Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, July 2, 2020)
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EVENING PRAYER, RITE II – THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020
If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10,11
Confession of Sin Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Leader and People (together): 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 neighbors 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.
Leader: Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
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.
O Gracious Light Phos hilaron (together) 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.
The Appointed Psalm and Lessons
Psalm 135 Laudate nomen (read responsively) 1 Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the Lord; * give praise, you servants of the Lord. 2 You who stand in the house of the Lord, * in the courts of the house of our God. 3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; * sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely. 4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself * and Israel for his own possession. 5 For I know that the Lord is great, * and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in heaven and on earth, * in the seas and all the deeps. 7 He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; * he sends out lightning with the rain, and brings the winds out of his storehouse. 8 It was he who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, * the firstborn both of man and beast. 9 He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, * against Pharaoh and all his servants. 10 He overthrew many nations * and put mighty kings to death: 11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan, * and all the kingdoms of Canaan. 12 He gave their land to be an inheritance, * an inheritance for Israel his people.
13 O Lord, your Name is everlasting; * your renown, O Lord, endures from age to age. 14 For the Lord gives his people justice * and shows compassion to his servants. 15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, * the work of human hands. 16 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; * eyes have they, but they cannot see. 17 They have ears, but they cannot hear; * neither is there any breath in their mouth. 18 Those who make them are like them, * and so are all who put their trust in them. 19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel; * O house of Aaron, bless the Lord. 20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi; * you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, * who dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
The First Lesson: Numbers 23:11-26
11 Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless them.’ 12He answered, ‘Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?’
13 So Balak said to him, ‘Come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only part of them, and shall not see them all; then curse them for me from there.’ 14So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah. He built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15Balaam said to Balak, ‘Stand here beside your burnt-offerings, while I meet the Lord over there.’ 16The Lord met Balaam, put a word into his mouth, and said, ‘Return to Balak, and this is what you shall say.’ 17When he came to him, he was standing beside his burnt-offerings with the officials of Moab. Balak said to him, ‘What has the Lord said?’ 18Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying: ‘Rise, Balak, and hear; listen to me, O son of Zippor: 19 God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it? 20 See, I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it. 21 He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The Lord their God is with them, acclaimed as a king among them. 22 God, who brings them out of Egypt, is like the horns of a wild ox for them. 23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, “See what God has done!” 24 Look, a people rising up like a lioness, and rousing itself like a lion! It does not lie down until it has eaten the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.’
25 Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all.’ 26But Balaam answered Balak, ‘Did I not tell you, “Whatever the Lord says, that is what I must do”?’
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
The Song of Mary, Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55 (together) My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: * the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him * in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, * he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * for he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, * to Abraham and his children for ever.