Evening Prayer 5.7.13: Harriet S. Cannon, Founder of the Community of St. Mary; Rogation Day

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Rogation Day, 1967: The rector, parishioners and brass band of St. Michael’s, Bunwell, England, walk the parish boundaries and pause to bless a stream. This is pure nostalgia now, but public processions remain a valuable tool. (Bunwell Heritage Group)

Rogation Day, 1967: The rector, parishioners and brass band of St. Michael’s, Bunwell, England, walk the parish boundaries and pause to bless a stream. This is pure nostalgia now, but public processions remain a valuable tool. (Bunwell Heritage Group)

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, be not far from us.
Come quickly to help us, O God.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
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 78:40-72

How often the people disobeyed God in the wilderness *
and offended the LORD in the desert!
Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember God’s power *
in the day when God ransomed them from the enemy;
How God wrought signs in Egypt *
and omens in the field of Zoan.
God turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
God sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
God gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
God killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
God delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
God poured out upon them blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress,
a troop of destroying angels.
God gave full rein to divine anger;
God did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
God struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
God led out the chosen people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
God led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
God brought them to the holy land, *
to the mountain won by God’s own hand.
The LORD drove out the Canaanites before them
and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
God made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

But they tested and defied the LORD, *
and did not keep the commandments of the Most High.
They turned away and were disloyal like their ancestors; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
They grieved God with their hill-altars *
and provoked God’s displeasure with their idols.
Hearing this, God was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
God forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where God had lived among mortals.
God delivered the ark into captivity, *
God’s glory into the adversary’s hand.
God gave the chosen people to the sword *
and was mightily angered against them.
The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their young women.
Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.

Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
These enemies God struck on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
God rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
God chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, the beloved.
God built the holy sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which God founded for ever.
God chose David to serve, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
God brought him from tending the sheep, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob, the chosen people,
and over Israel, the chosen inheritance.
So David shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE LESSON
Luke 11:1-13 (NRSV)

Jesus  was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Magnificat
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.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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.

The Community of St. Mary’s (East) new convent in Greenwich, New York, adjacent to the camp and conference center of the Diocese of Albany.

The Community of St. Mary’s (East) new convent in Greenwich, New York, adjacent to the camp and conference center of the Diocese of Albany.

Collect of the Day: Harriet Starr Cannon, Religious, 1896

Gracious God, you called Mother Harriet and her companions to revive the religious life in the Episcopal Church by founding the religious community of St. Mary, and to dedicate their lives to you: Grant that, after their example, we may ever surrender ourselves to the revelation of your holy will; through our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of Rogation Day: for fruitful seasons

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Peace Among the Nations

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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.++

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