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The Commemoration

The Creed

The Prayers

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Friday
Evening Prayer

The Opening

Opening Sentence

Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name. Amos 5:8

Hymn: Lead, kindly Light

Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom,
lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path;
lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will: remember not past years!

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
the night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Singers: Wells Cathedral Choir
Words: John Henry Newman
Music: William H Harris
Tune: Alberta

Confession

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

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.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our 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.

Versicle and Response

O God, make speed to save us.
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 for ever. Amen.

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron

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

Psalm 73 or
Coverdale
Quam bonus Israel!

1Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;

3Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:

4For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;

5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;

6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.

7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.

8They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.

10And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.

11They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.

13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.

14I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.

15Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.

16When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;

17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.

18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.

19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!

20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.

21When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.

22I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.

23Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.

24You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.

28But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.

29I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

Psalm 73 or
Coverdale
Quam bonus Israel!

1Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;

3Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:

4For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;

5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;

6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.

7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.

8They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.

10And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.

11They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.

13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.

14I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.

15Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.

16When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;

17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.

18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.

19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!

20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.

21When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.

22I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.

23Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.

24You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.

28But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.

29I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

Gloria Patri

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. Amen.

The Lessons

The Gospel

Mark 9:2-13

2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.' 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!' 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. 11Then they asked him, 'Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?' 12He said to them, 'Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.'

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis
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 for ever. Amen.

The Creed

The Apostles' Creed

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

The Lord's Prayer

or traditional

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

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 all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

Collect of the Day: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

World Cycle of Prayer

We pray for the people of Austria.

Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

A Collect for Fridays

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: To my humble supplication

To my humble supplication
Lord, give ear and acceptation
Save thy servant, that hath none
Help nor hope but Thee alone. Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us pray now for our own needs and those of others.

Birthdays
Anniversaries
For Recovery from Sickness
For Travelers
For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement
For Those to be Baptized
For the Departed
Full list of prayers

For Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the Unity of the Church

O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Monastic Orders and Vocations

O Lord Jesus Christ, you became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through your poverty: Guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, that by their prayer and service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn: What wondrous love is this

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down;
when I was sinking down beneath God's righteous wrath,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on;
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on;
And when from death I'm free I'll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
And through eternity I'll sing on!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

Singers and Musicians: Blue Highway
Words: The Southern Harmony
Music: American Folk Tune, 19th Century

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

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

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 Ending

Benediction

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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, 21

Hymn: God Be With You

God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet,
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

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