Why do you withdraw your hand?*

Why do you not take your right hand out of your bosom to consume the enemy?

12 For God is my King of old;*

he is the one bringing help upon the earth.

13 You divided the sea through your power;*

you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14 You smote the heads of Leviathan in pieces*

and gave him to be food for the people in the wilderness.

15 You brought fountains and waters out of the hard rocks,*

and you dried up mighty waters.

16 The day is yours, and the night is yours;*

you have prepared the light and the sun.

17 You have set all the borders of the earth;*

you have made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffed,*

and how the foolish people have blasphemed your Name.

19 Deliver not the soul of your turtledove to the wild beasts,*

and forget not for ever the lives of your poor.

20 Look upon your covenant,*

for the dark places of the earth are full of violence.

21 Let not the oppressed go away ashamed,*

but let the poor and needy give praise to your Name.

22 Arise, O God, maintain your own cause;*

remember how the foolish one blasphemes you daily.

23 Forget not the voice of your enemies,*

nor the tumult of those who hate you, which increases ever more and more.

The Psalm Appointed

Sunday and Holy Day Cycle

Psalm 146

Lauda, anima mea

1 Praise the Lord, O my soul;*

while I live I will praise the Lord.

2 Indeed, as long as I have my being,*

I will sing praises unto my God.

3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man,*

for there is no help in them.

4 For when one breathes his last, he shall return again to the earth,*

and in that day all his thoughts perish.

5 Blessed is the one who has the God of Jacob for his help*

and whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is therein;*

who keeps his promise for ever;

7 Who does right to those who suffer wrong;*

and who feeds the hungry.

8 The Lord sets prisoners free;*

the Lord gives sight to the blind.

9 The Lord helps those who have fallen;*

the Lord loves the righteous.

10 The Lord cares for the strangers in the land; he defends the fatherless and widow;*

but the way of the ungodly he makes crooked.

11 The Lord shall be King for evermore,*

even your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Praise the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The First Lesson

Isaiah 57

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Prophet Isaiah, beginning with the fifty-seventh chapter, the first verse

Israel's Futile Idolatry

57 The righteous man perishes,
    and no one lays it to heart;
devout men are taken away,
    while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
    he enters into peace;
they rest in their beds
    who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near,
    sons of the sorceress,
    offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.
Whom are you mocking?
    Against whom do you open your mouth wide
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
    the offspring of deceit,
you who burn with lust among the oaks,
    under every green tree,
who slaughter your children in the valleys,
    under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion;
    they, they, are your lot;
to them you have poured out a drink offering,
    you have brought a grain offering.
    Shall I relent for these things?
On a high and lofty mountain
    you have set your bed,
    and there you went up to offer sacrifice.
Behind the door and the doorpost
    you have set up your memorial;
for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed,
    you have gone up to it,
    you have made it wide;
and you have made a covenant for yourself with them,
    you have loved their bed,
    you have looked on nakedness.
You journeyed to the king with oil
    and multiplied your perfumes;
you sent your envoys far off,
    and sent down even to Sheol.
10 You were wearied with the length of your way,
    but you did not say, “It is hopeless”;
you found new life for your strength,
    and so you were not faint.

11 Whom did you dread and fear,
    so that you lied,
and did not remember me,
    did not lay it to heart?
Have I not held my peace, even for a long time,
    and you do not fear me?
12 I will declare your righteousness and your deeds,
    but they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you!
    The wind will carry them all off,
    a breath will take them away.
But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land
    and shall inherit my holy mountain.

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it shall be said,
“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
    remove every obstruction from my people's way.”
15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
    and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not contend forever,
    nor will I always be angry;
for the spirit would grow faint before me,
    and the breath of life that I made.
17 Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry,
    I struck him; I hid my face and was angry,
    but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
    I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,
19     creating the fruit of the lips.
Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord,
    “and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea;
    for it cannot be quiet,
    and its waters toss up mire and dirt.
21 There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Sirach 50

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from Ecclesiasticus, the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach , beginning with the fiftieth chapter, the first verse

