Evening Prayer 24.2.16, Wednesday in Lent 2

When Jesus was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables.

The Rev. Fernando Cardenal has died, the Nicaraguan priest who was expelled from the Jesuits and prohibited from functioning as a priest for serving as Education Minister of the left-wing Sandanista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s. Like many Latin American priests, he believed in Liberation Theology, which holds that the Church's job isn't just to preach salvation in the afterlife, but to help bring justice to the poor in this one. He was born into a well-to-do family in Colombia and later said he had never spoken to a poor person until after seminary and ordination, when he was expected to be a priest to people in their poverty. Pope John Paul II, busy helping the Solidarity movement overthrow the Communist government in Poland, wasn't having any of that liberation talk, and personally ordered Cardenal's deposition. As Education Minister of the popularly elected government, Cardenal stayed in his secular post, overseeing a national literacy campaign that raised the readership rate from 15% to 50% in just two years; young volunteers moved into family homes and taught everyone to read. The Sandanista government finally fell due to a U.S.-funded "contra" war; Cardenal finally resigned from the party in disgust at the corruption of some of its leaders. In time the Jesuits forgave him, and he was restored to his priestly duties, including writing and giving lectures on theology, politics and the whole sordid affair. (Wikipedia)

The Rev. Fernando Cardenal has died, the Nicaraguan priest who was expelled from the Jesuits and prohibited from functioning as a priest for serving as Education Minister of the left-wing Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s. Like many Latin American priests, he believed in Liberation Theology, which holds that the Church’s job isn’t just to preach salvation in the afterlife, but to help bring justice to the poor in this one. He was born into a well-to-do family in Colombia and later said he had never spoken to a poor person until after seminary and ordination, when he was expected to be a priest to people in their poverty. Pope John Paul II, busy helping the Solidarity movement overthrow the Communist government in Poland, wasn’t having any of that liberation talk, and personally ordered Cardenal’s deposition. As a member of the popularly elected government, Cardenal stayed in his secular post, overseeing a national literacy campaign that raised the readership rate from 15% to 50% in just two years; young volunteers moved into family homes and taught everyone to read. The Sandinista government finally fell due to a U.S.-funded “contra” war; Cardenal later resigned from the party in disgust at the corruption of some of its leaders. In time the Jesuits forgave him, and he was restored to his priestly duties, including writing and giving lectures on theology, politics and the whole deadly affair. (Wikipedia)

Rend your hearts, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Joel 2:13

GENERAL CONFESSION

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

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

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

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.

Hymn: 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.

Psalm 119:73-96

73  Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
74  Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, *
because I trust in your word.
75  I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right *
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76  Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
as you have promised to your servant.
77  Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
for your law is my delight.
78  Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; *
but I will meditate on your commandments.
79  Let those who fear you turn to me, *
and also those who know your decrees.
80  Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
that I may not be put to shame.

81  My soul has longed for your salvation; *
I have put my hope in your word.
82  My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
and I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83  I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84  How much longer must I wait? *
when will you give judgment against those who persecute me?
85  The proud have dug pits for me; *
they do not keep your law.
86  All your commandments are true; *
help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87  They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88  In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.

89  O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
it stands firm in the heavens.
90  Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
you established the earth, and it abides.
91  By your decree these continue to this day, *
for all things are your servants.
92  If my delight had not been in your law, *
I should have perished in my affliction.
93  I will never forget your commandments, *
because by them you give me life.
94  I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
for I study your commandments.
95  Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
I will apply my mind to your decrees.
96  I see that all things come to an end, *
but your commandment has no bounds.

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.

Parable of the Sower (artist unknown)

Parable of the Sower (artist unknown)

THE LESSON
Mark 4:1-20 (NRSV)

Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that

‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,
and may indeed listen, but not understand;
so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
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 APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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

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.

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.

The parish church (left) and ruins at Bolton Priory in North Yorkshire, an Augustinian monastery built in 1154. It survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries and remains a religious community today, part of a massive estate owned by the Duke of Devonshire and administered by a trust. (Dr. John Wells)

The parish church (left) and ruins at Bolton Priory in North Yorkshire, an Augustinian monastery built in 1154. The order survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries and remains a religious community today, part of a massive estate owned by the Duke of Devonshire and administered by a trust. (Dr. John Wells)

Collect of the Day: Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

O God, you so loved the world that you gave your only-begotten Son to reconcile earth with heaven: Grant that we, loving you above all things, may love our friends in you, and our enemies for your sake; 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 Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the beauty of the Earth: Christ and the Solar System. (Coptic Orthodox Church Fathers on Facebook)

For the beauty of the Earth: Christ and the Solar System. (Coptic Orthodox Church Fathers on Facebook)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster Victims
Cyclone victims in Fiji and Tonga
Those killed and hurt in the Taiwan earthquake
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Ethiopia and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

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.

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 God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.++

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