Evening Prayer (Evensong) in Contemporary Language

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Evening Prayer on Monday
Monday, 15 October 2018
Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582 [Lesser Festival]

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.
AllO Lord, make haste to help us.

One or more of the following is said or sung:
a prayer of thanksgiving (page 110),
a suitable hymn,
or A Song of God’s Greatness

1Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!

2You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.

3The sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness that it may be night.

4O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

5When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

6May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;

7I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.


Psalm 104.1, 2, 21b ,22a, 26, 32, 33, 35

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,
so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts
and set us free to sing your praise
now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 127

Refrain: The Lord shall keep watch over your going out
and your coming in.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, 
those who build it labour in vain.

2 Unless the Lord keeps the city, 
the guard keeps watch in vain.

3 It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early
and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil, 
for he gives his beloved sleep. R

4 Children are a heritage from the Lord 
and the fruit of the womb is his gift.

5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, 
so are the children of one’s youth.

6 Happy are those who have their quiver full of them: 
they shall not be put to shame
when they dispute with their enemies in the gate.

Refrain: The Lord shall keep watch over your going out
and your coming in.

Lord, you are ever watchful
and bless us with your gifts;
as you provide for all our needs,
so help us to build only what pleases you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 128

Refrain: How abundant is your goodness, O Lord.

1 Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, 
and walk in his ways.

2 You shall eat the fruit of the toil of your hands; 
it shall go well with you, and happy shall you be. R

3 Your wife within your house
shall be like a fruitful vine; 
your children round your table,
like fresh olive branches.

4 Thus shall the one be blest 
who fears the Lord. R

5 The Lord from out of Zion bless you, 
that you may see Jerusalem in prosperity
all the days of your life.

6 May you see your children’s children, 
and may there be peace upon Israel.

Refrain: How abundant is your goodness, O Lord.

O Christ, our true vine,
may we your branches
be ever fruitful in your service
and share your love and peace with all your children,
in the power of the Spirit and to the glory of the Father.

Psalm 129

Refrain: The Lord ransoms the life of his servants.

1 ‘Many a time have they fought against me from my youth,’ 
may Israel now say;

2 ‘Many a time have they fought against me from my youth, 
but they have not prevailed against me.’

3 The ploughers ploughed upon my back 
and made their furrows long.

4 But the righteous Lord 
has cut the cords of the wicked in pieces. R

5 Let them be put to shame and turned backwards, 
as many as are enemies of Zion.

6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, 
which withers before it can grow,

7 So that no reaper may fill his hand, 
nor a binder of sheaves his bosom;

8 And none who go by may say,
‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you. 
We bless you in the name of the Lord.’

Refrain: The Lord ransoms the life of his servants.

Jesus our redeemer,
you bore the cut of the lash
for us and our salvation;
help us to bear our sufferings
and to share in the affliction
of all who suffer for your holy name.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Ecclesiasticus 31.1-11

Wakefulness over wealth wastes away one’s flesh,
   and anxiety about it drives away sleep.
Wakeful anxiety prevents slumber,
   and a severe illness carries off sleep.
The rich person toils to amass a fortune,
   and when he rests he fills himself with his dainties.
The poor person toils to make a meagre living,
   and if ever he rests he becomes needy.


One who loves gold will not be justified;
   one who pursues money will be led astray by it.
Many have come to ruin because of gold,
   and their destruction has met them face to face.
It is a stumbling-block to those who are avid for it,
   and every fool will be taken captive by it.
Blessed is the rich person who is found blameless,
   and who does not go after gold.
Who is he, that we may praise him?
   For he has done wonders among his people.
Who has been tested by it and been found perfect?
   Let it be for him a ground for boasting.
Who has had the power to transgress and did not transgress,
   and to do evil and did not do it?
His prosperity will be established,
   and the assembly will proclaim his acts of charity.

or Ezekiel 37.1-14

Canticle

A Song of God’s Grace, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 58 (page 615), may be said

Refrain:

AllThe glorious grace of God
is freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Alleluia.

1Blessed are you,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for you have blest us in Christ Jesus
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

2You chose us to be yours in Christ
before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before you.

3In love you destined us for adoption as your children,
through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of your will,

4To the praise of your glorious grace,
which you freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

5In you, we have redemption
through the blood of Christ,
the forgiveness of our sins,

6According to the riches of your grace,
which you have lavished upon us.

7You have made known to us, in all wisdom and insight,
the mystery of your will,

8According to your purpose
which you set forth in Christ,
as a plan for the fullness of time,

9To unite all things in Christ,
things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 1.3-10

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

AllThe glorious grace of God
is freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

John 15.1-11

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
and be not wise in your own sight.
AllTrust in the Lord with all your heart;
and be not wise in your own sight.
In all your ways acknowledge him
and he will make straight your paths.
AllTrust in the Lord with all your heart.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
AllTrust in the Lord with all your heart;
and be not wise in your own sight.

from Proverbs 3

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or A Song of the Blessed (page 606) may be said

Refrain:

All Those who keep and teach the commandments
will be considered great in heaven. Alleluia.

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.

3He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

4He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.

6He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.

7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,

8The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Refrain:

All Those who keep and teach the commandments
will be considered great in heaven. Alleluia.

Prayers

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.

Intercessions are offered
for peace
for individuals and their needs

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 362–363

The media and the arts
Farming and fishing
Commerce and industry
Those whose work is unfulfilling, stressful or fraught with danger
All who are unemployed

One of the forms of prayer found on pages 362–371 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Merciful God,
who by your Spirit raised up your servant Teresa of Avila
to reveal to your Church the way of perfection:
grant that her teaching
may awaken in us a longing for holiness,
until we attain to the perfect union of love
in Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

(or)

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur 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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion

All 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.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
AllThanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.