• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Evening Prayer for September 29, 2020

The Feast of St. Michael & All Angels

Evening Prayer

September 29, 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]



Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world.

[Psalm 19:4; BCP, p. 78]



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 104

[BCP, p. 735]


  Bless the LORD, O my soul; *

O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendor.

  You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *

and spread out the heavens like a curtain.

  You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *

you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.

  You make the winds your messengers *

and flames of fire your servants.

  You have set the earth upon its foundations, *

so that it never shall move at any time.

  You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; *

the waters stood higher than the mountains.

  At your rebuke they fled; *

at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.

  They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *

to the places you had appointed for them.

  You set the limits that they should not pass; *

they shall not again cover the earth.

10   You send the springs into the valleys; *

they flow between the mountains.

11   All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, *

and the wild asses quench their thirst.

12   Beside them the birds of the air make their nests *

and sing among the branches.

13   You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; *

the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.

14   You make grass grow for flocks and herds *

and plants to serve mankind;

15   That they may bring forth food from the earth, *

and wine to gladden our hearts,

16   Oil to make a cheerful countenance, *

and bread to strengthen the heart.

17   The trees of the LORD are full of sap, *

the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,

18   In which the birds build their nests, *

and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.

19   The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, *

and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.

20   You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, *

and the sun knows the time of its setting.

21   You make darkness that it may be night, *

in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.

22   The lions roar after their prey *

and seek their food from God.

23   The sun rises, and they slip away *

and lay themselves down in their dens.

24   Man goes forth to his work *

and to his labor until the evening.

25   O LORD, how manifold are your works! *

in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

26   Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, *

creatures both small and great.

27   There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *

which you have made for the sport of it.

28   All of them look to you *

to give them their food in due season.

29   You give it to them; they gather it; *

you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30   You hide your face, and they are terrified; *

you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.

31   You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *

and so you renew the face of the earth.

32   May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *

may the LORD rejoice in all his works.

33   He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34   I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *

I will praise my God while I have my being.

35   May these words of mine please him; *

I will rejoice in the LORD.

36   Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *

and the wicked be no more.

37   Bless the LORD, O my soul. *

Hallelujah!


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 2 Kings (6:8-17)


Once when the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he took counsel with his officers. He said, "At such and such a place shall be my camp." But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, "Take care not to pass this place, because the Arameans are going down there." The king of Israel sent word to the place of which the man of God spoke. More than once or twice he warned such a place so that it was on the alert. The mind of the king of Aram was greatly perturbed because of this; he called his officers and said to them, "Now tell me who among us sides with the king of Israel?" Then one of his officers said, "No one, my lord king. It is Elisha, the prophet in Israel, who tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber." He said, "Go and find where he is; I will send and seize him." He was told, "He is in Dothan." So he sent horses and chariots there and a great army; they came by night, and surrounded the city. When an attendant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. His servant said, "Alas, master! What shall we do?" He replied, "Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them." Then Elisha prayed: "O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see." So the LORD opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw; the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


A Song of Creation

[BCP, p. 88; Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65]


Invocation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


I    The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *     O heavens and all waters above the heavens. Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *     all winds and fire and heat. Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, * drops of dew and flakes of snow. Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *     O shining light and enfolding dark. Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


II    The Earth and its Creatures

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills, and all that grows upon the earth, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *     O whales and all that move in the waters. All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *     and all you flocks and herds. O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


III    The People of God

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever. You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *     praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


A Reading from Revelation (5:1-14)


Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals." Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth." Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, "To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the elders fell down and worshiped.


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" [OPTIONAL]

[(BCP, p. 142)]


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, Blessed Michael and All Angels, whom we commemorate today, and all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.


Collect of the Day: St. Michael & All Angels

[BCP, p. 244]


Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; 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: Proper 21

[BCP, p. 234]


O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and 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]


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.


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)



About Today's Commemoration(s)


September 29: St. Michael & All Angels

[Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006, p. 398]


The scriptural word “angel” (Greek: angelos) means, literally, a messenger. Messengers from God can be visible or invisible, and may assume human or non-human forms. Christians have always felt themselves to be attended by healthful spirits—swift, powerful, and enlightening. Those beneficent spirits are often depicted in Christian art in human form, with wings to signify their swiftness and spacelessness, with swords to signify their power, and with dazzling raiment to signify their ability to enlighten. Unfortunately, this type of pictorial representation has led many to dismiss the angels as “just another mythical beast, like the unicorn, the griffin, or the sphinx.”


Of the many angels spoken of in the Bible, only four are called by name: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. The Archangel Michael is the powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God’s people, and delivers peace to them at the end of this life’s mortal struggle. “Michaelmas,” as his feast is called in England, has long been one of the popular celebrations of the Christian Year in many parts of the world.


Michael is the patron saint of countless churches, including Mont Saint-Michel, the monastery fortress off the coast of Normandy that figured so prominently in medieval English history, and Coventry Cathedral, England’s most famous modern church building, rising from the ashes of the most devastating war of our time.

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