A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 8/11/2022

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T0750x

Evening Prayer for Thursday after the Seventh 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

My strength † will I ascribe unto thee for thou art the God of my refuge.

PSALM 59. Eripe me de inimicis

  DELIVER me from mine enemies, O God:
defend me from them that rise up against me.
2   O deliver me from the wicked doers:
and save me from the blood-thirsty men.
3   For lo, they lie waiting for my soul:
the mighty men are gathered against me, without any offence or fault of me, O LORD.
4   They run and prepare themselves without my fault:
arise thou therefore to help me, and behold.
5   Stand up, O LORD God of hosts, thou God of Israel, to visit all the heathen:
and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness.
6   They go to and fro in the evening:
they grin like a dog, and run about through the city.
7   Behold, they speak with their mouth, and swords are in their lips:
for who doth hear?
8   But thou, O LORD, shalt have them in derision:
and thou shalt laugh all the heathen to scorn.
9   My strength will I ascribe unto thee:
for thou art the God of my refuge.
10   God showeth me his goodness plenteously:
and God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
11   Slay them not, lest my people forget it:
but scatter them abroad among the people, and put them down, O Lord our defence.
12   For the sin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips, they shall be taken in their pride:
and why? their preaching is of cursing and lies.
13   Consume them in thy wrath, consume them, that they may perish:
and know that it is God that ruleth in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.
14   And in the evening they will return:
grin like a dog, and will go about the city.
15   They will run here and there for meat:
and grudge if they be not satisfied.
16   As for me, I will sing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy betimes in the morning:
for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17   Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing:
for thou, O God, art my refuge, and my merciful God.

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 strength † will I ascribe unto thee for thou art the God of my refuge.

O be thou our help † in trouble, for vain is the help of man.

PSALM 60. Deus, repulisti nos

  O GOD, thou hast cast us out, and scattered us abroad:
thou hast also been displeased; O turn thee unto us again.
2   Thou hast moved the land, and divided it:
heal the sores thereof, for it shaketh.
3   Thou hast showed thy people heavy things:
thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine.
4   Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee:
that they may triumph because of the truth.
5   Therefore were thy beloved delivered:
help me with thy right hand, and hear me.
6   God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice, and divide Sichem:
and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7   Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine:
Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver;
8   Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe:
Philistia, be thou glad of me.
9   Who will lead me into the strong city:
who will bring me into Edom?
10   Hast not thou cast us out, O God:
wilt not thou, O God, go out with our hosts?
11   O be thou our help in trouble:
for vain is the help of man.
12   Through God will we do great acts:
for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

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 be thou our help † in trouble, for vain is the help of man.

From the ends of the earth † will I call unto thee when my heart is in heaviness. O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I.

PSALM 61. Exaudi, Deus

  HEAR my crying, O God:
give ear unto my prayer.
2   From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee:
when my heart is in heaviness.
3   O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I:
for thou hast been my hope, and a strong tower for me against the enemy.
4   I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever:
and my trust shall be under the covering of thy wings.
5   For thou, O Lord, hast heard my desires:
and hast given an heritage unto those that fear thy Name.
6   Thou shalt grant the King a long life:
that his years may endure throughout all generations.
7   He shall dwell before God for ever:
O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.
8   So will I alway sing praise unto thy Name:
that I may daily perform my vows.

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.

From the ends of the earth † will I call unto thee when my heart is in heaviness. O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I.

Mercy and truth † shall go before thy face.

PSALM 89. Misericordias Domini

  MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD:
with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
2   For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever:
thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
3   I have made a covenant with my chosen:
I have sworn unto David my servant:
4   Thy seed will I stablish for ever:
and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
5   O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works:
and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
6   For who is he among the clouds:
that shall be compared unto the LORD?
7   And what is he among the gods:
that shall be like unto the LORD?
8   God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints:
and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
9   O LORD God of hosts, who is like unto thee:
thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
10   Thou rulest the raging of the sea:
thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
11   Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it:
thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
12   The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:
thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
13   Thou hast made the north and the south:
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
14   Thou hast a mighty arm:
strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
15   Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat:
mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
16   Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee:
they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
17   Their delight shall be daily in thy Name:
and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
18   For thou art the glory of their strength:
and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
19   For the LORD is our defence:
the Holy One of, Israel is our King.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, *
world without end. Amen.

Mercy and truth † shall go before thy face.

The Lessons

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 8th Chapter of Esther

On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces: For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse. Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language. And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar. The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace. And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 5th Chapter of Daniel

Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

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 2nd verse of the 5th Chapter of Galatians

Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Here beginneth the 10th verse of the 24th Chapter of Acts

Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.

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 of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; 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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