Evening Prayer 5.1.16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.

Fr. Daniel Berrigan has died, a poet, Jesuit priest and lifelong peace activist. He and his brother Philip, also a priest, caused a sensation in 1971 after they burned draft records outside a Knights of Columbus Hall in Catonsville, Maryland at the height of the Vietnam War. They were arrested, tried and imprisoned; Daniel made a play out of the trial transcripts called “The Trial of the Catonsville 9,” which has received many productions since its debut. Above: giving an antiwar sermon in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in 1972. (William E. Sauro/The New York Times)

Fr. Daniel Berrigan has died, a poet, Jesuit priest and lifelong peace activist. He and his brother Philip, a Josephite priest, caused a sensation in 1971 after they burned draft records outside a Knights of Columbus Hall in Catonsville, Maryland at the height of the Vietnam War. They were arrested, tried and imprisoned; Daniel wrote a play out of the trial transcripts called “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,” which was made into a film by Gregory Peck. Above: Dan Berrigan giving an antiwar sermon in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in 1972. (William E. Sauro/The New York Times)

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 34

1  At all times I will bless the LORD; *
whose praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2  I will glory in the LORD; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3  Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *
let us exalt the Name  of the LORD together.
4  I sought the LORD, who answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5  Look upon the LORD and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6  I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
7  The angel of the LORD encompasses the God-fearing, *
and the LORD will deliver them.
8  Taste and see that the LORD is good; *
happy are they who trust in the LORD!

9  Fear the LORD, you holy ones, *
for those who are God-fearing lack nothing.
10  The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.
11  Come, children, and listen to me; *
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12  Who among you loves life *
and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13  Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
and your lips from lying words.
14  Turn from evil and do good; *
seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, *
and the ears of the LORD are open to their cry.
16  The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, *
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17  The righteous cry, and the LORD hears them *
and delivers them from all their troubles.
18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted *
and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
19  Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
but the LORD will deliver the just out of them all.
20  The LORD will keep safe the bones of the righteous; *
not one of them shall be broken.
21  Evil shall slay the wicked, *
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22  The LORD ransoms the life of those chosen to serve, *
and none will be punished who trust in the LORD.

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
Luke 12:13-21 (NRSV)

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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

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 it is 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.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of one of the largest, most inclusive Episcopal churches in the USA, All Saints’, Pasadena, California, was scheduled to give his farewell sermon today at a Eucharist in the street outside the church. The parish was famously investigated by U.S. tax authorities, which threatened to take away its tax exemption because of an antiwar sermon given by a former rector a few days prior to President George W. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, though the preacher was careful not to tell people how to vote. The probe dragged on for three years, though the sermon was readily available on tape, before it was quietly dropped. All Saints’ clergy have been progressive since at least 1942, when the then-rector stood in front of trains carrying Japanese-Americans to internment camps; Bacon is known for his embrace of same-sex couples and multiple appearances with Oprah Winfrey. (Pasadena Weekly)

The Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of one of the largest, most inclusive Episcopal churches in the USA, All Saints’, Pasadena, California, was scheduled to give his farewell sermon today at a Eucharist in the street outside the church. The parish was famously investigated by U.S. tax authorities, which threatened to take away its tax exemption because of an antiwar sermon given by a former rector a few days prior to President George W. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, though the preacher was careful not to tell people how to vote. The probe dragged on for three years, though the sermon was readily available on tape, before it was quietly dropped. All Saints’ clergy have been progressive since at least 1942, when the then-rector stood in front of trains carrying Japanese-Americans to internment camps; Bacon is known for his embrace of same-sex couples and multiple appearances with Oprah Winfrey. (Pasadena Weekly)

Collect of the Day: Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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 Sundays

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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A Collect for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

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

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21++

VIDEO: O blest Creator of the light (#27, Lucis creator optime, plainsong, Mode 8; Latin, 6th C.) – Lincoln Minster School Chamber Choir, 2013

2 thoughts on “Evening Prayer 5.1.16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

  1. Josh:

    I can’t tell you how blessed I’ve been by this website. But I must tell you that the asides are so hopelessly liberal that I often have to read past them least my blood pressure go dangerously high.

    I will continue to pray that you become more orthodox.

    Best,
    Bob Lindstrom

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    • Well, Bob, I’m very glad you like the site. Really, I’m as orthodox as you can get, from the Council of Chalcedon onward.

      Liberal, though, I cop to. Should the WWII rector of All Saints’, Pasadena not stood in front of the trains going to the concentration camps? Was he unorthodox for doing it? Politics and orthodoxy aren’t the same thing.

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