MONDAY EVENING PRAYER

THE BIDDING PRAYER

Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and 

confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke 

them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an

humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness 

of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times

humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when 

we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have 

received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, 

and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the 

soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany 

me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying 

after me: 

THE CONFESSION

All       Almighty and most merciful Father, 

            we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

            We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

            We have offended against thy holy laws. 

            We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

            and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

            and there is no health in us.                      

            But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

            Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. 

            Restore thou them that are penitent; 

            according to thy promises declared unto mankind 

            in Christ Jesu our Lord. 

            And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, 

            that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

            to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 


THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a 

sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given 

power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, 

being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth 

all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, 

that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our 

life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen. 


                     If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following: 


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace;

that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,

            for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PRECES 

O Lord open thou our lips.

All        And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God make speed to save us.

All        O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

            world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All        The Lord’s name be praised.


READING   Mark 14:17-25


When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”


The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

THE MAGNIFICAT 

All        My soul doth magnify the Lord:

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

            For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

            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 shewed 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.                                                               LUKE 1.46-55

REFLECTION

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

All        LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

            according to thy word.

            For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

            Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

            and to be the glory of thy people 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.                                                                 LUKE 2.29-32

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All      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 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All         Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All        And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord save the Queen.

All        And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All        And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord save thy people.

All        And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All        Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All        And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


COLLECTS

                                                                                                                             The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

      sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

                                                                                                                The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, 

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

                                                                                          The Third Collect, for Aid against all 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in earth.


Almighty and ever-living God, 

who by thy holy Apostle 

hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, 

and to give thanks, for all men: 

We humbly beseech thee most mercifully 

to receive these our prayers, 

which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty;  

beseeching thee to inspire continually 

the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: 

And grant, that all they that do confess thy holy Name 

may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, 

and live in unity, and godly love. Amen


                                                                                                                         A 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, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves 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.

                                                                                           For the Poor, Homeless, and Neglected

O GOD, Almighty and merciful, 

who healest those that are broken in heart, 

and turnest the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; 

Let thy fatherly goodness be upon all that thou hast made. 

Remember in pity such as are this day 

destitute, homeless, or forgotten of their fellow-men. 

Bless the congregation of thy poor. 

Uplift those who are cast down. 

Mightily befriend innocent sufferers, 

and sanctify to them the endurance of their wrongs. 

Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, 

and by thy heavenly grace 

preserve from falling 

those whose penury tempteth them to sin; 

though they be troubled on every side, 

suffer them not to be distressed; 

though they be perplexed, 

save them from despair. 

Grant this, O Lord, for the love of him, 

who for our sakes became poor, 

thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

                                                                          For the unemployed or those in financial difficulty

Heavenly Father, we remember before thee 

those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work

and, or fear of financial difficulty.

Guide the people of this country to use our public and private wealth 

that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, 

receive just payment for their labor,

or where needed financial support; 

we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                                       For the Sick

MERCIFUL God, and heavenly Father, 

who hast taught us in thy holy Word 

that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; 

We most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, 

to comfort and succour all them, 

who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, 

or any other adversity. 

Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; 

give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; 

prosper the means made use of, for their cure; 

and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, 

we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom 

which leadeth to eternal life;             

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                                                      For the Dead

We commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord,

all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear,

beseeching thee, according to thy promises,

to grant them refreshment, light and peace.

And we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints,

who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace,

and lights of the world in their several generations;

and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples,

we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen


We now have a moment of silent prayer

to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.​

                                                     Silence

                                                                                                              A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee,

so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills,

that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee;

and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt,

and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


                                                                                                            The prayer of St. Chrysostom

All        Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord 

            to make our common supplications unto thee; 

            and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name

            thou wilt grant their requests:

            Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

            as may be most expedient for them;

            granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

            and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


All        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


BLESSING

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All         Amen.

 

TUESDAY EVENING PRAYER

THE BIDDING PRAYER

Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and 

confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke 

them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an

humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness 

of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times

humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when 

we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have 

received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, 

and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the 

soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany 

me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying 

after me: 

THE CONFESSION

All       Almighty and most merciful Father, 

            we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

            We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

            We have offended against thy holy laws. 

            We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

            and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

            and there is no health in us.                      

            But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

            Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. 

            Restore thou them that are penitent; 

            according to thy promises declared unto mankind 

            in Christ Jesu our Lord. 

            And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, 

            that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

            to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 


THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a 

sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given 

power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, 

being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth 

all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, 

that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our 

life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen. 


