Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Saturday, 16 November 2019
  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.
   
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  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.
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  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.
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  Amen.
   
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  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
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  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
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  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Ghost;
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  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end. Amen.
     
    Praise ye the Lord.
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  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: Daniel 7.15-end

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

       
  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: Revelation 9.13-end

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

     
  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  
     
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
     
    Three Collects are said.
     
  The Collect of the Day  
     
    Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy 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.