Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as we begin and until we conclude.
May mercy and compassion be poured forth upon us
in this world and the next.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever.
O Lord our God,
through our remembrance of your finding in the temple,
grant us calm and untroubled consciences
that we may reflect on your hidden mysteries and your pure life.
O Lord, fill us with the knowledge of your humble incarnation, your lowly birth, and your obedience to the heavenly Father.
Fashion our lives into worthy witness of your own,
that we may glorify you in all that we say and do.
For we praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
Peace be with the Church and her children.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace on earth and good will to all.
Praise the Lord all you nations,
glorify him all you peoples,
for steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
and peace on earth and good will to all.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
Lord God,
on this evening, may we praise and offer you
our spirits, understanding and our hearts.
May we contemplate your love for us and your
life among us,
that we may imitate your marvelous humility
and thank your Father who sent you to us
and the living and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
God arises in the divine assembly;
he judges in the midst of the gods.

Psalm 82
God arises in the divine assembly;
he judges in the midst of the gods.

“How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?

Defend the lowly and the fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and
the destitute.

Rescue the lowly and the poor;
from the hand of he wicked deliver them.

“They now not, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said: you are gods,
all of you sons of the Most High;

Yet like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”

Rise, O God; judge the earth,
for yours are all the nations.

Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

God arises in the divine assembly;
he judges in the midst of the gods.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
Beloved Son,
we adore you in your objection through which you
confused the proud of heart.
O Lord, you are blessed for your compassion and
kindness towards us.
O God,
grant that we may proclaim your praise, meditate on your life, and walk in the way of perfection.
Freed from all sin, may we bear true witness to your gospel
with all sincerity.
Then we will be worthy of your kingdom
where you are glorified with your Father and
Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen.
Psalm 141:1-4
O Lord, to you I call; hasten to me;
harken to my voice when I call upon you.
Let my prayer come like incense before you;
the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
O Lord, set a watch before my mouth,
a guard at the door of my lips.

Let not my heart incline to the evil
of engaging in deeds of wickedness
With men who are evildoers;
and let me not partake of their dainties.
Psalm 142
With aloud voice I cry out to the Lord;
with a loud voice I beseech the Lord.
My complaint I pour out before him;
before him I lay bare my distress.
When my spirit is faint within me,
you know my path.
In the way along which I walk
they have hid a trap for me.
I look to the right to see,
but there is no one who pays me heed.
I have lost all means of escape;
there is no one who cares for my life.
I cry out to you, O Lord:
I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land
of the living.”
Attend to my cry,
for I am brought low indeed.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me.
Lead me forth from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
The just shall gather around me
when you have been good to me.

Psalm 119: 105-112
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
I resolve and swear
to keep your just ordinances.
I am very much afflicted;
O Lord, give me life according to your word.
Accept, O Lord, the free homage of my mouth,
and teach me your decrees.
Though constantly I take my life in my hands,
yet I forget not your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but from your precepts I have not strayed.
Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.
I intend in my heart to fulfill you statutes
always to the letter.
Psalm 117
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
For steadfast is his mercy toward us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
The Hymn, “The Resurrection of Christ” (page 165) may
be sung following the Evening Psalms.

Praise, glory and honor to the eternal Father
who sent his only Son for our salvation;
to the only Son whose coming the patriarchs and
the prophets awaited
and who gave his teaching to the scribes and the
doctors of the law;
to the life-giving Spirit who spoke through the
prophets and the apostles.
To the Good One is due glory and honor,
now and for ever. Amen.
Blessed are you, Christ Jesus,
our God, Lord and Master.
It pleased you to assume our human nature
in order to sanctify it and to lift it up to yourself.
You willed to go up to the Temple with Joseph and
your Mother
in order to fulfill the law which you established through
your prophets.
On this day when we recall your finding in the Temple
in the midst of the teachers,
teach us to devote our whole selves to God,
for our lives make no sense without the Master and Creator.
We ask you now to enlighten our minds that we may understand
your love for us,
which is the foundation of all your holy commandments,
and help us follow your divine counsels.
Watch over the leaders of your holy Church, O Lord,
that we may benefit from their apostolic teaching;
and keep far from your Church false teachings and
destructive doctrines.
Let your gospel be a light to guide us to the safe