                     If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following: 


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace;

that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,

            for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PRECES 

O Lord open thou our lips.

All        And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God make speed to save us.

All        O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

            world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All        The Lord’s name be praised.


READING   John 13:21-30 

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal


 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.  After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

THE MAGNIFICAT 

All        My soul doth magnify the Lord:

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

            For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

            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 shewed 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.                                                               LUKE 1.46-55

REFLECTION

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

All        LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

            according to thy word.

            For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

            Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

            and to be the glory of thy people 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.                                                                 LUKE 2.29-32

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All      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 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All         Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All        And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord save the Queen.

All        And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All        And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord save thy people.

All        And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All        Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All        And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


COLLECTS

                                                                                                                             The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

      sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

                                                                                                                The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, 

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

                                                                                          The Third Collect, for Aid against all 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

                                                                                                                         A 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, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves 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.

                                                                                  For the Queen and those who govern our land

We beseech thee also to save and defend 

all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; 

and specially thy servant ELIZABETH our Queen; 

that under her we may be godly and quietly governed: 

And grant unto her whole Council, 

and to all that are put in authority under her, 

that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, 

to the punishment of wickedness and vice, 

and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue. Amen

                                                                                                                                      For our country

ALMIGHTY God, 

who hast given us this good land for our heritage; 

We humbly beseech thee 

that we may always prove ourselves 

a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. 

Bless our land with honourable industry, 

sound learning, and pure manners. 

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; 

from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. 

Defend our liberties, 

and fashion into one united people 

the multitudes brought hither 

out of many kindreds and tongues. 

Endue with the spirit of wisdom 

those to whom in thy Name 

we entrust the authority of government, 

that there may be justice and peace at home, 

and that, through obedience to thy law, 

we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. 

In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, 

and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; 

all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                               For the Diversity of Races and Cultures 

O God, who created all peoples in thy image, 

we thank thee for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. 

Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, 

and show us thy presence in those who differ most from us, 

until our knowledge of thy love 

is made perfect in our love for all thy children; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                     For all Conditions of men

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, 

we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; 

that thou wouldest be pleased 

to make thy ways known unto them, 

thy saving health unto all nations. 

More especially we pray 

for the good estate of the Catholic Church; 

that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, 

that all who profess and call themselves Christians 

may be led into the way of truth, 

and hold the faith in unity of spirit, 

in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. 

Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness 

all those, who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate;

especially those within our own community, 

those on our prayer list 

and those known to us personally; 

that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, 

according to their several necessities, 

giving them patience under their sufferings, 

and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. 

And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

                                                                                                                                    For the Dead

We commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord,

all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear,

beseeching thee, according to thy promises,

to grant them refreshment, light and peace.

And we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints,

who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace,

and lights of the world in their several generations;

and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples,

we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen


We now have a moment of silent prayer

to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.​

                                                     Silence

                                                                                                                                     For Guidance

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, 

and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: 

Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, 

the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, 

that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, 

and that in thy light we may see light, 

and in thy straight path may not stumble; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                           The prayer of St. Chrysostom

All        Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord 

            to make our common supplications unto thee; 

            and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name

            thou wilt grant their requests:

            Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

            as may be most expedient for them;

            granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

            and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


All        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


BLESSING


The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All         Amen.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER

THE BIDDING PRAYER

Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and 

confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke 

them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an

humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness 

of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times

humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when 

we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have 

received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, 

and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the 

soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany 

me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying 

after me: 

THE CONFESSION

All       Almighty and most merciful Father, 

            we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

            We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

            We have offended against thy holy laws. 

            We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

            and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

            and there is no health in us.                      

            But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

            Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. 

            Restore thou them that are penitent; 

            according to thy promises declared unto mankind 

            in Christ Jesu our Lord. 

            And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, 

            that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

            to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 


THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a 

sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given 

power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, 

being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth 

all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, 

that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our 

life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen. 


                     If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following: 


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace;

that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,

            for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PRECES 

O Lord open thou our lips.

All        And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God make speed to save us.

All        O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

            world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All        The Lord’s name be praised.


READING   John 18:1-14 

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus


After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”  Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfil the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Jesus before the High Priest

So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

THE MAGNIFICAT 

All        My soul doth magnify the Lord:

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

            For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

            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 shewed 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.                                                               LUKE 1.46-55

REFLECTION

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

All        LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

            according to thy word.

            For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

            Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

            and to be the glory of thy people 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.                                                                 LUKE 2.29-32

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All      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 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All         Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All        And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord save the Queen.

All        And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All        And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord save thy people.

