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Saturday 27 May 2017    (other days)
Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide 
 or Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop 

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
In the beginning God created heaven,
The dark and empty earth;
His Spirit moved across the sombre waters
And stirred them with his breath.
Then God created light, and with its coming
The dark was swept away;
The morning came, and then the quiet evening:
The end of God’s first day.
To God the Father of the world give glory,
With Christ his only Son,
Who with the Spirit govern all creation:
Blest Trinity in One.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 112 (113)
Praise of the Lord's name
The Lord God is high above the heavens; and from the dust he lifts up the lowly, alleluia.
Praise, servants of the Lord,
  praise the name of the Lord.
Let the Lord’s name be blessed,
  now and for ever.
From the sun’s rising to its setting,
  the Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high over all peoples,
  his glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who lives on high,
  who bends down to watch over heaven and earth?
He raises the weak from the ground,
  the poor from the dunghill,
raises them among the princes,
  the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a household,
  makes her the happy mother of children.
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 God is high above the heavens; and from the dust he lifts up the lowly, alleluia.

Psalm 115 (116B)
Thanksgiving in the Temple
You have loosened my bonds, Lord: a sacrifice of praise I will make to you, alleluia.
Still I trusted, even when I said
  “I am greatly afflicted,”
when I said in my terror,
  “all men are liars.”
How shall I repay the Lord
  for all he has done for me?
I will take up the cup of salvation
  and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
  before all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
  is the death of his faithful.
O Lord, I am your servant,
  your maidservant’s son.
You have torn apart my chains:
  I will make you a sacrifice of praise,
  I will call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
  before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
  within your walls, Jerusalem.
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 loosened my bonds, Lord: a sacrifice of praise I will make to you, alleluia.

CanticlePhilippians 2
Christ, God's servant
The Son of God learned to obey through suffering, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. Alleluia.
Jesus Christ, although he shared God’s nature,
  did not try to cling to his equality with God;
but emptied himself, took on the form of a slave,
  and became like a man:
not in appearance only,
  for he humbled himself by accepting death,
  even death on a cross.
For this, God has raised him high,
  and given him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend,
  in heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
and every tongue will proclaim
  “Jesus Christ is Lord,”
  to the glory of God the Father.
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 Son of God learned to obey through suffering, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. Alleluia.

Short Reading1 Peter 2:9-10 ©
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people at all and now you are the People of God; once you were outside the mercy and now you have been given mercy.

Short Responsory
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
They saw the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Alleluia. (Year A)
Or: I will not leave you desolate like orphans. I am going now, but I will return to you and then your hearts will be filled with joy. 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.
Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Alleluia. (Year A)
Or: I will not leave you desolate like orphans. I am going now, but I will return to you and then your hearts will be filled with joy. Alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Blessed be Christ, the Son of God. At the Jordan the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. Let us confirm our prayer to him by saying:
Amen. Amen.
Lord Jesus, send forth your Holy Spirit to renew the life of the Church
  and make her radiant with hope.
Amen. Amen.
May all the nations praise you as their king and Lord;
  make Israel the people whom you call your own.
Amen. Amen.
Make us generous, make us humble;
  let us forget our own needs in the service of others.
Amen. Amen.
At Pentecost you reversed the disaster of Babel, which divided and confused the family of man;
  through your Holy Spirit let all men speak the same language of faith and love.
Amen. Amen.
May your Holy Spirit dwell within us
  to give life to our mortal bodies.
Amen. Amen.

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,
  we believe that the Saviour of mankind
  is enthroned with you in majesty.
Listen to our prayer,
  and, according to his promise,
  let us feel his presence among us
  to the end of time.
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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