Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, April 28, 2021)
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7,8
The Confession of Sin
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.
Silence may be kept.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.
The Invitatory and Psalter
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.
O Gracious Light: Phos hilaron
O gracious light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Today’s Appointed Psalm and Lessons
Psalm 59, 60
1 Rescue me from my enemies, O God; * protect me from those who rise up against me.
2 Rescue me from evildoers * and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
3 See how they lie in wait for my life, how the mighty gather together against me; *
not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.
4 Not because of any guilt of mine * they run and prepare themselves for battle.
5 Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; * for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel's God.
6 Awake, and punish all the ungodly; * show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
7 They go to and fro in the evening; * they snarl like dogs and run about the city.