All        And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All        Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All        And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


COLLECTS

                                                                                                                             The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

      sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

                                                                                                                The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, 

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

                                                                                          The Third Collect, for Aid against all 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

                                                                                                                         A 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, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves 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.

Holy, righteous, and merciful God 

enable us by thy grace to offer thee 

true worship and joyful service. 

Cleanse our minds and free our consciences 

from the things that hide thee from us, 

and unite us one with another 

in the fellowship of the Ghost; 

through Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer. Amen

                                                                                                                                          For the church

O GRACIOUS Father, 

we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Catholic Church; 

that thou wouldst be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. 

Where it is corrupt, purify it; 

where it is in error, direct it; 

where in anything it is amiss, reform it. 

Where it is right, establish it; 

where it is in want, provide for it; 

where it is divided, reunite it; 

for the sake of him who died and rose again, 

and ever liveth to make intercession for us, 

Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                                        For Our Country

Lord God Almighty, 

who has made all the peoples of the earth for thy glory, 

to serve thee in freedom and in peace: 

Give to the people of our country 

a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, 

that we may use our liberty in accordance with thy gracious will; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

                                                                                                                                      For Social Justice

Grant, O God, 

that thy holy and life-giving Spirit 

may so move every human heart 

and especially the hearts of the people of this land, 

that barriers which divide us may crumble, 

suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; 

that our divisions being healed, 

we may live in justice and peace; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

                                                                                                                                   For the Oppressed

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, 

upon thy people who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death 

as their constant companions. 

Have mercy upon us. 

Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbours. 

Strengthen those who spend their lives 

establishing equal protection of the law

and equal opportunities for all. 

And grant that all may enjoy

a fair portion of the riches of thy world; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

                                                                                                                                                For Families

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, 

we commend to thy continual care 

the homes in which thy people dwell. 

Put far from them, we beseech thee, 

every root of bitterness, 

the desire of vain glory, 

and the pride of life. 

Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, 

temperance, patience, godliness. 

Knit together in constant affection 

those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh. 

Turn the hearts of the parents to the children, 

and the hearts of the children to the parents; 

and so enkindle fervent charity among us all, 

that we may evermore be kindly affectioned one to another; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

                                                                                                                                                For the Sick

MOST mighty and merciful God, 

in time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. 

And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, 

to comfort and succour all them, 

who in this transitory life 

are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. Amen


ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, 

we give thee humble thanks 

for that thou hast been graciously pleased 

to deliver from sickness in mind, body and spirit 

those who’s names we know 

and those we don’t know, 

on whose behalf we bless and praise thy Name, 

in the presence of all thy people. 

Grant, we beseech thee, O gracious Father, 

that they, through thy help, 

may both faithfully live in this world according to thy will, 

and also may be partakers of everlasting glory in the life to come; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                                              For the Dead

We commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord,

all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear,

beseeching thee, according to thy promises,

to grant them refreshment, light and peace.

And we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints,

who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace,

and lights of the world in their several generations;

and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples,

we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen


We now have a moment of silent prayer

to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.​

                                                     Silence

                                                                                                                                             For Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour,

and further us with thy continual help;

that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee,

we may glorify thy holy Name,

and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                   The prayer of St. Chrysostom

All        Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord 

            to make our common supplications unto thee; 

            and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name

            thou wilt grant their requests:

            Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

            as may be most expedient for them;

            granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

            and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


All        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


BLESSING

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All         Amen.

 

THURSDAY EVENING PRAYER

THE BIDDING PRAYER

Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and 

confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke 

them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an

humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness 

of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times

humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when 

we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have 

received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, 

and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the 

soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany 

me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying 

after me: 

THE CONFESSION

All       Almighty and most merciful Father, 

            we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

            We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

            We have offended against thy holy laws. 

            We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

            and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

            and there is no health in us.                      

            But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

            Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. 

            Restore thou them that are penitent; 

            according to thy promises declared unto mankind 

            in Christ Jesu our Lord. 

            And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, 

            that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

            to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 


THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a 

sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given 

power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, 

being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth 

all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, 

that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our 

life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen. 


                     If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following: 


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace;

that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,

            for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PRECES 

O Lord open thou our lips.

All        And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God make speed to save us.

All        O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

            world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All        The Lord’s name be praised.


READING   John 18:19-24

The High Priest Questions Jesus


Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

THE MAGNIFICAT 

All        My soul doth magnify the Lord:

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

            For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

            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 shewed 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.                                                               LUKE 1.46-55

REFLECTION

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

All        LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

            according to thy word.

