Evening Prayer 5.23.16, Copernicus & Kepler, Christian Astronomers, 1543, 1630

Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

Patricia Derian has died, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights under President Jimmy Carter. A veteran of the Civil Rights movement in Virginia and Mississippi, trained as a nurse and unversed in diplomacy, she fought smug, dismissive U.S. bureaucrats and foreign dictators alike to root out human rights abuses, and was credited with saving thousands of lives in Argentina, South Korea and the Philippines. She helped get Benigno Aquino released to the U.S. in 1980, two years after she walked out of a dinner given in her honour by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos; instead she went to visit Aquino in his prison cell, still wearing her evening gown. (George Tames/The New York Times)

Patricia Derian has died, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights under President Jimmy Carter. A veteran of the Civil Rights movement in Virginia and Mississippi, trained as a nurse and unversed in diplomacy, she fought smug, dismissive U.S. bureaucrats and foreign dictators alike to root out human rights abuses, and was credited with saving thousands of lives in Argentina, South Korea and the Philippines. She helped get Benigno Aquino released to the U.S. in 1980, two years after she walked out of a dinner given in her honor by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos; instead she went to visit Aquino in prison, still wearing her evening gown. (George Tames/The New York Times)

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

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: O Gracious Light

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.

Psalm 9

1  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
2  I will be glad and rejoice in you; *
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
3  When my enemies are driven back, *
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
4  For you have maintained my right and my cause; *
you sit upon your throne judging right.
5  You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6  As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
their cities ploughed under, the memory of them perished;
7  But you, O LORD, are enthroned for ever; *
you have set up your throne for judgment.
8  It is you who rule the world with righteousness; *
you judge the peoples with equity.
9  The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.
10  Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11  Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things the LORD has done.
12  The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
and will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13  Have pity on me, O LORD; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14  So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
15  The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16  The LORD is known by divine acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17  The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the peoples that forget God.
18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19  Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.
20  Put fear upon them, O LORD; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

Psalm 15

1  LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?
2  Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right, *
who speak the truth from their heart.
3  There is no guile upon their tongue;
they do no evil to their friend; *
they do not heap contempt upon their neighbor.
4  In their sight the wicked are rejected, *
but they honor those who fear the LORD.
5  They have sworn to do no wrong *
and do not take back their word.
6  They do not give their money in hope of gain, *
nor do they take a bribe against the innocent.
7  Those who do these things *
shall never be overthrown.

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 12:22-32 (NRSV)

Then they brought to Jesus a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see. All the crowds were amazed and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons.” He knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

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 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 Rev. Tobias S. Haller, BSG, chose a dark background for this sketch, as he contemplated the holy astronomers gazing at the night sky. Copernicus, a priest, correctly described the Earth and other planets orbiting around the sun in 1543; this was not a cause of much controversy until later, once the Vatican got hold of Galileo. Kepler, a German scientist, elaborated on Copernican theory and discoverd the laws of planetary motion. They both saw God’s hand at work in creation.

The Rev. Tobias S. Haller, BSG, chose a dark background for this sketch, as he contemplated the holy astronomers gazing at the night sky. Copernicus, a Polish priest, correctly described the Earth and other planets orbiting around the sun in 1543; this was not a cause of much controversy until later, once the Vatican got hold of Galileo. Kepler, a German seminary professor, elaborated on Copernican theory and discoverd the laws of planetary motion. They both saw God’s hand at work in creation.

Collect of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler, Astronomers, 1543, 1630

As the heavens declare your glory, O God, and the firmament shows your handiwork, we bless your Name for the gifts of knowledge and insight you bestowed upon Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler; and we pray that you would continue to advance our understanding of your cosmos, for our good and for your glory; through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all creation, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Monday Evening Prayer List: Thanksgivings

New Facebook page for St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
Our new portal page and Facebook page for dailyoffice.org
New subscribers to Oficio Diario
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Community Health Centers and Free Clinics

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. 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. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

VIDEO: Most holy God, the Lord of heaven (#31, Dunedin, Vernon Griffiths; Latin, tr. Anne K. LeCroy) – St. John’s, Johnson City, Tennessee, 2012

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