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.


PROVERBS 4:1-9

Parental Advice


Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,

    and be attentive, that you may gain[a] insight;


for I give you good precepts:

    do not forsake my teaching.


When I was a son with my father,

    tender, and my mother’s favourite,


he taught me, and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

    keep my commandments, and live.


Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away

    from the words of my mouth.


Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

    love her, and she will guard you.


The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

    and whatever else you get, get insight.


Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

    she will honor you if you embrace her.


She will place on your head a fair garland;

    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

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

PROVERBS 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 Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

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 people of the church

O LORD, Jesus Christ, 

who dost embrace all thy children 

with the arms of thy mercy, 

and dost make us living members of thy Church; 

Give us grace, we pray thee, 

to stand fast in thy faith, 

to obey thy word, 

and to abide in thy love; 

that being made strong by thy Holy Spirit 

we may resist temptation and overcome evil; 

and may rejoice in the life that now is, 

and dwell with thee in the life that is to come; 

through thy merits, O merciful Saviour, 

who with the Father and the Holy Ghost 

livest and reignest one God, 

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 those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, 

whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death:

Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; 

when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; 

when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; 

when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; 

and to us thy servants, 

give grace to respect their witness 

and to discern the truth, 

that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. 

This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, 

our merciful and righteous Judge. 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.


PROVERBS 4:10-19

Admonition to Keep to the Right Path


Hear, my child, and accept my words,

    that the years of your life may be many.


I have taught you the way of wisdom;

    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.


When you walk, your step will not be hampered;

    and if you run, you will not stumble.


Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;

    guard her, for she is your life.


Do not enter the path of the wicked,

    and do not walk in the way of evildoers.


Avoid it; do not go on it;

    turn away from it and pass on.


For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;

    they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.


For they eat the bread of wickedness

    and drink the wine of violence.


But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.


The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

    they do not know what they stumble over.

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

PROVERB 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 Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

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 PREPARATION


In the name of the Father, and of the Son 

and of the Holy Spirit

All             Amen.


Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All             and also with you.


Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting.

By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and  repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.


THE COLLECT  read by John Davies  


Let us pray for grace to keep Lent faithfully. 

                            Silence is kept


Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

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. 

All:             Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD  read by one of the congregation       

The Lord be with you,

All            and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. 

All            Glory to you, O Lord. 

Mark 1:9-13

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus


In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;  with you I am well pleased.”


And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All            Praise to you, O Christ.   


REFLECTION BY JOHN THE BAPTIST 


HYMN 95

FORTY days and forty nights  

thou wast fasting in the wild;  

forty days and forty nights 

tempted, and yet undefiled:


Sunbeams scorching all the day; 

chilly dew-drops nightly shed; 

prowling beasts about thy way;  

stones thy pillow, earth thy bed.


Shall not we thy sorrows share,  

and from earthly joys abstain,  

fasting with unceasing prayer,  

glad with thee to suffer pain? 


And if Satan, vexing sore,   

flesh or spirit should assail,  

thou, his vanquisher before,   

grant we may not faint nor fail.


So shall we have peace divine;  

holier gladness ours shall be;  

round us too shall angels shine, 

such as ministered to thee.  


Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,

ever constant by thy side;  

that with thee we may appear 

at the eternal Eastertide.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION   read by John Davies


Living God, on this first day of Lent we come together 

seeking your presence, 

offering our worship, 

and asking for guidance.   

Lord, in your mercy

All             hear our prayer.


We come, remembering once more

the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness,  

and his refusal to give way.  

We come remembering those forty days and nights of trial, 

that time of prayer and meditation, 

preparation for the future.  

We come remembering the life, 

the death, the resurrection and exaltation that followed. 


Living God, help us, learning from his example,

to use this season wisely,

making time to hear your voice and reflect on your word. 

Lord, in your mercy

All             hear our prayer.


Help us to honestly examine ourselves, 

carefully and prayerfully searching our hearts. 

