We’ve got a daily hymnody plan available, an order for using the Occasional Prayers, and some insight on how to sing Simplified Anglican Chant. Let’s put it all together and see what Evening Prayer can be like. We did this with Morning Prayer last week, but now let’s add some chanting to spruce up this feast day commemorating St. Mary Magdalene. I should warn you that there are a couple of stumblings, hesitations, and even mistakes as I read, pray, and sing. That’s life, that’s reality. I’m not here to perform for anyone, and I just want to encourage you to pray and sing, yourself, too. Anyway, grab your 2019 Prayer Book, ESV Bible, and 2017 Hymnal, and listen and pray along!
Order of service (so you can get your books ready)…
- Opening Sentence (BCP 41)
- Confession *
- Invitatory Dialogue with Hymn #444 instead of the Phos hilaron **
- Psalms 108 (tune #748) and 109 (tunes #747 & 746)
- Old Testament: Ezra 10
- Magnificat (tune #743)
- New Testament: John 1:1-28
- Nunc dimittis (tune #750)
- The Apostles’ Creed
- The Prayers
- The Anthem (Hymn #175)
- Brief homiletic reflection
- Occasional Prayers #11-15
- The General Thanksgiving ***
- Closing Sentences
* I don’t read either absolution after the general confession when I’m praying the Office alone because there’s no “you” for me to speak to, so I take on the words of the laity in the prayer for forgiveness instead.
** The rubric at the top of page 44 allows for a hymn to replace the Phos hilaron. Since the Phos hilaron is not a feature of classic prayer books I typically prefer to replace it with an Evening Hymn (or other hymn as in this case).
*** I tend not to pray the Prayer of St. John Chrysostom when alone, as the rubric indicates it’s optional, and because its language of being gathered for corporate prayer is not exactly fulfilled in private.