A Western Rite Orthodox Daily Office for 7/9/2020

(1928 BCP, 1892 Psalter, elements from Anglican Breviary)0T0350x

Evening Prayer for Thursday after the Third 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 sing praises † sing praises unto our God; O sing praises sing praises unto our King.

PSALM 47. Omnes gentes, plaudite

  O CLAP your hands together, all ye people:
O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
2   For the LORD is high, and to be feared:
he is the great King upon all the earth.
3   He shall subdue the people under us:
and the nations under our feet.
4   He shall choose out an heritage for us:
even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.
5   God is gone up with a merry noise:
and the LORD with the sound of the trump.
6   O sing praises, sing praises unto our God:
O sing praises, sing praises unto our King.
7   For God is the King of all the earth:
sing ye praises with understanding.
8   God reigneth over the heathen:
God sitteth upon his holy seat.
9   The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham:
for God, which is I very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

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 sing praises † sing praises unto our God; O sing praises sing praises unto our King.

For this God is our God † for ever and ever; he shall be our guide unto death.

PSALM 48. Magnus Dominus

  GREAT is the LORD, and highly to be praised:
in the city of our God, even upon his holy hill.
2   The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth:
upon the north side lieth the city of the great King; God is well known in her palaces as a sure refuge.
3   For lo, the kings of the earth:
are gathered, and gone by together.
4   They marvelled to see such things:
they were astonished, and suddenly cast down.
5   Fear came there upon them, and sorrow:
as upon a woman in her travail.
6   Thou shalt break the ships of the sea:
through the east-wind.
7   Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God:
God upholdeth the same for ever.
8   We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God:
in the midst of thy temple.
9   O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world's end:
thy light hand is fall of righteousness.
10   Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughter of Judah be glad:
because of thy judgments.
11   Walk about Sion, and go round about her:
and tell the towers thereof.
12   Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houses:
that ye may tell them that come after.
13   For this God is our God for ever and ever:
he shall be our guide unto death.

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.

For this God is our God † for ever and ever; he shall be our guide unto death.

But God hath delivered † my soul from the place of hell, for he shall receive me.

PSALM 49. Audite hæc, omnes
O HEAR ye this, all ye people:
ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the world;
2   High and low, rich and poor:
one with another.
3   My mouth shall speak of wisdom:
and my heart shall muse of understanding.
4   I will incline mine ear to the parable:
and show my dark speech upon the harp.
5   Wherefore should I fear in the days of wickedness:
and when the wickedness of my heels compasseth me round about?
6   There be some that put their trust in their goods:
and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.
7   But no man may deliver his brother:
nor make agreement unto God for him;
8   For it cost more to redeem their souls:
so that he must let that alone for ever;
9   Yea, though he live long:
and see not the grave.
10   For he seeth that wise men also die and perish together:
as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.
11   And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever:
and that their dwelling-places shall endure from one generation to another; and call the lands after their own names.
12   Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour:
seeing he may be compared unto the beasts that perish; this is the way of them.
13   This is their foolishness:
and their posterity praise their saying.
14   They lie in the hell like sheep; death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have domination over them in the morning:
their beauty shall consume in the sepulchre out of their dwelling.
15   But God hath delivered my soul from the place of hell:
for he shall receive me.
16   Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich:
or if the glory of his house be increased;
17   For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dieth:
neither shall his pomp follow him.
18   For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man:
and so long as thou doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.
19   He shall follow the generation of his fathers:
and shall never see light.
20   Man being in honour hath no understanding:
but is compared unto the beasts that perish.

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.

But God hath delivered † my soul from the place of hell, for he shall receive me.

The works of his hands † are verity and judgement.

PSALM 111. Confitebor tibi

  I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart:
secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
2   The works of the LORD are great:
sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3   His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4   The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works:
that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5   He hath given meat unto them that fear him:
he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6   He hath showed his people the power of his works:
that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7   The works of his hands are verity and judgment:
all his commandments are true.
8   They stand fast for ever and ever:
and are done in truth and equity.
9   He sent redemption unto his people:
he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it 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.

The works of his hands † are verity and judgement.

PSALM 114. In exitu Israel

  WHEN Israel came out of Egypt:
and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,
2   Judah was his sanctuary:
and Israel his dominion.
3   The sea saw that, and fled:
Jordan was driven back.
4   The mountains skipped like rams:
and the little hills like young sheep.
5   What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest:
and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
6   Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams:
and ye little hills, like young sheep?
7   Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord:
at the presence of the God of Jacob;
8   Who turned the hard rock into a standing water:
and the flint-stone into a springing well.

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 Lessons

Here beginneth the 12th verse of the 4th Chapter of Nehemiah

And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you. Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me. And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us. So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day. So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.

Here beginneth the 32nd verse of the 9th Chapter of Nehemiah

Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly: Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them. For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works. Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

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 37th verse of the 21st Chapter of Acts

And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying, Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,) I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air, The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

Here beginneth the 1st verse of the 15th Chapter of Acts

And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

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

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; 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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