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Choral Evensong

4 p.m. in the Cathedral

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Evensong for The Feast of Lancelot Andrewes
26 September 2021

The Reverend Canon George M. Maxwell, Jr. Officiant & Preacher
The Cathedral Choir

Solemn Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) is one of the jewels of the Anglican tradition. Most of the service is sung, often by the choir alone; and a sermon is always offered. At the formal close of Evensong itself, a traditional “liturgy of the table” is offered for those seeking afternoon communion (Eucharist). Occasionally, a classically sung Eucharist, or a diocesan confirmation, or a special sung service of prayer, takes the place of Evensong. Evensong and Eucharist are scheduled from September through May of each year.

 

All stand for
The Procession

 

The Opening Sentences

 

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

All stand as the Choir sings
The Preces and Responses    
music: Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

V.    O Lord, open thou our lips:
R.    And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
V.    O God, make speed to save us:
R.    O Lord, make haste to help us.
V.    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
R.    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
        world without end. Amen.
V.    Praise ye the Lord. 
R.    The Lord’s Name be praised.

 

Candles are lit as all sing the
Office Hymn 244
music: Alles ist an Gottes Segen, melody att. Johann Balthasar König (1691-1758), alt; harm. Johann Löhner (1645-1705), after chorale version by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
words: Latin, 12th cent., tr. Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, after Robert Campbell (1814-1868), alt.

Come, pure hearts, in joyful measure sing of those who spread the treasure
in the holy Gospels shrined;
blessed tidings of salvation, peace on earth their proclamation,
love from God to lost mankind.

See the rivers four that gladden, with their streams, the better Eden
planted by our Lord most dear;
Christ the fountain, these the waters; drink, O Zion’s sons and daughters,
drink, and find salvation here.

O that we, thy truth confessing, and thy holy word possessing,
Jesus may thy love adore;
Unto thee our voices raising, thee with all thy ransomed praising,
ever and for evermore. 

 

All sit while the Choir sings
The Gradual: Psalm 63:1-8
Anglican chant: Ivor Algernon Atkins (1689-1953)
BCP, p. 670

O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
    my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
    that I might behold your power and your glory.

For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
    my lips shall give you praise.

So will I bless you as long as I live *
    and lift up my hands in your Name.

My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
    and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

When I remember you upon my bed, *
    and meditate on you in the night watches.

For you have been my helper, *
    and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul clings to you; *
    your right hand holds me fast.

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.

 

The Lessons

 

The First Lesson: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Lector: A Lesson from The First Letter of Paul to Timothy.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For

there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Lector: Here ends the lesson.

 

All stand for
The Magnificat    
music: Herbert Howells (1892-1983), St. Paul’s Cathedral
words: Luke 1:46-55; & Gloria Patri

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 me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. 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 for ever. 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.

 

All sit for
The Second Lesson: Luke 11:1-4

Lector: A Lesson from The Gospel of Luke.

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Lector: Here ends the lesson.

 

All stand for
The Nunc Dimittis    
music: Herbert Howells (1892-1983), St. Paul’s Cathedral
words: Song of Simeon, Luke 2:29-32

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 to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

All sing 
The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
    maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
    the holy catholic Church, 
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Prayers

 

The Choir sings
The Preces and Responses    
music: Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

V.    The Lord be with you.
R.    And with thy spirit.

All stand or kneel
V.    Let us pray.
R.    Lord, have mercy upon us.
        Christ, have mercy upon us.
        Lord, have mercy upon us.

V.    Our Father, 
R.    which art in heaven
    Hallowed be thy Name.
    Thy kingdom come,
    Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    As we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    But deliver us from evil. Amen.

V.    O Lord, show thy mercy upon us:
R.    And grant us thy salvation.
V.    O Lord, save the State:
R.    And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V.    Endue thy ministers with righteousness:
R.    And make thy chosen people joyful.
V.    O Lord, save thy people:
R.    And bless thine inheritance.
V.    Give peace in our time, O Lord:
R.    Because there is none other that fighteth for us, 
        but only thou, O God.
V.    O God, make clean our hearts within us:
R.    And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

 

The Collects

A Collect for The Feast of Lancelot Andrewes
Almighty God, who gavest thy servant Lancelot Andrewes the gift of thy holy Spirit and made him a man of prayer and a faithful pastor of thy people: Perfect in us what is lacking of thy gifts, of faith, to increase it, of hope, to establish it, of love, to kindle it, that we may live in the life of thy grace and glory; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against 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.

