Evening Prayer 5.2.14, Athanasius, Father of Orthodoxy, 373

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Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.

VIDEO: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ave Maria – John Michel, cello

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

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

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

VIDEO: O gracious light – Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, 2007

Hymn: O Gracious Light
Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

VIDEO: Psalm 135 (G.H. Knight) – St. Teilo Singers, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral; Christopher Maxim, Duncan Atkinson, 2012

Psalm 134 (PCP)

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Psalm 135

Hallelujah!
Praise the Name of the LORD; *
give praise, you servants of the LORD.
You who stand in the house of the LORD, *
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; *
sing praises to the Name of God, for it is lovely.
For the LORD has chosen Jacob *
and taken Israel as a possession.
For I know that the LORD is great, *
and that our Lord is above all gods.
The LORD does whatever the LORD wills, in heaven and on earth, *
in the seas and all the deeps.
The LORD brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; *
sends out lightning with the rain,
and brings the winds out of heaven’s storehouse.
It was the LORD who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
the firstborn both of humans and beasts.
The LORD sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, *
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
The LORD overthrew many nations *
and put mighty rulers to death:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the kingdoms of Bashan, *
and all the realms of Canaan.
The LORD gave their land to be an inheritance, *
an inheritance for Israel, the chosen people.
O LORD, your Name is everlasting; *
your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
For you, O LORD, give your people justice *
and show compassion to your servants.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see.
They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
neither is there any breath in their mouth.
Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; *
O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; *
you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, *
who dwells in Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE LESSON
John 16:1-15 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

VIDEO: Nunc dimittis (Arvo Pärt) – Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison, 2010

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Nunc dimittis
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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.

Athanasius was the greatest defender of Christ as both Son and Equal of God the Father. He wrote, "The Savior of us all, the Word of God, in his great love took to himself a body and moved as Man among men, meeting their senses, so to speak, halfway. He became himself an object for the senses, so that those who were seeking God in sensible things might apprehend the Father through the works which he, the Word of God, did in the body."

Athanasius was the greatest defender of Christ as both Son and Equal of God the Father. He wrote, “The Savior of us all, the Word of God, in his great love took to himself a body and moved as Man among men, meeting their senses, so to speak, halfway. He became himself an object for the senses, so that those who were seeking God in sensible things might apprehend the Father through the works which he, the Word of God, did in the body.” He’s pictured standing over Arius, a heretic who considered Christ inferior to the Father. (artist unknown)

Collect of the Day: Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373

Uphold your Church, O God of truth, as you upheld your servant Athanasius, to maintain and proclaim boldly the catholic faith against all opposition, trusting solely in the grace of your eternal Word, who took upon himself our humanity that we might share his divinity; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For the Church

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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++

VIDEO: Adagio – J.S. Bach, BWV 974 (uncredited musician)

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2 Responses to Evening Prayer 5.2.14, Athanasius, Father of Orthodoxy, 373

  1. Doris Boulton says:

    Josh, I am distressed that I no longer have sound on your music videos.  (Otherwise my pc audio is fine).  Do you have a suggestion? 

     I must tell you though  that, irregardless of one’s conviction on the gay issue, politics have no place in this Morning Prayer site.  In fact, if it ever happens again, I, for one, will delete the site on my pc.  These liberals with an agenda reveal themselves by their expressions.  States do not need outside rabble-rousers hiding behind the skirts of the church. Sincerely and in God’s love,   Doaris Boulton

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    • Josh says:

      I just tried playing all five videos here and they’re working fine. So I can’t explain your audio problem, Doris. Double-check your mute button is all I can think.

      The General Convention of The Episcopal Church has approved liturgies of blessing for same-sex unions, subject to the approval of each bishop ordinary, so we don’t consider that a political issue; if you’ve got a problem take it up with them. Otherwise we do pray the news regularly, because what’s happening in the world is an appropriate topic for daily prayer. What we don’t want to be here is partisan; we don’t care who anyone votes for, that’s between them and God. If you decide you can live without us, I guess we’ll just have to suffer the loss.

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