Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, EP II

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Service of Light

Greeting/Invocation
 We light the Evening Vesper Candle and say or sing:

Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Love!

~Thanks be to God!

 

Sunday Evening Hymn

O radiant Light, O Sun divine, Of God the Abba’s deathless face,

O image of the Light sublime that fills the heavenly dwelling place.

 

O Word of God, the Source of Life, Praise is your due by night and day.

Our happy lips must raise the strain of your esteemed and splendid Name.

 

O Jesus Christ as daylight fades, as shine the lights of eventide,

We praise the Abba with the Word, the Spirit blest and with them one.

Text: Phos Hilaron, transl. WG Storey; Tune: J. Michael Joncas, Praise God in Song 

 

 Thanksgiving for the Light

Let us give thanks to the God of Light, always and for everything.

~In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Praised be Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe,

who led our ancestors in the faith by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and prepared a lamp for the Anointed.  Light up our darkness, O God, by the light of your Christ; may his word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path,

for you are full of loving kindness for your whole creation and we, your creatures glorify you: Abba, Word and Holy Breath of Love, now and forever.  Amen, Amen!

 

 

 SERVICE OF THE WORD

Sunday Evening Psalm

Antiphon

Our God answers to no one in heaven or on earth.

Psalm 113b/115

Not to us, Adonai, not to us,

but to your Name give the glory;

because of your love and your truth,

lest the nations say, “Where is their God?”

 

But our God is in the heavens

and answers to no one.

Their gods are crafted by hand

nothing more than silver or gold.

 

They have mouths that are mute

and eyes that are blind;

they have ears that are deaf

and noses that cannot smell.

 

With their hands they cannot feel;

their feet cannot walk.

No sound comes from their throats,

their makers will come to be  like them

and so will all who worship and trust in them.

 

Let all of Israel trust in Adonai

who is their help and their shield.

Let the house of Aaron trust in Adonai

who is their help and their shield.

 

All who reverence God, trust in Adonai,

who is your help and your shield.

God remembers us and will bless us;

will bless the house of Israel

and bless the house of Aaron.

 

Adonai will bless those who worship

the little no less than the great

May God bless  and grant you increase,

for you and for all your children.

 

May you be truly blest by Adonai,

the maker of heaven and earth.

The heavens belong to Adonai

but the Earth is entrusted to us.

 

The dead do not sing God’s praises

nor those who go down into silence;

but we who live bless Adonai

now and forever, Amen. Alleluia!

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love,

as always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

Our God answers to no one in heaven or on earth.

Reading           Matthew 5: 17-19

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.  But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 Responsory

R.  Though the law was given through Moses, *grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.  V. No one has ever seen God, but God’s only Son, who is nearest to the Abba’s heart, has made him known *grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.

V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Breath of Love.

 

New Testament Canticle

Antiphon: Adonai will reign, let Earth rejoice, Alleluia! 

 

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, alleluia!

God’s judgments are true and just.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Praise our God all you servants, alleluia!

Those reverencing with awe, small and great.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Adonai our God, the Almighty reigns, alleluia!

Let us rejoice and exult, giving God the glory.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The marriage of the Lamb has come, alleluia!

And his bride has made herself ready.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

She has been given for her clothing, alleluia!

fine linen, glistening and pure.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Holy Breath

As always before, so now and evermore. Amen!

 Antiphon:  Adonai will reign, let Earth rejoice, Alleluia! 

 

 

 Service of Prayer

Litany of Intercession

That all who have been called and gifted to be salt of the earth and light of the world may overcome what divides us and may join our voices in proclaiming good news for the poor, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.

 

That political and economic leaders may be filled with God’s Spirit of compassion and lead with honesty, justice and a passion for the flourishing of all, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.

 

That the love and example of those who live and work in the darkness of violence, poverty and corruption may be light and hope for  those who suffer most, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.

 

That those who have received more may be freed to share their abundance with those who are oppressed by racism, classism, and violence, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.

 

That the sacredness of all life and the rights of all human and all earthly beings may be upheld in the hearts and in the laws of all peoples and nations, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.

 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

 

Closing Prayer & Blessing

 

O Holy One, Source, Guide and Goal of all that is, You called and gifted Jesus for a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the good news, curing every disease and illness among the people and fulfilling the law and the prophets.  You have called and gifted each of us continue his mission and ministry in a great variety of ways with a wonderful diversity of gifts.  When we go astray, help us wake up and change direction so that we may channel our lives and our energies into preparing the way for your reign on Earth as it is in heaven where yours is the power and glory of love now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

May the Spirit of God + kindle in our hearts the love that fulfills the whole law.

 

Let us bless Adonai.    ~And give thanks to God.

 

 Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon.
[Ave Regina Caelorum is sung from the 3rd of February until Good Friday, inclusive.]

Queen of the heavens we greet you, Queen of Angels we entreat you,

Fairest flower, heaven’s portal From whom came the Light immortal.

Matchless maiden, God did raise you For the Universe to praise you.

Hear us, O hear us, dear Mother; Show your children Jesus, our brother.

 

Pray for us, holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray.  O Gracious God, grant to your people lasting health of mind and of body.

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we be freed from present sorrow and attain eternal happiness.  We ask this through Christ our Love.  Amen.