All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

Evening Prayer from 

     The Book of Common Prayer

     Sunday, 14th February 2021
Quinquagesima

 


Sentences from Scripture may include:

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. St. Luke 15.18-19

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us: but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 St. John 1.8-9

Dearly beloved [brethren],

    the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge

        and confess our manifold sins and wickedness;

     [and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before

        the face of almighty God our heavenly Father;

    but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent and

obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same by his infinite goodness and mercy.

    And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge

        our sins before God;

    yet ought we most chiefly so to do,

    when we assemble and meet together

    to render thanks for the great benefits that we have

        received at his hands,

    to set forth his most worthy praise,

    to hear his most holy word,

    and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary,

    as well for the body as the soul.]

     Wherefore I pray and beseech you,

    as many as are here present,

    to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice,

    unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying [after me]:


Almighty and most merciful Father,

    we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed too much the devices and desires

        of our own hearts.

    We have offended against thy holy laws.

    We have left undone those things which we ought to have done.

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.

    But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.

    Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.

 Restore thou them that are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

    that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,

    to the glory of thy holy name.    Amen.


A priest says

    Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    who desireth not the death of a sinner,

    but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live;

    and hath given power, and commandment, to his ministers

    to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,

    the absolution and remission of their sins:

    he pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent

        and unfeignedly believe his holy gospel.

    Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance,

        and his Holy Spirit,

    that those things may please him which we do at this present;

    and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy;

    so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our Father, which art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name;

    thy kingdom come; thy will be done,

    in earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation;

    but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    the power and the glory,

    for ever and ever.     Amen.



These responses are used

    O Lord, open thou our lips

All   and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

     

    O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

     

    

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

    and to the Holy Ghost;

All   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

    world without end. Amen.

     

    Praise ye the Lord.

All   The Lord's name be praised.



PSALM 99.

Dominus regnavit


1 THE Lord is King, be the people never so unpatient : he sitteth between the cherubims, be the earth never so unquiet.

2  The Lord is great in Sion : and high above all people.

3  They shall give thanks unto thy Name : which is great, wonderful, and holy.

4  The King's power loveth judgement; thou hast prepared equity : thou hast executed judgement and righteousness in Jacob.

5  O magnify the Lord our God : and fall down before his footstool, for he is holy.

6  Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among such as call upon his Name : these called upon the Lord, and he heard them.

7  He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar : for they kept his testimonies, and the law that he gave them.

8  Thou heardest them, O Lord our God : thou forgavest them, O God, and punishedst their own inventions.

9  O magnify the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill : for the Lord our God is holy.

    

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.


  Old Testament Reading               First Reading:    1 Kings 19: 1-15 KJV

19  And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

2  Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

10  And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

11  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

14  And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

15  And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:


Here ends the first Lesson


 Magnificat  

      

1  My soul doth magnify the Lord :

  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

     

2  For he hath regarded :

   the lowliness of his handmaiden.

     

3  For behold, from henceforth :

  all generations shall call me blessed.

     

4 For he that is mighty hath magnified me :

   and holy is his Name.

     

5  And his mercy is on them that fear him :

   throughout all generations.

     

6  He hath shewed strength with his arm :

   he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

     

7  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :

   and hath exalted the humble and meek.

     

8  He hath filled the hungry with good things :

   and the rich he hath sent empty away.

     

9  He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :

   as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

    

Luke 1.46-55

     

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

   and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end. Amen.

     

 New Testament Reading          1 Corinthians 13    KJV

13  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4  Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8  Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13  And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Here ends the second Lesson


Nunc dimittis

 1  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

   according to thy word.

     

2  For mine eyes have seen :

   thy salvation;

     

3  Which thou hast prepared :

  before the face of all people;

     

4  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :

   and to be the glory of thy people Israel.   Luke 2.29-32

     

   Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

   world without end.       Amen.



The Apostles' Creed  

     

  I believe in God the Father almighty,

   maker of heaven and earth:

   and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

   who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

   born of the Virgin Mary,

   suffered under Pontius Pilate,

   was crucified, dead, and buried.

   He descended into hell;

   the third day he rose again from the dead;

   he ascended into heaven,

   and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;

   from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

   I believe in the Holy Ghost;

   the holy catholic Church;

   the communion of saints;

   the forgiveness of sins;

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life everlasting.     Amen.

      

Prayers  

  The Lord be with you.

All  And with thy spirit.

     

 Let us pray.

     

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

All  Christ, have mercy upon us.

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

     

All  Our Father, which art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy name;

   thy kingdom come;

   thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

   And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

   And lead us not into temptation;

   but deliver us from evil. Amen.

     

   O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

All  And grant us thy salvation.

     

   O Lord, save the Queen.

All  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

     

   Endue thy ministers with righteousness.

All  And make thy chosen people joyful.

    O Lord, save thy people.

All  And bless thine inheritance.

     

   Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All  Because there is none other that fighteth for us,

   but only thou, O God.

     

   O God, make clean our hearts within us.

All  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

     

Three Collects are said.

The Collect of the Day  

O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. All Amen..

 The Collect for Peace  

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that, by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.        All  Amen.

     

 The Collect for Aid against all Perils  

  Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this      night;  for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All  Amen.




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A reading from Saints & Pilgrims in the Diocese of St Albans

by Alan Smith +St Albans



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Prayers


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Blessing

THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

   and the love of God,

   and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,

   be with us all evermore.

All  Amen.                          




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