Evening Prayer from
    The Book of Common Prayer
    Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr, 4th century
  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.
  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]:
    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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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
  and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    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.
    Praise ye the Lord.
  The Lord's name be praised.

Psalm 119.73-104


 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me :
  O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me :
  because I have put my trust in thy word.
 I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right :
  and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
 O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort :
  according to thy word unto thy servant.
 O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live :
  for thy law is my delight.
 Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me :
  but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
 Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies :
  be turned unto me.
 O let my heart be sound in thy statutes :
  that I be not ashamed.
 My soul hath longed for thy salvation :
  and I have a good hope because of thy word.
 Mine eyes long sore for thy word :
  saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke :
  yet do I not forget thy statutes.
 How many are the days of thy servant :
  when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
 The proud have digged pits for me :
  which are not after thy law.
 All thy commandments are true :
  they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
 They had almost made an end of me upon earth :
  but I forsook not thy commandments.
 O quicken me after thy loving-kindness :
  and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
 O Lord, thy word :
  endureth for ever in heaven.
 Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another :
  thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
 They continue this day according to thine ordinance :
  for all things serve thee.
 If my delight had not been in thy law :
  I should have perished in my trouble.
 I will never forget thy commandments :
  for with them thou hast quickened me.
 I am thine, O save me :
  for I have sought thy commandments.
 The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me :
  but I will consider thy testimonies.
 I see that all things come to an end :
  but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
 Lord, what love have I unto thy law :
  all the day long is my study in it.
 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies :
  for they are ever with me.
 I have more understanding than my teachers :
  for thy testimonies are my study.
 I am wiser than the aged :
  because I keep thy commandments.
 I have refrained my feet from every evil way :
  that I may keep thy word.
 I have not shrunk from thy judgements :
  for thou teachest me.
 O how sweet are thy words unto my throat :
  yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth.
 Through thy commandments I get understanding :
  therefore I hate all evil ways.

    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: Isaiah 40.27-41.7

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

    Either the Magnificat (as follows) or Cantate Domino (Psalm 98) is said or sung.
  My soul doth magnify the Lord :
    and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  For he hath regarded :
    the lowliness of his handmaiden.
  For behold, from henceforth :
    all generations shall call me blessed.
  For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
    and holy is his Name.
  And his mercy is on them that fear him :
    throughout all generations.
  He hath shewed strength with his arm :
    he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
    and hath exalted the humble and meek.
  He hath filled the hungry with good things :
    and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  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 16.1-11


And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

  Nunc dimittis  
    Either the Nunc dimittis (as follows) or Deus misereatur (Psalm 67) is said or sung.
  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
    according to thy word.
  For mine eyes have seen :
    thy salvation;
  Which thou hast prepared :
    before the face of all people;
  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  
  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.
    The Lord be with you.
  And with thy spirit.
    Let us pray.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  Christ, have mercy upon us.
    Lord, have mercy upon us.
  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.
  And grant us thy salvation.
    O Lord, save the Queen.
  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
    Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
  And make thy chosen people joyful.
    O Lord, save thy people.
  And bless thine inheritance.
    Give peace in our time, O Lord.
  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,
    but only thou, O God.
    O God, make clean our hearts within us.
  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
    Three Collects are said.
  The Collect of the Day  
    Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  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.
  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.
    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.