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Tuesday 6 December 2016    (other days)
Saint Nicholas, Bishop 
 or Tuesday of the 2nd week of Advent 

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. Alleluia.

Hymn
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a guest!
Yea, let us each his heart prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
For thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither like a flower decayed.
Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Once more upon thy people shine,
And fill the world with love divine.
All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
Whose Advent sets thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

Psalm 48 (49)
The uselessness of riches
You cannot serve both God and wealth.
All peoples, listen –
  all who live in the world, hear what I have to say:
humble and great together,
  rich and poor alike!
My mouth will speak wisdom,
  my inmost thoughts will bring good counsel.
I will turn my ears to a mystery,
  I will expound a riddle on the lyre.
Why should I be fearful in times of trouble,
  when the crimes of usurpers hem me in?
They trust in their own strength
  and glory in their great riches.
But, after all, man cannot redeem himself,
  he cannot ransom himself before God.
The price of his soul’s redemption is too great, he cannot pay it –
  the price of eternal death avoided.
He will see that even the wise die;
  the foolish and the stupid too will perish,
  and their riches will pass to others.
Their tombs will be homes to them for ever,
  their dwelling-place for all generations,
  even if the lands they owned are named after them.
Though he be full of honour, man will not endure:
  he is like the beasts of burden, that die;
  he is like the beasts that perish.
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.
You cannot serve both God and wealth.

Psalm 48 (49)
Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.
Those who trust in themselves – this is the road they take.
  This is the end of those who boast.
Like sheep they go down into the underworld,
  and death is their shepherd.
They will fall headlong into the grave:
  their faces will be eaten away,
  and the underworld will be their dwelling-place.
But God will ransom my life;
  truly he will lift me from the grasp of the underworld.
Do not fear, when a man becomes rich
  and the glory of his house increases.
When he dies, he will not take it with him,
  his glory will not follow him down to the grave.
Even if he calls himself blessed,
  says “see how they praise me for my success,”
still he will join his fathers,
  cut off from light, for ever.
Though he be full of honour, yet he does not understand.
  He is like the beasts of burden, that die;
  he is like the beasts that perish.
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.
Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.
You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
  to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things,
  and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
You are worthy, Lord,
  to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed,
  and with your blood you have ransomed people
  from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God;
  and they will rule over the earth.
The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
  to receive power and riches and wisdom,
  strength and honour, glory and blessing.
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.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.

Short Reading
(1 Corinthians 1:7-9) ©
We are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.

Short Responsory
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Let your face smile on us and we shall be safe.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
This is the faithful and wise steward whom the Master placed over his household to give them their measure of food at the proper time.
Or: I thank you, Christ, for honouring me by leading me to this glory. You are the good shepherd; I pray that the sheep which you have placed in my charge will share with me in your glory for ever.
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.
This is the faithful and wise steward whom the Master placed over his household to give them their measure of food at the proper time.
Or: I thank you, Christ, for honouring me by leading me to this glory. You are the good shepherd; I pray that the sheep which you have placed in my charge will share with me in your glory for ever.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us ask our Father to save us from our sins and send us forward into new life.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Baptist preached a change of heart:
  free us from self-satisfaction.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Pharisees refused the Baptist’s witness to the coming of your Son:
  free us from fear of the truth.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Baptist was glad to make way for him:
  free us from pride.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The dead longed for life:
  free them from death.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

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.

We implore your love and mercy, Lord,
  to protect us from all danger.
Through the prayer of Saint Nicholas,
  lead us to salvation by paths that are swift and sure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

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

AMEN

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