Even Song – The Phos Hilaron


After dinner this was the prayer. The focus was really and truly upon the time of reflectively reading scripture. So the prayers are short. I’m not sure about the placement of the phos hilaron, perhaps it would be better during compline or closer to sunset. I think I would add it to the prayers in the book or rewrite it for the evening. So there are some definite changes I would make to this session.

Evening Prayer

+In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins unto Almighty God.

– Silent Confession –

Lord Jesus Christ, you bore our condemnation on the Cross;
Give me a heart that is broken for the wrong that I have done,
the harm that I have caused others,
the good I have not done,
and that I have turned away from you.

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your loving kindness.
Blot out our transgressions. Wash me from wickedness.

Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus Christ your son. Give us trust in your mercy and your grace, and strengthen us in goodness.

Glory to God. Amen

Lectio Divina – (Holy Reading and Reflection)

– Phos Hilaron – (Gladsome Light)

*O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, Holy and blessed!

*Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises:

+O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

*You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be Glorified through all the worlds.


I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord!
Have courage and wait, wait for the Lord!


See that ye be at peace among yourselves.
Love one another.
Follow the example of good men
and God will comfort you and help you

In this world and the word which is to come.

+In the name of the Father

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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