Simon Son of Onias

50 The leader of his brethren and the pride of his people
    was Simon the high priest, son of Onias,
who in his life repaired the house,
    and in his time fortified the temple.
He laid the foundations for the high double walls,
    the high retaining walls for the temple enclosure.
In his days a cistern for water was quarried out,
    a reservoir like the sea in circumference.
He considered how to save his people from ruin,
    and fortified the city to withstand a siege.
How glorious he was when the people gathered round him
    as he came out of the inner sanctuary!
Like the morning star among the clouds,
    like the moon when it is full;
like the sun shining upon the temple of the Most High,
    and like the rainbow gleaming in glorious clouds;
like roses in the days of the first fruits,
    like lilies by a spring of water,
    like a green shoot on Leb′anon on a summer day;
like fire and incense in the censer,
    like a vessel of hammered gold
    adorned with all kinds of precious stones;
10 like an olive tree putting forth its fruit,
    and like a cypress towering in the clouds.
11 When he put on his glorious robe
    and clothed himself with superb perfection
and went up to the holy altar,
    he made the court of the sanctuary glorious.
12 And when he received the portions from the hands of the priests,
    as he stood by the hearth of the altar
with a garland of brethren around him,
    he was like a young cedar on Leb′anon;
and they surrounded him like the trunks of palm trees,
13     all the sons of Aaron in their splendor
with the Lord’s offering in their hands,
    before the whole congregation of Israel.
14 Finishing the service at the altars,
    and arranging the offering to the Most High, the Almighty,
15 he reached out his hand to the cup
    and poured a libation of the blood of the grape;
he poured it out at the foot of the altar,
    a pleasing odor to the Most High, the King of all.
16 Then the sons of Aaron shouted,
    they sounded the trumpets of hammered work,
they made a great noise to be heard
    for remembrance before the Most High.
17 Then all the people together made haste
    and fell to the ground upon their faces
to worship their Lord,
    the Almighty, God Most High.
18 And the singers praised him with their voices
    in sweet and full-toned melody.
19 And the people besought the Lord Most High
    in prayer before him who is merciful,
till the order of worship of the Lord was ended;
    so they completed his service.
20 Then Simon came down, and lifted up his hands
    over the whole congregation of the sons of Israel,
to pronounce the blessing of the Lord with his lips,
    and to glory in his name;
21 and they bowed down in worship a second time,
    to receive the blessing from the Most High.

A Benediction

22 And now bless the God of all,
    who in every way does great things;
who exalts our days from birth,
    and deals with us according to his mercy.
23 May he give us gladness of heart,
    and grant that peace may be in our days in Israel,
    as in the days of old.
24 May he entrust to us his mercy!
    And let him deliver us in our days!

Epilogue

25 With two nations my soul is vexed,
    and the third is no nation:
26 Those who live on Mount Se′ir, and the Philistines,
    and the foolish people that dwell in Shechem.

27 Instruction in understanding and knowledge
    I have written in this book,
Jesus the son of Sirach, son of Elea′zar, of Jerusalem,
    who out of his heart poured forth wisdom.
28 Blessed is he who concerns himself with these things,
    and he who lays them to heart will become wise.
29 For if he does them, he will be strong for all things,
    for the light of the Lord is his path.

Reader Here ends the Reading.

MAGNIFICAT

The Song of Mary

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

My soul magnifies the Lord,*

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

For he has regarded*

the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from now on,*

all generations will call me blessed;

For he that is mighty has magnified me,*

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him,*

throughout all generations.

He has shown the strength of his arm;*

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones,*

and has exalted the humble and meek.

He has filled the hungry with good things,*

and the rich he has sent empty away.

He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel,*

as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

LUKE 1:46-55

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

ECCE, DEUS

Surely, it is God who saves me

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Surely, it is God who saves me; *

I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the LORD is my stronghold and my sure defense, *

and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *

from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say, *

Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples; *

see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the LORD, for he has done great things, *

and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *

for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

ISAIAH 12:2-6

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

MAGNIFICAT

The Song of Mary

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

My soul magnifies the Lord,*

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

For he has regarded*

the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from now on,*

all generations will call me blessed;

For he that is mighty has magnified me,*

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him,*

throughout all generations.

He has shown the strength of his arm;*

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones,*

and has exalted the humble and meek.

He has filled the hungry with good things,*

and the rich he has sent empty away.

He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel,*

as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

LUKE 1:46-55

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

The Second Lesson

Luke 16

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke, beginning with the sixteenth chapter, the first verse

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

16 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

The Law and the Kingdom of God

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

Divorce and Remarriage

18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Revelation 6

The lesson is read, the people sitting

Reader A reading from the Revelation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to St. John, beginning with the sixth chapter, the first verse

The Seven Seals

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

NUNC DIMITTIS

The Song of Simeon

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,*

according to your word.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,*

which you have prepared before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,*

and to be the glory of your people Israel.

LUKE 2:29-32

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

MAGNIFICAT

The Song of Mary

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

My soul magnifies the Lord,*

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

For he has regarded*

the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from now on,*

all generations will call me blessed;

For he that is mighty has magnified me,*

and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him,*

throughout all generations.

He has shown the strength of his arm;*

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones,*

and has exalted the humble and meek.

He has filled the hungry with good things,*

and the rich he has sent empty away.

He, remembering his mercy, has helped his servant Israel,*

as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

LUKE 1:46-55

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

NUNC DIMITTIS

The Song of Simeon

The following Canticle is sung or said, all standing

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,*

according to your word.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,*

which you have prepared before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,*

and to be the glory of your people Israel.

