Evening Prayer 12th December 2016

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted. Isaiah 61.1

Psalm 44

We have heard with our ears, O God,
    our fathers have told us,
what deeds thou didst perform in their days,
    in the days of old:
thou with thy own hand didst drive out the nations,
    but them thou didst plant;
thou didst afflict the peoples,
    but them thou didst set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
    nor did their own arm give them victory;
but thy right hand, and thy arm,
    and the light of thy countenance;
    for thou didst delight in them.

Thou art my King and my God,
    who ordainest victories for Jacob.
Through thee we push down our foes;
    through thy name we tread down our assailants.
For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
But thou hast saved us from our foes,
    and hast put to confusion those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to thy name for ever.Selah

Yet thou hast cast us off and abased us,
    and hast not gone out with our armies.
Thou hast made us turn back from the foe;
    and our enemies have gotten spoil.
Thou hast made us like sheep for slaughter,
    and hast scattered us among the nations.
Thou hast sold thy people for a trifle,
    demanding no high price for them.

Thou hast made us the taunt of our neighbors,
    the derision and scorn of those about us.
Thou hast made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughingstock among the peoples.
All day long my disgrace is before me,
    and shame has covered my face,
at the words of the taunters and revilers,
    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

All this has come upon us,
    though we have not forgotten thee,
    or been false to thy covenant.
Our heart has not turned back,
    nor have our steps departed from thy way,
that thou shouldst have broken us in the place of jackals,
    and covered us with deep darkness.

If we had forgotten the name of our God,
    or spread forth our hands to a strange god,
would not God discover this?
    For he knows the secrets of the heart.
Nay, for thy sake we are slain all the day long,
    and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rouse thyself! Why sleepest thou, O Lord?
    Awake! Do not cast us off for ever!
Why dost thou hide thy face?
    Why dost thou forget our affliction and oppression?
For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
    our body cleaves to the ground.
Rise up, come to our help!
    Deliver us for the sake of thy steadfast love!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Zechariah 1.7-17

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Dari′us, the word of the Lord came to Zechari′ah the son of Berechi′ah, son of Iddo, the prophet; and Zechari′ah said, “I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding upon a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. Then I said, ‘What are these, my lord?’ The angel who talked with me said to me, ‘I will show you what they are.’ So the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, ‘These are they whom the Lord has sent to patrol the earth.’ And they answered the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, ‘We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth remains at rest.’ Then the angel of the Lord said, ‘O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these seventy years?’ And the Lord answered gracious and comforting words to the angel who talked with me. So the angel who talked with me said to me, ‘Cry out, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. And I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little they furthered the disaster. Therefore, thus says the Lord, I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion; my house shall be built in it, says the Lord of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. Cry again, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.’”

St. Luke 22.39-53

And he came out, and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?” And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and captains of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who
trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Collect

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

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