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Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, December 28, 2023)


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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. 


All: Amen.


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 ever living 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.


PSALM 19 Cœli enarrant

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *

and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2 One day tells its tale to another, *

and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3 Although they have no words or language, *

and their voices are not heard,

4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *

and their message to the ends of the world.

5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *

it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;

it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens

and runs about to the end of it again; *

nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect

and revives the soul; *

the testimony of the Lord is sure

and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8 The statutes of the Lord are just

and rejoice the heart; *

the commandment of the Lord is clear

and gives light to the eyes.


9 The fear of the Lord is clean

and endures for ever; *

the judgments of the Lord are true

and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold,

more than much fine gold, *

sweeter far than honey,

than honey in the comb.

11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *

and in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can tell how often he offends? *

cleanse me from my secret faults.

13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;

let them not get dominion over me; *

then shall I be whole and sound,

and innocent of a great offense.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your

sight, *

O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

126 In convertendo

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *

then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *

and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, *

"The Lord has done great things for them."

4 The Lord has done great things for us, *

and we are glad indeed.

5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *

like the watercourses of the Negev.

6 Those who sowed with tears *

will reap with songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *

will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH 54:1-13

54 Sing, O barren one who did not bear;

burst into song and shout,

you who have not been in labour!

For the children of the desolate woman will be more

than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.

2 Enlarge the site of your tent,

and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;

do not hold back; lengthen your cords

and strengthen your stakes.

3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left,

and your descendants will possess the nations

and will settle the desolate towns.


4 Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;

do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace;

for you will forget the shame of your youth,

and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.

5 For your Maker is your husband,

the LORD of hosts is his name;

the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,

the God of the whole earth he is called.

6 For the LORD has called you

like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,

like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,

says your God.

7 For a brief moment I abandoned you,

but with great compassion I will gather you.

8In overflowing wrath for a moment

I hid my face from you,

but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,

says the LORD, your Redeemer.


9 This is like the days of Noah to me:

Just as I swore that the waters of Noah

would never again go over the earth,

so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you

and will not rebuke you.

10 For the mountains may depart

and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,

and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,

says the LORD, who has compassion on you.


11 O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,

I am about to set your stones in antimony,

and lay your foundations with sapphires.*

12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,

your gates of jewels,

and all your wall of precious stones.

13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD,

and great shall be the prosperity of your children.


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.



A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF MARK 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the

disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said

to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these

that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the

kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms,

laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Leader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.


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.


THE PRAYERS

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

ever. Amen.


SUFFRAGE A

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.


All: Amen.


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.


All: Amen.


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. 


All: Amen.


** 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 Robert Lane, Nancy Larsen, Steven Lemmel, Jonathan Larsen,

Madeleine Marchetti, Brian Orlick, Joan Paravati, Joseph Pignatelli,

Kimberly Phillips, Lynn Phimister, Michael Polito, Kayden Ash Quintana,

Diane Ritching, Robert Ross, Angelina Sacristan, Lindsay Scarangello,

John and Sharon Schrag, Marilyn Shields, Jennifer Sprosty, Christopher

Still, James Sutler, Michael Sutler, Elisse Torchio, Darleene Vesci, Tina

Watson, Rose Wakie-Couchon, 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

ages. Amen.


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. 

All: Amen.


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


All: Amen.  


Have a restful night!

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