INTRODUCTION

O God, come to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Hymn:

Lord, who throughout these forty days

For us didst fast and pray,

Teach us with thee to mourn our sins,

And close by thee to stay.

As thou with Satan didst contend,

And didst the victory win,

O give us strength in thee to fight,

In thee to conquer sin.

As thirst and hunger thou didst bear,

So teach us, gracious Lord,

To die to self, and daily live

By thy most holy word.

And through these days of penitence,

And through thy Passiontide,

Yea, evermore, in life and death,

Jesus, with us abide.

 

Psalm 92 (93)
The magnificence of the Creator

Truly your decrees are to be trusted. They are more wondrous than the surgings of the sea.

The Lord reigns! He is robed in splendour,

clothed in glory and wrapped round in might.

He set the earth on its foundations:

it will not be shaken.

Your throne is secure from the beginning;

from the beginning of time, Lord, you are.

The rivers have raised, O Lord,

the rivers have raised their voices.

The rivers have raised their clamour.

Over the voices of many waters,

over the powerful swell of the sea,

you are the Lord, powerful on high.

All your promises are to be trusted:

and holy is your habitation,

O Lord, to the end of time.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Truly your decrees are to be trusted. They are more wondrous than the surgings of the sea.

 

Canticle:

All creatures, bless the Lord

Springs of water, bless the Lord: give glory and eternal praise to him.

Bless the Lord, all his works,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, you heavens;

all his angels, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;

all his powers, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, sun and moon;

all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, rain and dew;

all you winds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, fire and heat;

cold and warmth, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, dew and frost;

ice and cold, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, ice and snow;

day and night, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, light and darkness;

lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, all the earth,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;

all growing things, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;

springs and fountains, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, whales and fish;

birds of the air, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;

sons of men, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O Israel,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, his priests;

all his servants, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;

all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,

praise and exalt him for ever.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

praise and exalt them for ever.

Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,

praise and glorify him for ever.

Springs of water, bless the Lord: give glory and eternal praise to him.

Psalm 148
An anthem to the Lord, the Creator

All kings and peoples of the earth, praise God!

Praise the Lord from the heavens,

praise him in the highest heavens.

Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his powers.

Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, all stars that shine.

Praise him, waters of the heavens,

and all the waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for he commanded and they were made.

He set them firm for all ages,

he made a decree that will last for ever.

Praise the Lord from the earth,

sea-serpents and depths of the sea,

fire, hail, snow and fog,

storms and gales that obey his word,

mountains and hills,

fruit-trees and cedars,

wild beasts and tame,

serpents and birds.

Kings of the earth, all peoples,

all leaders and judges of the earth,

young men and women,

old people with the young –

praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted.

His splendour is above heaven and earth,

he has raised up the strength of his people.

This song is for all his chosen ones,

the children of Israel, the people close to him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

All kings and peoples of the earth, praise God!

 

Short ReadingNehemiah 8:9,10 ©

This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not be mournful, do not weep. For this day is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.

Short Responsory

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

You were wounded because of our sins.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

But the hour will come – in fact it is here already – when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. (Year A)

Or: Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it again, says the Lord. But the temple he was speaking of was his own body.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.

He has raised up the sign of salvation

in the house of his servant David,

as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,

his prophets through the ages:

to rescue us from our enemies

and all who hate us,

to take pity on our fathers,

to remember his holy covenant

and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,

that he would give himself to us,

that we could serve him without fear

– freed from the hands of our enemies –

in uprightness and holiness before him,

for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:

for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,

to let his people know their salvation,

so that their sins may be forgiven.

Through the bottomless mercy of our God,

one born on high will visit us

to give light to those who walk in darkness,

who live in the shadow of death;

to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

But the hour will come – in fact it is here already – when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. (Year A)

Or: Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it again, says the Lord. But the temple he was speaking of was his own body.

 

 

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us bless our Redeemer, who has brought us to this day of salvation.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Christ, our life, we were buried with you in baptism to rise from the dead;

lead us this day along the new path of life;

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

You went everywhere, Lord, doing good for everyone;

help us to care for the common good of all.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Help us to work with other people to build the earthly city;

but never let us lose sight of your heavenly kingdom.

Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Healer of souls and bodies, mend our broken lives;

let us receive all the blessings of your holiness.

