Evening Prayer 6.22.13: St. Alban, 1st Martyr of Britain, c. 304

Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

Jacaranda tree in bloom this week at Christ Church, Redondo Beach, California. (Fr. Robert Cornner)

Jacaranda tree in bloom this week at Christ Church, Redondo Beach, California. (Fr. Robert Cornner)

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

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 136

Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Who only does great wonders, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who created great lights, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
The sun to rule the day, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And brought out Israel from among them, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who led the chosen people through the wilderness, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who struck down great rulers, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And slew mighty kings, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
An inheritance for Israel, the chosen servant, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And delivered us from our enemies, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who gives food to all creatures, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.

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 21:20-28 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfillment of all that is written. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

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 place of Alban's execution became a pilgrimage destination; a town was founded, a monastery, a cathedral and finally the Diocese of St. Alban's. Above: relics of an earlier shrine.

The place of Alban’s execution became a pilgrimage destination; a town was founded, a monastery, a cathedral and finally the Diocese of St. Alban’s. Above: relics of an earlier shrine.

Collect of the Day: St. Alban, Martyr, c. 304

Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Alban triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death: Grant us, who now remember him with thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world, that we may receive with him the crown of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Evening Prayer List: For All Deacons

Deniray
Alice
Rodger
Scott
Tom
Malcolm
and for priests who remain the people’s servants

For All Christian Churches

African Methodist Episcopal Church
A.M.E. Zion Church
all Baptist friends
Christian Church/Disciples of Christ
Evangelical Free Church
Lutheran Denominations
Mennonites, Amish and all who seek a simple life
Metropolitan Community Churches
National Council of Churches of Christ
The Orthodox Churches
Presbyterian Church USA
Roman Catholic Church
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

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