Evening Prayer for The First Day in Lent: Ash Wednesday


Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our
whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we
humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

V: O God, make speed to save us.
R: 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.

O Gracious Light  Phos hilaron

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.

The Psalm or Psalms Appointed
Psalm 102 Domine, exaudi

1    LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *
hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.
2    Incline your ear to me; *

when I call, make haste to answer me,
3    For my days drift away like smoke, *
and my bones are hot as burning coals.
4    My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *
so that I forget to eat my bread.
5    Because of the voice of my groaning *
I am but skin and bones.
6    I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *
like an owl among the ruins.
7    I lie awake and groan; *
I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.
8    My enemies revile me all day long, *
and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.
9    For I have eaten ashes for bread *
and mingled my drink with weeping.
10    Because of your indignation and wrath *
you have lifted me up and thrown me away.
11    My days pass away like a shadow, *
and I wither like the grass.
12    But you, O LORD, endure for ever, *
and your Name from age to age.
13    You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to have mercy upon her; *
indeed, the appointed time has come.
14    For your servants love her very rubble, *
and are moved to pity even for her dust.
15    The nations shall fear your Name, O LORD, *
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16    For the LORD will build up Zion, *
and his glory will appear.
17    He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
he will not despise their plea.
18    Let this be written for a future generation, *
so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD.
19    For the LORD looked down from his holy place on high; *
from the heavens he beheld the earth;
20    That he might hear the groan of the captive *
and set free those condemned to die;
21    That they may declare in Zion the Name of the LORD, *
and his praise in Jerusalem;
22    When the peoples are gathered together, *
and the kingdoms also, to serve the LORD.
23    He has brought down my strength before my time; *
he has shortened the number of my days;
24    And I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; *
your years endure throughout all generations.
25    In the beginning, O LORD, you laid the foundations of the earth, *
and the heavens are the work of your hands;

26    They shall perish, but you will endure; they all shall wear out like a garment; *
as clothing you will change them, and they shall be changed;
27    But you are always the same, *
and your years will never end.
28    The children of your servants shall continue, *
and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.”

Psalm 130 De profundis

1    Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2    If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
3    For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4    I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5    My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6    O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
7    With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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 Lessons
A reading from Amos 5:6-15

Seek the LORD and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will
devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring
righteousness to the ground! The one who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep
darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the
sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name, who makes
destruction flash out against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress. They
hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
Therefore because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have
built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant
vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions,
and how great are your sins– you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push
aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an
evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will
be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the
gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Here ends the Reading.

A Song of Creation Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

Invocation
Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

I The Cosmic Order
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts,
glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
II The Earth and its Creatures
Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
III The People of God
Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Doxology
Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

A reading from Luke 18:9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and
regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee
and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I
thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax
collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing
far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be
merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the
other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be
exalted.”


Here ends the Reading.


The Song of Mary Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *

in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
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, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy
Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 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
V: The Lord be with you.
R: And also with you.
Let us pray.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us
from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffrages B
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 [__ and] all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.


Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all
who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may

One Comment on “Evening Prayer for The First Day in Lent: Ash Wednesday

  1. I am so glad that I am receiving this. Eastertide which is a very old saying plus lent which guides us up to Easter Week has always made me feel good.

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