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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Click on the arrow below each title to hear each element of Morning Prayer separately.  At the bottom of the page, there is a link to hear the Office in its entirety.

Opening sentences, Confession and Absolution (1:42)

Psalter (Psalms 71-75, NRSV) [13:27]

Lectionary Reading (10:49)

  • Judges 9:22 – end
  • Romans 12:9 – end
  • Luke 16: 1-18

Celebration – Evelyn Underhill (3:03)

Nicene Creed (1:42)

WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.


Prayers for the Day, World and Ecumenical Cycles of Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Closing and Benediction (5:58)

Entire Office of Morning Prayer (36:44)

Evelyn Underhill

To go up alone into the mountains
and come back as an ambassador to the world,
has ever been the method of humanity’s best friends.

The windows of Christ’s Mysteries split the [Light] up into
many-coloured loveliness, disclose all of its hidden
richness…make its beauty more accessible to us…And within
this place we too are bathed in the light transmitted by the
windows, a light which is yet the very radiance of Eternity.

Evelyn Underhill was born in 1850 and grew up in London. Her friends included Laurence Housman (poet and brother of the poet A E Housman) and Sarah Bernhardt (actress), and Baron Friedrich von Huegel, a writer on theology and mysticism. Largely under his guidance, she embarked on a life of reading, writing, meditation, and prayer.

From her studies and experience she produced a series of books on contemplative prayer. The list includes the following (I have starred the ones that seem to be most widely read or highly regarded):

1902 The Bar-lamb’s Ballad (poetry)
1911 Mysticism ** (read at CCEL, listen at
1913 The Mystic Way * (read at
1913 Immanence (poetry) (read at
1927 Man and the Supernatural
1936 Worship ***
1938 The Mystery of Sacrifice
Miss Underhill (Mrs. Hubert Stuart Moore) taught that the life of contemplative prayer is not just for monks and nuns, but can be the life of any Christian who is willing to undertake it. She also taught that modern psychological theory, far from being a threat to contemplation, can fruitfully be used to enhance it. In her later years, she spent a great deal of time as a lecturer and retreat director. She died on June 15, 1941.

written by James Kiefer


O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all your creatures: Grant that your Church, taught by your servant Evelyn Underhill, guarded evermore by your power, and guided by your Spirit into the light of truth, may continually offer to you all glory and thanksgiving, and attain with your saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have promised us by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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