Evening Prayer 1.3.16, St. David of Wales, c. 544

Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

St. David's Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania, consecrated in 1874. (Wikipedia)

St. David’s Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania, consecrated in 1874. (Wikipedia)

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set before us. Daniel 9:9-10

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: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 78:40-72

How often the people disobeyed God in the wilderness *
and offended the LORD in the desert!
Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember God’s power *
in the day when God ransomed them from the enemy;
How God wrought signs in Egypt *
and omens in the field of Zoan.
God turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
God sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
God gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
God killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
God delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
God poured out upon them blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress,
a troop of destroying angels.
God gave full rein to divine anger;
God did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
God struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
God led out the chosen people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
God led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
God brought them to the holy land, *
to the mountain won by God’s own hand.
The LORD drove out the Canaanites before them
and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
God made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

But they tested and defied the LORD, *
and did not keep the commandments of the Most High.
They turned away and were disloyal like their ancestors; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
They grieved God with their hill-altars *
and provoked God’s displeasure with their idols.
Hearing this, God was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
God forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where God had lived among mortals.
God delivered the ark into captivity, *
God’s glory into the adversary’s hand.
God gave the chosen people to the sword *
and was mightily angered against them.
The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their young women.
Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.

Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
These enemies God struck on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
God rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
God chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, the beloved.
God built the holy sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which God founded for ever.
God chose David to serve, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
God brought him from tending the sheep, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob, the chosen people,
and over Israel, the chosen inheritance.
So David shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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 LESSON
Mark 6:1-13 (NRSV)

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
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.

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.

Aidan Hart: St. David. The Celtic faith centered in Glastonbury remained in Wales after the Angles, Saxons and Jutes conquered the rest of Britain, and from that faith today's saint comes. David founded a dozen monasteries, pre-eminently at Menevia; he preferred to remain in study and prayer in his enclosure, but was elected bishop and eventually Primate of Wales. He was known as a strict administrator but lenient with wrongdoers.

Aidan Hart: St. David. The Celtic faith centered in Glastonbury, Somerset remained in Wales after the Angles, Saxons and Jutes conquered the rest of Britain, and from that faith today’s saint comes. David founded a dozen monasteries, pre-eminently at Menevia (now called St. Davids); he preferred to remain in study and prayer in his enclosure, but was elected bishop and eventually Primate of Wales. He was an ascetic who required strenuous physical labour of his monks, and a strict administrator – but lenient with wrongdoers.

Collect of the Day: St. David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales, c. 544

Almighty God, you called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; 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

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.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Talma DeLong
Dick Seage
Bishop Dan

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

VIDEO: The eternal gifts of Christ the King (#233; Aeterna Christi munera, Medieval Plainsong, Mode VII; St. Ambrose of Milan) – Andrew Remillard

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