Evening Prayer 5.2.17, Athanasius, Defender of the Faith, 373

They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!”

The new Bishop of Indianapolis Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was seated on the bishop’s cathedra or throne Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral. A cathedral gets its name from a bishop’s special chair, which only she may occupy; likewise, a cathedral is considered the bishop’s own church, and all other churches in a diocese rank behind it, for “where the bishop is, there is the Church.” (Sean Sullivan)

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

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

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 36

1  There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before their eyes.
2  They flatter themselves in their own eyes *
that their hateful sin will not be found out.
3  The words of their mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
they have left off acting wisely and doing good.
4  They think up wickedness upon their beds
and have set themselves in no good way; *
they do not abhor that which is evil.
5  Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6  Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
you save humans and beasts alike, O LORD.
7  How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8  They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9  For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10  Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11  Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12  See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39

1  I said, “I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
2  I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence.”
3  So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words;
but my pain became unbearable.
4  My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
5  LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
6  You have given me a mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
7  We walk about like a shadow,
and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8  And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
9  Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10  I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
11  Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12  With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13  Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
14  For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my ancestors were.
15  Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.

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 4:31-37 (NRSV)

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

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.

Mariachis serenaded Bishop Jennifer and other worshipers gathered for her enthronement at Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle, the most prominent address in Indianapolis. (Sean Sullivan)

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 power of 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.

Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria, was a theologian of the Incarnation – what does it mean that Jesus was born human like us? – and a staunch Trinitarian. Many icons show him standing atop the body of Arius, an influential heretic who argued that Jesus was a created being, subordinate to God his Maker and therefore not his equal; the result was to cast doubt on his divinity and reduce him to mere flesh. The Creed named for Athanasius, which upholds the Trinitarian doctrine of one God in three persons, probably did not come from his pen; it was written in Latin perhaps a century after him, while Athanasius wrote in Greek and his writings never mention it. The U.S. Prayer Book prints it under Historical Documents, not in the liturgy. (iconographer unknown)

Collect of the Day: Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373

Uphold your Church, O God of truth, as you upheld your servant Athanasius, to maintain and proclaim boldly the catholic faith against all opposition, trusting solely in the grace of your eternal Word, who took upon himself our humanity that we might share his divinity; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Natal, South Africa

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Ron
Michele

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

VIDEO: I know that my Redeemer liveth (George Frederick Handel, from The Messiah) – Lynne Dawson, soprano, 2007

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