Lord, strengthen our wills to act only for you,
enlighten our minds to think only of you,
give our hearts the true joy of pleasing you
and doing your will.
May our goal be the accomplishment of your works,
those of your Father and of your living Spirit,
and we will glorify you all the day of our lives,
and give you praise and thanksgiving,
now and for ever. Amen.
Praise the Lord, hosts of the Lord, for he sent his first born Son to us; he has assumed our nature and freed us from the bondage of evil.
Lord, you made us your brothers and sisters; you strengthened
our weakness and increased our knowledge. Glory and praise to you.
You taught the teachers, O good Teacher; you revealed the truth and the universe was enlightened by it. To you be glory for ever.
Accept our praise, O Lord and may it be joined with that of the angles in heaven, where you are adored and glorified.
Heavenly Son,
you are pleasing to your Father because of your obedience
and your holy life.
Accept the incense and prayers we offer you this evening.
From the heavenly heights, send us healing for our souls,
food for our lives, and mercy for our deceased,
and we will give you glory,
now and for ever. Amen.

May the light of your face, O Lord, be a light for our minds, so that we may know and love you.
God himself stands in the divine council; in the midst of the
gods he renders justice.
O God, you accepted the prayers made by the righteous before
us, now accept, Lord, our prayers and have mercy on us.
We know little about the childhood of our Lord except for the incident which is celebrated in the liturgy today. Jesus, as a boy, joined his parents in going up to Jerusalem and the Temple for the feast of Passover. After fulfilling the requirements of Jewish law, Joseph and Mary set out for home, presuming that Jesus was traveling with relatives. In reality, he had remained in Jerusalem where Mary and Joseph found him in the Temple listening to the teachers and asking them questions . Luke’s account of the incident ends with the note that Jesus was subject to his parents.
In today’s feast two points become clear to us: Jesus fulfills the law of Moses in his own life, and he does so as one who has humbled himself to become like us in all things, but sin.
On the feast of the Circumcision we were reminded that Jesus was subject to the requirements of the Mosaic law and today we are again reminded that Jesus fulfilled the spiritual responsibilities of a member of God’s chosen people; for he prayed in the Temple and celebrated the Passover with his family, he who was both the true Temple and the Passover sacrificed for us. We are thus reminded that through our participation in the sacrifice of Christ’s body we became living temples of the Lord.
Jesus listened to the teachers of the law and amazed them by his questions. He who was the teacher of Israel would establish a new law which would not be written on tablets of stone, but rather upon our hearts.
Christ our Passover and Teacher comes among us with the humility and simplicity of a child. He who was the eternal Son of God abandoned his prerogative and taught us by his obedience to his parents that we are subject to our Father in heaven, the Father’s will must be
our will, the Father’s care and concern must be manifested in our love for his children.
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah
Isaiah 61: 1-6
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. They will be called oaks of justice, planted by the LORD to show his glory. They shall rebuild the ancient ruins, the former wastes they shall raise up And restore the ruined cities, desolate now for generations. Strangers shall stand ready to pasture your flocks, foreigners shall be your farmers and vinedressers. You yourselves shall be named priests of the LORD, ministers of our God you shall be called. You shall eat the wealth of the nations and boast of riches from them.

A Reading from the Prophet Micah
Micah 4: 1-7
In days to come the mount of the LORD’s house Shall be established higher than the mountains; it shall rise high above the hills, And peoples shall stream to it: Many nations shall come, and say, “Come, let us climb the mount of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, That he may instruct us in his ways, that we may walk in his paths.” For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples and impose terms on strong and distant nations; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. Every man shall sit under his own vine or under his own fig tree, undisturbed; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD, our God, forever and ever. On that day, says the LORD, I will gather the lame, And I will assemble the outcasts, and those whom I have afflicted. I will make of the lame a remnant, and of those driven far off a strong nation; And the LORD shall be king over them on Mount Zion, from now on forever.

