Daily Evening Prayer

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Approved for Provincial Use The Anglican Church in North America
Petertide, A.D. 2013

The Officiant may begin Evening Prayer by reading an opening sentence of Scripture found on pages 17-19 or another appropriate Scripture. The Confession of Sin may be said, or the Office may continue with “O Lord, open our lips.”

Opening Sentences of Scripture

Proper

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the People

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 others, those things necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, come with me to the throne of heavenly grace.

or this

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 deceits 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 those who confess their faults.
Restore 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.

The Priest alone stands and says

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 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.

or this

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.

A deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays

Grant 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 Invitatory

All stand

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 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.

The following or some other suitable hymn or Psalm may be sung or said

Phos hilaron O Gladsome Light

O gladsome light,

pure brightness of the ever-living 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 praises to God: the Father, the Son, and the 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.


Then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Psalm 119.


  • 73
  • Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
  • give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
  • 74
  • Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, *
  • because I trust in your word.
  • 75
  • I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right *
  • and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
  • 76
  • Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
  • as you have promised to your servant.
  • 77
  • Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
  • for your law is my delight.
  • 78
  • Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; *
  • but I will meditate on your commandments.
  • 79
  • Let those who fear you turn to me, *
  • and also those who know your decrees.
  • 80
  • Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
  • that I may not be put to shame.
  • 81
  • My soul has longed for your salvation; *
  • I have put my hope in your word.
  • 82
  • My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
  • and I say, “When will you comfort me?”
  • 83
  • I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
  • but I have not forgotten your statutes.
  • 84
  • How much longer must I wait? *
  • when will you give judgment against those who persecute me?
  • 85
  • The proud have dug pits for me; *
  • they do not keep your law.
  • 86
  • All your commandments are true; *
  • help me, for they persecute me with lies.
  • 87
  • They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
  • but I have not forsaken your commandments.
  • 88
  • In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
  • that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.
  • 89
  • O Lord, your word is everlasting; *
  • it stands firm in the heavens.
  • 90
  • Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
  • you established the earth, and it abides.
  • 91
  • By your decree these continue to this day, *
  • for all things are your servants.
  • 92
  • If my delight had not been in your law, *
  • I should have perished in my affliction.
  • 93
  • I will never forget your commandments, *
  • because by them you give me life.
  • 94
  • I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
  • for I study your commandments.
  • 95
  • Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
  • I will apply my mind to your decrees.
  • 96
  • I see that all things come to an end, *
  • but your commandment has no bounds.
  • 97
  • Oh, how I love your law! *
  • all the day long it is in my mind.
  • 98
  • Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
  • and it is always with me.
  • 99
  • I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
  • for your decrees are my study.
  • 100
  • I am wiser than the elders, *
  • because I observe your commandments.
  • 101
  • I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
  • that I may keep your word.
  • 102
  • I do not shrink from your judgments, *
  • because you yourself have taught me.
  • 103
  • How sweet are your words to my taste! *
  • they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
  • 104
  • Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
  • therefore I hate every lying way.

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory 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 Lessons

The First Lesson from

Daniel 4:1–9 (Listen)

4:1  King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.

  How great are his signs,
    how mighty his wonders!
  His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation. At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods1—and I told him the dream, saying, “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation.

Footnotes

[1] 4:8 Or Spirit of the holy God; also verses 9, 18

(ESV)

Daniel 4:10–18 (Listen)

10 The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. 11 The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

13 “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. 14 He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. 16 Let his mind be changed from a man's, and let a beast's mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him. 17 The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’ 18 This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

(ESV)

Daniel 4:19–35 (Listen)

19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! 20 The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth, 21 whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived—22 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. 23 And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,’ 24 this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25 that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. 26 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws.

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

  for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
    and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35   all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
  and none can stay his hand
    or say to him, “What have you done?”

(ESV)

Daniel 4:36–37 (Listen)

36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

(ESV)

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Lesson the Reader may say

  •  
  • The Word of the Lord
  • People
  • Thanks be to God


Or the Reader may say

Here ends the Reading.


The following Canticles are normally sung or said aftereach of the lessons. The Officiant may also use a Canticle drawn from those on pages 35-43 or an appropriate song of praise.


Magnificat     The Song of Mary

Luke 1:46-55
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 forever.
Glory 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 from

Acts 20:17–38 (Listen)

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.1 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by2 the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,3 which he obtained with his own blood.4 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Footnotes

[1] 20:21 Some manuscripts omit Christ
[2] 20:22 Or bound in
[3] 20:28 Some manuscripts of the Lord
[4] 20:28 Or with the blood of his Own

(ESV)

Nunc dimittis     The Song of Simeon

Luke 2:29-32
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.
Glory 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.

If desired, a sermon on the Evening Lessons may be preached.

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

The People kneel or stand.

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

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,
forever and ever. Amen.

or this

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 forever. Amen.

  • Officiant
  • O Lord, show us your mercy;
  • People
  • And grant us your salvation.
  • Officiant
  • O Lord, save our nations;
  • People
  • And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
  • Officiant
  • Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
  • People
  • And make your chosen people joyful.
  • Officiant
  • O Lord, save your people;
  • People
  • And bless your inheritance.
  • Officiant
  • Give peace in our time, O Lord;
  • People
  • For only in you can we live in safety.
  • 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.

The Collect of the Day

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.


A Collect for Aid against Perils (Tuesday)

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.

Collect for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

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 be in the midst of them: 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.

  •  
  • Let us bless the Lord
  • People
  • Thanks be to God

The Officiant may invite the People to join in one of the Graces.

Officiant

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21