Evening Prayer 5.8.17, Julian of Norwich, Anchorite, c. 1417

After looking around at all of them, Jesus said to him, “Stretch out your hand.”

A priest in California and his wife, Michael and Tine Corrigan, have reversed the trend in church closings by restoring the chapel of the Cistercian Abbaye du Loroux in France, which dated from the 14th Century, the same era as Dame Julian. The monastery was de-consecrated in 1791 and allowed to ruin, and the chapel hadn’t had a Eucharist celebrated there in over a hundred years. But two weeks ago on the Second Sunday of Easter, it echoed once again with praise by happy voices. Thanks be to God! (Michael Corrigan for The Daily Office)

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

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: 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 44

1  We have heard with our ears, O God,
our forefathers have told us, *
the deeds you did in their days,
in the days of old.
2  How with your hand you drove the peoples out
and planted our ancestors in the land; *
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3  For they did not take the land by their sword,
nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you favored them.
4  You are my Sovereign and my God; *
you command victories for Jacob.
5  Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
6  For I do not rely on my bow, *
and my sword does not give me the victory.
7  Surely you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
8  Every day we gloried in God, *
and we will praise your Name for ever.
9  Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
10  You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
11  You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
12  You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13  You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
14  You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15  My humiliation is daily before me, *
and shame has covered my face;
16  Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
because of the enemy and avenger.
17  All this has come upon us; *
yet we have not forgotten you,
nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18  Our heart never turned back, *
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19  Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
and covered us over with deep darkness.
20  If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21  Will not God find it out? *
for you know the secrets of the heart.
22  Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23  Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24  Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25  We sink down into the dust; *
our body cleaves to the ground.
26  Rise up, and help us, *
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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.

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand. (artist unknown)

THE LESSON
Luke 6:1-11 (NRSV)

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Canticle: A Song of Our True Nature
Julian of Norwich

Christ revealed our frailty and our falling, *
our trespasses and our humiliations.
Christ also revealed his blessed power, *
his blessed wisdom and love.
He protects us as tenderly and as sweetly when we are in greatest need; *
he raises us in spirit
and turns everything to glory and joy without ending.
God is the ground and the substance, the very essence of nature; *
God is the true father and mother of natures.
We are all bound to God by nature, *
and we are all bound to God by grace.
And this grace is for all the world, *
because it is our precious mother, Christ.
For this fair nature was prepared by Christ
for the honor and nobility of all, *
and for the joy and bliss of salvation.

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 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.

If you haven’t read Julian already (or even if you have, in one of the dry, secular treatments by academic medievalists), we recommend The Complete Julian of Norwich by Fr. John-Julian, the founder of the Order of Julian of Norwich, a religious order in Wisconsin for women and men. He is equally learned in language, context and history of the period and place, but reads and translates Julian with faculties most academics don’t have: the eyes and ears of faith, which open new understandings of this most spiritual of writers. Bestselling author Anne Rice even endorsed it; this volume reads.

Collect of the Day: Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417

Lord God, in your compassion you granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; 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 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

Our donors
Consecration of +Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows as Bishop of Indianapolis
The Vicar’s meeting with the Presiding Bishop
Our Daily Office retreat in New Orleans
Ordination of Maria, Leslie, Teresa & Alissa
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
Community Health Centers and Free Clinics

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Nebbi, Uganda

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.

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.

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: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor (Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 847) – Swiatoslav Richter, piano, 2012

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