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Daily Office Readings

Week of Sunday, July-01-2012 - Proper 8 (6-29)
Wednesday

Today is a Holy Day, which celebrates Independence Day (7-4)
and provides the following additional readings:
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Daily Evening Prayer: Rite One

Officiant begins with the following:

Thine is the day, O God, thine also the night; thou hast established the moon and the sun. Thou hast fixed all the boundaries of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter. Psalm 74:15,16


Seek him that made the Pleides and Orion, that turneth deep darkness into the morning, and darkeneth the day into night; that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his Name. Amos 5:8


Confession of Sin
Officiant says to the people:
Dear friends in Christ, here in the presence of Almighty God, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, so that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

or this

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.
Officiant and People together, 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.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those 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 Priest alone stands and says*

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

*A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes "us" for "you" and "our" for "your."

The Invitatory and Psalter
All stand
Officiant O God, make speed to save us.
People O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: 
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.  Amen

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 thy praises, O God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thou art 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.
then follows

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed:

Psalm 128

Beati omnes
1Happy are they all who fear the LORD, * and who follow in his ways!
2You shall eat the fruit of your labor; * happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, * your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4The man who fears the LORD * shall thus indeed be blessed.
5The LORD bless you from Zion, * and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6May you live to see your children's children; * may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129

Saepe expugnaverunt
1"Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth," * let Israel now say;
2"Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, * but they have not prevailed against me."
3The plowmen plowed upon my back * and made their furrows long.
4The LORD, the Righteous One, * has cut the cords of the wicked.
5Let them be put to shame and thrown back, * all those who are enemies of Zion.
6Let them be like grass upon the housetops, * which withers before it can be plucked;
7Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, * nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. * We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 130

De profundis
1Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; * let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, * O LORD, who could stand?
3For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.
4I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; * in his word is my hope.
5My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, * more than watchmen for the morning.
6O Israel, wait for the LORD, * for with the LORD there is mercy;
7With him there is plenteous redemption, * and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: 
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.  Amen

The Gospel

Reader: A reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Matthew 21:33-46
33"Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40"Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?" 41They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons." 42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: ' The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? 43"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." 45Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. 46But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet. -- NKJV

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *
 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *
 the lowliness of his handmaiden.

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 showed 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 Spirit: *
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.  Amen

-OR-

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

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 Spirit: *
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.  Amen

The Apostles' Creed
Officiant and People together, all standing

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 Prayers
The People stand or kneel

Officiant
The Lord be with you.
People
And with thy spirit.
Officiant
Let us pray.

Officiant and People
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. 
Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages

A
V. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in thee can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under thy care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let thy way be known upon earth;
R. Thy 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 thy Holy Spirit.

or this

B
That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That thy holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That there may be peace to thy Church and to the whole world,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in thy faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by thy Holy Spirit in the communion of [____________ and] all thy saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat thee, O Lord.

The Officiant then says the following Collects

The Collect of the Day:

Proper 8
O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A 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 our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Then, unless the Eucharist or a form of general intercession is to follow, the following prayer for mission is added.

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

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People

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, 
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 Spirit,
be all honor 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 supplication unto thee; and
hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the 
midst of them:  Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions
of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this 
world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life 
everlasting.  Amen.

Then may be said
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Officiant concludes with:

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.
2 Corinthians 13:14


 

 

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