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Wednesday 22 March 2017    (other days)
Wednesday of the 3rd week of Lent 

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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 85 (86)
A poor man's prayer in time of trouble
Give joy to your servant, Lord, for to you I lift up my soul.
Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,
  for I am poor and destitute.
Keep my life safe, for I am faithful;
  O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.
Take pity upon me, O Lord,
  for I call to you all the day long.
Make your servant’s heart glad,
  for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.
For you, Lord, are gentle and mild:
  you are kind to all those who call on you.
Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!
  Turn to the voice of my pleading!
In my time of trouble I call on you,
  for you, O Lord, will hear me.
No other god is like you, O Lord,
  and nothing compares with your works.
All people – all nations you made –
  will come and worship before you;
  they will give glory to your name.
For you are great, you work wonders:
  you alone are God.
O Lord, teach me your paths,
  and I will come to your truth.
Make my heart simple and guileless,
  so that it honours your name.
I will proclaim you, Lord my God,
  and give you praise with all my heart.
I will give glory to your name for ever,
  for your great kindness is upon me:
  you have rescued me from the deepest depths.
O God, the proud rise against me,
  in the meetings of the powerful they seek my life:
  they do not keep you in their sight.
And you, Lord, are a God of compassion,
  full of mercies, patient and true.
Look upon me, have mercy upon me,
  give your strength and protection to your servant:
  your servant, the child of your handmaid.
Give me a sign of your goodness,
  let my enemies see it and be confounded;
because you, O Lord, have helped me and given me comfort.
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.
Give joy to your servant, Lord, for to you I lift up my soul.

CanticleIsaiah 33
The Lord will give just judgement
Blessed is the man who walks in justice and speaks what is true.
Hear what I have done, you who are far off,
  and you who are near, learn of my strength.
In Zion, the sinners are afraid;
  the hypocrites tremble.
Which of you could live with a devouring fire?
Which of you will abide in everlasting burning?
He who walks in justice, he who speaks fairly –
he who rejects the spoils of robbery –
he who throws back a bribe –
he who blocks his ears against murderous counsels –
he who shuts his eyes against evil sights –
this is he who will dwell on high, secure in a fortress of rocks.
Bread is given to him; his supply of water is secure.
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.
Blessed is the man who walks in justice and speaks what is true.

Psalm 97 (98)
The Lord has brought salvation
Acclaim the King, the Lord.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  for he has worked wonders.
His right hand, his holy arm,
  have brought him victory.
The Lord has shown his saving power,
  and before all nations he has shown his justice.
He has remembered to show his kindness
  and his faithfulness to the house of Israel.
The farthest ends of the earth
  have seen the saving power of our God.
Rejoice in God, all the earth.
  Break forth in triumph and song!
Sing to the Lord on the lyre,
  with the lyre and with music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
  sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.
Let the sea resound in its fullness,
  all the earth and all its inhabitants.
The rivers will clap their hands,
  and the mountains will exult at the presence of the Lord,
  for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge all the world in justice,
  and the peoples with fairness.
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.
Acclaim the King, the Lord.

Short Reading
Deuteronomy 7:6,8-9 ©
It is you that the Lord our God has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples on the earth. It was for love of you and to keep the oath he swore to your fathers that the Lord brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know then that the Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who is true to his covenant and his graciousness for a thousand generations towards those who love him and keep his commandments.

Short Responsory
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
And from the evil word.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.
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.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.

Prayers and intercessions
Blessed be Christ our Saviour. In him we become a new creation, the old order passes and all things are renewed. Let us pray in living hope.
Renew us, Lord, in your Spirit.
You promised us, Lord, a new heaven and a new earth;
  renew us in your Spirit, that we may come to the new Jerusalem and rejoice in you for ever.
Renew us, Lord, in your Spirit.
Let us work with you to fill the world with your Spirit;
  let us perfect our earthly city in justice, charity and peace.
Renew us, Lord, in your Spirit.
Grant that we may put aside our apathy;
  help us to recognize with joy the power you have given us.
Renew us, Lord, in your Spirit.
Set us free from all evil;
  show us in the confusion of our lives the things that really matter.
Renew us, Lord, in your Spirit.

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.

Schooled by our Lenten observance, Lord,
  and nourished on your word,
may we give you whole-hearted service through our self-denial,
  and through our prayer become one in heart and mind.
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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