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The Benediction.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.

The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Amen.

Evening Service or Vespers
Opening Hymn.
Versicle. O Lord, open Thou my lips.

Answer. And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. Make haste, O God, to deliver me.

Make haste to help me, O Lord.
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. Hallelujah.
The Psalm. (With Gloria Patri.)
The Lesson.
Versicle. O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Answer. Thanks be to God.
Hymn.
Sermon.
Hymn.

Versicle. Let my prayers be set before Thee as incense.

Answer. And the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,

The Canticle.

Magnificat. My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath_rejoiced in God my Savior.

For He hath regarded : the low estate of His handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed,

For He that is mighty hath done to me great things : and holy is His name.

And His mercy is on them that fear Him: from generation to generation.

He hath showed strength with His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats: and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich He hath sent empty away.

He hath holpen His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy: as He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed, forever.

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.

Nunc Dimittis. Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace: according to Thy Word;

For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation: which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

A light to lighten the Gentiles : and the glory of Thy people Israel.

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 Prayer.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Then shall all say: Our Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy 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 Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Salutation. The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Then shall be said the Collect for the day.

Versicle. The Lord will give strength unto His people.

Answer. The Lord will bless His people with 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 can not give; that 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 Savior, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Then may be sung or said the

Benedicamus.

Bless we the Lord.

Answer. Thanks be to God.

Then shall the Minister say the Benediction. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with

you all.

Amen.

1. Teachers and classes shall assemble and sing a Hymn.

2. Then shall be sung or said:

Superintendent:
O Lord, open Thou my lips.

School:
And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

Superintendent:
Make haste, O God, to deliver me.

School:
Make haste to help me, O Lord.

Superintendent: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

School: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Hallelujah.

A Psalm shall then be read or chanted responsively. (See selection of Psalms on pages 31 to 64.)

3. Then shall follow the Prayer:

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who dost will that not one of these little ones should perish, and hast sent Thine only Son to seek and to save that which was lost, and through Him hast said, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God: Most heartily we beseech Thee so to bless and govern the children of Thy Church, by Thy Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Thy Word; protect and defend them against all danger and harm, giving Thy holy Angels charge over them; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Additional Pragers Almighty God, Who hast given us commandment to pray for the gift of the Holy Ghost: Most heartily we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Advocate, to grant us Thy Holy Spirit, that He may quicken our hearts by Thy saving Word, and lead us into all truth, that He may guide, instruct, enlighten, govern, comfort, and sanctify us unto everlasting life; through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Send, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, Thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that He may rule and direct us according to Thy will, comfort us in all temptations and afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; that we, being steadfast in the faith, may increase in love and in all good works, and in the end obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

O Lord God, heavenly Father, we beseech Thee, let Thy Holy Spirit dwell in us, that He may enlighten and lead us into all truth, and evermore defend us from all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and Everliving God, Who makestus both to will and to do those things which are good, and acceptable unto Thy Divine Majesty: Let Thy Fatherly hand, we beseech Thee, ever be over us. Let Thy Holy Spirit ever be with us. And so lead us in the knowledge and obedience of Thy Word, that in the end we may obtain everlasting life; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 4. A part of the Catechism may now be said.

Superintendent:
Let us now recite the First Part of the Catechism.

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