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Monday 25 March 2019    (other days)
The Annunciation of the Lord 
Solemnity

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
Hail, Queen of the heavens, hail Mistress of earth;
Hail, Virgin most pure of immaculate birth:
Clear star of the morning in beauty enshrined;
O Lady, make speed to the help of mankind.
Thee God in the depth of eternity chose,
And formed thee all fair as his glorious spouse,
And called thee his own Word’s true Mother to be
By whom he created the earth, sky, and sea.
Hail, Mother most pure, hail, Virgin renowned,
Hail, Queen with the stars as a diadem crowned;
Above all the angels in glory untold,
Set next to the King in a vesture of gold.
These praises and prayers we lay at thy feet,
O Virgin of virgins, O Mary most sweet:
Be thou our true guide through this pilgrimage here,
And stand by our side when our death draweth near.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
The angel of the Lord brought the good news to Mary, and she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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.
The angel of the Lord brought the good news to Mary, and she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 129 (130)
Out of the depths
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called the Son of the Most High.
Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord:
  Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears listen out
  for the voice of my pleading.
If you took notice of our transgressions, Lord –
  Lord, who would be left?
But with you is forgiveness,
  and for this we revere you.
I rely on you, Lord,
  my spirit relies on your promise;
my soul hopes in the Lord,
  more than the watchman for daybreak.
More than the watchman for daybreak,
  let Israel hope in the Lord:
for with the Lord there is kindness
  and abundant redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
  from all its transgressions.
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.
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called the Son of the Most High.

Canticle(Colossians 1)
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
I am the servant of the Lord: let it be as you have said.
Let us give thanks to God the Father,
  who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
  and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption
  and the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
  the first-born of all creation,
for in him all things were created,
  in heaven and on earth,
  visible and invisible,
thrones and dominations,
  principalities and powers.
All things were created through him and for him:
  he is before all things,
  and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the Church.
  He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
  and so he is pre-eminent above all.
For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
  and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
  both on Earth and in the heavens.
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.
I am the servant of the Lord: let it be as you have said.

Short Reading1 John 1:1-2 ©
Something which has existed since the beginning,
that we have heard,
and we have seen with our own eyes;
that we have watched
and touched with our hands:
the Word, who is life –
this is our subject.
That life was made visible:
we saw it and we are giving our testimony,
telling you of the eternal life
which was with the Father and has been made visible to us.

Short Responsory
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.
He was with God in the beginning.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with you. You are the most blessed of all women.’
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.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with you. You are the most blessed of all women.’

Prayers and intercessions
Eternal Father, on this day through your angel you made known our salvation to Mary. Full of confidence we earnestly pray:
Lord, fill us with your grace.
You chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son.
  Have mercy on all who wait for your redemption.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
Through your angel Gabriel you brought a message of peace and joy to Mary.
  Give to the world the joy and peace of salvation.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
By the consent of your handmaid and the power of the Holy Spirit, your Word came to dwell among us.
  Open our hearts to receive Christ, as Mary the Virgin received him.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
You look with compassion on the lowly and fill the starving with good things.
  Encourage the downhearted, help all those in need and comfort those near to death.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
To you, O God, nothing is impossible, and you alone do marvellous things;
  save us, and on the last day along with all the faithful departed, bring us to yourself.
Lord, fill us with your grace.

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.

Shape us in the likeness of the divine nature of our Redeemer,
  whom we believe to be true God and true man,
since it was your will, Lord God,
  that he, your Word, should take to himself our human nature
  in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.

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