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Daily Office Readings

Week of April-08-2012
Saturday



Daily Evening Prayer: Rite One

Officiant begins with the following:

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. Psalm 96:9


Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' John 8:12


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 104

Benedic, anima mea
1Bless the LORD, O my soul; * O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendour.
2You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak * and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; * you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
4You make the winds your messengers * and flames of fire your servants.
5You have set the earth upon its foundations, * so that it never shall move at any time.
6You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; * the waters stood higher than the mountains.
7At your rebuke they fled; * at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, * to the places you had appointed for them.
9You set the limits that they should not pass; * they shall not again cover the earth.
10You send the springs into the valleys; * they flow between the mountains.
11All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, * and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12Beside them the birds of the air make their nests * and sing among the branches.
13You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; * the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.
14You make grass grow for flocks and herds * and plants to serve mankind;
15That they may bring forth food from the earth, * and wine to gladden our hearts,
16Oil to make a cheerful countenance, * and bread to strengthen the heart.
17The trees of the LORD are full of sap, * the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18In which the birds build their nests, * and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, * and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, * and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21You make darkness that it may be night, * in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22The lions roar after their prey * and seek their food from God.
23The sun rises, and they slip away * and lay themselves down in their dens.
24Man goes forth to his work * and to his labor until the evening.
25O LORD, how manifold are your works! * in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
26Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, * creatures both small and great.
27There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, * which you have made for the sport of it.
28All of them look to you * to give them their food in due season.
29You give it to them; they gather it; * you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30You hide your face, and they are terrified; * you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.
31You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; * and so you renew the face of the earth.
32May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; * may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33He looks at the earth and it trembles; * he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; * I will praise my God while I have my being.
35May these words of mine please him; * I will rejoice in the LORD.
36Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, * and the wicked be no more.
37Bless the LORD, O my soul. * Hallelujah!

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. Mark.

Mark 12:18-27
18Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying: 19"Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 20Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring. 21And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise. 22So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also. 23Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife." 24Jesus answered and said to them, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken." -- 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:

Saturday in Easter Week
We thank thee, heavenly Father, for that thou hast delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and hast brought us into the kingdom of thy Son; and we pray thee that, as by his death he hath recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to joys eternal; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

A Collect for Saturdays
O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth thine unending day upon us who watch for thee, that our lips may praise thee, our lives may bless thee, and our worship on the morrow may give thee glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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, who dost manifest in thy servants the signs of thy presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another thine abounding grace may increase among us; 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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