            For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

            Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

            and to be the glory of thy people 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.                                                                 LUKE 2.29-32

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All      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 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All         Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All        And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord save the Queen.

All        And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All        And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord save thy people.

All        And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All        Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All        And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


COLLECTS

                                                                                                                             The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

      sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

                                                                                                                The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, 

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

                                                                                          The Third Collect, for Aid against all 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

                                                                                                                         A 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, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves 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.

                                                                                                                 For Joy in God's Creation

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:

Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;

that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, 

we may learn to serve thee with gladness; 

for the sake of him through whom all things were made, 

thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                    For the Conservation of Natural Resources

Almighty God, 

Through Thy blessing we were given dominion over all the earth: 

and made fellow workers in Thy creation: 

Increase our reverence in the mystery of life;

give us wisdom to use the resources of nature, 

that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, 

and that generations yet to come 

may continue to praise thee for thy bounty; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                             For Farming and Agriculture

Almighty God, 

have mercy upon all who live and work in rural areas 

especially here in Dassett Magna; 

We thank thee for making the earth fruitful, 

so that it might produce what is needed for life: 

Bless those who work in the fields; 

those who work with the animals that make up part of our diet,

give us seasonable weather; 

and grant that we may all share the fruits of the earth, 

rejoicing in your goodness; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


                                                                                                                      For the Human Family

O God, who made us in thy own image 

and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: 

Look with compassion on the whole human family; 

take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; 

break down the walls that separate us; 

unite us in bonds of love; 

and work through our struggle and confusion 

to accomplish your purposes on earth; 

that, in your good time, all nations and races 

may serve thee in harmony around thy heavenly throne; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                                 For the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, 

you have blessed parents with the joy and care of children: 

Give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they bring them up, 

that they may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, 

following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


                                                                                                                                 For the Aged

Look with mercy, O God our Father, 

on all whose increasing years 

bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. 

Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; 

where needed give them understanding helpers, 

and the willingness to accept help; 

and, as their strength diminishes, 

increase their faith and their assurance of thy love 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                                        For those we Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us 

to Thy never-failing care and love.

Defend them from all dangers of body mind or spirit;

And when they are absent from us 

keep them close to our hearts, never absent from our mutual love.

As we are always close to thee.

All            Amen.

                                                                                                    For the sick and those in need

FATHER of mercies and God of all comfort, 

our only help in time of need; 

We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve 

thy sick servants for whom our prayers are desired. 

Look upon them with the eyes of thy mercy; 

comfort them with a sense of thy goodness; 

preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; 

and give them patience under their manifold afflictions. 

In thy good time, restore them to health, 

and enable them to lead the residue of their life 

in thy fear, and to thy glory; 

and grant that finally they may dwell with thee in life everlasting; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                                            For the Dead

We commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord,

all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear,

beseeching thee, according to thy promises,

to grant them refreshment, light and peace.

And we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints,

who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace,

and lights of the world in their several generations;

and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples,

we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen


We now have a moment of silent prayer

to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.​

                                                     Silence

O God, who art the life of all who live, 

the light of the faithful, 

the strength of those who labor, 

and the repose of the dead: 

We thank thee for the timely blessings of the day, 

and humbly beseech thy merciful protection all the night. 

Bring us, we pray thee, in safety to the morning hours; 

through him who died for us and rose again, 

thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

                                                                                                           The prayer of St. Chrysostom

All        Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord 

            to make our common supplications unto thee; 

            and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name

            thou wilt grant their requests:

            Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

            as may be most expedient for them;

            granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

            and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


All        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


BLESSING

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All         Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

FRIDAY EVENING PRAYER

THE BIDDING PRAYER

Dearly beloved brethren, the scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and 

confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke 

them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an

humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness 

of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times

humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when 

we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have 

received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, 

and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the 

soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany 

me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying 

after me: 

THE CONFESSION

All       Almighty and most merciful Father, 

            we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

            We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

            We have offended against thy holy laws. 

            We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

            and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

            and there is no health in us.                      

            But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

            Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. 

            Restore thou them that are penitent; 

            according to thy promises declared unto mankind 

            in Christ Jesu our Lord. 

            And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, 

            that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

            to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. 


THE ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a 

sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given 

power, and commandment, to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, 

being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: he pardoneth and absolveth 

all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. 


Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, 

that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our 

life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen. 


                     If no priest is present the person saying the Service shall read the following: 


GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace;

that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All            Amen.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,

            for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PRECES 

O Lord open thou our lips.

All        And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God make speed to save us.

