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Thursday 28 May 2020    (other days)
Thursday of the 7th 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
Christ is made the sure Foundation,
  And the precious Corner-stone,
Who, the two-fold walls surmounting,
  Binds them closely into one:
Holy Zion’s help for ever,
  And her confidence alone.
All that dedicated city,
  Dearly loved by God on high,
In exultant jubilation
  Pours perpetual melody;
God the One, and God the Trinal,
  Singing everlastingly.
To this Temple, where we call thee,
  Come, O Lord of Hosts, today!
With thy wonted loving kindness
  Hear thy people as they pray;
And thy fullest benediction
  Shed within its walls for ay.
Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
  What they supplicate to gain:
Here to have and hold for ever
  Those good things their prayers obtain:
And hereafter in thy glory
  With the blessed ones to reign.
Glory be to God, and honour
  In the highest, as is meet,
To the Son and to the Father,
  And the eternal Paraclete,
Whose is boundless praise and power
  Through the ages infinite.

Psalm 146 (147A)
The Lord's goodness and power

The very streets of Jerusalem will rejoice; every one of its paths will be filled with a song of joy, alleluia.
Praise the Lord!
It is good to sing praise to our God;
  it is a joy to sing his praises.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem:
  he will call back Israel from exile.
He heals broken hearts
  and binds up their wounds.
He counts all the stars;
  he calls each of them by name.
Our God is great and great is his strength,
  his wisdom is not to be measured.
The Lord supports the needy,
  but crushes the wicked to the ground.
Sing out to the Lord in thanksgiving,
  sing praise to our God on the harp.
He covers the sky with his clouds,
  he makes rain to refresh the earth.
He makes grass grow on the hills,
  and plants for the service of man.
He gives food to grazing animals,
  and feeds the young ravens that call on him.
He takes no delight in the strength of the horse,
  no pleasure in the strength of a man.
The Lord is pleased by those who honour him,
  by those who trust in his kindness.
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 very streets of Jerusalem will rejoice; every one of its paths will be filled with a song of joy, alleluia.

Psalm 147 (147B)
God, the foundation of Jerusalem

The Lord has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed the children within you. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
 — Zion, praise your God.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
  he has blessed your children.
He keeps your borders in peace,
  he fills you with the richest wheat.
He sends out his command over the earth,
  and swiftly runs his word.
He sends down snow that is like wool,
  frost that is like ashes.
He sends hailstones like crumbs
 — who can withstand his cold?
He will send out his word, and all will be melted;
  his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.
He proclaims his word to Jacob,
  his laws and judgements to Israel.
He has not done this for other nations:
  he has not shown them his judgements.
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 strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed the children within you. Alleluia.

Canticle(Apocalypse 19)

The wedding of the Lamb

The holy ones who are assembled in the city of God rejoice; the angels chant before the throne of God: Alleluia!
Alleluia.
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
  because his judgements are true and just.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
Praise our God, all his servants,
  and you who fear him, small and great.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
For the Lord reigns, our God, the Almighty:
  let us rejoice and exult and give him glory.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
The marriage of the Lamb has come,
  and his spouse has made herself ready.
Alleluia.
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 holy ones who are assembled in the city of God rejoice; the angels chant before the throne of God: Alleluia!

Short Reading
Ephesians 2:19-22 ©
You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Short Responsory
Your house, Lord, is set apart. It is distinguished by holiness. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your house, Lord, is set apart. It is distinguished by holiness. Alleluia, alleluia.
As long as time shall last.
Your house, Lord, is set apart. It is distinguished by holiness. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Your house, Lord, is set apart. It is distinguished by holiness. Alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

Rejoice with Jerusalem and exult in her for ever, all you who love her, 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.
Rejoice with Jerusalem and exult in her for ever, all you who love her, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to our Saviour who gave up his life to gather into unity the scattered children of God.
Lord, remember your Church.
Lord Jesus, you commanded your disciples to hear your words and put them into action;
  constantly strengthen your Church in faith, courage and trust.
Lord, remember your Church.
Lord Jesus, from your opened side there poured out blood and water;
  make your Church vigorously alive through the sacraments of the new and everlasting covenant.
Lord, remember your Church.
Lord Jesus, you are present among those who are gathered in your name;
  hear your Church, united in prayer.
Lord, remember your Church.
Lord Jesus, you come with the Father to dwell in those who love you;
  perfect your Church all over the world in your divine love.
Lord, remember your Church.
Lord Jesus, anyone who comes to you is never turned away;
  admit all those who have died into your Father’s house.
Lord, remember your Church.

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 have called your people to become your Church.
Grant that all who are gathered in your name
  may fear you and love you and follow you
  and, under your guidance, attain to your promises in heaven.
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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