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: David Clark Isele, from Praise God In Song


 Thanksgiving for the Light

Let us give thanks to God, our Abba, always and for everything.

~In the name of our Love, 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!





“The foxes have dens and the birds their nests,
but the Human One has nowhere to lay his head. Come and follow me!”

Psalm 109/110

Adonai, to the One who will reign:

“Come and be My companion;

We will undo selfishness and sin.”


The Spirit will bring from Zion

The power and strength to save:

Love changing foes into friends.


Precious from the day of your birth

on the holy mountain;

from the womb before the dawn I begot you.


The Promise holds true forever:

Your ministry is Loving-Kindness–

A priest like Melchizedek of old.


Companions of the Most High are ready

To liberate all who suffer from evil.


The One who calls us to justice

Invites us to join in the struggle:

Enlightening all who are unaware of the truth.


Drink from streams of Living Water,

Lift your head and celebrate the feast.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

“The foxes have dens and the birds their nests,
but the Human One has nowhere to lay his head. Come and follow me!”

READING           GALATIANS 5: 1, 13-15

For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement,
namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
But if you go on biting and devouring one another,
beware that you are not consumed by one another.
I say, then: live by the Spirit.



R.  The command of Adonai is clear, *it gives light to the eyes.   V. Those who love their neighbors have fulfilled the law; love s the fulfillment of the law; it gives light to the eyes.  V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Breath of Love.



New Testament Canticle


 “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks back to what was left behind is fit for the reign of God.”


Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Salvation and glory and power

belong to our God,

God’s judgments are true and just. (R.)

Praise our God all you servants,

Those reverencing with awe,

everyone and everything:

both small and great.  (R.) 

Adonai our God, the Almighty reigns,

Let us rejoice and exult,

and give God the glory.  (R.)

The marriage of the Lamb has come,

And his bride has made herself ready.

She has been given for her clothing,

fine linen, glistening and pure.  (R.)

Glory to the Abba and the Word,

and the Holy Breath of Love

As always before,

so now and evermore. Amen!

 “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks back to what was left behind is fit for the reign of God.”


Litany of Intercession

That all who have set our hands to the plow may leave what is behind us and work together to build up the reign of God , let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.


That political and economic leaders may be filled with God’s Spirit 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 Dear Abba in heaven …



Closing Prayer & Blessing

O Holy One, Source, Guide and Goal of all that is, You have called and gifted each of us to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus in a great variety of ways with a wonderful diversity of gifts.  When we are tempted to look back help us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and join him proclaiming your reign of justice, peace and love.  Amen.


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


Let us bless Adonai.    ~Thanks be to God.



 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.