All        O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

All        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

            world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All        The Lord’s name be praised.


BIBLE READING

THE MAGNIFICAT 

All        My soul doth magnify the Lord:

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

            For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

            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 shewed 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.                                                               LUKE 1.46-55

BIBLE REFLECTION

THE NUNC DIMITTIS 

All        LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

            according to thy word.

            For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;

            Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

            and to be the glory of thy people 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.                                                                 LUKE 2.29-32

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All      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 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES 

The Lord be with you.

All            And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.


Lord have mercy upon us.

All         Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

All        Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 

            Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread.

            And forgive us our trespasses,

            as we forgive them that trespass against us.

            And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.

All        And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord save the Queen.

All        And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All        And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord save thy people.

All        And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All        Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God make clean our hearts with in us.

All        And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


COLLECTS

                                                                                                                             The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

      sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

                                                                                                                The Second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed, 

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

                                                                                          The Third Collect, for Aid against all 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

                                                                                                                         A 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, 

to give us that due sense of all thy mercies, 

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, 

and that we shew forth thy praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives; 

by giving up ourselves 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.

Enable us, O Lord,

to give thee the place and honour in our life we ought to give thee;

to see thy goodness with us day by day

that our heart may be filled with gratitude.

May thy Holy Spirit inspire us and set our heart on fire,

as we seek to bear whiteness to thy love and power

and may the risen Lord go before us in every pathway of our life

now and always. Amen.


                                                                                                                         Prayer of St Augustine

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, 

who made us for thy-self, 

so that our hearts are restless till they rest in thee:

we give thee thanks for every mercy granted to us in times past, 

and for thy presence with us at this hour.

As here we seek to rededicate our life and work to thee, 

grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, 

that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing thy will, 

no weakness from doing it; 

but that in thy light we may see light clearly, 

and in thy service find our perfect freedom; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


                                                                                                                          A Prayer for the church

Almighty and everlasting God,

who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, 

and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ,

to be with thy Church to the end of the world;

We beseech thee to be with thy Church here assembled

in thy Name and Presence.

Save us from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice;

and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee,

so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our work,

by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost,

that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached,

truly received, and truly followed, in all places,

to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death;

till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep,

being gathered into one fold,

shall become partakers of everlasting life;

through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


                                                                                                                                    Prayer for Unity

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace;

Give us grace seriously to lay to heart

the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.

Take away all hatred and prejudice,

and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly, union and concord:

that as there is but one Body and one Spirit,

and one hope of our calling,

one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism,

one God and Father of us all,

so we may be all of one heart and of one soul,

united in one holy bond of truth and peace,

of faith and charity,

and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                                  For Those Who Live Alone

Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head:

Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their solitude, 

but that, following in his steps, 

they may find fulfilment in Thy love and that of their neighbours; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All            Amen.


                                                                                                                                   For the Absent

O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts of the earth:

We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold and bless

those whom we love, now absent from us.

Defend them from all dangers of soul and body;

and grant that both they and we,

drawing nearer to thee,

may be bound together by thy love

in the communion of thy Holy Spirit,

and in the fellowship of thy saints;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                                      The sick and those in need 

Most mighty and merciful God,

in time of grievous sickness, need and adversity

we flee unto thee for succour.

Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril;

give strength and skill

to all those who minister to the sick and those in distress;

Look with pity, we beseech thee,

upon the sorrows of thy servants

for whom our prayers are offered.

Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

as may be most expedient for them.

Remember them, O Lord, in mercy;

endue their souls with patience;

comfort them with a sense of thy goodness;

lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


                                                                                                                              Prayer for the Dead

We commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord,

all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear,

beseeching thee, according to thy promises,

to grant them refreshment, light and peace.

And we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints,

who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace,

and lights of the world in their several generations;

and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples,

we may be partakers with them of thy heavenly kingdom. Amen


We now have a moment of silent prayer

to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.​

                                                     Silence


O God, who art the life of all who live,

the light of the faithful,

the strength of those who labor,

and the repose of the dead:

We thank thee for the timely blessings of the day,

and humbly beseech thy merciful protection all the night.

Bring us, we pray thee, in safety to the morning hours;

through him who died for us and rose again,

thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

                                                                                                               The prayer of St. Chrysostom

All        Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord 

            to make our common supplications unto thee; 

            and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name

            thou wilt grant their requests:

            Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

            as may be most expedient for them;

            granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

            and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.


All        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


BLESSING


The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: 

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 

be amongst you and remain with you always. 

All         Amen.

 

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