¶ The Officiant begins:

✠ The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
People: Amen.
Officiant:Brethren: Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

1 Peter 5:8-9

People: Thanks be to God.
Officiant:✠ Our help is in the name of the Lord.
People: Who hath made heaven and earth.

¶ The Officiant may then say:

Let us humbly confess our sins unto God.

¶ Silence may be kept for a brief examination of conscience and one of the the following may be said:

¶ Officiant and people:

I confess to God, to Blessed Mary, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my own fault; I ask holy Mary, and all the Saints of God, to pray for me. Amen.


We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us. Almighty God, have mercy upon us; forgive us all our sins, and deliver us from all evil; confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Officiant: ✠ O GOD, make speed to save us.
People: O LORD, make haste to help us.
Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant and People: Alleluia.   (Omitted in Pre-Lent and Lent.)

¶ One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said:

Psalm 4. Cum invocarem.

HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness: * thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
2  O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour, * and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?
3  Know this also, that the LORD hath chosen to himself the man that is godly; * when I call upon the LORD he will hear me.
4  Stand in awe, and sin not; * commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5  Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, * and put your trust in the LORD.
6  There be many that say, * Who will show us any good?
7  LORD, lift thou up * the light of thy countenance upon us.
8  Thou hast put gladness in my heart; * yea, more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
9  I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; * for it is thou, LORD, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 31:1-6. In te, Domine, speravi.

IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion; * deliver me in thy righteousness.
2  Bow down thine ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.
3  And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence, * that thou mayest save me.
4  For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: * be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
5  Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me; * for thou art my strength.
6  Into thy hands I commend my spirit; * for thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, thou God of truth.

Psalm 91. Qui habitat.

WHOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High, * shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2  I will say unto the LORD, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold; * my God, in him will I trust.
3  For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, * and from the noisome pestilence.
4  He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; * his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5  Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, * nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6  For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, * nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7  A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand; * but it shall not come nigh thee.
8  Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, * and see the reward of the ungodly.
9  For thou, LORD, art my hope; * thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
10  There shall no evil happen unto thee, * neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, * to keep thee in all thy ways.
12  They shall bear thee in their hands, * that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
13  Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: * the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; * I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
15  He shall call upon me, and I will hear him; * yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16  With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.

Psalm 134. Ecce nunc.

BEHOLD now, praise the LORD, * all ye servants of the LORD;
2  Ye that by night stand in the house of the LORD, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
3  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, * and praise the LORD.
4  The LORD that made heaven and earth * give thee blessing out of Sion.

¶ After the Psalms are sung or said:

Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

¶ One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read:

THOU, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not, O Lord our God.
Jeremiah 14:9.

Or this:

NOW the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21

¶ The Office Hymn, or another hymn suitable for the evening may be sung.

      Te lucis ante terminum

To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world we pray,
That with thy wonted favour thou
Wouldst be our Guard and Keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally. Amen.
Attribution to St. Ambrose is disputed.
Hymnal 1940 #164, Translation by J. M. Neale.

Then follows the Brief Respond
Officiant:Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
People:For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
Officiant:Keep me as the apple of an eye.
People:Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29-32

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. (In Eastertide: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.)

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;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be 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.


Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. (In Eastertide: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.)

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

Officiant: O Lord hear our prayer.
People: And let our cry come unto thee.
Officiant: Let us pray.

The Officiant then says the following or some other suitable collect:

VISIT, we beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy: Let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace, and let thy blessing be ever upon us. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God, world without end.Amen.


KEEP watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give thine 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 thy love's sake. Amen.


LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre, and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people: make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of thy Passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The following may be added:

LORD, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done; then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or on Saturdays

WE give thee thanks, O God, for revealing thy Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his Resurrection: grant that as we sing thy glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ The Office concludes with:

Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

¶ The Officiant concludes:

May the almighty and merciful Lord, ✠ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us. Amen.

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