Lord, create a new spirit within 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.

God our Father,

in your infinite love and goodness

you have shown us that

prayer, fasting, and almsgiving

are remedies for sin.

Accept the humble admission of our guilt,

and when our conscience weighs us down

let your unfailing mercy raise us up.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

 

 

 

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

 

INTRODUCTION

O God, come to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Hymn:

Sole hope of all the world and Lord,

Bestower of the great reward,

Receive the prayers thy servants raise

Mixed with meet psalms and chants of praise.

And though our conscience doth proclaim

Our deep transgressions and our shame,

Cleanse us, O God, we humbly plead,

From sins of thought and word and deed.

Our sins remember thou no more;

Forgive: thou art of mighty pow’r:

So take upon thee, Lord, our care

That pure in heart we make our prayer.

Therefore accept, O Lord, this tide

Of fast which thou hast sanctified,

That we may reach by mystic ways

The sacraments of Easter days.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest

Lord, almighty King, deliver us for the sake of your name. Give us the grace to return to you.

The Lord has said to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand

while I make your enemies your footstool.”

From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,

and you will rule in the midst of your foes.

Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,

among the sacred splendours.

Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:

“You are a priest for ever,

a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”

The Lord is at your right hand,

and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.

He will drink from the stream as he goes –

he will hold his head high.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Lord, almighty King, deliver us for the sake of your name. Give us the grace to return to you.

 

Psalm 110 (111)
Great are the works of the Lord

We were ransomed with the precious blood of Christ, the lamb who is without blemish.

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart

in the council of the upright and the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord,

to be studied by all who delight in them.

His works are splendour and majesty,

his righteousness lasts for ever and ever.

He gives us a record of the wonders he has worked,

the Lord, the kind and compassionate.

He gives food to those who fear him:

for all ages he will remember his covenant.

He has shown to his people the power of his deeds,

he has given them the inheritance of the nations.

Steadfastness and justice

are the works of the Lord.

All his precepts are to be trusted,

they stand firm for ever and ever:

they were laid down in faithfulness and justice.

He has sent deliverance to his people;

he has set up his covenant for ever.

Holy is his name, and much to be feared.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

To those who fear him comes true understanding,

and his praise endures for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

We were ransomed with the precious blood of Christ, the lamb who is without blemish.

 

Canticle1 Peter 2

Christ’s passion, freely chosen

Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, to follow in his path.

He committed no sin, in his speech there was no deceit;

when they cursed him, he did not curse them;

when he suffered, he did not threaten retribution, but committed them to the one just judge.

He endured our sins in the sufferings of his body on the tree,

so that we would die to our sins and live for righteousness –

and by his bruises you have been healed.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.

Short Reading
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither.

Short Responsory

Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

Listen, Christ, to the prayers of those who cry to you.

Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

Many more came to believe; and they said to the woman, ‘Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.’ (Year A)

Or: Whoever drinks the water that I shall give, says the Lord, will never be thirsty again.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.

For he has shown me such favour –

me, his lowly handmaiden.

Now all generations will call me blessed,

because the mighty one has done great things for me.

His name is holy,

his mercy lasts for generation after generation

for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:

he has scattered the proud and conceited,

torn princes from their thrones;

but lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things;

the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

Many more came to believe; and they said to the woman, ‘Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.’ (Year A)

Or: Whoever drinks the water that I shall give, says the Lord, will never be thirsty again.

Prayers and Intercessions

God the Father has chosen for himself a people, who are born again, not from any mortal seed but from his everlasting Word. Let us praise his name and turn to him in prayer.

Lord, have mercy on your people.

Merciful God, hear our prayers for all your people;

may they hunger more for your word than for any human food.

Lord, have mercy on your people.

Teach us to love sincerely the people of our nation and of every race on earth;

may we work for their peace and welfare.

Lord, have mercy on your people.

Strengthen those who will be reborn in baptism;

make them living stones in the temple of your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy on your people.

May the dying go forward in hope to meet Christ, their judge;

may they see your face and be happy for ever.

Lord, have mercy on your people.

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.

 

God our Father,

in your infinite love and goodness

you have shown us that

prayer, fasting, and almsgiving

are remedies for sin.

Accept the humble admission of our guilt,

and when our conscience weighs us down

let your unfailing mercy raise us up.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.