Lord, in your mercy

All             hear our prayer.


Help us to see ourselves as we really are,  

and as you would have us be, 

ready to follow you and do your will, 

no matter what the cost. 

Lord, in your mercy

All             hear our prayer.


Help us to know where we are faithful to you 

and where we fail, 

recognising our strengths and also our weaknesses. 

Lord, in your mercy

All             hear our prayer.


Living God, give us courage to stand before your searching gaze 

and accept your verdict, 

give us humility to accept your correction

and receive forgiveness, 

give us wisdom to hear your word

and feed on it through faith.

So in the days ahead we may grow closer to you 

in the likeness of Christ.


All             Merciful Father,

                  accept these prayers

                  for the sake of your Son,

                  our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

LITURGY OF PENITENCE


The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; 

his mercy is over all that he has made. 

Trusting in the goodness and loving kindness of God 

let us turn to him in penitence for our sins.

           Silence is kept for recollection of personal sins


God the Father,

All             have mercy on us. 

God the Son,

All            have mercy on us. 

God the Holy Spirit,

All             have mercy on us. 

Trinity of love,

All             have mercy on us.

Most merciful God,

All         Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

we confess that we have sinned 

in thought, word and deed.


We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. 

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

All             Lord, have mercy.


We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. 

We have not been true to the mind of Christ.

We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

All             Lord, have mercy.


We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: 

the pride, hypocrisy and impatience of our lives.

All             Lord, have mercy.

    

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, 

and our exploitation of other people.

All             Lord, have mercy.


Our anger at our own frustration, 

and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves.

All             Lord, have mercy.


Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, 

and our dishonesty in daily life and work.

All             Lord, have mercy.

        

Our negligence in prayer and worship,

and our failure to commend the faith that is in us.

All             Lord, have mercy. 


Accept our repentance, Lord,

for the wrongs we have done:

for our blindness to human need and suffering,

and our indifference to injustice and cruelty.

All             Accept our repentance, Lord.


Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us.

All         Favourably hear us, for your mercy is great. 


Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

All         that we may show your glory in the world. 


By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

All         bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection. 


            Silence is kept.


All               We have not loved you with our whole heart.

                    We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

                    In your mercy

                    forgive what we have been,

                    help us to amend what we are,

                    and direct what we shall be;

                    that we may do justly,

                    love mercy,

                    and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 

THE SIGNING OF THE CROSS 


If we were together face to face I would offer you a cross of ash upon your forehead, in accordance with tradition, the burnt palm crosses from last year's Palm Sunday. Last Palm Sunday we were in Lockdown today we meet again on zoom due to social distancing. Therefore in a moment I will invite you to make the sign of the cross on your forehead, or if you are with others, make the sign of the cross on each other’s forehead. As you do so reflect on how personal this feels - what meaning this has to you. 

     

Dear friends in Christ,

I invite you to receive the cross of salvation 

as a sign of the spirit of penitence 

with which we shall keep this season of Lent.

God our Father,

you create us from the dust of the earth:

grant that this cross may be for us

a sign of our penitence

and a symbol of our mortality;

for it is by your grace alone

that we receive eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

All            Amen. 


Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.             

Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. 


THE ABSOLUTION 


The Lord enrich you with his grace,

and nourish you with his blessing;

the Lord defend you in trouble and keep you from all evil;

the Lord accept your prayers,

and absolve you from your offences,

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

All               Amen.



¶ THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE   


Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to his grace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you,

All                 and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.


HYMN CP411


DEAR Lord and Father of mankind, 

forgive our foolish ways; 

re-clothe us in our rightful mind, 

in purer lives thy service find,  

in deeper reverence praise.

                                                                       

In simple trust like theirs who heard, 

beside the Syrian sea, 

the gracious calling of the Lord, 

let us, like the, without a word 

rise up and follow thee.


O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above, 

where Jesus knelt to share with thee  

the silence of eternity,  

interpreted by love!


