Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, July 30, 2020)
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Leader: Thine is the day, O God, thine also the night; thou hast established the moon and the sun. Thou hast fixed all the boundaries of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter. Psalm 74:15,16
Confession of Sin Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
Silence may be kept.
Leader and People (together):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. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus 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.
Leader: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. 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
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 thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thou art 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 74, Ut quid, Deus? (read responsively) 1 O God, why have you utterly cast us off? *why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture? 2 Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago, *the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance, and Mount Zion where you dwell. 3 Turn your steps toward the endless ruins; *the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary. 4 Your adversaries roared in your holy place; *they set up their banners as tokens of victory. 5 They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees; *they broke down all your carved work with hatchets and hammers. 6 They set fire to your holy place; *they defiled the dwelling-place of your Name and razed it to the ground. 7 They said to themselves, "Let us destroy them altogether." *They burned down all the meeting-places of God in the land.
8 There are no signs for us to see; there is no prophet left; *there is not one among us who knows how long. 9 How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? * will the enemy blaspheme your Name for ever? 10 Why do you draw back your hand? * why is your right hand hidden in your bosom?
11 Yet God is my King from ancient times, * victorious in the midst of the earth. 12 You divided the sea by your might * and shattered the heads of the dragons upon the waters; 13 You crushed the heads of Leviathan * and gave him to the people of the desert for food. 14 You split open spring and torrent; * you dried up ever-flowing rivers. 15 Yours is the day, yours also the night; * you established the moon and the sun. 16 You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; * you made both summer and winter. 17 Remember, O Lord, how the enemy scoffed, * how a foolish people despised your Name. 18 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; * never forget the lives of your poor. 19 Look upon your covenant; * the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence. 20 Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed; * let the poor and needy praise your Name. 21 Arise, O God, maintain your cause; * remember how fools revile you all day long.
22 Forget not the clamor of your adversaries, * the unending tumult of those who rise up against you.
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.
The First Lesson: A Reading from Judges 4:4-23 (Agnes)
4 At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. 5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement. 6She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, “Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. 7I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.” ’ 8Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ 9And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.