A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 1/27/2023

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)040360x

Evening Prayer for Friday after the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Friday after the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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Opening Sentence

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah lx. 3.

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

Turn our captivity, O LORD, † as the rivers in the south.

PSALM 126. In convertendo

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

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

Turn our captivity, O LORD, † as the rivers in the south.

Except the LORD keep the city, † the watchman waketh but in vain.

PSALM 127. Nisi Dominus

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

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

Except the LORD keep the city, † the watchman waketh but in vain.

Blessed are all they † that fear the LORD and walk in his ways.

PSALM 128. Beati omnes

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

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

Blessed are all they † that fear the LORD and walk in his ways.

The LORD † prosper you.

PSALM 129. Sæpe expugnaverunt

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

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

The LORD † prosper you.

LORD hear my voice, † O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.

PSALM 130. De profundis

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

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

LORD hear my voice, † O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.

LORD, I am not high-minded; † I have no proud looks.

PSALM 131. Domine, non est

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

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

LORD, I am not high-minded; † I have no proud looks.

Hear my prayer, † O God, and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

PSALM 54. Deus, in Nomine

  SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake:
and avenge me in thy strength.
2   Hear my prayer, O God:
and hearken unto the words of my mouth.
3   For strangers are risen up against me:
and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
4   Behold, God is my helper:
the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5   He shall reward evil unto mine enemies:
destroy thou them in thy truth.
6   An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O LORD:
because it is so comfortable.
7   For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble:
and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine 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.

Hear my prayer, † O God, and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

I will call unto the most high God; † even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.

PSALM 57. Miserere mei, Deus

  BE merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; for my soul trusteth in thee:
and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be overpast.
2   I will call unto the Most High God:
even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.
3   He shall send from heaven:
and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up.
4   God shall send forth his mercy and truth:
my soul is among lions;
5   And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire:
whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
6   Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens:
and thy glory above all the earth.
7   They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul:
they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.
8   My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise.
9   Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp:
I myself will awake right early.
10   I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people:
and I will sing unto thee among the nations.
11   For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens:
and thy truth unto the clouds.
12   Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens:
and thy glory above all the earth.

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.

I will call unto the most high God; † even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.

The Lessons

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

The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron: But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad. I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom: But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border: But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind: And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime: But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet: And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 34th Chapter of Ezekiel

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

Here endeth the First Lesson.

Office Hymn

Hymn: Quem Terra Pontus

The God Whom earth, and sea, and sky,
Adore, and laud, and magnify,
Who o'er their threefold fabric reigns,
The virgin's spotless womb contains.

The God Whose will by moon and sun
And all things in due course is done,
Is borne upon a maiden's breast,
By fullest heavenly grace possest.

How blest the mother, in whose shrine
The great Artificer Divine,
Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
Vouchsafed, as in His ark, to lie!

Blest, in the message Gabriel brought;
Blest, by the work the Spirit wrought:
From whom the Great Desire of earth
Took human flesh and human birth.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, virgin-born, to Thee!
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Here beginneth the 17th verse of the 11th Chapter of John

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Here beginneth the 15th verse of the 6th Chapter of John

When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

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

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of Third Sunday after the Epiphany

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Suffrage of All Saints

May all the Saints of God † intercede for us * with the same God our Lord.

℣. The Lord hath chosen to himself them that are godly.
℟. When they call upon the Lord he will hear them.

DEFEND us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all dangers both of body and soul: and at the intercession of blessed Joseph, of thy holy 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.

Alma Redemptoris

Alma Redemptoris

Gracious Mother of our Redeemer,
forever abiding, Heaven's gateway, and star of ocean,
O succour the people, who, though falling, strive to rise again.
Thou Maiden who barest thy holy Creator, to the wonder of all nature
Ever Virgin, after, as before thou receivedst that Ave from the mouth of Gabriel;
have compassion on us sinners

V. The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

V. After childbirth thou didst remain a virgin.
R. Intercede for us, O Mother of God

Let us pray:
O God, who by the child-bearing of a pure Virgin hast bestowed upon all mankind the rewards of everlasting life: grant, we beseech thee; that we may know the succour of her intercession, through whom we have been found worthy to receive the Author of life, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

V. May the divine help remain with us always.
R. And with our absent brethren. Amen.


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