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.


PROVERBS 4:20-27


My child, be attentive to my words;

    incline your ear to my sayings.


Do not let them escape from your sight;

    keep them within your heart.


For they are life to those who find them,

    and healing to all their flesh.


Keep your heart with all vigilance,

    for from it flow the springs of life.


Put away from you crooked speech,

    and put devious talk far from you.


Let your eyes look directly forward,

    and your gaze be straight before you.


Keep straight the path of your feet,

    and all your ways will be sure.


Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

    turn your foot away from evil.

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

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  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 also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear;

beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples,

that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: 


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.


PROVERBS 5

Warning against Impurity and Infidelity


My child, be attentive to my wisdom;

    incline your ear to my understanding,


so that you may hold on to prudence,

    and your lips may guard knowledge.


For the lips of a loose[a] woman drip honey,

    and her speech is smoother than oil;


but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

    sharp as a two-edged sword.


Her feet go down to death;

    her steps follow the path to Sheol.


She does not keep straight to the path of life;

    her ways wander, and she does not know it.


And now, my child,[b] listen to me,

    and do not depart from the words of my mouth.


Keep your way far from her,

    and do not go near the door of her house;


or you will give your honour to others,

    and your years to the merciless,


and strangers will take their fill of your wealth,

    and your labours will go to the house of an alien;


and at the end of your life you will groan,

    when your flesh and body are consumed,


and you say, “Oh, how I hated discipline,

    and my heart despised reproof!


I did not listen to the voice of my teachers

    or incline my ear to my instructors.


Now I am at the point of utter ruin

    in the public assembly.”


Drink water from your own cistern,

    flowing water from your own well.


Should your springs be scattered abroad,

    streams of water in the streets?


Let them be for yourself alone,

    and not for sharing with strangers.


Let your fountain be blessed,

    and rejoice in the wife of your youth,


    a lovely deer, a graceful doe.

May her breasts satisfy you at all times;

    may you be intoxicated always by her love.


Why should you be intoxicated, my son, by another woman

    and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?


For human ways are under the eyes of the Lord,

    and he examines all their paths.


The iniquities of the wicked ensnare them,

    and they are caught in the toils of their sin.


They die for lack of discipline,

    and because of their great folly they are lost.

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

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  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 also bless thy holy Name

for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear;

beseeching thee to give us grace

so to follow their good examples,

that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: 


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

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  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 also bless thy holy Name

for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear;

beseeching thee to give us grace

so to follow their good examples,

that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: 


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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