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Wednesday 26 July 2017    (other days)
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Feast

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 14 (15)
Who is worthy to face the Lord?
How wonderful is this knowledge of yours that you have shown me, Lord.
Lord, who will live in your tent?
  Who will dwell on your holy mountain?
Whoever comes there without stain,
  acts rightly, speaks truth in his heart.
Whoever does not speak deceitfully,
  or do harm to his neighbour, or slander him.
Whoever despises the evil-doer,
  but reveres those who fear the Lord.
Whoever swears and keeps his word, come what may
 – lends his money without usury –
  takes no bribe to condemn the innocent.
Whoever lives like this
  will stand firm 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.
How wonderful is this knowledge of yours that you have shown me, Lord.

Psalm 111 (112)
How blessed are the just
I am the Lord, who test the mind and heart; I give each man what his conduct deserves.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
  and loves his commands above all things.
His seed will be powerful on earth:
  the descendants of the just will be blessed.
Glory and riches will fill his house,
  and his righteousness will stand firm for ever.
He rises up in the darkness,
  a light for the upright,
  compassionate, generous, and just.
Happy the man who takes pity and lends,
  who directs his affairs with wisdom –
  he will never be shaken.
The just man will be remembered for ever,
  no slander will he fear.
His heart is ready, hoping in the Lord;
  his heart is strong, it will not fear,
  until he looks down on his defeated enemies.
He gives alms and helps the poor:
  his righteousness will endure for ever,
  his future will be glorious.
The transgressor will see, and be enraged:
  he will grind his teeth and fade away.
The desires of the wicked will 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.
I am the Lord, who test the mind and heart; I give each man what his conduct deserves.

CanticleApocalypse 15
A hymn of adoration
All things were created in him and he holds all things in being.
Great and wonderful are your deeds,
  O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
  O King of the ages!
Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
  For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship you,
  for your judgements have been revealed.
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 things were created in him and he holds all things in being.

Short ReadingRomans 9:4-5 ©
They are Israelites: they were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed! Amen.

Short Responsory
He has come to the aid of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.
He has come to the aid of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.
According to the promise he made to our fathers.
He has come to the aid of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
He has come to the aid of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The noble stem of Jesse put forth a branch from which there blossomed a flower full of beauty and rich in scent.
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 noble stem of Jesse put forth a branch from which there blossomed a flower full of beauty and rich in scent.

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 of our fathers,
  you bestowed on Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
  this singular grace:
that their daughter, Mary,
  should become the Mother of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Grant, at their intercession,
  the salvation you promised to your people.
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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