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: H. Hughes, S.M.  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!






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,

for God 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!

Our God answers to no one

in heaven or on earth.

READING           ROMANS 11: 29-32

The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. 
Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of the disobedience [of people of Israel], so they have now disobeyed in order that,
by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 
For God leaves all free to be disobedient, that God might have mercy upon all.


R.  Adonai remembers the covenant forever, the promise for a thousand generations.   V.  God’s call and gifts are irrevocable.  V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.




“O Lord, even dogs feed on the scraps from the Master’s table!”

And Jesus said: “Great is your faith, O Woman!

Your daughter is healed.”

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

“O Lord, even dogs feed on the scraps from the Master’s table!”

And Jesus said: “Great is your faith, O Woman!

Your daughter is healed.”


Litany of Intercession

For those who suffer most, those rejected, abandoned, and forsaken, ~ Move us with your compassion, O God.


For those who are hungry, thirsty, or strangers in our land, ~ Move us with your compassion, O God.


For those who are naked, sick, or in prison, ~ Move us with your compassion, O God.


For those who are oppressed by racism, sexism, and classism, ~ Move us with your compassion, O God.


Send forth your Spirit, O God; ~ And renew the face of the Earth.


Prayer of Jesus Our Dear Abba in heaven..  


Closing Prayer & Blessing


God of Life and Love, you sent Jesus to announce the Reign of Heaven  to the people of Israel in word and in deed; but the Canaanite woman convinced Him to extend his healing compassion into Gentile territory.  May we follow his example and share our compassion and concern to embrace those whom church, society or culture exclude or marginalize for any reason.  For yours is the power and the glory of love, now and forever. ~Amen.



May the God whose healing is offered to all peoples, nations, and creatures, + bless us and all of creation with the fullness of life.  ~Amen 



Let us bless Adonai.     ~Thanks be to God.   theotokos

 Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon.

Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, Vita dulcedo et Spes nostra, salve! Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae; Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum vale. Eia, ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos, ad nos converte; et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium ostende.  O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis, Virgo Maria!


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God; ~ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray.  Holy, Mighty and Immortal God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of the glorious virgin Mother Mary, as a worthy dwelling for your Word; grant that we, who celebrate her memory each evening, may with the help of her prayers, be freed from ever-present evil, and come to share the fulness of life eternal.   Amen.