Evening Prayer 6.1.16, Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Desmond Tutu’s youngest daughter Mpho has announced that she married a female physician from the Netherlands last December at an Episcopal church in Virginia. The Church in South Africa doesn’t allow its clergy to enter into same-sex marriages, so she voluntarily turned in her license to serve as a priest there. But she is also licensed in the USA, where she attended seminary. She is now the director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and frequently appears as heir apparent with her father on social media. South Africa is unique among nations in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the Anglican Church there is expected to revisit its prohibition on LGBT married clergy later this year. (The Washington Post)

Desmond Tutu’s youngest daughter Mpho has announced that she married a female physician from the Netherlands last December at an Episcopal church in Virginia. The Church in South Africa doesn’t allow its clergy to enter into same-sex marriages, so she voluntarily turned in her license to serve as a priest there, but she is also licensed in the USA, where she attended seminary. She is now the director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and frequently acts as heir apparent with her father on social media. A few years ago he famously apologized to LGBTs for the Church’s role in promoting anti-Gay violence and discrimination. South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution is unique among nations in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the Anglican Church there is expected to revisit its prohibition on LGBT married clergy later this year. (The Washington Post)

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15-16

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
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.

Psalm 49

1  Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2  My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
3  I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
4  Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
5  The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
6  We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
7  For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
8  In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
9  For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
10  Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
11  Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.
12  Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
13  Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
death is their shepherd; *
they go down straightway to the grave.
14  Their form shall waste away, *
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
15  But God will ransom my life; *
and snatch me from the grasp of death.
16  Do not be envious when some become rich, *
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
17  For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
nor will their grandeur follow them.
18  Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
and were praised for their success,
19  They shall join the company of their ancestors, *
who will never see the light again.
20  Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
are like the beasts that perish.

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 14:1-12 (NRSV)

At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.

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.

St. Justin was beheaded too; it’s depicted in this mosaic at the Church of the Beatitudes in Israel. (Wikipedia)

St. Justin was beheaded too; it’s depicted in this mosaic at the Church of the Beatitudes in Israel. (Wikipedia)

Collect of the Day: Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

Almighty and everlasting God, you found your martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, seeking the true God, and you revealed to him the sublime wisdom of your eternal Word: Grant that all who seek you, or a deeper knowledge of you, may find and be found by you; 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 Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the beauty of the Earth: Kankakee River at Momence, Illinois (Wikipedia)

For the beauty of the Earth: Kankakee River at Momence, Illinois (Wikipedia)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for 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.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster Victims
More floods in Texas; 6 killed
Wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta
Drought in Southern Africa, India and Papua New Guinea
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Ethiopia and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Matthew

Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking, including U.S. & Australian detainees
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer 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.

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.++

VIDEO: Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs (#238, In Babilone; Latin, 12th C., tr. John Mason Neale) – OCP Session Choir, 2001

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