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Thursday 29 September 2016    (other days)
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels 
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
Thee, O Christ, the Father’s splendour,
  Life and virtue of the heart,
In the presence of the Angels
  Sing we now with tuneful art;
Fitly in alternate chorus
  Bearing our responsive part.
Thus we praise with veneration
  All the armies of the sky;
Chiefly him, the warrior Primate
  Of celestial chivalry,
Michael, who in princely virtue
  Cast Abaddon from on high.
By whose watchful care repelling,
  King of everlasting grace,
Every ghostly adversary,
  All things evil, all things base,
Grant us of thine only goodness
  In thy Paradise a place.
Glory to the Father sing we
  With resounding voices sweet,
Glory unto Christ our Saviour,
  Glory to the Paraclete:
Standing forth, One God and Trinal,
  Ere the ages; as is meet.

Psalm 8
The greatness of God, the dignity of man
King of the angels, your splendour surpasses that of the heavens.
How wonderful is your name over all the earth,
  O Lord, our Lord!
How exalted is your glory
  above the sky!
Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise,
  to confound your enemies, to destroy your vengeful foes.
When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers,
  the moon and stars, which you set in their place –
what is man, that you should take thought for him?
  what is the son of man, that you should look after him?
You have made him but one step lower than the angels;
  you have crowned him with glory and honour;
  you have set him over the works of your hands.
You have put everything beneath his feet,
  cattle and sheep and the beasts of the field,
the birds in the air and the fish in the sea,
  whatever passes along the paths of the waters.
How wonderful is your name above all the earth,
  O Lord, our 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.
King of the angels, your splendour surpasses that of the heavens.

Psalm 137 (138)
Thanksgiving
Before the angels, I will bless you, my God.
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart,
  for you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will make music to you,
  worship before your holy temple.
I will praise your name
  because of your mercy and faithfulness:
  high above all other names is the greatness of your word.
Each day that I call on you, Lord,
  listen to me, strengthen my spirit.
All the kings of the earth will proclaim your glory, Lord,
  when they hear your word.
They will sing of the paths of the Lord,
  so great is his glory.
For the Lord is on high
  but he cares for the humble;
  and he knows the proud from afar.
If I walk in the midst of troubles, you will give me life.
  If my enemies rise up against me,
  your right hand will keep me safe.
The Lord does all that I need.
  Lord, your kindness lasts for ever:
  do not forsake the work of your hands.
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.
Before the angels, I will bless you, my God.

Canticle(Colossians 1)
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
I saw the Lamb standing, as it were, slain, and occupying the throne; all around arose the sound of angel choirs.
Let us give thanks to God the Father,
  who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
  and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption
  and the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
  the first-born of all creation,
for in him all things were created,
  in heaven and on earth,
  visible and invisible,
thrones and dominations,
  principalities and powers.
All things were created through him and for him:
  he is before all things,
  and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the Church.
  He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
  and so he is pre-eminent above all.
For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
  and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
  both on Earth and in the heavens.
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 saw the Lamb standing, as it were, slain, and occupying the throne; all around arose the sound of angel choirs.

Short Reading
Apocalypse 1:4-5,6 ©
Grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, who is the First-Born from the dead and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood. To him, then, be glory and power.

Short Responsory
Sweet-scented smoke went up in the Lord’s presence.
Sweet-scented smoke went up in the Lord’s presence.
From an angel’s hand.
Sweet-scented smoke went up in the Lord’s presence.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Sweet-scented smoke went up in the Lord’s presence.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.’
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 angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.’

Prayers and intercessions
The powers of heaven stand at God’s throne to serve him. Let us ask our Father to make us ready to do his will on earth.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.
Lord, you made the angels to be ministers of your word:
  by their help may we bring your word to our brothers.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.
Lord, your holiness is sung by the eternal angels:
  may the Church on earth never fail in your praise.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.
You sent your angels to watch over your servants,
  protect all those who travel, and guide them safely home.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.
At Christmas your angels sang of peace toward men:
  may their message of peace inspire the hearts of rulers and peoples.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.
When the angels summon the dead from the four corners of the world,
  may your people be gathered as one into your joy.
Let us praise the Father with the hosts of heaven.

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 hosts,
  in your all-wise plan you assign to angels and to men
  the services they have to render you.
Grant that the angels, who adore you in heaven,
  may protect us here on earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and 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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