LUKE 2:29-32

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

The Third Lesson

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And with your spirit.
Officiant Let us pray.

The People kneel or stand.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and for ever. Amen.

The Suffrages

Officiant O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
People And grant us your salvation.
Officiant O Lord, guide those who govern us;
People And lead us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People And let your people sing with joy.
Officiant O Lord, save your people;
People And bless your inheritance.
Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People And defend us by your mighty power.
Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That there may be peace in your Church and in the whole world,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

Officiant O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
People And grant us your salvation.
Officiant O Lord, guide those who govern us;
People And lead us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People And let your people sing with joy.
Officiant O Lord, save your people;
People And bless your inheritance.
Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People And defend us by your mighty power.
Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

Collect of the Day

Eve of The Third Sunday in Advent

O Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise make ready your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient toward the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world, we may be found a people acceptable in your sight; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR THE EVE OF WORSHIP

Saturday

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR PEACE

O God, the source of all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR AID AGAINST PERILS

Lighten our darkness, we beseech you, O Lord; and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Great Litany

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us.

Remember not, Lord Jesus, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forebears; neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and by your mercy preserve us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and wickedness; from sin, from the works and assaults of the devil; from your wrath and everlasting condemnation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all lack of charity,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all disordered and sinful affections; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word and commandments,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from violence, battle, and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your holy nativity and submission to the Law; by your baptism, fasting, and temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and bloody sweat; by your Cross and passion; by your precious death and burial,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your glorious resurrection and ascension; by the sending of the Holy Spirit; by your heavenly intercession; and by your coming again in power and great glory,

Good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of tribulation; in all times of prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners beseech you to hear us, O Lord God: That it may please you to rule and govern your holy Church universal in the right way,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To illumine all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of your Word; and that, both by their preaching and living, they may show it accordingly,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To send forth laborers into your harvest; to prosper their work by your Holy Spirit; to make your saving health known unto all nations; and to hasten the coming of your kingdom,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give all your people increase of grace to hear your Word with humility, to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give us a heart to love and fear you, and diligently to keep your commandments,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and keep all your people,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to rule the hearts of your servant Donald Trump, the President, your servants Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Sovereign, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, your servants, our national leaders, and all others in authority, that they may do justice, and show mercy, and walk humbly before you,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and guide all judges, giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and keep our armed forces by sea, and land, and air, and to shield them in all dangers and adversities,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To bless and protect all who serve their communities by their labor and learning,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To give and preserve for us and for others the bountiful fruits of the earth, so that at the harvest we all may enjoy them,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To make wars to cease in all the world, and to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to show mercy on all prisoners and captives; refugees, the homeless, and the hungry; and all those who are desolate and oppressed,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To preserve all who are in danger by reason of their work or travel,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To strengthen the bonds of those in Holy Matrimony; to uphold the widowed and abandoned; and to comfort all whose homes are torn by strife,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To protect the unborn and their parents, and to preserve all women in childbirth;

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To care for those who have lost children or face infertility, and to provide for young children and orphans,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To visit the lonely and those who grieve; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit; and to comfort with your presence those who are failing and infirm,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To support, help, and deliver all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To have mercy upon all people,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sin, negligence, and ignorance; and to endue us with the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy Word,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To strengthen those who stand; to encourage the faint-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To grant to all the faithful departed eternal life and peace,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

To grant that, in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, we may attain to your heavenly kingdom,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Grant us your peace.

O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and for ever. Amen.

The Supplication

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

O God, we have heard with our ears, and our forebears have declared to us, the noble works that you did in their days, and in the time before them.

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Lord, arise and help us;

And deliver us for your Name’s sake.

From our enemies defend us, O Christ;

Graciously behold our afflictions.

With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts;

Mercifully forgive the sins of your people.

With favor hear our prayers;

O Son of David, have mercy upon us.

Be pleased to hear us, O Christ;

Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

The Officiant prays

Let us pray.

Look mercifully, O Father, on our infirmities; and, for the glory of your Name, rescue us from all those evils we now endure; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in your mercy, serving you in holiness and purity of life, to your honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Collect for Mission

I

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

In the Time of any Common Plague or Sickness

O Almighty God, who in your wrath sent a plague upon your own people in the wilderness for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron, and also in the time of King David, sent a plague of pestilence which killed seventy thousand, but remembering your mercy spared the rest: have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; and in the same way that you then accepted an atonement and commanded the destroying Angel to cease from punishing: so it may now please you to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, 1662 (ENGLAND)

In Times of Social Conflict or Unrest

Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

#44, BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (2019)

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings.

A hymn or anthem may be sung.

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A PRAYER OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.

Amen.

Dismissal

Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14
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