A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 12/13/2019

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)010260x

Evening Prayer for Friday after the Second Sunday in Advent

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Opening Sentence

Opening Versicles & Invitatory

℣. O Lord, open thou our lips.
℟. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
℣. O God, make speed to save us.
℟. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

℣. Praise ye the Lord.
℟. The Lord's Name be praised.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed

Hear me O LORD † for thy loving-kindness is comfortable; turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.

PSALM 69. Salvum me fac

  SAVE me, O God:
for the waters are come in, even unto my soul.
2   I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is:
I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
3   I am weary of crying; my throat is dry:
my sight faileth me for waiting so long upon my God.
4   They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head:
they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless, are mighty.
5   I paid them the things that I never took:
God, thou knowest my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.
6   Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my cause:
let not those that seek thee be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel.
7   And why? for thy sake have I suffered reproof:
shame hath covered my face.
8   I am become a stranger unto my brethren:
even an alien unto my mother's children.
9   For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me:
and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee are fallen upon me.
10   I wept, and chastened myself with fasting:
and that was turned to my reproof.
11   I put on sackcloth also:
and they jested upon me.
12   They that sit in the gate speak against me:
and the drunkards make songs upon me.
13   But, LORD, I make my prayer unto thee:
in an acceptable time.
14   Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy:
even in the truth of thy salvation.
15   Take me out of the mire, that I sink not:
O let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
16   Let not the water-flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up:
and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
17   Hear me, O LORD, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable:
turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.
18   And hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble:
O haste thee, and hear me.
19   Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it:
O deliver me, because of mine enemies.
20   Thou hast known my reproof, my shame, and my dishonour:
mine adversaries are all in thy sight.
21   Thy rebuke hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness:
I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither found I any to comfort me.
22   They gave me gall to eat:
and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
23   Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal:
and let the things that should have been for their wealth be unto them an occasion of falling.
24   Let their eyes be blinded, that they see not:
and ever bow thou down their backs.
25   Pour out thine indignation upon them:
and let thy wrathful displeasure take hold of them.
26   Let their habitation be void:
and no man to dwell in their tents.
27   For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten:
and they talk how they may vex them whom thou hast wounded.
28   Let them fall from one wickedness to another:
and not come into thy righteousness.
29   Let them be wiped out of the book of the living:
and not be written among the righteous.
30   As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness:
thy help, O God, shall lift me up.
31   I will praise the Name of God with a song:
and magnify it with thanksgiving.
32   This also shall please the LORD:
better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
33   The humble shall consider this, and be glad:
seek ye after God, and your soul shall live.
34   For the LORD heareth the poor:
and despiseth not his prisoners.
35   Let heaven and earth praise him:
the sea, and all that moveth therein.
36   For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah:
that men may dwell there, and have it in possession.
37   The posterity also of his servants shall inherit it:
and they that love his Name shall dwell therein.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Hear me O LORD † for thy loving-kindness is comfortable; turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.

Haste thee, O God, † to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.

PSALM 70. Deus, in adjutorium

  HASTE thee, O God, to deliver me:
make haste to help me, O LORD.
2   Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul:
let them be turned backward and put to confusion that wish me evil.
3   Let them for their reward be soon brought to shame:
that cry over me, There! there!
4   But let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee:
and let all such as delight in thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised.
5   As for me, I am poor and in misery:
haste thee unto me, O God.
6   Thou art my helper, and my redeemer:
O LORD, make no long tarrying.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Haste thee, O God, † to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.

In the time † of my trouble, I sought the LORD.

PSALM 77. Voce mea ad Dominum

  I WILL cry unto God with my voice:
even unto God will I cry with my voice, and he shall hearken unto me.
2   In the time of my trouble I sought the Lord:
my sore ran, and ceased not in the night season; my soul refused comfort.
3   When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God:
when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
4   Thou holdest mine eyes waking:
I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
5   I have considered the days of old:
and the years that are past.
6   I call to remembrance my song:
and in the night I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirit.
7   Will the Lord absent himself for ever:
and will he be no more intreated?
8   Is his mercy clean gone for ever:
and is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?
9   Hath God forgotten to be gracious:
and will he shut up his loving-kindness in displeasure?
10   And I said, It is mine own infirmity:
but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most Highest.
11   I will remember the works of the LORD:
and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
12   I will think also of all thy works:
and my talking shall be of thy doings.
13   Thy way, O God, is holy:
who is so great a God as our God?
14   Thou art the God that doest wonders:
and hast declared thy power among the people.
15   Thou hast mightily delivered thy people:
even the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
16   The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid:
the depths also were troubled.
17   The clouds poured out water, the air thundered:
and thine arrows went abroad.
18   The voice of thy thunder was heard round about:
the lightnings shone upon the ground; the earth was moved, and shook withal.
19   Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters:
and thy footsteps are not known.
20   Thou leddest thy people like sheep:
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

In the time † of my trouble, I sought the LORD.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 17th Chapter of 1 Kings

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

Here beginneth the 11th verse of the 26th Chapter of Isaiah

LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth. LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Conditor Alme Siderum

Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people's everlasting Light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
And hear thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
Should doom to death an universe,
Hast found the med'cine, full of grace,
To save and heal a ruin'd race.

Thou cam'st, the Bridegroom of the bride.
As drew the world to even-tide :
Proceeding from a Virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all divine.

At whose dread Name, majestick now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow
And things celestial thee shall own,
And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O thou, whose coming is with dread
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From ev'ry insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honour, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally. Amen.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 12th Chapter of Revelation

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 15th Chapter of Revelation

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

MY soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded * the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from he all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, * and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, * as he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Through the tender mercy † of our God, * the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us.

The Apostles' Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints:
The Forgiveness of sins:
The Resurrection of the body:
And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

℣. The Lord be with you.
℟. And with thy spirit.
℣. Let us pray.

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.

℣. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
℟. And grant us thy salvation.
℣. O Lord, save the State.
℟. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
℣. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
℟. And make thy chosen people joyful.
℣. O Lord, save thy people.
℟. And bless thine inheritance.
℣. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
℟. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
℣. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
℟. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The Collect of the Day

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

¶¶ This Collect is to be repeated every day, with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-day.

A Collect for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants the peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in
rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our
Savior. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable 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 beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may he unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

2 Cor. xiii. 14.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

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