We light the EVENING CANDLE and say or sing:

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World!

~The Light no darkness can extinguish!


Throughout all the Earth their voices carry;

~Their message resounds with hope for all!


HYMN FOR Ss. peter & Paul

Apostles of our ancient faith, With all the heav’ns we sing your fame;

Whose sound went forth in all the earth To tell of Christ and bless the Name.


You took the Good News to the poor, The Word of God alight in you,

Which in our day is told again: that timeless word forever new.


You told of One who died for us And out of death triumphant rose,

Who shared the truth that makes us free, And changeless through the ages goes.


Like sparks among the straw, you ran To set the universe ablaze

To kindle love of Jesus Christ And take his peace on all your ways.


Praise Abba, Word and Spirit blest Whose gift is faith that never dies:

A light in darkness now until The daystar in our hearts arise.  Amen.

Text Stanbrook Abbey (1971) alt.  Tune: Plainsong, Mode VIII 







Glory to you, O Christ,

the whole Church praises you in the witness of Peter and Paul!

Psalm 145/146

My soul, sing praise to Adonai

I will praise Adonai all my days;

make music to my God while I live.


Never depend on rulers:

born of earth, they cannot save.

They die and turn to dust.

and all their plans simply crumble.


They are wise who depend on God,

who look to the Adonai of Jacob,

creator of heaven and earth

maker of the teeming sea.


Adonai keeps faith forever,

and is just to all who are oppressed,

the One who gives bread to the hungry

and sets all the prisoners free.


Adonai gives sight to the blind,

raises those whose bodies are bent,

protects refugees and strangers,

upholds and comforts widows and orphans.


Adonai is One who loves the just

and blocks the path of the wicked.

Adonai will reign forever

Sion’s God from one generation to the next. 


Glory to the ONE and the WORD

And the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen


Glory to you, O Christ,

the whole Church praises you in the witness of Peter and Paul!



READING          romans 1: 1-2, 7

Greetings from Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart to proclaim the Gospel of God promised long ago through the prophets, as the holy Scriptures record–the Gospel concerning the Son–to all in Rome, beloved of God our Abba and the Lord Jesus Christ.




R.  Throughout all the earth, their voices carry.  V. Their message resounds with hope for all. V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.


Gospel Canticle     John 15:9-17


“I call you my friends, no longer are you slaves:

for I’ve made known to you all that the Abba told me.”

As the Abba has loved me,

so I have loved you.

Live on in my love,

and love one another.


No greater love exists,

than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

And you are my friends

if you love as I have commanded.


I have chosen you

to go forth and bear much fruit;

your fruit must endure

so my Abba will hear your prayer:


Ask and you will receive;

seek and you shall find;

knock and the door will be opened;

Do all things in my name.

“I call you my friends, no longer are you slaves:

for I’ve made known to you all that the Abba told me.”




 Litany of Intercession

You called Simon Peter, the fisherman, to catch human beings with the good news of your love ~call us to bring this same message of hope to all humankind.


You calmed the waves so that your disciples would be saved from drowning ~calm the storms created by our selfishness and greed and the tempests that catch us off guard.


You gathered the earliest community around Peter after the resurrection ~ O Gentle Shepherd, bring all your people together into one flock where diversity is celebrated.


You revealed yourself to Paul as “the one being persecuted” ~ help us to recognize you in those who are marginalized or oppressed in any way.


You sent Paul as apostle to preach the good news to the Gentiles ~may your word of salvation through love be proclaimed to all humanity and all creation.


You strengthened Peter and Paul to bear witness to the truth in the face of bitter persecution ~empower us to bear witness to the reality of your love at all times and in every place.


O Jesus, Gentle Shepherd and Living Bread, feed us, guide us to the land of everlasting life.  


Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba…


Closing Prayer

Gracious God of Wisdom and Compassion, you called Peter and Paul to bring the Gospel to the world of their day and to witness to your truth and love with their lives.  Lead us to wisdom through their teaching and example that we may share your compassion with the whole world.  We ask this in the Name of Jesus, who lives and loves with you and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.  Amen.



May God bless + us, protect us from all evil, and lead us to freedom and the fullness of life,  ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.   ~Thanks be to God.






Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Salve Regina

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.