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Thursday 26 April 2018    (other days)
Our Lady of Good Counsel 
 or Thursday of the 4th week of Eastertide 

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
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 143 (144)
For victory and peace
The Lord is my stronghold and my saviour, alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord, my help,
  who trains my hands for battle,
  my fingers for war.
The Lord is kindness and strength,
  my refuge and my liberator.
He is my shield, and I trust in him –
  he places my people under his rule.
Lord, what is man, that you should take notice of him?
  The son of man, that you should give him respect?
For man is as nothing,
  his day is like a shadow that passes.
Lord, descend from your heavens,
  touch the mountains so that they smoke.
Brandish your lightnings and scatter my enemies,
  fire your arrows, sow confusion among them.
Send down your power from above,
  raise me and free me from the flooding waters,
from the power of those of foreign race,
  whose speeches are not to be trusted,
  who lift up their hands in perjury.
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 is my stronghold and my saviour, alleluia.

Psalm 143 (144)
Thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia.
I will sing a new song to you, God:
  I will sound your praise on the ten-stringed harp.
You give victory to kings,
  you rescue David your servant
  from the swords of his enemies.
Raise me and free me from the power of strangers,
  whose speeches are not to be trusted,
  who lift up their hands in perjury.
Our sons are like growing saplings
  in the time of their youth.
Our daughters are like the carved columns
  that hold up the temple.
Our larders are full, overflowing with goodness –
our sheep fill the fields in uncountable thousands –
  our oxen are strong.
Our walls are not ruined and we are not exiles:
  in our streets there is no lamentation.
Blessed the people whose life is like this:
  happy the people whose God is the Lord.
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.
Thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia.

CanticleApocalypse 11
The Judgement
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever, alleluia.
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.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever, alleluia.

Short ReadingGalatians 4:4-5 ©
When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons.

Short Responsory
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are most blessed of all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you. Alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Blessed are you, Mary, because you believed that all those things which were said to you by the Lord would be fulfilled, alleluia.
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.
Blessed are you, Mary, because you believed that all those things which were said to you by the Lord would be fulfilled, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us praise God the Father who chose Mary as the mother of his Son and wanted all generations to call her blessed. With confidence we pray:
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.
Father, you did great things for the Virgin Mary and brought her, body and soul, to the glory of heaven;
  fill the hearts of your children with the hope of Christ’s glory.
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.
Through the prayers of Mary, our mother, heal the sick, comfort the sorrowful, pardon sinners;
  grant peace and salvation to all.
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.
You favoured Mary with the fullness of grace;
  bestow on all men your overflowing blessings.
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.
May your Church be united heart and soul, held fast by love,
  and may your faithful be joined in continuous prayer, with Mary the mother of Jesus.
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.
Father, you exalted the Virgin Mary and crowned her queen of heaven;
  may the dead enter your kingdom and rejoice with your saints for ever.
May the Virgin Mary intercede for us.

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,
as you brought joy to the world through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
grant that through his Virgin Mother
we may come to the joys of eternal life.
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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