Evening Prayer 2.11.20, Theodora, Empress, c. 857

“Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

“Parasite” actor Jeong Hyeonjun and his mother Lee Min Jae at home in Seoul, on learning that their movie is the first foreign-language film in history to win the Oscar for Best Picture. (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23

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 78:40-72

40 How often the people disobeyed God in the wilderness *
and offended the LORD in the desert!
41 Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember God’s power *
in the day when God ransomed them from the enemy;
43 How God wrought signs in Egypt *
and omens in the field of Zoan.
44 God turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45 God sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 God gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47 God killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
48 God delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
59 God poured out upon them blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress,
a troop of destroying angels.
50 God did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
51 God struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52 God led out the chosen people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 God led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 God brought them to the holy land, *
to the mountain won by God’s own hand.
55 The LORD drove out the Canaanites before them
and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
God made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56 But they tested and defied the LORD, *
and did not keep the commandments of the Most High.
57 They turned away and were disloyal like their ancestors; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
58 They grieved God with their hill-altars *
and provoked God’s displeasure with their idols.
59 Hearing this, God was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
60 God forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where God had lived among mortals.
61 God delivered the ark into captivity, *
God’s glory into the adversary’s hand.
62 God gave the chosen people to the sword *
and was mightily angered against them.
63 The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their young women.
64 Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66 These enemies God struck on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
67 God rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 God chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, the beloved.
69 God built the holy sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which God founded for ever.
60 God chose David to serve, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71 God brought him from tending the sheep, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob, the chosen people,
and over Israel, the chosen inheritance.
72 So David shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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.

Lucas Cranach the Younger: Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, one of many similar works by the Cranachs.

THE LESSON
John 7:53—8:11 (NRSV)

Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

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 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.

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in you can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let your way be known upon earth;
R. Your saving health among all nations.
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Liesbeth Smulders: St. Theodora. Theodora is remembered not only for her role in restoring the veneration of icons to the church, but for her diplomatic insistence upon reconciliation with those who had held opposing views – one theological controversy that ended in reconciliation, not schism.

Collect of the Day: Theodora, Empress, c. 867

O God, who called your servant Theodora to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom and who gave her the wisdom to establish unity where there had been division; Create in your church such godly union and concord that we might proclaim the Gospel of the Prince of Peace, not only in correct theology but in right actions. All this we ask through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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 Guyana; Diocese of Madi and West Nile, Uganda; and Diocese of Te Pihopatanga o Upoko o Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa New Zealand

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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.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication 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.
Thanks be to God.

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 us, and remain with us always. Amen.++

VIDEO: Lord of all being, throned afar (see #419, Uffingham, Jeremiah Clarke; Oliver Wendell Holmes) – Choir of Norwich Cathedral, 2001

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