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Prayer Book

King James Version

" Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice " Psa. 141:2


The Order for

Daily Evening Prayer


¶ The Minister shall begin the Evening Prayer by reading one or more of the following Sentences of Scripture; and then he shall say that which is written after them. But he may, at his discretion, pass at once from the Sentences to the Lord's Prayer.

¶ And Note, That when the confession and Forgiveness of Sins are omitted, the Minister may, after the Sentences, pass to the Versicles, O Lord, open thou my lips, etc., in which case the Lord's Prayer shall be said with the other prayers, immediately after The Lord be with you, etc., and before the Versicles and Responses which follow.

The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab. 2:20

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Psa. 26:8

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psa. 141:2

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Psa. 96:9

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psa. 19:14

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. Mark 13:35

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Rev. 21:3

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isa. 60:3

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psa. 51:3

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Dan. 9:9-10

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:6

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 15:57

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col. 3:1

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Hebr. 9:24

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. Psa. 46:4

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev. 22:17

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isa. 6:3


¶ The Minister shall stand and boldly proclaim.


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:8 -9


¶ Or else he shall say as followeth.

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. Phil. 4:1

Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Josh. 7:11

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Col. 3:9

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Prov. 28:13

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. 2Tim. 2:25

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16


A General Confession. Daniel 9:4-6, 15; Luke 11:4

¶ To be said by the whole Congregation, after the Minister, all kneeling.

O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. . . And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.


And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Forgiveness of Sin


¶ To be read by the Minister alone, standing; the People still kneeling.

¶ But Note, That the Minister, at his discretion, may use, instead of what follows, the Forgiveness of Sin from the Passover Communion Service.

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Num. 14:19

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psa. 86:5

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psa. 32:1

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Heb. 1:1-3

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph. 1:6-7

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Rom. 4:7

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 1John 2:12


¶ Then the Minister shall kneel, and say the Lord's Prayer; the People still kneeling, and repeating it with him, both here, and wheresoever else it is used in Prayer Service.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


¶ Then likewise he shall say.


Minister. O Lord, open thou my lips:

Answer. And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.


¶ Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,


Minister. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

Answer. The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be

gracious unto thee:

Minister: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee,

Answer. And give thee peace. [Amen]. Num. 6:24-26


¶ Then shall follow a Portion of the Psalms, according to the Use of this Church. And at the end of every Psalm, and at the end of the whole Portion, or Selection from the Psalter, shall be sung or said the Glory to God.


Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works. Psa. 9:1

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psa. 63:3

I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Psa. 138:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psa. 33:22- 34:1

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Rev. 15:4


¶ Then shall be read the First Lesson, according as the Minister hath selected beforehand.

¶ After which shall be sung or said the Hymn called Magnificat, as followeth.

¶ But Note , That before every Lesson, the Minister shall say, Here beginneth such a Chapter (or Verse of such a Chapter) of such a Book; and after every Lesson, Here endeth the First (or the Second) Lesson.


Magnificat. Luke 1:47-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.


¶ Or this Psalm.


Cantate Domino. Psalm 98

O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath

gotten him the victory.

The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.


¶ Then shall be read, in like manner, the Second Lesson, taken out of the New Testament, according as the Minister hath chosen beforehand.

¶ And after that shall be sung or said the Psalm or Hymn following.


Bonum est confiteri. Psalm 92:1-4

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.


¶ And after that shall be sung or said the Hymn called Nunc dimittis, al followeth.


¶ Or this.


Nunc dimittis. St. Luke 2:29-32

O Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.


¶ Or else his Psalm.


Deus misereatur. Psalm 67

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


¶ Or this.

Benedic, anima mea. Psalm 103:1-4, 20-22

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.


¶ The Minister shall stand and proclaim boldly.


Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. Deut. 6:4


¶ The People shall respond.

Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God. Rev. 19:1


¶ Then shall be said the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and the People standing.

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Christian* Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.


¶ And after that, these Prayers following, the People devoutly kneeling; the Minister first pronouncing,


Minister. The Lord be with thee.

Answer. And with thy spirit.

Minister. O Lord, teach us to pray.


¶ Here, if it hath not already been said, shall follow the Lord's Prayer.


Minister. Show us thy mercy, O Lord,

Answer. And grant us thy salvation. Psa. 85:7

Minister. Cast me not away from thy presence;

Answer. And take not thy holy spirit from me. Psa. 51:11

Minister. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance:

Answer. Feed them also, and lift them up for ever. Psa. 28:9

Minister. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound:

Answer. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy coun- tenance. Psa. 89:15

Minister: Create in me a clean heart, O God;

Answer: And renew a right spirit within me. Psa. 51:10


¶ Then shall follow the Psalm for the Day, except when the Lord's Supper Service is read; and then the Psalm for the Day shall be omitted here.


A Prayer for Peace.

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Heb. 13:20-21


A Prayer for Grace.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15-16


¶ The following Prayers shall be omitted here when the General Supplication is said, and may be omitted when the Lord's Supper is to follow.

¶ And Note, That the Minister may here end the Evening Prayer with such general intercessions taken out of this Book, as he shall think fit, or with the Grace.


A Prayer for Divine Protection

For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. 2Sam. 22:29

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Psa. 59:1


A Prayer for all in Authority

For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God? 2Sam. 22:32

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2Sam. 23:3

And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. Jer. 29:7

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Matt. 5:25

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Heb. 13:17

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Rom. 13:7


¶ In places where it may be convenient, here followeth the Anthem.

¶ The Minister may here end the Evening Prayer with such Prayer, or Prayers, taken out of this Book, as he shall think fit.


A Prayer for the Ministers and People.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Phi. 1:9-11


A Believer's Prayer. Acts 4:24-31

O Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.


¶ Note, That the General Thanksgiving may be said by the Congregation with the Minister.


A General Thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30-34

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.


A Petition. Daniel 9:17-19

Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.

O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.


A Prayer of Repentance

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:4 -6


Revelation 7:12

Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.


2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.Amen.


Here endeth the Order for Evening Prayer.


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