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Wednesday 3 June 2020    (other days)
Saints Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs 
 on Wednesday of week 9 in Ordinary Time

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
All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
  Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
  To crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
  Who from his altar call;
Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
  Whom David Lord did call;
The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Let every tribe and every tongue
  To him their hearts enthral,
Lift high the universal song,
  And crown him Lord of all.

Psalm 26 (27)
Keeping faith in time of peril

The Lord is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?
The Lord is my light and my help:
  whom should I fear?
The Lord protects my life:
  what could terrify me?
When they come to do me harm,
  to consume my flesh,
my enemies and my persecutors,
  it is they who stumble and fall.
If their armies encamp against me,
  my heart will not fear;
if battle flares up against me,
  even then will I hope.
One thing I beg of the Lord, one thing will I ask:
  that I may live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
so that I may behold the joys of the Lord
  and always see his temple.
For he will shelter me in his tent in the time of evils.
He will hide me in the hidden parts of the tabernacle;
  then raise me up on a rock,
  lift me high up above the enemies who surround me.
In his tabernacle I will offer him a sacrifice
  of shouts, of songs, of psalms to 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.
The Lord is my light and my help: whom shall I fear?

Psalm 26 (27)

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.
Listen, Lord, to my voice as I cry:
  have mercy and listen to me.
“Seek his face,” my heart has said,
  and so I will seek your face, O Lord.
Do not turn your face away from me,
  do not turn from your servant in anger.
You are my helper, do not reject me;
  do not abandon me, God, my help.
For when my father and mother have abandoned me,
  the Lord will take me up.
Show me your ways, Lord, and guide me along the right path,
  out of the reach of my enemies.
Do not hand me over to the whim of those who would persecute me,
  when lying witnesses have risen up against me,
  with those who plan to do me violence.
I trust I shall see the joys of the Lord
  in the land of the living.
Hope in the Lord, be brave,
  let your heart take comfort and trust in 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.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek: hide not your face.

Canticle(Colossians 1)

Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead

He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.
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.
He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.

Short Reading1 Peter 4:13-14 ©
Beloved, if you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you.

Short Responsory
Rejoice in the Lord. Let the just shout for joy.
Rejoice in the Lord. Let the just shout for joy.
Let the upright sing praise.
Rejoice in the Lord. Let the just shout for joy.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice in the Lord. Let the just shout for joy.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

The saints, who followed in the footsteps of Christ, rejoice in heaven. They gave their life for love of Christ: therefore, they will reign with him for ever.
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 saints, who followed in the footsteps of Christ, rejoice in heaven. They gave their life for love of Christ: therefore, they will reign with him for ever.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us give thanks to the king of martyrs, for this is the hour when he offered himself in the last supper and laid down his life on the cross.
We praise you, Christ the Lord.
We praise you, Christ our Saviour, example and strength of the martyrs, because you have loved us to the end;
We praise you, Christ the Lord.
Because you have promised repentant sinners the reward of eternal life,
We praise you, Christ the Lord.
Because you have called the Church to offer the blood of the new and eternal covenant, the blood shed for the remission of sins,
We praise you, Christ the Lord.
Because you have brought us to this day with the gift of faith intact,
We praise you, Christ the Lord.
Because of the many brothers who today have come to share in your saving death,
We praise you, Christ the Lord.

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 made the blood of martyrs
  become the seed of Christians.
In your love, grant that your Church,
  the field that was moistened by the blood of Saint Charles and his companions,
  may always yield a fertile harvest for you.
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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