A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 5/29/2020

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)070660x

Evening Prayer for Friday after the Ascension

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Opening Sentence

Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Heb. ix. 24.

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

Ye men of Galilee, † why stand ye gazing up into heaven? * This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner. Alleluia.

PSALM 141. Domine, clamavi

  LORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me:
and consider my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2   Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense:
and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
3   Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth:
and keep the door of my lips.
4   O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing:
let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness, lest I eat of such things as please them.
5   Let the righteous rather smite me friendly:
and reprove me.
6   But let not their precious balms break my head:
yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.
7   Let their judges be overthrown in stony places:
that they may hear my words; for they are sweet.
8   Our bones lie scattered before the pit:
like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
9   But mine eyes look unto thee, O LORD God:
in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.
10   Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me:
and from the traps of the wicked doers.
11   Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together:
and let me ever escape them.

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.

Ye men of Galilee, † why stand ye gazing up into heaven? * This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner. Alleluia.

And while † they looked steadfastly towards heaven, * as he went up, they sang Alleluia.

PSALM 142. Voce mea ad Dominum

  I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice:
yea, even unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
2   I poured out my complaints before him:
and showed him of my trouble.
3   When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path:
in the way wherein I walked, have they privily laid a snare for me.
4   I looked also upon my right hand:
and saw there was no man that would know me.
5   I had no place to flee unto:
and no man cared for my soul.
6   I cried unto thee, O LORD, and said:
Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.
7   Consider my complaint:
for I am brought very low.
8   O deliver me from my persecutors:
for they are too strong for me.
9   Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name:
which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.

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 while † they looked steadfastly towards heaven, * as he went up, they sang Alleluia.

And he lifted up his hands † and blessed them, * and was taken up into heaven, alleluia.

PSALM 143. Domine, exaudi

  HEAR my prayer, O LORD, and consider my desire:
hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.
2   And enter not into judgment with thy servant:
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
3   For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground:
he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
4   Therefore is my spirit vexed within me:
and my heart within me is desolate.
5   Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works:
yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
6   I stretch forth my hands unto thee:
my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.
7   Hear me, O LORD, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint:
hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8   O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust:
show thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9   Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:
for I flee unto thee to hide me.
10   Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee; for thou art my God:
let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
11   Quicken me, O LORD, for thy Name's sake:
and for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12   And of thy goodness slay mine enemies:
and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.

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 he lifted up his hands † and blessed them, * and was taken up into heaven, alleluia.

Ye men of Galilee, † why stand ye gazing up into heaven? * This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner. Alleluia.

PSALM 20. Exaudiat te Dominus

  THE LORD hear thee in the day of trouble:
the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee:
2   Send thee help from the sanctuary:
and strengthen thee out of Sion:
3   Remember all thy offerings:
and accept thy burnt-sacrifice:
4   Grant thee thy heart's desire:
and fulfil all thy mind.
5   We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God:
the LORD perform all thy petitions.
6   Now know I that the LORD helpeth his anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven:
even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.
7   Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.
8   They are brought down and fallen:
but we are risen and stand upright.
9   Save, LORD; and hear us, O King of heaven:
when we call upon thee.

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.

Ye men of Galilee, † why stand ye gazing up into heaven? * This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner. Alleluia.

And while † they looked steadfastly towards heaven, * as he went up, they sang Alleluia.

PSALM 29. Afferte Domino

  BRING unto the LORD, O ye mighty, bring young rams unto the LORD:
ascribe unto the LORD worship and strength.
2   Give the LORD the honour due unto his Name:
worship the LORD with holy worship.
3   It is the LORD that commandeth the waters:
it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.
4   It is the LORD that ruleth the sea; the voice of the LORD is mighty in operation:
the voice of the LORD is a glorious voice.
5   The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedar-trees:
yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
6   He maketh them also to skip like a calf:
Libanus also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn.
7   The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness:
yea, the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Cades.
8   The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth the thick bushes:
in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.
9   The LORD sitteth above the water-flood:
and the LORD remaineth a King for ever.
10   The LORD shall give strength unto his people:
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.

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 while † they looked steadfastly towards heaven, * as he went up, they sang Alleluia.

And he lifted up his hands † and blessed them, * and was taken up into heaven, alleluia.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 61st Chapter of Isaiah

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

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

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Eterne Rex altissime

Eternal Monarch, King most high,
whose blood hath brought redemption nigh,
by whom the death of Death was wrought,
and conquering Grace's battle fought.

Ascending to the throne of might,
and seated at the Father's right,
all power in heaven is Jesus' own,
that here his manhood had not known.

That so, in nature's triple frame,
each heavenly and each earthly name,
and things in hell's abyss abhorred,
may bend the knee and own him Lord.

Yea, angels tremble when they see
how changed is our humanity;
that flesh hath purged what flesh had stained,
and God, the flesh of God, hath reigned.

Be thou our joy and strong defense,
who art our future recompense:
so shall the light that springs from thee
be ours through all eternity.

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
all praise to thee let earth accord,
who art, while endless ages run,
with Father and with Spirit one.

Here beginneth the 8th verse of the 3rd Chapter of 1 Peter

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

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

Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

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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