Saturday Evening

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 God,
give us knowledge of all good things
that we may worthily celebrate this great and holy day,
this glorious Sunday, through right conduct and virtuous works.
And we will glorify, adore and praise you,
your Father and your 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.
O Lord Most High,
by humbling yourself, you raised us from our lowliness;
O free One, you delivered yourself to death
to free us from the bondage of sin.
As you have saved us by handing yourself over to death
and have given us cause to rejoice,
so renew us by the light of your face.
Praise be to you, now and for ever. Amen.

Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name
for ever and ever.

Psalm 145
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever
and ever.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever
and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.

Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.

They speak of the splendor of your
glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.

They discourse of the power of your
terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.

They publish the fame of your abundant
and joyfully sing of your justice.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.

The Lord is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.

Let all your works give you thanks,
O Lord,
and let your faithful ones bless you.

Let them discourse of the glory of
you kingdom
and speak of your might,

Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your

Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and you dominion endures through
all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.

The Lord lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in
due season;

You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.

The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him,
he hears their cry and saves them.

The Lord keeps all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord,
and may all flesh bless his holy name
for ever and ever.

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

Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name
for ever and ever.

Lord, have mercy on us and save us.
O Lord,
we praise you, the Light who dispels the darkness of sin from
this world.
You enlightened the sorrowful creatures who awaited
your teaching;
the people who dwelt in darkness have seen a great light.
To you, the salvation of the living and the dead, be praise
and glory,
now and 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 living One who does not die;
by his death has given life to his creatures
by his resurrection he has saved his Church
and by his transfiguration he has given joy to his flock.
To the Good One is due glory and honor this evening,
and all the days of our lives,
now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God, our Creator,
all living things adore you,
and every creature exalt your only Son.
Through you all thins came into being.
On the first day, by your command, you separated light
from darkness;
the resplendent day appeared in the world,
which you had made out of love for Adam,
image of your majesty and sign of your eternal love.
When you became flesh on earth,
you dwelt among us;
then you entered the tomb and were counted among the dead.
But from within the tomb your light shone
and the dead gave witness to your goodness when you came to them; to them you accorded hope.
You adorned the angels with the radiance of your light,
and like lightening, they shone around your tomb.
On this Sunday,
we ask you to remember the dead who sleep in your hope.
When a sign from you will make the dead rise from the tomb,
let them take a place at your right hand an rest in the blessed dwelling of your Father.
With them we will give thanks to you, O Good One,
your Father and your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
Holy are you, O God, angels and men proclaim you holy in
heaven and on earth.
Holy are you, O Strong One, in your love you have called all
sinners to return to you.
Holy are you, O Immortal One, at your door sinners knock and
ask pardon.
Lord of mercy and God of all consolation, grant us guidance
pardon and remission of faults.
Lord, may we return to you and come to the paradise of
happiness filled with delight.
And we will give you glory and thanksgiving, now and for ever.

Lord God,
grant that by our good works we may be a sweet fragrance
before you,
by our holy lives a pleasing perfume,
by our faith a pure incense,
and by our perfect witness resplendent temples.
Receive our prayers and grant our petitions;
in your love hear our requests and help us;
give rest to the souls of our departed in the dwelling of joy.
O Lord, our God, to you be glory for ever. Amen.
Come glorious feast of Sunday, happiness and joy for
angels and men.
From the highest hills come, glorious feast; angels and
men sing and praise.
Blessed be the One who has made Sunday great among all days by praise, psalms, and by the proclamation of the gospel.
A Reading from the Book of Exodus
Exodus 18: 1-13
Now Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel: how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. So his father-in-law Jethro took along Zipporah, Moses’ wife, whom Moses had sent back to him, and her two sons.
One of these was called Gershom; for he said, “I am a stranger in a foreign land.” The other was called Eliezer; for he said, “My father’s God is my helper; he has rescued me from Pharaoh’s sword.” Together with Moses’ wife and sons, then, his father-in-law Jethro came to him in the desert where he was encamped near the mountain of God, and he sent word to Moses, “I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to you, along with your wife and he Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, bowed down before him, and kissed him. Having greeted each other, they went into the tent. Moses then told his father-in-law of all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for the sake of Israel, and of all the hardships they had had to endure on their journey, and how the LORD had come to their rescue. Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness that the LORD had shown Israel in rescuing them from the hands of the Egyptians. “Blessed be the LORD,” he said, “who has rescued his people from the hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
Now I know that the LORD is a deity great beyond any other; for he took occasion of their being dealt with insolently to deliver the people from the power of the Egyptians.” Then Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, brought a holocaust and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to participate with Moses’ father-in-law in the meal before God. The next day Moses sat in judgment for the people, who waited about him from morning until evening.
A Reading from the Letter of James
James 2: 14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says,
“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called “the friend of God.” See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
O Son, by your resurrection you have saved your Church from
error; hear our supplication 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.
Make your Church rejoice on this great day, O Son of God, and
confirm your children by the cross of light with which they
are marked. Let your peace reign among her choirs and
your feasts increase in the shadow of your peace.

May she be kept from false teachings; may she work each day
with the builders of faith, may your day be a feast which
dispels all anxiety and may your peace always reign in her
May rebels who seek to corrupt her be put on the right path;
Lord, may your cross be a sheepfold for her shepherds
where they gather all the sheep to your Father.
Son of God, your Church praises you on the day of your feast
and her children raise songs of glory at your manifestation.
Lord, keep your Church and her children from all evil so
that they may praise you on the day of your feast. Praise
be to you, 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.