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¶ Evening Prayer shall begin by
reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture,
and may pass at once from the Sentences to the Lord's Prayer,
or directly to the Versicles and Responses which follow the Lord's
THE LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence
before him. Hab. ii. 20.
LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place
where thine honour dwelleth. Psalm xxvi. 8.
Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; and let
the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Psalm cxli.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth
stand in awe of him. Psalm xcvi. 9.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be
alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.
Psalm xix. 14.
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,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall
be with them, and be their God. Rev. xxi. 3.
The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness
of thy rising. Isaiah lx. 3.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Psalm li. 3.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though
we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice
of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws which he set before
us. Dan. ix. 9, 10.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 St. John i. 8, 9.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one
to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of
us all. Isaiah liii. 6.
Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. xv. 57.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col. iii.
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which
are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear
in the presence of God for us. Heb. ix. 24.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city
of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. Psalm
The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth
say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely. Rev. xxii. 17.
Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full
of his glory. Isaiah vi. 3.
¶ Then the Minister shall
Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
¶ Or else he shall say
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 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.
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 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
¶ 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 unfeignedly believe
his holy Gospel.
Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repent- ance, 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.
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you Absolu- tion and Remission
of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the
grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
¶ Then the Minister shall kneel,
and say the Lord's Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating
it with him, both here, and wheresoever else it is used in Divine
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. O Lord, open thou our lips.
R. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
V. Praise ye the Lord.
R. The Lord's Name be praised.
Psalter & First Lesson
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¶ And at the end of the whole Portion or Selection of Psalms
for the day, and also after the Magnificat, Cantate Domino, Bonum
est confiteri, Nunc dimittus, Deus misereatur, Benedic, anima
mea, shall be sung or said the Gloria Patri; however, at the
end of the whole portion of the Psalter, the following may be
sung or said,
Gloria in excelsis.
GLORY 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 Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb
of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God
the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O
Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God
the Father. Amen.
¶ Then follows,
Magnificat. St. Luke i. 46.
My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced
in God my Saviour.
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.
¶ Or this Psalm.
Cantate Domino. Psalm xcviii.
O Sing unto the LORD a new song; * for he hath done marvellous
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, * hath he gotten
himself the victory.
The LORD declared his salvation; * his righteousness hath he
openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel;
* and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our
Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands; * sing, rejoice,
and give thanks.
Praise the LORD upon the harp; * sing to the harp with a psalm
With trumpets also and shawms, * O show yourselves joyful before
the LORD, the King.
Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is; * the round
world, and they that dwell therein.
Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful
together before the LORD; * for he cometh to judge the earth.
With righteousness shall he judge the world, * and the peoples
¶ Or this.
Bonum est confiteri. Psalm xcii.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, * and to sing
praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest;
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning, * and of
thy truth in the night season;
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute; * upon
a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy works; * and I
will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
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Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.
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.
¶ Or else this Psalm.
Deus misereatur. Psalm lxvii.
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light
of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge
the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even
our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear
¶ Or this.
Benedic, anima mea. Psalm ciii.
Praise the LORD, O my soul; * and all that is within me, praise
his holy Name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, * and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thy sin, * and healeth all thine infirmities;
Who saveth thy life from destruction, * and crowneth thee with
mercy and loving-kindness.
O praise the LORD, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength;
* ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice
of his word.
O praise the LORD, all ye his hosts; * ye servants of his that
do his pleasure.
O speak good of the LORD, all ye works of his, in all places
of his dominion: * praise thou the LORD, O my soul.
The Apostles' Creed.
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.
¶ Or the Creed commonly called
V. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. O Lord, save the State.
R. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. O Lord, save thy people.
R. And bless thine inheritance.
V. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
R. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
V. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
Collect for the Day.
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month, then today's date, which will take you to today's
Mass Propers and collect. Return via "back" button.
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 our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
A Collect for Aid against 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.
¶ You may here end the office with
such general intercessions as yare fitting, including the following.
See also Prayers and Thanksgivings
A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in
Almighty 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,
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.
Almighty 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. Amen.
A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
O 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; 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 Christ's sake. Amen.
A General Thanksgiving.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants,
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness
and lovingkindness 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
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.