Evening Prayer 2.5.16, St. Philip & St. James, Apostles

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Yesterday was the Orthodox Easter, and Serbians in New York were devastated at news that their historic St. Sava Cathedral was engulfed in flames. It was a chapel of Trinity Parish, Wall Street, until 1943, when it was sold to the Serbs to be a home for their first parish in the city. Indeed, the Orthodox Church in America was established there, with Russian, Greek and Serbian patriarchs present to consecrate it. A neo-Gothic church built in the 1860s, it served Episcopalians until the neighborhood became more commercial and residents moved uptown. This is a devastating loss for New York's Orthodox community. (FDNY on Twitter)

Yesterday was the Orthodox Easter, and Serbians in New York were devastated at news that their historic St. Sava Cathedral, 25th & Broadway, was engulfed in flames. It was a chapel of Trinity Parish, Wall Street, until 1943, when it was sold to the Serbs to be a home for their first parish in the city. Indeed, the Orthodox Church in America was established there, with Russian, Greek and Serbian patriarchs present to consecrate it. A neo-Gothic church built in the 1860s, it served Episcopalians until the neighborhood became more commercial and residents moved uptown. This is a horrible loss for New York’s Orthodox community. (FDNY on Twitter)

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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. Alleluia.

Hymn: O Gracious Light

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 139

1  LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2  You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3  Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4  You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6  Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
7  If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8  If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9  Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10  If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night,”
11  Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.
12  For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
13  I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14  My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.
15  Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.
16  How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17  If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

18  Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19  They speak despitefully against you; *
your enemies take your Name in vain.
20  Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? *
and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21  I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
they have become my own enemies.
22  Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and know my restless thoughts.
23  Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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
Proverbs 4:7-18 (NRSV)

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever else you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a fair garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Hear, my child, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
and if you run, you will not stumble.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

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.

John 12:20-26 (NRSV)

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”

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.

Philip and James are commemorated together because we don't know anything about them except what's in the New Testament, and even that is subject to some confusion and scholarly disputes. It is possible that James the Less was the author of the Epistle of James, or at least of the original source material for it; Philip may have been the companion of Paul mentioned in some letters. In any event these two were numbered among the Apostles. (Concordia Koinonia)

Philip and James are commemorated together because we don’t know anything about them except what’s in the New Testament, and even that is subject to some confusion and scholarly disputes. It is possible that James the Less was the author of the Epistle of James, or at least of the original source material for it; Philip may have been the companion of Paul mentioned in some letters. In any event these two were numbered among the Apostles. (Concordia Koinonia)

Collect of the Day: Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles

Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, 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.

Monday Evening Prayer List: Thanksgivings

New Facebook page for St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; all those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
Our new portal page and Facebook page for dailyoffice.org
Oficio Diario and Vicar Michael Dresbach
Our donors
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Community Health Centers and Free Clinics

A Collect 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. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

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