Evening Prayer on Tuesday
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

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 Mercy and Truth

1O God, will you not give us life again,
that your people may rejoice in you?

2Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

3Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.

4Mercy and truth are met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other;

5Truth shall spring up from the earth
and righteousness look down from heaven.

6Righteousness shall go before him
and direct his steps in the way.

Psalm 85.6, 7, 9-11, 13

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 107*

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, 
for his steadfast love endures for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, 
those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3 And gathered out of the lands
from the east and from the west, 
from the north and from the south.

4 Some went astray in desert wastes 
and found no path to a city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, 
their soul was fainting within them.

6 So they cried to the Lord in their trouble 
and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He set their feet on the right way 
till they came to a city to dwell in.

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
and the wonders he does for his children.

9 For he satisfies the longing soul 
and fills the hungry soul with good.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, 
bound fast in misery and iron,

11 For they had rebelled against the words of God 
and despised the counsel of the Most High.

12 So he bowed down their heart with heaviness; 
they stumbled and there was none to help them.

13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
and he delivered them from their distress.

14 He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death, 
and broke their bonds asunder.

15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
and the wonders he does for his children.

16 For he has broken the doors of bronze 
and breaks the bars of iron in pieces.

17 Some were foolish and took a rebellious way, 
and were plagued because of their wrongdoing.

18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food 
and drew near to the gates of death.

19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
and he delivered them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word and healed them, 
and saved them from destruction.

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
and the wonders he does for his children.

22 Let them offer him sacrifices of thanksgiving 
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships 
and ply their trade in great waters,

24 These have seen the works of the Lord 
and his wonders in the deep.

25 For at his word the stormy wind arose 
and lifted up the waves of the sea.

26 They were carried up to the heavens
and down again to the deep; 
their soul melted away in their peril.

27 They reeled and staggered like a drunkard 
and were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
and he brought them out of their distress.

29 He made the storm be still 
and the waves of the sea were calmed.

30 Then were they glad because they were at rest, 
and he brought them to the haven they desired.

31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
and the wonders he does for his children.

32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people 
and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 The Lord turns rivers into wilderness 
and water springs into thirsty ground;

34 A fruitful land he makes a salty waste, 
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.

35 He makes the wilderness a pool of water 
and water springs out of a thirsty land.

36 There he settles the hungry 
and they build a city to dwell in.

37 They sow fields and plant vineyards 
and bring in a fruitful harvest.

38 He blesses them, so that they multiply greatly; 
he does not let their herds of cattle decrease.

39 He pours contempt on princes 
and makes them wander in trackless wastes.

40 They are diminished and brought low, 
through stress of misfortune and sorrow,

41 But he raises the poor from their misery 
and multiplies their families like flocks of sheep.

42 The upright will see this and rejoice, 
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things 
and consider the loving-kindness of the Lord.

O living Christ,
rescue us from foolish passion
and still the storms of our self-will;
and, as you are our anchor in this life,
so bring us to the haven you have prepared for us;
for your mercy’s sake.

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.

1 Maccabees 6.18-47

Meanwhile the garrison in the citadel kept hemming Israel in around the sanctuary. They were trying in every way to harm them and strengthen the Gentiles. Judas therefore resolved to destroy them, and assembled all the people to besiege them. They gathered together and besieged the citadel in the one hundred and fiftieth year; and he built siege-towers and other engines of war. But some of the garrison escaped from the siege and some of the ungodly Israelites joined them. They went to the king and said, ‘How long will you fail to do justice and to avenge our kindred? We were happy to serve your father, to live by what he said, and to follow his commands. For this reason the sons of our people besieged the citadel and became hostile to us; moreover, they have put to death as many of us as they have caught, and they have seized our inheritances. It is not against us alone that they have stretched out their hands; they have also attacked all the lands on their borders. And see, today they have encamped against the citadel in Jerusalem to take it; they have fortified both the sanctuary and Beth-zur; unless you quickly prevent them, they will do still greater things, and you will not be able to stop them.’

The king was enraged when he heard this. He assembled all his Friends, the commanders of his forces and those in authority. Mercenary forces also came to him from other kingdoms and from islands of the seas. The number of his forces was one hundred thousand foot-soldiers, twenty thousand horsemen, and thirty-two elephants accustomed to war. They came through Idumea and encamped against Beth-zur, and for many days they fought and built engines of war; but the Jews sallied out and burned these with fire, and fought courageously.

Then Judas marched away from the citadel and encamped at Beth-zechariah, opposite the camp of the king. Early in the morning the king set out and took his army by a forced march along the road to Beth-zechariah, and his troops made ready for battle and sounded their trumpets. They offered the elephants the juice of grapes and mulberries, to arouse them for battle. They distributed the animals among the phalanxes; with each elephant they stationed a thousand men armed with coats of mail, and with brass helmets on their heads; and five hundred picked horsemen were assigned to each beast. These took their position beforehand wherever the animal was; wherever it went, they went with it, and they never left it. On the elephants were wooden towers, strong and covered; they were fastened on each animal by special harness, and on each were four armed men who fought from there, and also its Indian driver. The rest of the cavalry were stationed on either side, on the two flanks of the army, to harass the enemy while being themselves protected by the phalanxes. When the sun shone on the shields of gold and brass, the hills were ablaze with them and gleamed like flaming torches.

Now a part of the king’s army was spread out on the high hills, and some troops were on the plain, and they advanced steadily and in good order. All who heard the noise made by their multitude, by the marching of the multitude and the clanking of their arms, trembled, for the army was very large and strong. But Judas and his army advanced to the battle, and six hundred of the king’s army fell. Now Eleazar, called Avaran, saw that one of the animals was equipped with royal armour. It was taller than all the others, and he supposed that the king was on it. So he gave his life to save his people and to win for himself an everlasting name. He courageously ran into the midst of the phalanx to reach it; he killed men right and left, and they parted before him on both sides. He got under the elephant, stabbed it from beneath, and killed it; but it fell to the ground upon him and he died. When the Jews saw the royal might and the fierce attack of the forces, they turned away in flight.

or 2 Chronicles 28

Canticle

A Song of the Holy City, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 72 (page 630), may be said

Refrain:

AllI saw the holy city
coming down out of heaven from God. Alleluia.

1I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away
and the sea was no more.

2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3And I heard a great voice from the throne saying,
‘Behold, the dwelling of God is among mortals.

4‘He will dwell with them and they shall be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them.

5‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more.

6‘Neither shall there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain any more,
for the former things have passed away.’

7And the One who sat upon the throne said,
‘Behold, I make all things new.’

Revelation 21.1-5a

AllTo the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

AllI saw the holy city
coming down out of heaven from God. 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 13.12-20

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture, “The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’

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

Open my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.
AllOpen my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.
Lead me in the path of your commandments
Allthat I may see the wonders of your law.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllOpen my eyes, O Lord
that I may see the wonders of your law.

from Psalm 119

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or Great and Wonderful (page 629) may be said

Refrain:

AllYou have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.

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:

AllYou have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.

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

All who are sick in body, mind or spirit
Those in the midst of famine or disaster
Victims of abuse and violence, intolerance and prejudice
Those who are bereaved
All who work in the medical and healing professions

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

O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through 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.