|The Book of Common Prayer|
¶ The Minister shall begin the Evening Prayer by reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture; and then he shall say that which is written after them. But on days other than the Lords Day, he may, at his discretion, pass at once from the Sentences to the Lords Prayer.
LORD is in his holy temple: let
all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. ii. 20.
Watch ye, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at
even, or at midnight or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: lest coming
suddenly he find you sleeping. St. Mark xiii. 35, 36.
wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and
doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezek.
LET us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
¶ Or else he shall say as followeth.
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 cloak 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 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-
A General Confession.
¶ To be said by the whole congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling.
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 those O God, who confess
their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises
declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus 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 Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins.
¶ To be made by the Priest alone, standing; the People still kneeling.
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, 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 those who truly repent, and unfeignedty believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true re-pentance, 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. Amen.
¶ Or this.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who, with hearty repentance and true faith, turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then the Minister shall kneel and say the Lords Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him.
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.
¶ Then likewise he shall say,
O Lord, open thou our lips.
Answer. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
¶ Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
¶ Then shall follow a Portion of the PSALMS, as they are appointed, or one of the Selections, as they are set forth by this Church. And at the end of every Psalm, and likewise at the end of the Magnificat, Cantate Domino, Bonum est confiteri, Nunc dimittis, Deus misereatur, Benedic anima mea, may be sung or said the Gloria Patri and at the end of the whole portion or Selection of Psalms for the day shall be sung or said the Gloria Patri, or else the Gloria in excelsis, as followeth.
Gloria in excelsis.
be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise
thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks
to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father
¶ Then shall be read the FIRST LESSON, according to the Table or Calendar.
¶ After which shall be sung or said the Hymn called Magnificat, as followeth.
Magnificat. St. Luke i. 46.
soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
¶ Or this Psalm, except when it is read in the ordinary coarse of the Psalms, on the nineteenth day of the month.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.
SING unto the LORD a new song :
for he hath done marvellous things.
¶ Or this.
Bonum est confiteri. Psalm xcii.
is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD :
and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest;
¶ Then a LESSON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, as it is appointed.
¶ And after that shalt be sung or said the Hymn, called Nunc dimittis, as followeth.
Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.
now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
¶ Or else this Psalm; except it be on the twelfth day of the month.
Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii.
be merciful unto us, and bless us : and show us the light of his countenance,
and be merciful unto us;
¶ Or this.
Benedic, anima mea. Psalm ciii.
the LORD, O my soul : and all that is within me,
praise his holy Name.
¶ Then shall be said the Apostles Creed by the Minister and the people, standing. And any churches may, instead of the words He descended into hell, use the words He went into the place of departed spirits, which are considered as words of the same meaning in the Creed.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
¶ Or this.
BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And
of all things visible and invisible:
¶ And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling, the Minister first pronouncing,
Minister. Let us pray.
¶ Then shall be said the COLLECT FOR THE DAY, and after that the Collects and Prayers following.
A Collect for Peace.
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 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.
A Collect for Aid against Perils.
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.
¶ In places where it may be convenient, here followeth the Anthem.
¶ The Minister may here end the Evening Prayer with such Prayer, or Prayers, taken out of this Book, as he shalt think fit.
A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon
this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES, The Governor of this State, and
all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are,
may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the
People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and
obediently honour them, in thee, and for thee, according to thy blessed
Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the
Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send
down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed
to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may
truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant
this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.
A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
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 thy holy Church universal; 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 for whom our prayers
are desired;] 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 Christs sake. Amen.
A General Thanksgiving.
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; [*particularly to those who desire now to offer up their
praises and thanksgiving; for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.]
We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of
this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption
of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for
the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all
thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we
show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving
up our selves to thy service. and by walking before thee in holiness and
righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with
thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.
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.
2 Cor. xiii. 14.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Evening Prayer.
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