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Thursday 17 January 2019    (other days)
Saint Antony, Abbot 
 (Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary Time)

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
For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 29 (30)
Thanksgiving for rescue from death
Lord, I cried to you for help and you have healed me: I will thank you for ever.
Lord, I will give you all praise, for you have rescued me
  and not let my foes triumph over me.
My Lord God, I cried to you
  and you healed me.
Lord, you led my soul out from the underworld,
  gave me life so that I would not sink into the abyss.
Sing to the Lord, his holy ones,
  and proclaim the truth of his holiness.
His anger lasts a moment,
  but his favour for a lifetime.
At night there are tears,
  but in the morning, joy.
Once I was secure. I said,
  “I will never be shaken.”
Lord, by your
favour you had given me strength, set me high;
but then you turned your face from me
  and I was shaken.
I cried to you, Lord,
  and prayed to my God.
“What use is my life,
  when I sink into decay?
Will dust proclaim you,
  or make known your faithfulness?”
The Lord heard and took pity on me.
  The Lord became my helper.
You have turned my weeping into dancing,
  torn off my sackcloth and clothed me in joy,
It is my glory to sing to you and never cease:
  Lord, my God, I will proclaim your goodness 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.
Lord, I cried to you for help and you have healed me: I will thank you for ever.

Psalm 31 (32)
The joy of the forgiven
Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt.
Blessed is he whose sins are forgiven,
  whose transgressions are hidden away.
Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no blame,
  and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silent,
  my bones grew old
  as I groaned all day long.
While your hand lay heavy on me,
  by day and by night,
  my strength was dried up as if by summer heat.
I made my sin known to you,
  and I did not hide my faults.
I said “I will bear witness against myself before the Lord,”
  and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
This is why every saint will pray to you in due time,
  and even in the great flood he will not be touched.
You are my refuge, you will preserve me from trouble,
  you will surround me with cries of deliverance.
I will give you understanding and teach you the path you are to follow;
  I will keep watch over you.
Do not be like the horse and the mule,
  without understanding:
if you approach them with bit or bridle,
  they will not come near.
Many are the sufferings of the wicked,
  but the Lord’s mercy will protect those who trust in him.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you just.
  Shout for joy, you upright of heart.
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.
Happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt.

CanticleApocalypse 11
The Judgement
The Lord has given him power and honour and empire, and all peoples will serve him.
We thank you,
  Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
  that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.
The nations were angered,
  but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
  and those who feared your name, both great and small.
Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
  and the power of his Anointed,
for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
  who accused them day and night in the sight of God.
But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
  and through their own witness.
They did not cling to life,
  even in the face of death.
Therefore rejoice, heavens,
  and you who dwell in them.
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 Lord has given him power and honour and empire, and all peoples will serve him.

Short ReadingRomans 8:28-30 ©
Those he called, he justified
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Short Responsory
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
His face is turned towards the upright man.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
You have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.
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.
You have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us ask the Father to lead us to holiness through the intercession and example of the saints.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, it was your will that we be called your children, and that is what we are;
  may your Church all over the world bear witness to your goodness.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, you have called us to walk in your light and do always the things that please you;
  may our lives be rich in every kind of good work.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, through Christ you have reconciled us to yourself;
  keep us in your name that we may all be one.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, you have invited us to the festival of eternal life;
  make us perfect in your love through the bread that comes from heaven.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, grant all sinners peace and forgiveness;
  let the dead live in the light of your presence.
Make us holy as you are holy.

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.

Lord God, you bestowed on Saint Antony
  the grace of serving you in the wilderness.
Grant that through his intercession
  we may deny ourselves and love you above all things.
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.

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