A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 3/28/2020

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)050370x

Evening Prayer for The Eve of The Fourth Sunday in Lent

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Opening Sentence

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.

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

Then shalt thou be pleased † with the sacrifice of righteousness, * if thou wilt turn thy face from my sins.

PSALM 136. Confitemini

  O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious:
and his mercy endureth for ever.
2   O give thanks unto the God of all gods:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
3   O thank the Lord of all lords:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
4   Who only doeth great wonders:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
5   Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
6   Who laid out the earth above the waters:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
7   Who hath made great lights:
for his mercy endureth for ever:
8   The sun to rule the day:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
9   The moon and the stars to govern the night:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
10   Who smote Egypt, with their firstborn:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and stretched-out arm:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two parts:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
14   And made Israel to go through the midst of it:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
15   But as for Pharaoh and his host, he overthrew them in the Red Sea:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
16   Who led his people through the wilderness:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
17   Who smote great kings:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
18   Yea, and slew mighty kings:
for his mercy endureth for ever:
19   Sehon, king of the Amorites:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Basan:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
21   And gave away their land for an heritage:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
22   Even for an heritage unto Israel his servant:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
23   Who remembered us when we were in trouble:
for his mercy endureth for ever;
24   And hath delivered us from our enemies:
for his mercy endureth forever.
25   Who giveth food to all flesh:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
26   O give thanks unto the God of heaven:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
27   O give thanks unto the Lord of lords:
for his mercy endureth 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.

Then shalt thou be pleased † with the sacrifice of righteousness, * if thou wilt turn thy face from my sins.

It is better † to trust in the Lord, * than to put any confidence in princes.

PSALM 137. Super flumina

  BY the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept when we remembered thee, O Sion.
2   As for our harps, we hanged them up:
upon the trees that are therein.
3   For they that led us away captive, required of us then a song, and melody in our heaviness:
Sing us one of the songs of Sion.
4   How shall we sing the LORD'S song:
in a strange land?
5   If I forget thee, O Jerusalem:
let my right hand forget her cunning.
6   If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth:
yea, if I prefer not Jerusalem in my mirth.
7   Remember the children of Edom, O LORD, in the day of Jerusalem:
how they said, Down with it, down with it, even to the ground.
8   O daughter of Babylon, wasted with misery:
yea, happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9   Blessed shall he be that taketh thy children:
and throweth them against the stones.

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.

It is better † to trust in the Lord, * than to put any confidence in princes.

Thy right hand † hath upholden me, O Lord my God.

PSALM 138. Confitebor tibi

  I WILL give thanks unto thee, O LORD, with my whole heart:
even before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2   I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy Name, because of thy loving-kindness and truth:
for thou hast magnified thy Name, and thy word, above all things.
3   When I called upon thee, thou heardest me:
and enduedst my soul with much strength.
4   All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD:
for they have heard the words of thy mouth.
5   Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD:
that great is the glory of the LORD.
6   For though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly:
as for the proud, he beholdeth them afar off.
7   Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shalt thou refresh me:
thou shalt stretch forth thy hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8   The LORD shall make good his loving-kindness toward me:
yea, thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; despise not then the works of thine own hands.

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.

Thy right hand † hath upholden me, O Lord my God.

Then shalt thou be pleased † with the sacrifice of righteousness, * if thou wilt turn thy face from my sins.

PSALM 103. Benedic, anima mea

  PRAISE the LORD, O my soul:
and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
2   Praise the LORD, O my soul:
and forget not all his benefits:
3   Who forgiveth all thy sin:
and healeth all thine infirmities;
4   Who saveth thy life from destruction:
and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;
5   Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things:
making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
6   The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment:
for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
7   He showed his ways unto Moses:
his works unto the children of Israel.
8   The LORD is full of compassion and mercy:
long-suffering, and of great goodness.
9   He will not alway be chiding:
neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
10   He hath not dealt with us after our sins:
nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
11   For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth:
so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
12   Look how wide also the east is from the west:
so far hath he set our sins from us.
13   Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children:
even so is the LORD merciful unto them that fear him.
14   For he knoweth whereof we are made:
he remembereth that we are but dust.
15   The days of man are but as grass:
for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
16   For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone:
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17   But the merciful goodness of the LORD endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him:
and his righteousness upon children's children;
18   Even upon such as keep his covenant:
and think upon his commandments to do them.
19   The LORD hath prepared his seat in heaven:
and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20   O praise the LORD, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength:
ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words.
21   O praise the LORD, all ye his hosts:
ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
22   O speak good of the LORD, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion:
praise thou the LORD, O my soul.

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.

Then shalt thou be pleased † with the sacrifice of righteousness, * if thou wilt turn thy face from my sins.

It is better † to trust in the Lord, * than to put any confidence in princes.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 14th verse of the 38th Chapter of Jeremiah

Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me. Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me? So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life. Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand. And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live. But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me: And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back. So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire. Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die. But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee: Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there. Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived. So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 10th Chapter of Jeremiah

Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Audi benigne conditor

O Merciful Creator, hear!
To us in pity bow Thine ear:
accept the tearful prayer we raise
in this our fast of forty days.

Our hearts are open, Lord, to Thee:
Thou knowest our infirmity;
pour out on all who seek Thy face
abundance of Thy pardoning grace.

Our sins are many, this we know;
spare us, good Lord, Thy mercy show;
and for the honor of Thy name
our fainting souls to life reclaim.

Give us the self-control that springs
from discipline of outward things,
that fasting inward secretly
the soul may purely dwell with Thee.

We pray Thee, Holy Trinity,
one God, unchanging Unity,
that we from this our abstinence
may reap the fruits of penitence. Amen.

Here beginneth the 13th verse of the 12th Chapter of Luke

And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Here beginneth the 13th verse of the 12th Chapter of Mark

And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it. And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's. And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

Give light, O Lord, † to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

Give light, O Lord, † to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and guide our feet into the way of peace.

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

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we,worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness. may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ This Collect is to be said every day in Lent, after the Collect appointed for the day, until Palm Sunday.

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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