Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, October 8, 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 neighbor.
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 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.
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 134 Ecce nunc (responsively) 1 Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, * you that stand by night in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord; * the Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.
Psalm 135 Laudate nomen (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: A Reading from the book of Micah 3:1-8 (Elyne)
3And I said: Listen, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Should you not know justice?— 2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin off my people,* and the flesh off their bones; 3 who eat the flesh of my people, flay their skin off them, break their bones in pieces, and chop them up like meat* in a kettle, like flesh in a cauldron.
4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have acted wickedly. 5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths. 6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without revelation. The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; 7 the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God. 8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
The Song of Simeon Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32 (together) Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel. 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 Second Lesson: A Reading from the Book of Acts 24:1-23 (Esabel)
24Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, and they reported their case against Paul to the governor. 2When Paul* had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: ‘Your Excellency,* because of you we have long enjoyed peace, and reforms have been made for this people because of your foresight. 3We welcome this in every way and everywhere with utmost gratitude. 4But, to detain you no further, I beg you to hear us briefly with your customary graciousness. 5We have, in fact, found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.* 6He even tried to profane the temple, and so we seized him.*