A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 9/27/2021

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T1320x

Evening Prayer for Wenceslaus, Duke and Martyr, 935

Monday after the 13th Sunday after Trinity

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Opening Sentence

LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Psalm xxvi. 8.

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

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

PSALM 126. In convertendo

  WHEN the LORD turned again the captivity of Sion:
then were we like unto them that dream.
2   Then was our mouth filled with laughter:
and our tongue with joy.
3   Then said they among the heathen:
The LORD hath done great things for them.
4   Yea, the LORD hath done great things for us already:
whereof we rejoice.
5   Turn our captivity, O LORD:
as the rivers in the south.
6   They that sow in tears:
shall reap in joy.
7   He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed:
shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

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.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

PSALM 127. Nisi Dominus

  EXCEPT the LORD build the house:
their labour is but lost that build it.
2   Except the LORD keep the city:
the watchman waketh but in vain.
3   It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
4   Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb:
are an heritage and gift that cometh of the LORD.
5   Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant:
even so are the young children.
6   Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

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.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

If any man serve me, † let him follow me; * and where I am, there shall also my servant be.

PSALM 128. Beati omnes

  BLESSED are all they that fear the LORD:
and walk in his ways.
2   For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands:
O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
3   Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine:
upon the walls of thine house.
4   Thy children like the olive-branches:
round about thy table.
5   Lo, thus shall the man be blessed:
that feareth the LORD.
6   The LORD from out of Sion shall so bless thee:
that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
7   Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children:
and peace upon Israel.

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.

If any man serve me, † let him follow me; * and where I am, there shall also my servant be.

If any man serve me, † him will my father honour, * saith the Lord.

PSALM 129. Sæpe expugnaverunt

  MANY a time have they fought against me from my youth up:
may Israel now say;
2   Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up:
but they have not prevailed against me.
3   The plowers plowed upon my back:
and made long furrows.
4   But the righteous LORD:
hath hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.
5   Let them be confounded and turned backward:
as many as have evil will at Sion.
6   Let them be even as the grass growing upon the housetops:
which withereth afore it be plucked up;
7   Whereof the mower filleth not his hand:
neither he that bindeth up the sheaves his bosom.
8   So that they who go by say not so much as, The LORD prosper you:
we wish you good luck in the Name of the LORD.

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.

If any man serve me, † him will my father honour, * saith the Lord.

Father, † I will that he also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, * that he may behold my glory.

PSALM 130. De profundis

  OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD:
Lord, hear my voice.
2   O let thine ears consider well:
the voice of my complaint.
3   If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss:
O Lord, who may abide it?
4   For there is mercy with thee:
therefore shalt thou be feared.
5   I look for the LORD; my soul doth wait for him:
in his word is my trust.
6   My soul fleeth unto the Lord:
before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
7   O Israel, trust in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy:
and with him is plenteous redemption.
8   And he shall redeem Israel:
from all his sins.

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.

Father, † I will that he also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, * that he may behold my glory.

Thou shalt not † leave my soul in hell * neither shalt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.

PSALM 131. Domine, non est

  LORD, I am not high-minded:
I have no proud looks.
2   I do not exercise myself in great matters:
which are too high for me.
3   But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother:
yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4   O Israel, trust in the LORD:
from this time forth for evermore.

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.

Thou shalt not † leave my soul in hell * neither shalt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

PSALM 4. Cum invocarem

  HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness:
thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
2   O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour:
and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?
3   Know this also, that the LORD hath chosen to himself the man that is godly:
when I call upon the LORD he will hear me.
4   Stand in awe, and sin not:
commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5   Offer the sacrifice of righteousness:
and put your trust in the LORD.
6   There be many that say:
Who will show us any good?
7   LORD, lift thou up:
the light of thy countenance upon us.
8   Thou hast put gladness in my heart:
since the time that their corn and wine and oil increased.
9   I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest:
for it is thou, LORD, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

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.

And the Lord said, † Whosoever shall confess me before men, * him will I confess also before my Father.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

PSALM 8. Domine, Dominus noster

  O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world:
thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
2   Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies:
that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3   For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers:
the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained.
4   What is man, that thou art mindful of him:
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5   Thou madest him lower than the angels:
to crown him with glory and worship.
6   Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands:
and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet:
7   All sheep and oxen:
yea, and the beasts of the field;
8   The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea:
and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
9   O LORD our Governor:
how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

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.

He that followeth me † walketh not in darkness, * but shall have the light of life, saith the Lord.

If any man serve me, † let him follow me; * and where I am, there shall also my servant be.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 4th Chapter of Deuteronomy

Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

Here beginneth the 17th verse of the 3rd Chapter of Ecclesiasticus

My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not. A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man. Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Deus Tuorum Militum

O God, Thy soldiers' crown and guard,
And their exceeding great reward;
From all transgressions set us free,
Who sing Thy martyr's victory.

The pleasures of the world he spurned,
From sin's pernicious lures he turned;
He knew their joys imbued with gall,
And thus he reached Thy heavenly hall.

For Thee through many a woe he ran,
In many a fight he played the man;
For Thee his blood he dared to pour,
And thence hath joy forevermore.

We therefore pray Thee, full of love,
Regard us from Thy throne above;
On this Thy martyr's triumph day,
Wash every stain of sin away.

O Christ, most loving King, to Thee,
With God the Father, glory be;
Like glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 1st Chapter of Romans

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Here beginneth the 18th verse of the 1st Chapter of Matthew

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

If any would come after me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.

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.

If any would come after me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.

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

O Almighty God, who hast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of thy servant Wenceslaus, may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at length, through thy mercy, we may with him attain to thine eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Commemoration of 13th Sunday after Trinity

Master, † what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus answering said, What is written in the Law? How readest thou? * Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, alleluia.

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of 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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