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Meditative and Healing Vespers for August 25, 2020




Opening Song: Arise, Shine

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has shone upon you.

Gathering Prayer

O God, be with us now that evening is at hand, and the day is past. As you have sustained us in our labors, now also give us ease, and grant that we may so use our time that we redeem the times and give glory unto you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V:     O Lord make speed to save us;
R:     O Lord, make haste to help us.
V:     Keep us, Lord, as the apple of your eye;
R:     Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 121

1.I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come?

2.My help comes from the LORD, * the maker of heaven and earth.

3.He will not let your foot be moved * and will not fall asleep.

4.Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep;

5.The LORD himself watches over you; *  the LORD is your shade at your right hand,

6.So that the sun shall not strike you by day, * nor the moon by night.

7.The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; * it is he who shall keep you safe.

8.The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

: Now Daylight fades

Now daylight fades and prayers ascend, O Quiet Hope our peace defend.

Psalm 122

1.I was glad when they said to me, * “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2.Now our feet are standing * within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3.Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity with itself;

4.To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, *
the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD.

5.For there are the thrones of judgment, * the thrones of the house of David.

6.Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: * “May they prosper who love you.

7.Peace be within your walls * and quietness within your towers.

8.For my brethren and companions’ sake, * I pray for your prosperity.

9.Because of the house of the LORD our God, * I will seek to do you good.”


Song: Let the Broken Ones Be Healed

Let the broken ones be healed; let the lost be found and fed. Let the grace of God roll on;
let the river rise and spread. Step into the stream with me; let God’s gracious purpose be.


The Healing Prayers

God the Father, you will that all people be healed and made whole;
     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and have it to the full;
     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies temples of your presence;
     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Let us now name before God those for whom pray.

The people may add their own petitions.

God of all mercies, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or wounded;
     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Guard and guide the lonely, the anxious, and the despairing;
     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Mend our broken relations, and make us sound in body, mind, and soul;
     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless those who care for the sick, the suffering, and the needy;
     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless all who struggle for justice and seek a world of compassion;
     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Let us now lay before God our own needs, burdens, and fears.

 The people may add their own petitions.

You are the Lord who does wonders:
     Show forth your power and your grace.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life,
     and in your light we see light.

Hear us, O Lord of life:
     Heal us and make us whole.


Bidding Prayer and Blessing

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

May the blessing of God Almighty, our Creator, Redeemer, Healer and Sanctifier, be upon you and within you this night and forever more. Amen.


Closing Song: The Lord’s Prayer


About Episcopal Worship and this Service

Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, along with Holy Baptism, lies at the center of the church’s sacramental life. In times of contagion and quarantine, however, the community may not safely gather together in person, as such liturgies require. What are we to do?

One place we can turn is to the Daily Office (prayer services with an officiant, who may or may not be a priest): Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, as well as Daily Devotions for use by individuals and families. Each office offers worship of praise and thanksgiving by means of word and song.

Blending these with Healing Prayers, whether or not we can meet in person for an altar call with individual healing prayers, can help us face difficult times. The litany fits well with Daily Office prayers. When we or those whom we love suffer or are in times of danger and uncertainty, we might feel alone and unsure. In addition, at present our health requires us to keep at physical distance, but the lingering injustices of our time require our presence in solidarity and protest. Therefore we gather as best we can for prayers that sustain us and help us bear witness in faith and by grace.

Hymns, scripture readings and prayers come from The Holy Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, Hymnal 1982, Music by Heart, and from Enriching Our Worship 1, 2, and 5. You will find links to these free resources below. As of the date released, any website links given were accurate.


A Prayer in Times of Sickness and Contagion

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, source of all wisdom and peace: Comfort and relieve your servants who suffer from sickness or fear, give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and let your grace be with all those who work to protect us from contagion and disease. May we be strengthened against any weakness, sickness, fear, and doubt, and place our confidence in your loving care through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Resources (available for free online)

The Book of Common Prayer,

Enriching Our Worship 1,

Enriching Our Worship 2,

Enriching Our Worship 5,

These resources contain the prayers and worship services used in The Episcopal Church and by Episcopalians in their daily devotions.

The Revised Common Lectionary and Daily Office,

This source shows the readings assigned for use in Sunday worship and for daily office use for each day of the year, with links to online Bibles.

Hymnal 1982:

Hymnal 1940:

Lift Every Voice and Sing II:

Wonder, Love, and Praise:

Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship (All Saints Company, 2008).

The Episcopal Church:

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington:

St. Mark’s, Fairland: