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Wednesday 22 March 2017    (other days)
Wednesday of the 3rd week of Lent 

None (Afternoon 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.

Hymn
Eternal Father, loving God,
Who made us from the dust of earth,
Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
Give value to our little worth.
Prepare us for that day of days
When Christ from heaven will come with might
To call us out of dust again,
Our bodies glorified in light.
O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
All things created bear your trace;
The seed of glory sown in man
Will flower when we see your face.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 118 (119): 105-112
Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet,
  a light for my journey.
I have firmly sworn to keep your just laws.
Lord, I am greatly afflicted:
  revive me as you have promised.
Lord, accept the vows I make,
  and teach me your judgements.
I hold my life in my hands,
  I remember your laws.
The wicked placed a trap for me,
  but I did not wander from your commandments.
Your decrees are my inheritance for ever,
  they are the joy of my heart:
my heart is set on carrying them out,
  for ever, until the end.
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.

Psalm 69 (70)
God, come to my aid
God, come to my aid;
  Lord, hurry to help me.
Throw into fear and confusion
  the ones who seek my life.
Throw them back, ashamed,
  the ones who seek harm for me.
Turn them back in confusion,
  the ones who mock me.
But let all who seek you rejoice in you.
  Let them always say ‘God is great,’
  those who delight in your saving help.
But I am poor and destitute.
  God, hurry to me.
You are my helper and liberator:
  Lord, do not delay.
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.

Psalm 74 (75)
The Lord, judge over all
We shall give you thanks, O God,
  give thanks and call on your name.
  We shall recount your marvels.
At the moment that I have decreed
  I shall hand down my judgements.
If the earth trembles with all that is in it,
  it is I who set firm its pillars.
I have said to the boastful, ‘Stop boasting!’
  I have said to the wicked, ‘Stop showing off your strength!’
Stop flaunting your strength to the heavens;
  stop speaking boldly against God!
For triumph does not come
  from the east or the west;
  it does not come from the wilderness.
It is God who is the judge:
  he raises some, abases others.
The cup in the Lord’s hand
  is foaming with wine that is drugged.
He pours it out and they will drain it.
  All the sinners of the earth shall drink.
But I will proclaim him for ever,
  and sing of the God of Jacob.
I will smash the strength of the wicked,
  and the power of the just shall prevail.
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.
Armed with the justice which is the power of God, let us prove ourselves with great patience.

Short ReadingDaniel 4:24 ©
By virtuous actions break with your sins, break with your crimes by showing mercy to the poor, and so live long and peacefully.

The true sacrifice is a broken spirit.
A contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.

Let us pray.
Schooled by our Lenten observance, Lord,
  and nourished on your word,
may we give you whole-hearted service through our self-denial,
  and through our prayer become one in heart and mind.
Through Christ our Lord.

Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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