O Son, by your resurrection you saved your Church from error;
hear our supplications and have mercy on us.
You reconciled heaven and earth, grant peace to your Church,
and keep her children in the light of the cross.
You tread the ground of the Temple, walked with teachers and
accompanied the people; Lord, sanctify our steps, make
straight our paths, and grant your priests zeal and piety that they may preach your gospel to those who do not know it.
Glory to the Father, who sent his Son, the bearer of the good
news; adoration to the Son, who by his humility taught us
truth; thanksgiving to the Spirit, who enlightens minds.
One God in three Persons, to him be glory for ever.
Let us remember the prophets, apostles and martyrs, and all those who have labored and suffered in the vineyard of the Lord:
Saint James, Saint Maron and his companions and Saint
Ephrem, harp of the Holy Spirit.
O God, through their prayers strengthen the weak, comfort
the sick, grant pardon to the deceased, and forgive the
faults of us poor sinners.
Exalt, O Lord, the memory of your Mother and your saints;
through their prayers, grant pardon to us and our deceased.
Through the prayers of your Mother, the prophets, apostles
and martyrs, watch over the living, and in your mercy
forgive those who have died.

Let us thank, adore, and praise the holy and glorious Trinity: Father, Son, ✛Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Holy are you, O God;
Holy are you, O Strong One;
Holy are you, O Immortal One;
have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, forgive us and have mercy on us.
Lord, hear us and have mercy on us.
Lord, accept our worship and our prayers.
Lord, come to our assistance and have mercy on us.
Our Father, who are in heaven;
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come;
your 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 the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
O Lord, the night and the day are yours;
you uphold the light and the sun.
Through your power you direct the sequence of the seasons.
O Lord,
you have brought the day to its close and called forth the night; be for us that great Day that never ends.
In the evening let your light shine in our hearts,
and in the darkness of the night

enlighten us with the knowledge of your truth.
And so, through all the days of our lives,
we shall praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
To you be glory and may your mercy rest upon us,
now and for ever.
Let us thank God for all the graces he has bestowed on us
this day which has passed in calm and peace.
Let us recall our failings against the commandments of God
and the Church in thought, word, deed and omission
We ask for God’s pardon as we pray:
“Forgive us, Jesus!”
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Glory be to you, O Lord.
Glory be to you, O Lord.
Glory be to you, O Lord.
Father in heaven,
by your living and holy name,
keep us from evil an lead us not into temptation;
for we call upon you, O Lord, our God, our constant hope,
glory to you for ever.
O Lord, our Lord,
may our humble worship be pleasing to you;
may our prayers come before you and our actions give
you honor.
Let you mercy, kindness, help, graces and divine love
be poured abundantly upon us poor sinners,
both in heaven and on the earth
which you have created in your goodness.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever.

Peace be with you.
And also with you.
O God,
through the prayers of your Mother and the saints who have
believed in you;
through the prayers of the prophets, apostles, martyrs and
through the prayers of the just, the priests, the holy fathers, pastors and teachers of the truth faith;
and through the prayers of N., Pope of Rome, N., our Patriarch, and N., our Bishop,
forgive your people and have mercy on your flock.
May God bless, forgive, sanctify, purify, and keep each of the faithful united with us in this spiritual office.
May mercy and compassion be upon us and all the faithful who
dwell here.
May peaceful rest be granted to those who have died in the faith.
May the faithful who live here experience the protection of
Christ’s victorious cross.
May we and all his servants, who adore him with bowed heads,
receive the mercy of the holy and glorious Trinity
Father, Son, ✛ Holy Spirit, to whom be glory now and for ever.
May God forgive your sins,
pardon your failings,
and deliver you from the power of the enemy.
May he grant you the remission of your offenses.
Go in peace, and pray to Christ for me.