A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 5/17/2024

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)070260x

Evening Prayer for Friday after the First Sunday of Easter

Friday after the First Sunday of Easter

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Opening Sentence

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col. iii. 1.

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

Mercy and truth † shall go before thy face.

PSALM 89. Misericordias Domini

  MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD:
with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
2   For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever:
thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
3   I have made a covenant with my chosen:
I have sworn unto David my servant:
4   Thy seed will I stablish for ever:
and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
5   O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works:
and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
6   For who is he among the clouds:
that shall be compared unto the LORD?
7   And what is he among the gods:
that shall be like unto the LORD?
8   God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints:
and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
9   O LORD God of hosts, who is like unto thee:
thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
10   Thou rulest the raging of the sea:
thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
11   Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it:
thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
12   The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:
thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
13   Thou hast made the north and the south:
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
14   Thou hast a mighty arm:
strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
15   Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat:
mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
16   Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee:
they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
17   Their delight shall be daily in thy Name:
and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
18   For thou art the glory of their strength:
and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
19   For the LORD is our defence:
the Holy One of, Israel is our King.
20   Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst:
I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
21   I have found David my servant:
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
22   My hand shall hold him fast:
and my arm shall strengthen him.
23   The enemy shall not be able to do him violence:
the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
24   I will smite down his foes before his face:
and plague them that hate him.
25   My truth also and my mercy shall be with him:
and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
26   I will set his dominion also in the sea:
and his right hand in the floods.
27   He shall call me, Thou art my Father:
my God, and my strong salvation.
28   And I will make him my firstborn:
higher than the kings of the earth.
29   My mercy will I keep for him for evermore:
and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
30   His seed also will I make to endure for ever:
and his throne as the days of heaven.
31   But if his children forsake my law:
and walk not in my judgments;
32   If they break my statutes, and keep not my I commandments:
I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
33   Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him:
nor suffer my truth to fail.
34   My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips:
I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
35   His seed shall endure for ever:
and his seat is like as the sun before me.
36   He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon:
and as the faithful witness in heaven.
37   But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed:
and art displeased at him.
38   Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant:
and cast his crown to the ground.
39   Thou hast overthrown all his hedges:
and broken down his strongholds.
40   All they that go by spoil him:
and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
41   Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies:
and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
42   Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword:
and givest him not victory in the battle.
43   Thou hast put out his glory:
and cast his throne down to the ground.
44   The days of his youth hast thou shortened:
and covered him with dishonour.
45   LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever:
and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
46   O remember how short my time is:
wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
47   What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death:
and shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
48   Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses:
which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
49   Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have:
and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
50   Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed:
Praised be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

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.

Mercy and truth † shall go before thy face.

Deliver me † from all mine offences and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.

PSALM 39. Dixi, Custodiam

  I SAID, I will take heed to my ways:
that I offend not in my tongue.
2   I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle:
while the ungodly is in my sight.
3   I held my tongue, and spake nothing:
I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
4   My heart was hot within me; and while I was thus musing the fire kindled:
and at the last I spake with my tongue:
5   LORD, let me know mine end, and the number of my days:
that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6   Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long:
and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7   For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain:
he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8   And now, Lord, what is my hope:
truly my hope is even in thee.
9   Deliver me from all mine offences:
and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
10   I became dumb, and opened not my mouth:
for it was thy doing.
11   Take thy plague away from me:
I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
12   When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment:
every man therefore is but vanity.
13   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and with thine ears consider my calling:
hold not thy peace at my tears;
14   For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner:
as all my fathers were.
15   O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength:
before I go hence, and be no more seen.

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.

Deliver me † from all mine offences and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 14th verse of the 45th Chapter of Isaiah

Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Here beginneth the 10th verse of the 42nd Chapter of Isaiah

Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands. The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Quem Terra Pontus

The God Whom earth, and sea, and sky,
Adore, and laud, and magnify,
Who o'er their threefold fabric reigns,
The virgin's spotless womb contains.

The God Whose will by moon and sun
And all things in due course is done,
Is borne upon a maiden's breast,
By fullest heavenly grace possest.

How blest the mother, in whose shrine
The great Artificer Divine,
Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
Vouchsafed, as in His ark, to lie!

Blest, in the message Gabriel brought;
Blest, by the work the Spirit wrought:
From whom the Great Desire of earth
Took human flesh and human birth.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, virgin-born, to Thee!
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Here beginneth the 21st verse of the 6th Chapter of John

Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Here beginneth the 18th verse of the 2nd Chapter of 1 Peter

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

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 henceforth 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.

℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison
℟. Christ, have mercy upon us. or  ℟. Christe eleison
℣. Lord, have mercy upon us.℣. Kyrie eleison

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

ALMIGHTY Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of First Sunday of Easter

ALMIGHTY Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Cross

He that was crucified † is risen from the dead; and hath redeemed us, alleluia, alleluia.

℣. Tell it out among the nations, alleluia.

℟. That the Lord reigneth from the Tree, alleluia.

O GOD, who didst will that thy Son should for us undergo the burden of the Cross, that he might deliver us from the power of the enemy: grant unto us servants that we may attain unto the joy of his resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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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