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Evening Prayer

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture...
Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2 

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him. Psalm 96:9 

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries 
of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15, 16 

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before 
me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7, 8 

If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,” darkness is not dark to you, O 
Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10, 11 

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 
John 8:12 

Say the following Confession of Sin...
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, 
and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as 
ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and
forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. 

Say these words aloud and know that you are forgiven...
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all 
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. 

Say the following versicle and response... 
V. O God, make speed to save us. 
R. O Lord, make haste to help us. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Say the following...
O Gracious Light Phos hilaron 

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, 
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! 
Now as we come to the setting of the sun, 
    and our eyes behold the vesper light, 
    we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, 
O Son of God, O Giver of life, 
    and to be glorified through all the worlds. 

Read the psalm or psalms selected for the day. The Psalter is divided into 60 sections so that a portion of the psalms 
are read each day of the month at Morning and Evening prayer...

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Read the appointed readings

The Magnificat is said after the first reading and the Nunc Dimittis is said after the second reading.

The Song of Mary Magnificat 
Luke 1:46-55 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * 
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant 
From this day all generations will call me blessed: * 
    the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. 
He has mercy on those who fear him * 
    in every generation. 
He has shown the strength of his arm, * 
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit. 
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * 
    and has lifted up the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, * 
    and the rich he has sent away empty. 
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * 
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy, 
The promise he made to our fathers, * 
    to Abraham and his children for ever. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as It was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis 
Luke 2:29-32 

Lord, you now have set your servant free * 
    to go in peace as you have promised; 
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * 
    whom you have prepared for all the world to see: 
A Light to enlighten the nations, * 
    and the glory of your people Israel. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

The Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of 
the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will 
come again to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the 
resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 

Say the Lord's Prayer, followed by a set of versicles and responses (called suffrages).
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; 
R. And grant us your salvation. 
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; 
R. Let your people sing with joy. 
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; 
R. For only in you can we live in safety. 
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; 
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. 

V. Let your way be known upon earth; 
R. Your saving health among all nations. 
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; 
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. 
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God; 
R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit. 

A Collect for Peace 
Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that 
peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered 
from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen. 

A Collect for Aid against Perils 
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; 
for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

A Collect for Protection 
O God, 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 you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. 
Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. 

A Collect for the Presence of Christ 
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, 
and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake 
of your love. Amen. 

one of these prayers for mission is added 

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, 
all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

or this 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who 
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the 
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. 

or the following 

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in 
companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

You may add your own intercessions and thanksgivings followed by one of the following prayers...

A General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness 
and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, 
and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable 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 pray, give us such an awareness of your 
mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, 
by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. 

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom 
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; 
and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you 
will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this 
world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. 

End your Evening Prayer with one of the following... 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. 
Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.