Order for Evening Prayer
throughout the Year
[With Poems Added from The Temple 1633.
The poems may be assigned to a narrator, to be called The Poet, who may be
the Curate, congregation or private worshipper.
The poems may be read by one person, antiphonally or groups.
(Links within the text may be used or omitted.)]
A little evening music: Thomas Tallis, (c.1505-85), Canon.
The priest shall say.
OUR Father which art,
Then likewise he shall say.
O Lord open thou our lips.
Answer. And our mouth shall
show forth thy praise.
Priest. O God make speed
to save us.
Answer. Lord make haste to
Priest. Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
in order as they be appointed in the table for Psalms, except there be
proper Psalms appointed for that day. Then a Lesson of the Old Testament
as is appointed likewise in the Calendar, except there be
Lessons appointed for that day.
The Poet shall sum up the end of the day in this world:
Businesse or, for those who have gone beyond the business of this world, The Method.
After that, Magnificat, in English, as
Magnificat. Luke 1
MY soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my savior.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call
For he that is mighty, hath magnified me: and holy is
And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all
He hath showed strength with his arm: he hath scattered
the proud, in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath
exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich
he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy, hath holpen his servant Israel:
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: etc.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever, etc.
The Poet looks to the
Church-musick for consolation and
Or else this Psalm.
Cantate domino. Ps. 98
O SING unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he
gotten himself the victory.
The Lord declared his salvation: his righteousness hath
he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house
of Israel: and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our
Show yourselves joyful unto the Lord all ye lands: sing,
rejoice, and give thanks.
Praise the Lord upon the harp: sing to the harp with a
psalm of thanksgiving.
With trumpets also and shawms O show yourselves joyful
before the Lord the king.
Let the sea make a noise and all that therein is: the
round world, and they that dwell therein.
Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be
joyful to gether before the Lord: for he is come to judge the earth.
With righteousness shall he judge the world: and the people
Glory be to the Father, etc.
As it was in the, etc.
Then a Lesson of the New
The Poet summarizes the efforts of the day:
And after that, Nunc dimittis, in English, as
LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation.
Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people.
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory
of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and, etc.
As it was in the beginning, and is now, etc. Amen.
Or else this Psalm.
Deus misereatur. Ps. 67
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us: and show us
the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.
That thy way may be known upon earth: thy saving health
among all nations.
Let the people praise thee O God: yea let all the people
O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou shalt
judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise thee O God: let all the people praise
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase: and God,
even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall
Glory be to the Father, etc.
As it was in the beginning, etc.
Then shall follow the Creed, with
other prayers, as is before appointed at Morning Prayer, after Benedictus.
And with three Collects:
of the day, the second of peace, third for aid against all perils, as
hereafter followeth. Which two last Collects shall be daily said at Evening
Prayer without alteration.
The Second Collect at Evening Prayer
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels,
an all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the
world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,
and also that by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may
pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our
The Third Collect, for Aid against All Perils
LIGHTEN our darkness we beseech thee, O Lord, and
by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for
the love of thy only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Poet praises God for night and day: