Evening Prayer 30.5.16, Joan of Arc, Mystic & Soldier, 1431; (USA: Memorial Day)

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Combat veterans and their families know post-traumatic stress from the inside, but until recently few people in the Church or the military understood that chaplains in combat zones can and do suffer from it too. Some therapeutic programs specializing in the condition are now starting to turn their attention to the one type of soldier who can't defend him- or herself, is always on duty if someone needs to talk, and is expected never to break down under the pressure of war. Some chaplains lose their faith altogether; some go numb, then find their faith transformed; and others get help in coping and learn to help others too. The Rev. Mark Weatherly, rector of St. Mark's, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the latter; he served in Bosnia and Iraq and says, “I know fear. I know what it’s like to be scared and yelling the 23rd Psalm at the top of my voice.” (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Combat veterans and their families know post-traumatic stress from the inside, but until recently few people in the Church or the military understood that chaplains in combat zones can suffer from it too. Some therapeutic programs specializing in the condition are now starting to turn their attention to the one type of servicemember who can’t defend him- or herself, is always on duty if someone needs to talk, and is expected never to break down under the pressure of war. Some chaplains lose their faith altogether; some go numb, then find their faith transformed; and others get help in coping and learn to help others too. The Rev. Mark Weatherly, rector of St. Mark’s, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the latter; he served in Bosnia and Iraq and now says, “I know fear. I know what it’s like to be scared and yelling the 23rd Psalm at the top of my voice.” (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

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 44

1  We have heard with our ears, O God,
our forefathers have told us, *
the deeds you did in their days,
in the days of old.
2  How with your hand you drove the peoples out
and planted our ancestors in the land; *
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3  For they did not take the land by their sword,
nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you favored them.
4  You are my Sovereign and my God; *
you command victories for Jacob.
5  Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
6  For I do not rely on my bow, *
and my sword does not give me the victory.
7  Surely you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
8  Every day we gloried in God, *
and we will praise your Name for ever.
9  Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
10  You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
11  You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
12  You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13  You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
14  You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15  My humiliation is daily before me, *
and shame has covered my face;
16  Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
because of the enemy and avenger.
17  All this has come upon us; *
yet we have not forgotten you,
nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18  Our heart never turned back, *
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19  Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
and covered us over with deep darkness.
20  If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21  Will not God find it out? *
for you know the secrets of the heart.
22  Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23  Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24  Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25  We sink down into the dust; *
our body cleaves to the ground.
26  Rise up, and help us, *
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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.

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THE LESSON
Matthew 13:44-52 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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.

Chaplain Weatherly administering a field baptism in Iraq, 2006. (Family Photo)

Chaplain Weatherly administering a field baptism in Iraq, 2006. (Family Photo)

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.

St. Joan was an illiterate peasant who had remarkable powers to persuade, lead and inspire. The French Dauphin or uncrowned king was not inclined to trust her at first, but his lackluster army was unsuccessful until he put her in charge. Then they started winning battles. (artist unknown)

St. Joan was an illiterate peasant who had remarkable powers to persuade, lead and inspire. The French Dauphin or uncrowned king was not inclined to trust her at first, but his lackluster army was unsuccessful until he put her in charge. Then they started winning battles. (artist unknown)

Collect of the Day: Jeanne d’Arc, Mystic and Soldier, 1431

Holy God, whose power is made perfect in weakness: we honor you for the calling of Jeanne d’Arc, who, though young, rose up in valor to bear your standard for her country, and endured with grace and fortitude both victory and defeat; and we pray that we, like Jeanne, may bear witness to the truth that is in us to friends and enemies alike, and, encouraged by the companionship of your saints, give ourselves bravely to the struggle for justice in our time; through Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Heroic Service: Memorial Day

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
Our new splash page and Facebook page for dailyoffice.org
New subscribers to Oficio Diario
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.
Thanks be to God.

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++

VIDEO: Mine eyes have seen the glory (Battle Hymn, William Steffe; Julia Ward Howe) – St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, 14 September 2001, with remarks by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury

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