A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 10/28/2021

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T1750x

Evening Prayer for Thursday after the 17th Sunday after Trinity

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Opening Sentence

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm xix. 14, 15.

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

O give thanks † unto the God of heaven for his mercy endureth for ever.

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.

O give thanks † unto the God of heaven for his mercy endureth for ever.

If I forget thee, † O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

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.

If I forget thee, † O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Thy mercy, O LORD, † endureth for ever; despise not then the works of thine own hands.

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 mercy, O LORD, † endureth for ever; despise not then the works of thine own hands.

My time is in thy hand; † deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

PSALM 31. In te, Domine, speravi

  IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust:
let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.
2   Bow down thine ear to me:
make haste to deliver me.
3   And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence:
that thou mayest save me.
4   For thou art my strong rock, and my castle:
be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
5   Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:
for thou art my strength.
6   Into thy hands I commend my spirit:
for thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, thou God of truth.
7   I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities:
and my trust hath been in the LORD.
8   I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:
for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.
9   Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy:
but hast set my feet in a large room.
10   Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble:
and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.
11   For my life is waxen old with heaviness:
and my years with mourning.
12   My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity:
and my bones are consumed.
13   I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours:
and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me; and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves from me.
14   I am clean forgotten as a dead man out of mind:
I am become like a broken vessel.
15   For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude:
and fear is on every side; while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.
16   But my hope hath been in thee, O LORD:
I have said, Thou art my God.
17   My time is in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies:
and from them that persecute me.
18   Show thy servant the light of thy countenance:
and save me for thy mercy's sake.
19   Let me not be confounded, O LORD, for I have called upon thee:
let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.
20   Let the lying lips be put to silence:
which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.
21   O how plentiful is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee:
and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men!
22   Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own presence from the provoking of all men:
thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
23   Thanks be to the LORD:
for he hath showed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.
24   And when I made haste, I said:
I am cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
25   Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer:
when I cried unto thee.
26   O love the LORD, all ye his saints:
for the LORD preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
27   Be strong, and he shall establish your heart:
all ye that put your trust in 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.

My time is in thy hand; † deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 33rd Chapter of Deuteronomy

And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together. Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few. And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies. And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah; Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant. They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar. Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again. And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh. And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand. And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head. And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel. And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan. And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south. And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

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

My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked? Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth? Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days, That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin? Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand. Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee. If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction; For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me. Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me. Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Lux Ecce Surgit Aurea

Lo! golden light rekindles day:
Let paling darkness steal away,
Which all too long o'erwhelmed our gaze
And led our steps by winding ways.

We pray Thee, rising Light serene,
E'en as Thyself our hearts make clean;
Let no deceit our lips defile,
Nor let our souls be vexed by guile.

O keep us, as the hours proceed,
From lying word and evil deed;
Our roving eyes from sin set free,
Our body from impurity.

For Thou dost from above survey
The converse of each fleeting day;
Thou dost foresee from morning light
Our every deed, until the night.

All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 3rd Chapter of Colossians

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 13th Chapter of Matthew

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Here endeth the Second Lesson.

Second Canticle

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

Let us serve the Lord † in holiness, * and he will deliver us out of the hand of our enemies.

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.

Let us serve the Lord † in holiness, * and he will deliver us out of the hand of our enemies.

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

LORD, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Suffrage of All Saints

May the Blessed Mother of God, † the Virgin Mary, and all the Saints, * intercede for us to the Lord.

℣. The Lord hath made his Saints wonderful
℟. And hath heard them when they called upon him.

DEFEND us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all perils of mind and body: and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, the ever Virgin Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, [of the Patron of the parish,] and of all Saints, graciously bestow upon us both peace and safety: that all adversity and error being done away, thy Church may serve thee in untroubled freedom. 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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