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  • Writer's pictureFr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Evening Prayer for May 11, 2021

Tuesday in the Sixth Week of Easter

Evening Prayer

May 11, 2021

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Evening Prayer

Enriching Our Worship 1 and Book of Common Prayer

If you then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

[Colossians 3:1; 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 78:40-72

[BCP, p. 698]

40 How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness *

and offended him in the desert!

41 Again and again they tempted God *

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power *

in the day when he ransomed them from the enemy;

43 How he wrought his signs in Egypt *

and his omens in the field of Zoan.

44 He turned their rivers into blood, *

so that they could not drink of their streams.

45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *

and frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave their crops to the caterpillar, *

the fruit of their toil to the locust.

47 He killed their vines with hail *

and their sycamores with frost.

48 He delivered their cattle to hailstones *

and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.

49 He poured out upon them his blazing anger: *

fury, indignation, and distress, a troop of destroying angels.

50 He gave full rein to his anger; he did not spare their souls from death; *

but delivered their lives to the plague.

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *

the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.

52 He led out his people like sheep *

and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 He led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *

but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 He brought them to his holy land, *

the mountain his right hand had won.

55 He drove out the Canaanites before them and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *

he made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56 But they tested the Most High God, and defied him, *

and did not keep his commandments.

57 They turned away and were disloyal like their fathers; *

they were undependable like a warped bow.

58 They grieved him with their hill-altars *

they provoked his displeasure with their idols.

59 When God heard this, he was angry *

and utterly rejected Israel.

60 He forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *

the tabernacle where he had lived among his people.

61 He delivered the ark into captivity, *

his glory into the adversary's hand.

62 He gave his people to the sword *

and was angered against his inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men; *

there were no wedding songs for their maidens.

64 Their priests fell by the sword, *

and their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *

like a warrior refreshed with wine.

66 He struck his enemies on the backside *

and put them to perpetual shame.

67 He rejected the tent of Joseph *

and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah *

and Mount Zion, which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *

like the earth which he founded for ever.

70 He chose David his servant, *

and took him away from the sheepfolds.

71 He brought him from following the ewes, *

to be a shepherd over Jacob his people and over Israel his inheritance.

72 So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *

and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

A Reading from Luke (11:1-13)

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial." And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.' And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.' I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

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

May 11: Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme, Mystics, d. 1621 and 1624 [p. 223]

Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme were two of the most prominent Lutheran mystical writers.

Born in Edderitz near Ballenstedt, in Anhalt-Köthen, Johann Arndt (1555-1621) was orphaned at age ten. He began his studies with a divided focus on medicine and divinity. After recovering from a grave illness, he came to look on his life as a gift and felt duty-bound to devote it to God’s service. He turned his attention exclusively to divinity, which he studied in several different German and Swiss universities.

An irenic spirit, Arndt hoped, like Phillip Melanchthon to help heal the divisions between the Reformed (Calvinist) and Evangelical (Lutheran) branches of Protestantism. Although a diligent pastor, this high aspiration met with continual frustration in his ministry; the posthumous influence of his writing, however, has contributed to this hope by drawing many across theological divides to closer personal union with Christ.

In Arndt’s major work True Christianity, he seeks to correct an over-emphasis on the legal aspect of salvation (justification by faith) by emphasizing the need for the believer to abide in Christ through personal prayer, scripture-reading, and godliness. This work became a standard manual among German Pietists as well as the Mennonites. Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-17050) looked to Arndt as a forerunner of his work. Similarly, Arndt influenced John Wesley and the birth of Methodism within the Church of England. In the 20th century, Albert Schweitzer called Johann Arndt the the prophet of interior Protestantism. True Christianity has provided a model for countless other devotional texts by both Protestant and Roman Catholic writers.

Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) was born in Alt Seidenburg to a family of cattle-herders. Deemed too weak for cattle-herding, he was sent to school where he learned to read and write and eventually became apprentice to a shoe-maker.

He was given to mystical visions, even in his youth. A particularly compelling vision in 1600 led Boehme to write Die Morgenroete im Aufgang (The rising of Dawn). Although he never intended the work for publication, it was circulated among friends and eventually came to the attention of the pastor of Görlitz, who harshly condemned it. It was many years before Boehme took up the pen again. However, in 1618 he began to write and produced a remarkable number of works on mystical theology and cosmology in the six years before his death. While Boehme remained a Lutheran, his theological speculations caused considerable controversy for departing from the Lutheran Orthodoxy of his day.

Boehme's writings influenced the radical pietists, including the Society of Friends (Quakers). William Law (1686-1761) became a great admirer of the German mystic later in his life, and produced an English edition of Boehme’s work. However, this admiration was not uncontroversial; Law's student John Wesley called his writings “sublime nonsense.” Boehme also had a great influence on both German and English Romanticism, most notably William Blake.

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 with your Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day: Sixth Sunday of Easter

[BCP, 225]

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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: Rogation Day II - For Commerce and Industry

[BCP, 259]

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day: Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme, Mystics, d. 1621 and 1624

[Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018, p. 224]

Holy God, who dwells with those have a contrite and humble spirit: Revive our spirits; purify us from deceitful lusts; and cloth us in righteousness and true holiness; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. 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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