• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Evening Prayer for April 13, 2021

Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter

Evening Prayer

April 13, 2021


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Evening Prayer

Enriching Our Worship 1 and Book of Common Prayer



Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

[BCP, p. 77]



The Invitatory and Psalter

[EOW1, p. 20]


V: O God, be not far from us. R: Come quickly to help us, O God.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



Light of the World (Phos hilaron)

[EOW1, p. 23]


Light of the world, in grace and beauty,

Mirror of God’s eternal face,

Transparent flame of love’s free duty,

You bring salvation to our race.

Now, as we see the lights of evening,

We raise our voice in hymns of praise;

Worthy are you of endless blessing,

Sun of our night, lamp of our days.



The Psalm or Psalms Appointed


Psalm 10

[BCP, p. 594]


1 Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, *

and hide yourself in time of trouble?

2 The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *

but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.

3 The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *

the covetous curse and revile the LORD.

4 The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *

their only thought is, "God does not matter."

5 Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *

they defy all their enemies.

6 They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *

no harm shall happen to me ever."

7 Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *

under their tongue are mischief and wrong.

8 They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *

they spy out the helpless.

9 They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *

they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.

10 The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *

the helpless fall before their power.

11 They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *

he hides his face; he will never notice."

12 Rise up, O LORD; lift up your hand, O God; *

do not forget the afflicted.

13 Why should the wicked revile God? *

why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?

14 Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *

you see it and take it into your own hand.

15 The helpless commit themselves to you, *

for you are the helper of orphans.

16 Break the power of the wicked and evil; *

search out their wickedness until you find none.

17 The LORD is King for ever and ever; *

the ungodly shall perish from his land.

18 The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *

you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;

19 To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *

so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.


Psalm 11

[BCP, p. 596]


1 In the LORD have I taken refuge; *

how then can you say to me, "Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;

2 For see how the wicked bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string, *

to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed, *

what can the righteous do?"

4 The LORD is in his holy temple; *

the LORD'S throne is in heaven.

5 His eyes behold the inhabited world; *

his piercing eye weighs our worth.

6 The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, *

but those who delight in violence he abhors.

7 Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur; *

a scorching wind shall be their lot.

8 For the LORD is righteous; he delights in righteous deeds; *

and the just shall see his face.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



The Lessons



A Reading from John (17:12-19)


While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.


Hear what the Spirit is saying to God's people.

Thanks be to God.



Canticle D: A Song of the Wilderness

[EOW1, p. 32; Isaiah 35:1-7, 10]


The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, *

the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

It shall blossom abundantly, *

and rejoice with joy and singing.

They shall see the glory of the Lord, *

the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weary hands, *

and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to the anxious, “Be strong, do not fear! *

Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you.”

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, *

and the ears of the deaf be unstopped.

Then shall the lame leap like a deer, *

and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness *

and streams in the desert;

The burning sand shall become a pool *

and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

The ransomed of God shall return with singing, *

with everlasting joy upon their heads.

Joy and gladness shall be theirs, *

and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



A Reading from Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018

April 14: Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione, "Unmercenary Physicians", d. circa 100, 117 [p. 185]


Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione were three early Christian women who are commemorated in the Orthodox Church as the first “unmercenary physicians”- Christian medical doctors who offered their skill to everyone and refused to accept payment.


According to Orthodox tradition, Zenaida and Philonella were sisters, born into a well-educated and wealthy Jewish family in the city of Tarsus. They were baptized by their brother Jason after his conversion and ordination as a priest.


Both sisters were said to have been well-educated at home in both philosophy and medicine, but they were unable to find employment in either field in an era when both professions were controlled by men. Therefore, they built a chapel, two cells, and a medical clinic on the outskirts of the city of Thessaly, where they devoted themselves to treating all who came to them regardless of their ability to pay, and refused to accept any money in exchange for their services.


Philonella was said to be skilled in experimental treatments for diseases that were regarded as incurable, and Zenaida specialized in pediatric medicine and the treatment of psychological disorders, particularly depression. Zenaida became particularly renowned as a spiritual director as well as a physician. Three of her male disciples founded a monastery a short distance away from the sisters. Varying accounts are given of their death, with one tradition relating that they were killed by robbers, and others relating that they continued in their ministry until dying peacefully of old age.


Hermione is the third early Christian woman to be given the title of “unmercenary physician.” She is reported to be one of the daughters of Philip the Deacon (Acts 6). After studying medicine in Caesarea, she went to Ephesus in the hopes of meeting the Apostle John, but found that he had already died. She therefore used her income to open up a medical clinic, with the help of her younger sister Eukhidia. Eventually, she expanded the clinic into a residential facility to allow for more extended treatment. Orthodox Christians believe that this was the first example of a Christian hospital, and it became the inspiration for later developments in Christian medical care, particularly in the Christian East.



Canticle P: A Song of the Spirit

[EOW1, p. 38; Revelation 22:12-17]


“Behold, I am coming soon,” says the Lord,

“and bringing my reward with me, *

to give to everyone according to their deeds.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, *

the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who do God’s commandments,

that they may have the right to the tree of life, *

and may enter the city through the gates.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you, *

with this testimony for all the churches.

“I am the root and the offspring of David, *

I am the bright morning star.”

“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride; *

“Come!” let each hearer reply!

Come forward, you who are thirsty, *

let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



The Apostles' Creed

[EOW1, p. 41]


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.



The Prayers

[EOW1, p. 42; BCP, p. 121]


V: God be with you. R: And also with you. Let us pray.


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your Name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and for ever. Amen.



Suffrages A

[BCP, p. 121]


V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;

R. And grant us your salvation.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

R. Let your people sing with joy.

V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

R. For only in you can we live in safety.

V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V. Let your way be known upon earth;

R. Your 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 by your Holy Spirit.



Collect of the Day: Second Sunday of Easter

[BCP, 224]


Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Collect of the Day: Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione, "Unmercenary Physicians", d. circa 100, 117

[Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018, p. 186]


Merciful God, whose most dear Son came to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and preach good news to the poor: Lead us by the example of your servants, Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione, to freely give even as we have freely received; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



A Collect for Aid Against Perils

[BCP, p. 123]


Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



Prayer for Mission

[BCP, p. 124]


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



Offer your own intercessions and thanksgivings.



The General Thanksgiving

[BCP, p. 125]


Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable 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 pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.



A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

[BCP, p. 126]


Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 126]


Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia! Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. [Ephesians 3:20,21]



Credits: This service is drawn from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), Enriching Our Worship 1 (1997), and other liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church and the scriptures are reprinted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

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