Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

The Solemn Evensong Service
The Second Sunday before Lent, or "Sexagesima"
12 February 2023 6:30 pm

We welcome you to our service of Solemn Evensong. Please join in the words in bold text.

This opening section is said in the seasons of Advent and Lent only.

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep; We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts; We have offended against thy holy laws; We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults; Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto man­kind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, open + thou OUR lips :

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And our mouth shall shew forth THY praise.

O God, make + speed to SAVE us :

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O Lord, make haste to HELP us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Ho-LY Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world without end. A-men.

Praise YE² the LORD²:

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The Lord's NAME² be PRAIS²-ed.

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The Psalm.

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The First Lesson.

Proverbs 8:1, 22–31

Here beginneth the eighth chapter of the Proverbs.

8Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
8:22The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
8:23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
8:24When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
8:25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
8:26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
8:27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
8:28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
8:29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
8:30Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
8:31Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

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Here endeth the first lesson.

The Magnificat.

My soul + doth magnify the LORD :

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and my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD my Sav-iour.

For he hath re-GAR-ded :
the lowliness of HIS hand-maid-en.

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For behold, from HENCE-forth :
all generations shall CALL me bless-ed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified ME :
and ho-LY is his Name.

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And his mercy is on them that FEAR him :
throughout all GEN-er-a-tions.

He hath shewed strength with his ARM :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagina-TION of their hearts.

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He hath put down the mighty from their SEAT :
and hath exalted the HUM-ble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good THINGS :
and the rich he hath sent EMP-ty a-way.

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He re-membering his mercy hath holpen his servant IS-rael :
As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his SEED for ev-er.

Glory be to the Father, and to the SON :
and to THE Ho-ly Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world with-OUT end. A-men.

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The Second Lesson.

Revelation 4

Here beginneth the fourth chapter of the Revelation to John.

4After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
4:2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
4:3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4:4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
4:5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
4:6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
4:7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
4:8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
4:9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
4:10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
4:11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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Here endeth the second lesson.

The Nunc Dimittis.

Lord, + now lettest thou thy servant de-part in PEACE :

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according TO thy word.

For mine eyes have SEEN :
thy SAL-va-tion:

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Which thou hast pre-PAR-ed :
before the face of ALL² peo-ple,

To be a light to lighten the GEN-tiles :
and to be the glory of thy peo-PLE Israel.

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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 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 catholick Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection + of the body,
And the life everlasting
.

The Lord be with you :

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And WITH thy² spir²-it.

Let us pray.

The Prayers.

Lord, have mercy up-ON² us:

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Christ, have mercy up-ON² us.

Lord, have mercy up-ON² 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
.

O Lord, shew thy mercy up-ON us:

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And grant us thy salva-TION.

O Lord, save THE Queen :

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And mercifully hear us when we call up-ON thee.

Endue thy ministers with right-EOUS-ness :

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And make thy chosen people joy-FUL.

O Lord, save thy peo-PLE :

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And bless thine inherit-ANCE.

Give peace in our time, O Lord :

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Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts with-IN us :

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And take not thy holy Spirit FROM us.

The Collect for the second Sunday before Lent.

Almighty God, who hast created the heavens and the earth and hast made us in thine own image: teach us to discern thy hand in all thy works and thy likeness in all thy children; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lent Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The 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 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 Saviour. Amen.

The 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 thine only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The LORD be² with² you :

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And WITH thy² spir²-it.

Let us BLESS² the Lord² :

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Thanks BE² to God².

May the souls + of the faithful through the mercy of God rest in peace :
And rise in glory.

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A sermon may be preached.

The intercessions.

The service concludes with a hymn:

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