Evening Prayer 11.17.15, St. Hugh & Robert Grosseteste, Bishops of Lincoln, 13th C.

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Another version of St. Hugh and the Swan which followed him around everywhere he went. Hugh grew up in the Grande Chartreuse monastery in France, motherhouse of the Carthusians, and was brought to England by Henry II to lead a Carthusian house as part of the king's campaign of atonement for the murder of Thomas Becket. He built the Witham Charterhouse on a royal estate, and made the king compensate tenants who were displaced. Later he admonished the king about keeping bishoprics vacant so he could pocket their income. Henry finally convened a council to fill the vacancies and Hugh was elected Bishop of Lincoln, but he didn't trust the outcome and demanded that the cathedral chapter be able to elect their own bishop; they too picked Hugh. In office he was noted for protecting the sizable Jewish population from persecution at the beginning of Richard I's reign. (Altarpiece at St.-Honoré Charterhouse, Thuison, France)

St. Hugh and the Swan which followed him around everywhere he went. Hugh grew up in the Grande Chartreuse monastery in France, motherhouse of the Carthusians, and was brought to England by Henry II to lead a Carthusian house as part of the king’s atonement for the murder of Thomas Becket. He built the Witham Charterhouse on a royal estate and made the king compensate tenants who were displaced. Later he admonished the king about keeping bishoprics vacant so he could pocket their income. Henry finally convened a council to fill the vacancies and Hugh was elected Bishop of Lincoln, but he didn’t trust the outcome and demanded that the cathedral Chapter be able to elect their own bishop; they too picked Hugh. In office he was noted for protecting the sizable Jewish population from persecution at the beginning of Richard I’s reign. (Altarpiece at St.-Honoré Charterhouse, Thuison, France)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

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 94

O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.
Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.
How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.
They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.
They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.
Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?
Does the One who planted the ear not hear? *
does the One who formed the eye not see?
Does the One who admonishes the nations not punish? *
does the One who teaches all the world have no knowledge?
The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.
Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;
To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
For you, O LORD, will not abandon your people, *
nor will you forsake your own.
For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.
Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?
If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.
When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.
Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?
They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.
The LORD will turn their wickedness back upon them
and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

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.

Jesus heals the epileptic boy; iconographer unknown.

Jesus heals the epileptic boy; iconographer unknown.

THE LESSON
Matthew 17:14-21 (NRSV)

When they came to the crowd, a man came to Jesus, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
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.

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.

Bishop Grosseteste’s chapel and tomb at Lincoln Cathedral. He was a man of enormous learning; a philosopher and theologian, mathematician and physicist whose findings presaged those of Roger Bacon. In his church work he instituted a system of visitations of all his deaneries and monasteries, which put him in conflict with the monastic Chapter of the cathedral, who thought they should run it, not the bishop. By the time it was done he’d suspended the dean, subdean and precentor. He also had a stormy relationship with Pope Innocent IV, whose financial exactions he strenuously resisted – including a demand that Grosseteste pay so the pope’s nephew could set up housekeeping. When Grosseteste died he was universally mourned among the English, but the pope made sure he didn’t get canonized. (Wikipedia)

Bishop Grosseteste’s chapel and tomb at Lincoln Cathedral. He was a man of enormous learning; a philosopher and theologian, mathematician and physicist whose findings presaged those of Roger Bacon. In his church work he instituted a system of visitations of all his deaneries and monasteries, which raised the hackles of the cathedral Chapter, who thought they should run it, not the bishop. By the time he was done he’d suspended the dean, subdean and precentor. He also had a stormy relationship with Pope Innocent IV, whose financial exactions he resisted – including a demand that Grosseteste pay so the pope’s nephew could set up housekeeping. When Grosseteste died he was universally mourned among the English, but the pope made sure he didn’t get canonized. (Wikipedia)

Collect of the Day: Hugh, and Robert Grosseteste, Bishops of Lincoln, 1200, 1253

Holy God, our greatest treasure, you blessed Hugh and Robert, Bishops of Lincoln, with wise and cheerful boldness for the proclamation of your Word to rich and poor alike: Grant that all who minister in your Name may serve with diligence, discipline and humility, fearing nothing but the loss of you and drawing all to you through Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you in the communion of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Marilyn, faithful servant
Ronn, public health educator and activist
Jocelyn P, leaves behind 5 small children
For Those Who Mourn

Please add your own prayers here.

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.++

Lincoln Cathedral, the house that Hugh built (David Iliff)

Lincoln Cathedral, the house that Hugh began (David Iliff)

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