Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Evening Prayer on the Feast of St. Patrick

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on the Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Ireland


(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)


Behold, now is the acceptable time;

now is the day of salvation.

Turn us again, O God of our salvation,

that the light of your face may shine upon us.

May your justice shine like the sun,

and may the poor be lifted up.


Joyous light of glory:

of the immortal Father;

                        heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ.

            We have come to the setting of the sun,

                        and we look to the evening light.

            We sing to God, the Father, Son,

                        and Holy Spirit:

            You are worthy of being praised

                        with pure voices forever.

            O Son of God, O Giver of life:

                        The universe proclaims your glory.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may his Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful, and you love your whole creation, and we, your creatures, glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.






Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly;

            hear my voice when I cry to you.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,

            and guard the door of my lips.

Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;

            let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers.

But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God;

            in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.


Silence for meditation.


Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your lovingkindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and may glorify you forever and ever.



Psalm 96

 Proclaim God's marvelous deeds among the nations.

  Proclaim God's marvelous deeds among the nations.

1 Sing to the Lord | a new song;*

                sing to the Lord, all | the whole earth.

2 Sing to the Lord and | bless his name;*

                proclaim the good news of his salvation from | day to day.

3 Declare his glory a- | mong the nations*

                and his wonders a- | mong all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised;*

                he is more to be feared | than all gods.

5 As for all the gods of the nations, they | are but idols;*

                but it is the Lord who | made the heavens.

 6 Oh, the majesty and magnificence | of his presence!*

                Oh, the power and the splendor of his | sanctuary!

7 Ascribe to the Lord, you families | of the peoples;*

                ascribe to the Lord hon- | or and power.

8 Ascribe to the Lord the honor | due his name;*

                bring offerings and come in- | to his courts.

9 Worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness;*

                let the whole earth trem- | ble before him.

10 Tell it out among the nations: "The | Lord is king!*

                He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

                he will judge the peo- | ples with equity."

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea thunder and all | that is in it;*

                let the field be joyful and all that | is therein.

12 Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

before the Lord | when he comes,*

                when he comes to | judge the earth.

13 He will judge the | world with righteousness*

                and the peoples | with his truth.

   Proclaim God's marvelous deeds among the nations.

Lord Jesus, the incarnate Word, when you consented to dwell with us, the heavens were glad and the earth rejoiced. In hope and love we await your return. Help us to proclaim your glory to those who do not know you, until the whole earth sings a new song to you and the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 



Hymn             I Bind Unto Myself Today                  LBW 188


READING                                                          1 Peter 4:7b-11

Be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The Word of the Lord.                                        Thanks be to God.


In many and various ways

God spoke to this people of old by the prophets.

  But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.





Many shall come from the east and the west;

  And sit with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob

  in the kingdom of heaven.


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

            my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

            for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

            From this day all generations will call me blessed.

                        The Almighty has done great things for me,

                        and holy is his name.

                        He has mercy on those who fear him

                        in every generation.

            He has shown the strength of his arm;

            he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

            He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

            and has lifted up the lowly.

            He has filled the hungry with good things,

            and the rich he has sent away empty.

            He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

            for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

            the promise he made to our fathers,

            to Abraham and his children forever.

            Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen


Many shall come from the east and the west;

  And sit with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob

  in the kingdom of heaven.


O God, who chose the Bishop Saint Patrick
to preach your glory to the peoples of Ireland,
grant that those who glory in the name of Christian
may never cease to proclaim your wondrous deeds to all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



O God, you created all people in your image. We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.   



Lord God of our salvation, it is your will that all people might come to you through your Son Jesus Christ. Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection. We pray in his name.   



O God, your Son Jesus taught us to love and pray for our enemies. Grant that, following the example of St. Patrick, we may be fervent in prayer for those who oppose and persecute us, that your peace may reign and possibility may be opened in all hearts: through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.



Let us pray for our own needs and for the needs of others.


Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you, and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name, you will be in the midst of them. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us, in this world, knowledge of your truth and, in the age to come, life everlasting.   


O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.   



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, and the power, and the glory,

                        forever and ever. Amen


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Hymn              For All Your Saints in Warfare                       LBW 177


A Reading from the Confession of St. Patrick

Prayer and Benediction

Accept, O Lord, our praises and supplications, and look graciously on our households and our faith family, that we may abide this night in peace and safety under the shadow of your wings, and so assist us by your grace that we may be made fit for that kingdom where there shall be no more sin, nor sorrow, nor pain, but all shall be joy and peace in the Holy Spirit, to whom, with you, O Father, and you, O blessed Jesus, be all glory, both now and evermore.



The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.  Amen