• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Evening Prayer for November 3, 2020

Tuesday in the Week of Proper 26

Evening Prayer

November 3, 2020


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Note: We are praying using Rite II (contemporary English) language, as 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 other liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church and the scriptures are reprinted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.




Evening Prayer, Rite II

[BCP, p. 116]



Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ

[Philippians 1:2; BCP, p. 115]



Confession of Sin

[BCP, p. 116]


Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Officiant says the following (a Priest substitutes "you" for "us")


Almighty God have mercy on [us], forgive [us] all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen [us] in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep [us] in eternal life. Amen.



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

[BCP, p. 676]


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

    let those who hate him flee before him.

2 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.

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

    let them also be merry and joyful.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;

exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *

    YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!

5 Father of orphans, defender of widows, *

    God in his holy habitation!

6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners

                             into freedom; *

    but the rebels shall live in dry places.

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

    when you marched through the wilderness,

8 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.

9 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 LORDwill 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 Luke (13:1-9)


1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”


6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8 He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”


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 Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018

November 2: All Souls Day / All the Faithful Departed (p. 483)


In the New Testament, the word “saints” is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community, and in the Collect for All Saints’ Day the word “elect” is used in a similar sense. From very early times, however, the word “saint” came to be applied primarily to persons of heroic sanctity, whose deeds were recalled with gratitude and admiration by later generations.


Beginning in the tenth century, it became customary to set aside another day on which the church remembered that vast body of the faithful who, though no less members of the company of the redeemed, are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church. It was also a day for particular remembrance of family members and friends. Although those in this wider body of the faithful are no less part of the communion of saints than those persons whose particular sanctity is celebrated on All Saints’ Day, the liturgical mood of the two days is nevertheless quite different, as the joy and exultation of All Saints’ Day transitions to the much more personal remembrances and griefs of All Souls’ Day.


Although the observance of All Souls’ Day was abolished at the Reformation because of abuses connected with masses for the dead, a renewed understanding of its meaning has led to a widespread acceptance of this commemoration among Anglicans, and to its inclusion as an optional observance in the calendar of the Episcopal Church.


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 B

[BCP, p. 122]


That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

We entreat you, O Lord.


That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,

We entreat you, O Lord.


That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,

We entreat you, O Lord.


That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,

We entreat you, O Lord.


That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.


That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of Blessed Mary the Bearer of God, Blessed Matthew our patron, and all the faithful departed, whom we commemorate today, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.


Collect of the Day: Proper 26

[BCP, p. 235]


Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Collect of the Day: All Souls Day / All Faithful Departed

[Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018, p. 484 (pre-publication)]


O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers: Grant to the faithful departed the unsearchable benefits of the passion of your Son; that on the day of his appearing they may be manifested as your children; through 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]


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.


A Prayer for an Election

[BCP, p. 822]


Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; 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. Thanks be to God.


May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Romans 15:13)


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