Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Evening Prayer, June 15, 2022, 7 p.m.

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Macrina, Basil, Gregory of Naziansus, Gregory of Nyssa

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

L             Jesus Christ is the light of the world.


C             The light no darkness can overcome.


L             Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,


C             And the day is almost over.


L             Let your light scatter the darkness,


C             And illumine your Church.


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 119:97-104

97 Oh, how I | love your law!*

                All the day long it is | in my mind.

98 Your commandment has made me wiser | than my enemies,*

                and it is | always with me.

99 I have more understanding than | all my teachers,*

                for your decrees | are my study.

100 I am wiser | than the elders,*

                because I observe | your commandments.

101 I restrain my feet from every | evil way,*

                that I may | keep your word.

102 I do not shrink | from your judgments,*

                because you your- | self have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words | to my taste!*

                They are sweeter than honey | to my mouth.

104 Through your commandments I gain | understanding;*

                therefore I hate every | lying way. 


 The psalm prayer is said. 

Lord, you are just and your commandments are eternal. Teach us to love you with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves, for the sake of Jesus our Lord.  

R. Amen


Hymn       LBW 472    Come, Holy Ghost, our Souls Inspire


Romans 11:33-36

John 5:19-24

From a catechetical address of Gregory of Nyssa


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.



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


God the Father in heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world:

Have mercy upon us.

God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of men's souls:

Have mercy upon us.


God the Father, Creator and Preserver:

Sustain our life in Thee.

God the Son, born in the flesh,

who didst come down from heaven for us men and our salvation:

Cleanse us by Thy blood.

God the Holy Ghost, promised Paraclete;

Dwell in our lives with Thy holy fruits.


Lord God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

We praise Thee for Thy revelation to us of love and mercy.

Three Persons, equal in power, majesty, and glory:

One God, which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity:

Let us give glory to Him because He hath shown us His mercy.

Thou who art perfect in love and power and unity:

Keep us in fellowship with Thee eternally.

Holy, Holy, Holy, of whom and through whom and to whom are all things:

Bless us with thankful hearts;

Fill us with joyful hearts;

Save us with faithful hearts.


For the week of Trinity

For the commemoration of Macrina, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory Nazianzus

For peace among the nations

For the teachers of the Church

For our own needs and for the needs of others

For peace at the end of the day (Church of Sweden, 1614):

Watch over us, O Lord, our heavenly Father, 

preserve us from all evil, and grant that we may this night rest secure beneath your care; bless your Church and our government; remember the sick and those who are in need or peril; have mercy on all your people; and when our last evening shall come, grant that we may fall asleep in your peace and wake in your glory; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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.


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