St Matthias, Evening

II Vespers

Prayers before the Office
Open, O Lord, my mouth to bless thy holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections; that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly say this Office, and so be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou, whilst here on earth, didst render praises unto God, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer unto thee.

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 the evil one. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

V. O God, make speed to save me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
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.
All: Alleluia Praise be to thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.

The Psalter

Antiphon 1. The Lord sware and will not repent: Thou art a Priest for ever.

Psalm 111 Beatus vir.

  1. BLESSED is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments.
  2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
  3. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
  4. Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness: he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
  5. A good man is merciful, and lendeth: and will guide his words with discretion.
  6. For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
  7. He will not be afraid of any evil tidings: for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.
  8. His heart is established, and will not shrink: until he see his desire upon his enemies.
  9. He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
  10. The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him: he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Glory be.

Antiphon 2. The Lord hath set him with the princes of his people.

Psalm 112 Laudate, pueri.

  1. PRAISE the Lord, ye servants: O praise the Name of the Lord.
  2. Blessed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
  3. The Lord’s Name is praised: from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
  4. The Lord is high above all heathen and his glory above the heavens.
  5. Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high: and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
  6. He taketh up the simple out of the dust: and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
  7. That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.
  8. He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children.

Glory be.

Antiphon 3. Thou, O Lord, hast broken my bonds in sunder: I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psalm 138 Domine, probasti.

  1. O LORD, thou hast searched me out and known me: thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thoughts long before.
  2. Thou art about my path, and about my bed: and spiest out all my ways.
  3. For lo, there is not a word in my tongue: but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.
  4. Thou hast fashioned me behind and before: and laid thine hand upon me.
  5. Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me: I cannot attain unto it.
  6. Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit: or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
  7. If I climb up into heaven, thou art there: if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
  8. If I take the wings of the morning: and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
  9. Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.
  10. If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me: then shall my night be turned to day.
  11. Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day: the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
  12. For my reins are thine: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
  13. I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
  14. My bones are not hid from thee: though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
  15. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect: and in thy book were all my members written;
  16. Which day by day were fashioned: when as yet there was none of them.
  17. How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God: O how great is the sum of them!
  18. If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake up I am present with thee.
  19. Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God: depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
  20. For they speak unrighteously against thee: and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
  21. Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee: and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
  22. Yea, I hate them right sore: even as though they were mine enemies.
  23. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart: prove me, and examine my thoughts.
  24. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.

Glory be.

Antiphon 4. Their rule and governance is stedfast, yea, right dear are thy friends, O God.

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 12:1 – 5
And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand. And he said unto them, The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.


Let heav’n with acclamations ring,
And earth with joy responsive sing:
The Apostles’ deeds and high estate
This festal-tide we celebrate.

O ye who, thron’d in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead,
True lights, the world illumining,
Regard the suppliant pray’r we bring.

The gates of heav’n, at your command,
To all or clos’d or open stand:
May we, at your august decree,
Be loos’d from our iniquity.

The pow’r of old to you convey’d,
Sickness and health alike obey’d;
May ye our ailing souls once more
To strength and holiness restore.

That Christ the unerring Judge of doom,
When he at time’s last end shall come,
May grant us for his mercy’s sake,
Of joys eternal to partake.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

V. They shall say, This hath God done.
R. For they shall perceive that it is his work.

Magnificat. St. Luke 1:46-55

Antiphon: Be ye valiant in warfare and contend with the old serpent, and ye shall receive an eternal kingdom.

  1. My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  2. For he hath regarded * the lowliness of his handmaiden.
  3. For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
  4. For he that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is his Name.
  5. And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
  6. He hath showed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  7. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek;.
  8. He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  9. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; * as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be.

Antiphon: Be ye valiant in warfare and contend with the old serpent, and ye shall receive an eternal kingdom.

Second Lesson: Acts 20:17 – 35
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke 2:29-32

Antiphon: Save 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,
  3. Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
  4. To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be.

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

A reading from the works of St. Augustine the Bishop:
Her foundations are upon the holy hills; the Lord loveth the gates of Sion. Wherefore hath the city twelve foundations, and in them the names of the Prophets and of the Apostles of the Lamb? Because their authority is the foundation whereon our weakness resteth. Wherefore are they the gates? Because through them we enter in unto the kingdom of God, since they have preached the same unto us, and when we enter in through their preaching, we enter in by Christ. Who is himself the Door. And, whereas it is written that the city hath twelve gates, and again, that Christ is the one Door, Christ is all the twelve, for he is in all the twelve: and therefore were twelve Apostles chosen. There lieth a great mystery in the signification of this number, Twelve. Ye shall sit, saith the Lord, upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

If there there be set there twelve thrones of judgement, Paul, in that he is the thirteenth Apostle, hath not where to sit, nor wherein to judge. Nevertheless, he hath said of himself that he will judge not men only, but angels. Know ye not, saith he, that we shall judge angels??that is, the fallen angels. Then might they have answered him : Wherefore boastest thou thyself to be a judge? For where is thy seat? The Lord hath said that for the twelve Apostles there shall be twelve thrones: one of the twelve, even Judas, is indeed fallen, but holy Matthias is chosen into his place; for the twelve thrones there are still twelve to sit thereon : first find whereon thou shalt sit, and afterward give thyself out for a judge. Let us see, then, what is the meaning of these twelve thrones. By them is signified in a mystery the whole world, since the Church shall be through all the earth, whence this building is called to be built up together in Christ.

Therefore it is said that there shall be twelve thrones, because from all quarters shall there come men to be judged ; even as it is said that the city hath twelve gates, because from all quarters shall the nations of them which are saved, enter into it. So, not the twelve only, and the Apostle Paul, but all, as many as shall judge, have part in these twelve thrones, this signifying, that they shall judge all men ; even as all that enter into the city, have part in her twelve gates. For there are four quarters of the world, the East, and the West, and the North, and the South : of which four quarters is mention often made in the Scriptures. From the four winds shall the elect be gathered together, as saith the Lord in the Gospel. From the four winds, therefore, is the Church called together ; and how are they called? Everywhere are they called in the Trinity ; for they are called no otherwise than by baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now four being multiplied by three is twelve.

From the Roman Breviary for this day.

¶ Then follows,

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.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)

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 the evil one. Amen.

V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. O Lord, save our governours.
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.

O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. 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 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

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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)
V. Let us bless the Lord (alleluia, alleluia).
R. Thanks be to God (alleluia, alleluia).
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

¶ When the Litany or Mass is to be said, the following prayers are omitted, save only the Grace and the Final Antiphon.

A General Thanksgiving.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; [particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and other clergy, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Grace
The grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

¶ Here shall be added the Final Antiphon of the Virgin Mary according to season.

After the Purification, that is, from Compline of February 2nd, whether the Feast of the Purification be transferred or not, through Compline of Wednesday in Holy Week: Ave, Regina cælorum