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Evening Prayer (Evensong) in Traditional Language

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    Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Wednesday, 16 June 2021
  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.
  Introduction
   
  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]:
     
    (or)
     
    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.
   
All
  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.
  Amen.
   
  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.
All
  Amen.
   
  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.
All
  Amen.
   
All
  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.
    Amen.
  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
All
  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Ghost;
All
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.
     
    Praise ye the Lord.
All
  The Lord's name be praised.
     
  Psalmody  
   

Psalm 82

  
 

  
1
 God standeth in the congregation of princes *
 he is a Judge among gods.
  
 
  
2
 How long will ye give wrong judgement *
 and accept the persons of the ungodly?
  
 
  
3
 Defend the poor and fatherless *
 see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
  
 
  
4
 Deliver the out-cast and poor *
 save them from the hand of the ungodly.
  
 
  
5
 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness *
 all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
  
 
  
6
 I have said, Ye are gods *
 and ye are all the children of the most Highest.
  
 
  
7
 But ye shall die like men *
 and fall like one of the princes.
  
 
  
8
 Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth *
 for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
  
 

Psalm 83

  
 

  
1
 Hold not thy tongue, O God, keep not still silence *
 refrain not thyself, O God.
  
 
  
2
 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring *
 and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
  
 
  
3
 They have imagined craftily against thy people *
 and taken counsel against thy secret ones.
  
 
  
4
 They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people *
 and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
  
 
  
5
 For they have cast their heads together with one consent *
 and are confederate against thee;
  
 
  
6
 The tabernacles of the Edomites, and the Ismaelites *
 the Moabites, and Hagarens;
  
 
  
7
 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek *
 the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre.
  
 
  
8
 Assur also is joined with them *
 and have holpen the children of Lot.
  
 
  
9
 But do thou to them as unto the Madianites *
 unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison;
  
 
  
10
 Who perished at Endor *
 and became as the dung of the earth.
  
 
  
11
 Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb *
 yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana;
  
 
  
12
 Who say, Let us take to ourselves *
 the houses of God in possession.
  
 
  
13
 O my God, make them like unto a wheel *
 and as the stubble before the wind;
  
 
  
14
 Like as the fire that burneth up the wood *
 and as the flame that consumeth the mountains.
  
 
  
15
 Persecute them even so with thy tempest *
 and make them afraid with thy storm.
  
 
  
16
 Make their faces ashamed, O Lord *
 that they may seek thy Name.
  
 
  
17
 Let them be confounded and vexed ever more and more *
 let them be put to shame, and perish.
  
 
  
18
 And they shall know that thou, whose Name is Jehovah *
 art only the most Highest over all the earth.
  
 

Psalm 84

  
 

  
1
 O how amiable are thy dwellings *
 thou Lord of hosts!
  
 
  
2
 My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord *
 my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
  
 
  
3
 Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young *
 even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
  
 
  
4
 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house *
 they will be alway praising thee.
  
 
  
5
 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee *
 in whose heart are thy ways.
  
 
  
6
 Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well *
 and the pools are filled with water.
  
 
  
7
 They will go from strength to strength *
 and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
  
 
  
8
 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer *
 hearken, O God of Jacob.
  
 
  
9
 Behold, O God our defender *
 and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
  
 
  
10
 For one day in thy courts *
 is better than a thousand.
  
 
  
11
 I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God *
 than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
  
 
  
12
 For the Lord God is a light and defence *
 the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
  
 
  
13
 O Lord God of hosts *
 blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
  
 

Psalm 85

  
 

  
1
 Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land *
 thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
  
 
  
2
 Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people *
 and covered all their sins.
  
 
  
3
 Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure *
 and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
  
 
  
4
 Turn us then, O God our Saviour *
 and let thine anger cease from us.
  
 
  
5
 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever *
 and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
  
 
  
6
 Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us *
 that thy people may rejoice in thee?
  
 
  
7
 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord *
 and grant us thy salvation.
  
 
  
8
 I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me *
 for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.
  
 
  
9
 For his salvation is nigh them that fear him *
 that glory may dwell in our land.
  
 
  
10
 Mercy and truth are met together *
 righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
  
 
  
11
 Truth shall flourish out of the earth *
 and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
  
 
  
12
 Yea, the Lord shall shew loving-kindness *
 and our land shall give her increase.
  
 
  
13
 Righteousness shall go before him *
 and he shall direct his going in the way.
  
 
     
    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: Judges 5

 

Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.
Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord.
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.
They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.
Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.
Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.
Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.
And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.
Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.
They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.
Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,
Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?
So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

       
  Magnificat  
     
    Either the Magnificat (as follows) or Cantate Domino (Psalm 98) is said or sung.
     
1
  My soul doth magnify the Lord :
    and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
     
2
  For he hath regarded :
    the lowliness of his handmaiden.
     
3
  For behold, from henceforth :
    all generations shall call me blessed.
     
4
  For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
    and holy is his Name.
     
5
  And his mercy is on them that fear him :
    throughout all generations.
     
6
  He hath shewed strength with his arm :
    he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
     
7
  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
    and hath exalted the humble and meek.
     
8
  He hath filled the hungry with good things :
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
     
9
  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: Luke 13.22-end

And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

     
  Nunc dimittis  
     
    Either the Nunc dimittis (as follows) or Deus misereatur (Psalm 67) is said or sung.
     
1
  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
    according to thy word.
     
2
  For mine eyes have seen :
    thy salvation;
     
3
  Which thou hast prepared :
    before the face of all people;
     
4
  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  
     
All
  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.
    Amen.
     
  Prayers  
     
    The Lord be with you.
All
  And with thy spirit.
     
    Let us pray.
     
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
All
  Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
     
All
  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.
All
  And grant us thy salvation.
     
    O Lord, save the Queen.
All
  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
     
    Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
All
  And make thy chosen people joyful.
     
    O Lord, save thy people.
All
  And bless thine inheritance.
     
    Give peace in our time, O Lord.
All
  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
    but only thou, O God.
     
    O God, make clean our hearts within us.
All
  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
     
    Three Collects are said.
     
  The Collect of the Day  
     
    O Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All
  Amen.
     
     
  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.
All
  Amen.
     
  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.
All
  Amen.
     
    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.
All
  Amen.