|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE ORDER FOR
At the beginning of Evening Prayer the Minister shall read with a loud voice some one or more of these Sentences of the Scriptures that follow. And then he shall say that which is written after the said Sentences.
the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed,
arid doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Ezek. xviii. 27.
These sentences of Scripture may be used at the beginning of Evening Prayer at the Great Festivals.
Christmas-day and seven days after.
Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. St Luke ii. 11.
Easter-day and seven days after.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. St Luke xxiv. 84.
Ascension-day and seven days after.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ; and the King of Glory shall come in. Psalm xxiv. 7.
Or, We have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. iv. 14, 16.
Whitsunday and six days after.
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts ii. 1-4.
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 exhortation, Dearly beloved brethren, except on occasions specified by the Bishop, may be omitted, or may be abbreviated as follows:
Dearly beloved brethren, 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;
Or the following may be said instead,
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
A general Confession to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.
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 or Remission of sins to be pronounced 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; 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. Amen.
Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord’s Prayer: the people also kneeling, and repeating it with him.
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.
Then likewise he shall say,
O LORD, open thou our lips.
Here, all standing up, the Priest shall say,
Glory be to the Father, and to the
Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
Then shall be said or sung the Psalms in order as they be appointed. Then a Lesson of the Old Testament, as is appointed. And after that Magnificat (or the Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in English, as followeth.
MY soul doth magnify the
Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Or else this Psalm: Except it be on the nineteenth day of the month, when it is read in the ordinary course of the Psalms.
O SING unto the Lord a
new song : for he hath done marvellous things.
Then a Lesson of the New Testament, as it is appointed. And after that Nunc dimittis (or the Song of Simeon) in English, as followeth.
LORD, 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.
GOD be merciful unto us,
and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful
Then shall be said or sung the Apostles’ Creed, by the Minister and the people standing.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling: the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,
Then the Minister, Clerks, and people shall say the Lord’s Prayer with a loud voice.
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.
Then the Priest standing up shall say,
O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
Then shall follow three Collects: The first of the day: The second for Peace: The third for Aid against all Perils, as hereafter followeth: which two last Collects shall be daily said at Evening Prayer without alteration.
The Second Collect at Evening Prayer
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.
In Quires and Places where they sing here followeth the Anthem.
A Prayer for the King’s Majesty.
O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE, and so replenish him with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that he may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue him plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant him in health and wealth long to live; strengthen him that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies, and finally after this life he may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Royal Family.
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain
of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our gracious Queen Mary,
Alexandra the Queen Mother, Edward Prince of Wales, and
all the Royal Family: Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with
thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to
thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The following Prayer may be said at Evening Prayer, for the King, the Royal Family, the Ministers of the Crown, the Parliament (when in session), and those in authority, instead of the Prayers For the King’s Majesty, For the Royal Family, and For the High Court of Parliament; but always either the following Prayer, or those above noted, shall be used, together with the Prayer for the Clergy and People, the Prayer of St Chrysostom, and the Grace, unless the Litany be said.
O LORD God of our fathers, who rulest the nations of the earth ; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our Sovereign Lord, King GEORGE, that he may alway incline to thy will and walk in thy way; and together with him bless our gracious Queen Mary, Alexandra the Queen Mother, Edward Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family. Endue with wisdom the Ministers of the Crown, [the High Court of Parliament at this time assembled*,] and those who are set in authority over us, that all things may be be ordered and settled by their endeavours, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Clergy and People
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and Curates, and all 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. Amen.
A Prayer of Saint 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 Corinthians xiii.
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.
endeth the Order of Evening Prayer throughout the Year.
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