Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, September 28, 2023)
Leader: 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
Leader: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Silence may be kept.
All: 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 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
Leader: O God, make speed to save us.
All: 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 forever. Amen. Alleluia.
Please recite together.
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
behld 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.
PSALM 85 Benedixisti, Domine
1 You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
3 You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
4 Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.
5 Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
6 Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your mercy, O Lord, *
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
86 Inclina, Domine
1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
nor anything like your works.
9 All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *
and glorify your Name.
10 For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
13 For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14 The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
15 But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
THE FIRST LESSON: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF 2 Kings 9:1-16
9 Then the prophet Elisha called a member of the company of prophets * and said to
him, ‘Gird up your loins; take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-
gilead. 2 When you arrive, look there for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi; go in
and get him to leave his companions, and take him into an inner chamber. 3 Then take
the flask of oil, pour it on his head, and say, “Thus says the LORD: I anoint you king over
Israel.” Then open the door and flee; do not linger.’
4 So the young man, the young prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 He arrived while the
commanders of the army were in council, and he announced, ‘I have a message for
you, commander.’ ‘For which one of us?’ asked Jehu. ‘For you, commander.’ 6 So
Jehu * got up and went inside; the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him,
‘Thus says the LORD the God of Israel: I anoint you king over the people of the LORD,
over Israel. 7 You shall strike down the house of your master Ahab, so that I may avenge
on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of
the LORD. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; I will cut off from Ahab every male,
bond or free, in Israel. 9 I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of
Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah. 10 The dogs shall eat Jezebel in the
territory of Jezreel, and no one shall bury her.’ Then he opened the door and fled.
11 When Jehu came back to his master’s officers, they said to him, ‘Is everything all
right? Why did that madman come to you?’ He answered them, ‘You know the sort and
how they babble.’ 12 They said, ‘Liar! Come on, tell us!’ So he said, ‘This is just what he
said to me: “Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.” ’ 13 Then hurriedly they all
took their cloaks and spread them for him on the bare * steps; and they blew the trumpet,
and proclaimed, ‘Jehu is king.’
14 Thus Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. Joram with
all Israel had been on guard at Ramoth-gilead against King Hazael of Aram; 15 but King
Joram had returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Arameans had
inflicted on him, when he fought against King Hazael of Aram. So Jehu said, ‘If this is
your wish, then let no one slip out of the city to go and tell the news in Jezreel.’ 16 Then
Jehu mounted his chariot and went to Jezreel, where Joram was lying ill. King Ahaziah
of Judah had come down to visit Joram.
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Please recite together
THE SONG OF SIMEON: NUNC DIMITTIS
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 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20
12 ‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for
me’, but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the
stomach for food’, * and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not
for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and
will also raise us by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of
Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a
prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one
body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ 17 But anyone united to the
Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is
outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19 Or do you not know
that your body is a temple * of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and
that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in
A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-18
6 ‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then
you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do
in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell
you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand
know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your
Father who sees in secret will reward you. *
5 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray
in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I
tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room
and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in
secret will reward you. *
16 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure
their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received
their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your
fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father
who sees in secret will reward you. *
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
** REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS **
Please recite together.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Leader: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and
V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in you can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let your way be known upon earth;
R. Your saving health among all nations.
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R. And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION:
Leader: O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those
who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the
day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night.
Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again
for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
A PRAYER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE:
Leader: Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to
contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may
reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice
in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
A PRAYER FOR THE HUMAN FAMILY:
All: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus
your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away
the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls
that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our
struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around
your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord
Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the
afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake.
** Friends, who can we pray for tonight?
Let us offer up our intercessions & thanksgivings **
Prayers for the repose of the souls of all who have died from Covid-19. We pray
for their grieving families, and for all those who may be suffering in mind, body
and spirit Nancy Larsen, Jonathan Larsen, Madeleine Marchetti, Brian
Orlick, Joan Paravati, Joseph Pignatelli, Kimberly Phillips, Lynn Phimister,
Michael Polito, Diane Ritching, Robert Ross, Angelina Sacristan, Lindsay
Scarangello, Marilyn Shields, Jennifer Sprosty, Christopher Still, James
Sutler, Elisse Torchio and Darleene Vesci, and all those on our prayer list.
Prayers for all those who may feel alone, hopeless or in despair
Prayers for all school students, teachers, principals, school staff and parents
during these challenging times.
Prayers for all who are without a job, source of income or food insecurity
Prayers for our St. John’s and Canterbury House family
THE GENERAL THANKSGIVING:
All: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give
you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and
to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable
love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the
means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such
an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may
show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving
up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness
and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to
whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all
A PRAYER OF ST. CHRYSOSTOM:
Leader: Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make
our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-
beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you
will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as
may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in
the age to come life everlasting.
Leader: Let us bless the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Leader: Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can
ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and
in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Ephesians 3:20, 21
Have a restful night!