Drop thy still dews of quietness,  

till all our strivings cease; 

take from our souls the strain and stress, 

and let our ordered lives confess  

the beauty of thy peace.


Breathe through the heats of our desire 

thy coolness and thy balm;  

let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;  

speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, 

O still small voice of calm.

PRAYER OF PREPARATION OF THE TABLE


Risen Lord and Saviour,

present among us with the wealth of your love,

cleanse us from sin and give us the faith

to offer our praise and grow in your grace.

All               Amen.


 THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER


The Lord be with you,

All             and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All             We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All             It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and good

to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.


For in these forty days

you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline 

we may grow in grace

and learn to be your people once again.


Through fasting, prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart. 

Through study of your holy word

you open our eyes to your presence in the world 

and free our hands to welcome others

into the radiant splendour of your love.


As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast

with joyful hearts and minds

we bless you for your mercy

and join with saints and angels

for ever praising you and saying: 


All             Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                   God of power and might,

                   heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                   Hosanna in the highest.

                   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

                   Hosanna in the highest.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                   Take, eat; 

                   this is my body which is given for you;

                   do this in remembrance of me. 


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

                   Drink this, all of you;

                   this is my blood of the new covenant,

                   which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

                   Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.


Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection 

and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


Great is the mystery of faith:

All            Christ has died:

                 Christ is risen:

                 Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

        

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:


All             Blessing and honour and glory and power

                   be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


THE LORDS PRAYER


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us           

All            Our Father, who art in heaven,

                   hallowed be thy name;

                   thy kingdom come;

                   thy will be done;

                   on earth as it is in heaven.

                   Give us this day our daily bread.

                   And forgive us our trespasses,

                   as we forgive those who trespass against us.

                   And lead us not into temptation;

                   but deliver us from evil.

                   For thine is the kingdom,

                   the power and the glory,

                   for ever and ever. Amen.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All            Though we are many, we are one body,

                  because we all share in one faith.


All             Lamb of God,

                   you take away the sin of the world,

                   have mercy on us.

                   Lamb of God,

                   you take away the sin of the world,

                   have mercy on us.

                   Lamb of God,

                   you take away the sin of the world,

                   grant us peace.


INVITATION TO COMMUNION


Jesus is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

All               Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

                   ​but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 


Almighty God,

you have given your only Son to be for us

both a sacrifice for sin

and also an example of godly life:

give us grace

that we may always most thankfully receive

these his inestimable gifts,

and also daily endeavour 

to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All             God of our pilgrimage,

                   you have fed us with the bread of heaven.

                   Refresh and sustain us

                   as we go forward on our journey,

                   in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Dismissal


The Lord be with you

All             and also with you.


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;                

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All             Amen.


HYMN CP 

'LIFT up your hearts!' We lift them, Lord, to thee; 

here at thy feet none other may we see:

'lift up your hearts!' E'en so, with one accord, 

we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord.


Above the level of the former years, 

the mire of sin, the slough of guilty fears, 

the mist of doubt, the blight of love's decay, 

O Lord of light, lift all our hearts to-day.


Above the swamps of subterfuge and shame,  

the deeds, the thoughts, that honour may not name,  

the halting tongue that dares not tell the whole, 

O Lord of truth, lift every Christian soul.


Lift every gift that thou thyself hast given: 

low lies the best till lifted up to heaven; 

low lie the bounding heart, the teeming brain,

till, sent from God, they mount to God again.


Then, as the trumpet-call in after years,

'lift up your hearts!' rings pealing in our ears,  

still shall those hearts respond with full accord, 

'we lift them up, we lift them to the Lord!'

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All            In the name of Christ.  Amen.




Copyright: Liturgical material: primary sources, The Archbishops Council 2000

 
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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   Luke 4:1-13

The Temptation of Jesus


Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,

    and serve only him.’”

 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    to protect you,’

and

‘On their hands they will bear you up,

    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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 Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

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 Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

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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