• St. John's

Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, October 29, 2020)

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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


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. 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.


Today’s Appointed Psalm and Lessons

Psalm 59 Eripe me de inimicis (responsively) 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. 8 Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips; * "For who," they say, "will hear us?" 9 But you, O Lord, you laugh at them; * you laugh all the ungodly to scorn. 10 My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; * for you, O God, are my stronghold. 11 My merciful God comes to meet me; * God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. 12 Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; * send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield. 13 For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, for the cursing and lies that they utter, * let them be caught in their pride. 14 Make an end of them in your wrath; *make an end of them, and they shall be no more. 15 Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, * and to the ends of the earth 16 They go to and fro in the evening; * they snarl like dogs and run about the city.

17 They forage for food, * and if they are not filled, they howl. 18 For my part, I will sing of your strength; * I will celebrate your love in the morning; 19 For you have become my stronghold, * a refuge in the day of my trouble. 20 To you, O my Strength, will I sing; * for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.

The First Lesson: A Reading from the book of Sirach 31:12-18, 31:25-32; 2 (Nakieta)

12 Are you seated at the table of the great?* Do not be greedy at it, and do not say, ‘How much food there is here!’ 13 Remember that a greedy eye is a bad thing. What has been created more greedy than the eye? Therefore it sheds tears for any reason. 14 Do not reach out your hand for everything you see, and do not crowd your neighbour* at the dish. 15 Judge your neighbour’s feelings by your own, and in every matter be thoughtful. 16 Eat what is set before you like a well-bred person,* and do not chew greedily, or you will give offence. 17 Be the first to stop, as befits good manners, and do not be insatiable, or you will give offence. 18 If you are seated among many others, do not help yourself* before they do.

25 Do not try to prove your strength by wine-drinking, for wine has destroyed many. 26 As the furnace tests the work of the smith,* so wine tests hearts when the insolent quarrel. 27 Wine is very life to human beings if taken in moderation. What is life to one who is without wine? It has been created to make people happy. 28 Wine drunk at the proper time and in moderation is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul. 29 Wine drunk to excess leads to bitterness of spirit, to quarrels and stumbling. 30 Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his own hurt, reducing his strength and adding wounds.31 Do not reprove your neighbour at a banquet of wine, and do not despise him in his merrymaking; speak no word of reproach to him, and do not distress him by making demands of him.

32If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself; be among them as one of their number. Take care of them first and then sit down; 2 when you have fulfilled all your duties, take your place, so that you may be merry along with them and receive a garland for your excellent leadership.