Saint Barnabas Church



This service will take place at 6:30 pm on Sundays whenever resources do not permit us to sing Solemn Evensong. Please join in the words in bold text.

The Minister shall say,

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

Brethren, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith.

I St. Peter 5. 8, 9.

VersicleBut thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us;
ResponseThanks be to God.

VersicleO God, make speed to save us;
ResponseO Lord, make haste to help us.

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;
The Lord’s name be praised.

Then shall be said or sung one or more of the following Psalms: Psalm 4; Psalm 31. 1-6; Psalm 91 ; Psalm 134.

PSALM 4. Cum invocarem.

  1. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness :
    thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
  2. O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour :
    and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?
  3. Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly :
    when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
  4. Stand in awe, and sin not :
    commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
  5. Offer the sacrifice of righteousness :
    and put your trust in the Lord.
  6. There be many that say :
    Who will shew us any good?
  7. Lord, lift thou up :
    the light of thy countenance upon us.
  8. Thou hast put gladness in my heart :
    since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil, increased.
  9. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest :
    for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

PSALM 31. 1-6. In te, Domine, speravi.

  1. In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust :
    let me never be put to confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness.
  2. Bow down thine ear to me :
    make haste to deliver me.
  3. And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence :
    that thou mayest save me.
  4. For thou art my strong rock, and my castle :
    be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy name’s sake.
  5. Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me :
    for thou art my strength.
  6. Into thy hands I commend my spirit :
    for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

PSALM 91. Qui habitat.

  1. Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High :
    shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold :
    my God, in him will I trust.
  3. For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter :
    and from the noisome pestilence.
  4. He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers :
    his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
  5. Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night :
    nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
  6. For the pestilence that walketh in darkness :
    nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
  7. A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand :
    but it shall not come nigh thee.
  8. Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold :
    and see the reward of the ungodly.
  9. For thou, Lord, art my hope :
    thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
  10. There shall no evil happen unto thee :
    neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
  11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee :
    to keep thee in all thy ways.
  12. They shall bear thee in their hands :
    that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
  13. Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder :
    the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
  14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him :
    I will set him up, because he hath known my name.
  15. He shall call upon me, and I will hear him :
    yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
  16. With long life will I satisfy him :
    and shew him my salvation.

PSALM 134. Ecce nunc.

  1. Behold now, praise the Lord :
    all ye servants of the Lord;
  2. Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord :
    even in the courts of the house of our God.
  3. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary :
    and praise the Lord.
  4. The Lord that made heaven and earth :
    give thee blessing out of Sion.

Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons, or some other passage of Holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister:

Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name. Leave us not, O Lord our God.

Jeremiah 14. 9.


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

St. Matthew 11. 28–30.


Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13. 20, 21.

ResponseThanks be to God.

Then may be said the following Respond.

VersicleInto thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
ResponseInto thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit:

VersicleFor thou hast redeemed me, O Lord; thou God of truth;
ResponseI commend my spirit.

VersicleGlory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost;

ResponseInto thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Here may follow this Hymn.

Te lucis ante terminum

Anonymous, Latin 5th/6th century, translated at St Cecilia Abbey, Ryde

  1. To you before the end of day,
    Creator of the world, we pray:
    In love unfailing hear our prayer,
    Enfold us in your watchful care.
  2. Keep all disturbing dreams away,
    And hold the evil foe at bay.
    Repose untroubled let us find
    For soul and body, heart and mind.
  3. Almighty Father, this accord
    Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:
    Who reigns with you eternally
    In your blest Spirit's unity.

VersicleKeep me as the apple of an eye;
ResponseHide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Then shall follow the Canticle Nunc dimittis together with the Anthem, which is to be said or sung in full before the Canticle, and again after the Gloria Patri.


Anthem. Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ,
and asleep we may rest in peace.

  1. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
    according to thy word.
  2. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
    Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
  3. 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.

Anthem. Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ,
and asleep we may rest in peace.

Then shall be said the Apostles' Creed by the Minister and people,

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 Catholick Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body;
And the Life everlasting.

And after that these Prayers following:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father,
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

VersicleBlessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers;
ResponseTo be praised and glorified above all for ever.

VersicleLet us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
ResponseLet us praise him and magnify him for ever.

VersicleBlessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven;
ResponseTo be praised and glorified above all for ever.

VersicleThe Almighty and most merciful Lord

guard us and give us his blessing.


Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession following, and afterwards the Prayer for Forgiveness.

We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins and deliver us from all evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If a Priest be present, he or she shall pronounce the following Absolution :

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you
pardon and remission of all your sins,
time for amendment of life,
and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Then shall be said:

VersicleWilt thou not turn again and quicken us;
ResponseThat thy people may rejoice in thee?

VersicleO Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;
ResponseAnd grant us thy salvation.

VersicleVouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin;
ResponseO Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

VersicleO Lord, hear our prayer;
ResponseAnd let our cry come unto thee.

Then shall be said one or more of the following Collects:

Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place, and drive from it all the snares of the enemy; let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace ; and may thy blessing be upon us evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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 Saviour, Jesus Christ.


O Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre, and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people: Make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of thy passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.


Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

VersicleWe will lay us down in peace and take our rest;
ResponseFor it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.

VersicleThe Lord be with you;
ResponseAnd with thy spirit.

VersicleLet us bless the Lord;
ResponseThanks be to God.

The Almighty and merciful Lord,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
bless and preserve us.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
We hope you will join us again soon.