Evening Prayer 26.5.16, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle of the English, 605

At harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.

Augustine and his party probably saw the white cliffs of Dover as they crossed the English Channel from France. (Natureflip)

Augustine and his party probably saw the white cliffs of Dover as they crossed the English Channel from France. (Natureflip)

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

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: 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 37:19-42

1  The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
2  They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
3  As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
4  The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
5  Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed shall be destroyed.
6  Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
those in whose way God delights, God strengthens.
7  If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
8  I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
9  The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
10  Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
11  For the LORD loves justice; *
and does not forsake the faithful.
12  They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
13  The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
14  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
15  The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
16  The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
17  The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
18  Wait upon the LORD and keep God’s way; *
the LORD will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
19  I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
20  I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
21  Mark those who are honest;
observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
22  Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
23  But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
24  The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
the LORD will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because in the LORD they seek refuge.

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
Matthew 13:24-30 (NRSV)

Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

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.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Kent was chosen as the landing spot for Augustine's party of missionary monks, probably because King Ethelbert's wife Queen Bertha, a Frankish princess, was already a Christian; Canterbury was their principal town. During Augustine's time Ethelbert converted, along with many of his subjects, dioceses were established at London and Rochester, a school was established to train priests, and Augustine chose his own successor, Laurence of Canterbury. But one thing did not happen: the Celtic bishops refused entreaties to submit to England's archbishop. (traditionalcatholicpriest.com)

Kent was chosen as the landing spot for Augustine’s party of missionary monks, probably because King Ethelbert’s wife Queen Bertha, a Frankish princess, was already a Christian; Canterbury was their principal town. During Augustine’s time Ethelbert converted, along with many of his subjects; dioceses were established at London and Rochester; a school was started to train priests; and Augustine chose his successor, Laurence of Canterbury. But one thing did not happen: the Celtic bishops in Ireland, Scotland and Wales refused entreaties to submit to the Pope’s new archbishop for England. (traditionalcatholicpriest.com)

Collect of the Day: Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

O Lord our God, by your Son Jesus Christ you called your apostles and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: We bless your holy name for your servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating your Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom you call and send may do your will, and bide your time, and see your glory; 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 the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Those with Mental Illness
alt. Dinah Danby

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illness. Give them loving and supportive families and friends, and bless their caregivers with wisdom and compassion. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. 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.

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++

VIDEO: O God, our help in ages past (#680, St. Anne, William Croft; Isaac Watts) – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 2009

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