Video Evensong 4.15.16, Damien & Marianne, Friends of Lepers in Moloka’i, 1889, 1918

We Are All Lepers

Tonight’s Video Evensong was the best we’ve ever done. To watch and pray along, click here.

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.

VIDEO: Father Damien of Moloka’i, Hawai’i’s First Saint – Heidi Chang, 2010

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, 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.

If possible, light a candle here.

VIDEO: O Gracious Light (William Bradley Roberts) – Choir of St. John’s, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C., 2013

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 105 (Anglican Chant)- Choir of Norwich Cathedral, 1992

Psalm 105:23-45

23  Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24  The LORD made the chosen people exceedingly fruitful; *
the LORD made them stronger than their enemies;
25  Whose heart God turned, so that they hated the chosen people, *
and dealt unjustly with the servants of the LORD.
26  There came Moses, the servant of the LORD, *
and Aaron whom God had chosen.
27  They worked signs from the LORD among them, *
and portents in the land of Ham.
28  God sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
but the Egyptians rebelled against the words of the LORD.
29  God turned their waters into blood *
and caused their fish to die.
30  Their land was overrun by frogs, *
in the very chambers of their rulers.
31  God spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
and gnats within all their borders.
32  God gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
and flames of fire throughout their land.
33  God blasted their vines and their fig trees *
and shattered every tree in their country.
34  God spoke, and the locust came, *
and young locusts without number,
35  Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36  God struck down the firstborn of their land, *
the firstfruits of all their strength.

37  God led out the chosen people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38  Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.
39  God spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.
40  They asked, and quails appeared, *
and God satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41  God opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.
42  For God remembered the holy promise *
and Abraham, chosen to serve.
43  So God led forth his people with gladness, *
the chosen ones with shouts of joy.
44  God gave the chosen people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others’ toil,
45  That they might keep God’s statutes *
and observe the laws of the LORD.
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
Matthew 4:12-17 (NRSV)

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

VIDEO: Nunc dimittis (John Blow) – St. John’s Cathedral Compline Choir, Los Angeles, two months ago

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
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

VIDEO: Apostles Creed – Central Baptist Church, Honolulu, Hawai’i, one year ago

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

VIDEO: Lord’s Prayer in Hawai’ian – Center for Nonharming Ministries, 2013

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.

St. Damien with his girls’ choir, about 1870. The influx of Europeans and Asians after the “discovery” of Hawai’i introduced many diseases to which the natives had no immunity, including leprosy, now called Hansen’s Disease. No medical treatment existed then, so the national legislature decided to quarantine the sufferers, but it did not provide enough food or resources for them to survive. The part of Moloka’i to which the lepers were consigned after 1865 was so remote that even today you can only get there by boat and mule; the ground was unsuitable for agriculture, they were too sick to grow their own food, and the community of 800 persons lacked hope for the future. Then Fr. Damien arrived and set about organizing. In time he too came down with the disfiguring disease. Meanwhile Sr. Marianne and three other helpers, including a priest, arrived and took up the work of nursing, building and ministering.

St. Damien with his girls’ choir, about 1870. The influx of Europeans and Asians after the “discovery” of Hawai’i introduced many diseases to which the natives had no immunity, including leprosy, now called Hansen’s Disease. No medical treatment existed then, so the national legislature quarantined the sufferers, but did not provide enough food or resources for them to survive. The part of Moloka’i to which the lepers were consigned after 1865 was so remote that even today you can only get there by boat and mule; the ground was unsuitable for agriculture, they were too sick to grow their own food, and the community of 800 persons lacked hope for the future. Then Fr. Damien arrived and set about organizing. In time he too came down with the disfiguring disease. Meanwhile Sr. Marianne and three other helpers, including a priest, came and took up the work of nursing, building and ministering.

Collect of the Day: Damien and Marianne of Moloka’i, Priest and Religious, 1889, 1918

God of compassion, we bless your Name for the ministries of Damien and Marianne, who ministered to the lepers abandoned on Moloka’i in the Hawai’ian Islands. Help us, following their examples, to be bold and loving in confronting the incurable plagues of our time, that your people may live in health and hope; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

VIDEO: I’m HIV positive, do you dare to touch me? – Janne Antin; produced by Kioski for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, June 2015

For Persons with HIV/AIDS
By Steve Helmreich

O Lord Jesus, Healer of our every ill, during your ministry you cured those who suffered from both the disease and the stigma of leprosy. Now we confront the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Today, as before, support and heal all people living with the disease, comfort those who have lost friends or lovers, strengthen and encourage families, caregivers and activists in their daily tasks, guide doctors and researchers on their quest, lead politicians and governments to policies of compassion, and enlighten those whose hearts are filled with prejudice, hate, and error. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Friday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

Christians in the Middle East: Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine

For the Anglican Communion;
For Ecumenical Partners;
For Church Unity

Primates of the Anglican Communion
Winston Halapua, Philip Richardson, William Brown Turei, Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Philip Freier, Australia
Paul Sarkar, Bangladesh
Francisco da Silva, Brazil
Bernard Ntahoturi, Burundi

Please add your own prayers and supplications here.

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: Slow Life – BioQuest Studios, Australia, two years ago

One thought on “Video Evensong 4.15.16, Damien & Marianne, Friends of Lepers in Moloka’i, 1889, 1918

  1. It seems so out dated that anyone would fear to touch someone who is HIV+ – but understanding spreads slowly, it seems. I cannot tell from the video how many stopped to greet this man with a touch, but I hope that more and more stopped by as they saw others doing so. As priest and professor I have many HIV+ friends, students, parishioners, and colleagues who are HIV+. A hug or a touch of a hand or the offering of a virtual blessing via this website means life to them. Thank you for posting this, Josh.

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