Evening Prayer 1.12.17, Aelred, Apostle of Spiritual Friendship 1167

So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and Jesus was speaking the word to them.

One of three Primates of New Zealand, Archbishop William Brown Turei has died in office following a ministry of 67 years; he was 92, an important figure to Maori society and the nation. He was elected Bishop of Tairawhiti in 1992 following Church constitutional reforms which created the shared primacy two years earlier, and became archbishop in 2006. Co-Primate Philip Richardson said, “Archbishop Brown was a gentle and wise leader, who brought grace, compassion and insight to all that he did and said.” We ask your prayers for a people in mourning. (via Episcopal News Service)

One of three Primates of New Zealand, Archbishop William Brown Turei has died in office following a ministry of 67 years; he was 92, an important figure in Maori society and the nation. He was elected Bishop of Tairawhiti in 1992 following Church constitutional reforms which created the shared primacy two years earlier, and became archbishop in 2006. Co-Primate Philip Richardson said, “Archbishop Brown was a gentle and wise leader, who brought grace, compassion and insight to all that he did and said.” We ask your prayers for a people in mourning. (via Episcopal News Service)

Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1

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.

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 18:21-50

21  The LORD rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; *
because my hands were clean God rewarded me;
22  For I have kept the ways of the LORD *
and have not offended against my God;
23  For all God’s judgments are before my eyes, *
and the decrees of the LORD I have not put away from me;
24  For I have been blameless with the LORD *
and have kept myself from iniquity;
25  Therefore the LORD rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, *
seeing the cleanness of my hands.
26  With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; *
with the forthright you show yourself forthright.
27  With the pure you show yourself pure, *
but with the crooked you are wily.
28  You will save a lowly people, *
but you will humble the haughty eyes.
29  You, O LORD, are my lamp; *
my God, you make my darkness bright.
30  With you I will break down an enclosure; *
with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
31  As for you, O God, your ways are perfect;
the words of the LORD are tried in the fire; *
you are a shield to all who trust in you.
32  For who is God, but the LORD? *
who is the Rock, except our God?
33  It is God who girds me about with strength *
and makes my way secure.
34  You make me sure-footed like a deer *
and let me stand firm on the heights.
35  You train my hands for battle *
and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze.
36  You have given me your shield of victory; *
your right hand also sustains me;
your loving care makes me great.
37  You lengthen my stride beneath me, *
and my ankles do not give way.
38  I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *
I will not turn back till I have destroyed them.
39  I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *
they fall defeated at my feet.
40  You have girded me with strength for the battle; *
you have cast down my adversaries beneath me;
you have put my enemies to flight.
41  I destroy those who hate me;
they cry out, but there is none to help them; *
they cry to the LORD, who does not answer.
42  I beat them small like dust before the wind; *
I trample them like mud in the streets.
43  You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *
you put me at the head of the nations.
44  A people I have not known shall serve me;
no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; *
strangers will cringe before me.
45  The foreign peoples will lose heart; *
they shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
46  The LORD lives! Blessed is my Rock! *
Exalted is the God of my salvation!
47  The LORD is the God who gave me victory *
and cast down the peoples beneath me.
48  You rescued me from the fury of my enemies;
you exalted me above those who rose against me; *
you saved me from my deadly foe.
49  Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD, *
and sing praises to your Name.
50  You multiply the victories of your king; *
you show loving-kindness to your anointed,
to David and his descendants 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.

Christ healing a paralyzed man; source unknown.

Christ healing a paralyzed man; source unknown.

THE LESSON
Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

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.

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 by your Holy Spirit.

Aelred joined the Cistercians at Rievaulx in Yorkshire at age 24 and soon was carrying diplomatic papers from the Archbishop to Rome. On his way home he stopped at the Cistercians’ mother house in Clairvaux, where he impressed the founder, St. Bernard, who encouraged him to write his first book, Mirror of Charity. In time he established a new Cistercian house at Revesby, and four years later was elected abbot of Rievaulx, where he wrote his best-known work, Spiritual Friendship, which takes as its model the relationship between Christ and the disciple he loved. (source unknown)

Aelred joined the Cistercians at Rievaulx in Yorkshire at age 24 and soon was carrying letters from the Archbishop to Rome. On his way home he stopped at the mother house in Clairvaux, where he impressed the founder, St. Bernard, who encouraged him to write his first book, Mirror of Charity. In time he established a new Cistercian house at Revesby, and four years later was elected abbot of Rievaulx, where he wrote his best-known work, Spiritual Friendship, which takes as its model the relationship between Christ and the disciple he loved. (source unknown)

Collect of the Day: Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167

Pour into our hearts, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with your servant Aelred draw many to your community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Kwara, Nigeria

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Sobriety & Recovery
Talmadge
Mark
Tyler

For Mental Health & Family Peace
Adam
Scotty

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Those with Mental Illness
alt. Dinah Danby

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illness. Give them loving and supportive families and friends, and bless their caregivers with wisdom and compassion. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. 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.

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

VIDEO: O, God, we praise thee (#364, Manchester, Thomas Ravenscroft; para. Te Deum, multiple sources) – St. Andrew’s, Fullerton, California, 2011

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