• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Evening Prayer for May 12, 2020

Updated: May 19

Tuesday in the 5th Week of Easter

Evening Prayer

May 12, 2020


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Note: We are again praying with Rite II (contemporary English) language during the season of Easter. This is our normal pattern at St. Matthew's. It reminds us that we can speak to God with our ordinary, everyday language.

This service is drawn from The Book of Common Prayer (1979) and the scriptures are reprinted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.




Evening Prayer, Rite II

[BCP, p. 117]



Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

[1 Corinthians 15:57; BCP, p. 77]



The Invitatory and Psalter

[BCP, p. 117]


V: O God, make speed to save us. R: O Lord, make haste to help us.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, * and will be forever. Amen.

Alleluia!


O Gracious Light

[BCP, p. 118]


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

You are 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.


The Psalm or Psalms Appointed


Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus

  Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *

let those who hate him flee before him.

  Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *

as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

  But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *

let them also be merry and joyful.

  Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *

YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!

  Father of orphans, defender of widows, *

God in his holy habitation!

  God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *

but the rebels shall live in dry places.

  O God, when you went forth before your people, *

when you marched through the wilderness,

  The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *

at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

  You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *

you refreshed the land when it was weary.

10   Your people found their home in it; *

in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.

11   The Lord gave the word; *

great was the company of women who bore the tidings:

12   Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *

the women at home are dividing the spoils.

13   Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *

you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold.

14   When the Almighty scattered kings, *

it was like snow falling in Zalmon.

15   O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *

O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!

16   Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *

truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.

17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; *

the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.

18   You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; you have received gifts even from your enemies, *

that the LORD God might dwell among them.

19   Blessed be the Lord day by day, *

the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

20   He is our God, the God of our salvation; *

God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.

21   God shall crush the heads of his enemies, *

and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness.

22   The Lord has said, "I will bring them back from Bashan; *

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;

23   That your foot may be dipped in blood, *

the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies."

24   They see your procession, O God, *

your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.

25   The singers go before, musicians follow after, *

in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.

26   Bless God in the congregation; *

bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.

27   There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; the princes of Judah in a company; *

and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.

28   Send forth your strength, O God; *

establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.

29   Kings shall bring gifts to you, *

for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.

30   Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, *

and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.

31   Trample down those who lust after silver; *

scatter the peoples that delight in war.

32   Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; *

let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.

33   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *

sing praises to the Lord.

34   He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *

he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

35   Ascribe power to God; *

his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.

36   How wonderful is God in his holy places! *

the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!


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 1 Thessalonians (5:1-11)


Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters,you do not need to have anything written to you.For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!But you, beloved,are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief;for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober;for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Song of Mary

[BCP, p. 119; Luke 1:46-55]


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: * the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him * in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, * he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * for he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, * to Abraham and his children for ever.

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.


A Reading from [["non-biblical Christian literature" (BCP, p. 142)]]


The Song of Simeon

[BCP, p. 120; Luke 2:29-32]


Lord, you now have set your servant free *

to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *

whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, *

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, * and will be forever. Amen.


The Apostles' Creed

[BCP, p. 120]


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He 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,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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

[BCP, p. 121]


V: The Lord 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: Fifth Sunday of Easter

[BCP, p. 225]


Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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 him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20)


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