 

All sit for
The Anthem after the Third Collect    
music: John Rutter (b. 1945), Open thou mine eyes
words: Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)

Open thou mine eyes and I shall see:
incline my heart and I shall desire:
order my steps and I shall walk in the ways of my commandments.
O Lord God, be thou to me a God and beside thee let there be none else,
no other, nought else with thee.
Vouchsafe to me to worship thee and serve thee according to thy commandments,
in truth of spirit, in reverence of body, in blessing of lips, in private and in public.

 

All stand to sing
The Meditation Hymn: 629  
music: Halifax, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), adapt. and arr. David Hurd (b. 1950)
words: George Rawson (1807-1889), alt.

We limit not the truth of God to our poor reach of mind,
to notions of our day and place, crude, partial, and confined;
no, let a new and better hope within our hearts be stirred;
the Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth from his word.

Who dares to bind in one’s own sense the oracles of heaven,
for all the nations, tongues, and climes and all the ages given?
That universe, how much unknown! The ocean unexplored!
the Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth from his word.

O Father, Son, and Spirit, send us increase from above;
enlarge, expand all living souls to comprehend your love;
and make us all go on to know with nobler powers conferred—
the Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth from his word.

 

All sit for
The Meditation: Canon Maxwell

 

The Offertory Sentence

 

Anthem at the Offering    
music: David Briggs (b. 1962), O Lord, support us
words: Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Littlemore Tractus 

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

 

All stand or kneel for
The Intercessions

 

All stand or kneel to pray
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Officiant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Grace

 

All sit for
The Parish Notices

 

All stand to sing
The Closing Hymn: 636
music: Foundation, melody from The Sacred Harp, 1844
words: K. in John Rippon’s Selection, 1787, alt.

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you that for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

“The soul that to Jesus hath fled for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”

 

The Psalm in Procession 150    
Anglican chant: George S. Talbot
BCP, p. 807

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy temple; praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him for his excellent greatness. Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; praise him with lyre and harp. Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe. Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with loud-clanging cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah! 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.

 

Those who wish to remain for Holy Communion may move to the front of the Nave.

 

The Holy Communion

The Reverend Canon George M. Maxwell, Jr., Officiant

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer II    
BCP, p. 340

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And with thy Spirit.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up unto the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
All: It is meet and right to do so.

 

The Sanctus: S 114    
Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Service music (indicated by “S” numbers) is found at the front of the Hymnal. 
After the Sanctus, all may kneel or stand.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Officiant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

 

The Communion

All are welcome to receive the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. Come to the altar at the direction of the ushers. Stand or kneel at the rail and receive the bread (a wafer) in the palm of your hand. If you desire to receive a blessing, cross your arms across your chest.

 

The Postcommunion Prayer    
BCP, p. 339

Officiant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

 

The Blessing

 

All sing
The Processional: Hymn 632
music: Munich, melody from Neu-vermehrtes und zu Übung Christl. Gottseligkeit eingerichtetes Meiningisches Gesangbuch, 1693; adapt. and harm. Felix Mendelssohn (1807–1847)
words: William Walsham How (1823–1897), alt.

O Christ, the Word Incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth, unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky;
we praise thee for the radiance
that from the scripture’s page,
a lantern to our footsteps,
shines on from age to age.

The Church from our dear Master
received the word divine,
and still that light is lifted
o’er all the earth to shine.
It is the chart and compass
that o’er life’s surging sea,
mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
still guides, O Christ, to thee.

O make thy Church, dear Savior,
a lamp of purest gold,
to bear before the nations
thy true light as of old;
O teach thy wandering pilgrims
by this their path to trace,
till, clouds and darkness ended,
they see thee face to face.

 

The Dismissal

Officiant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
All: Thanks be to God.