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Thursday 5 May 2016    (other days)
Saint Asaph, Bishop 
 or Thursday before Ascension Sunday 

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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
Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky,
Heav’n thunders forth its victor cry:
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
And groaning hell makes wild reply.
While he, the King of sovereign might,
Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite,
And trampling hell by victor’s right,
Brings forth his sleeping saints to light.
Fast barred beneath the stone of late,
In watch and ward where soldiers wait,
Now shining in triumphant state,
He rises victor from death’s gate.
Hell’s pains are loosed and tears are fled:
Captivity is captive led:
The angel, crowned with light, hath said:
‘The Lord is risen from the dead.’
Author of all, be thou our guide
In this our joy of Eastertide;
Whene’er assaults of death impend,
Thy people strengthen and defend.
To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Psalm 79 (80)
Lord, tend your vine
I am the vine, you are the branches. Alleluia.
Shepherd of Israel, listen –
  you who take Joseph as your flock.
Shine out before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh –
  you who are enthroned upon the cherubim.
Awaken your power and come to us,
  come to us and save us.
Bring us back, O God:
  let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
Lord God of hosts –
  how long will your anger endure
  against the prayers of your people?
You have given us tears for our bread,
  abundance of tears for us to drink.
You have made us a mockery among our neighbours,
  and our enemies laugh at us.
Bring us back, O God of hosts:
  let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
  planted it, and drove out the nations.
You cleared the ground all about it,
  made firm its roots; and it filled the land.
Its shade covered mountains,
  its boughs shaded the cedars of God;
its leaves spread as far as the sea,
  its shoots as far as the River.
So why did you destroy its wall,
  so that anyone could pluck its fruit,
  whoever was passing by?
The wild boar of the forest broke it,
  every wild beast could graze off it.
Turn back, O God of hosts,
  look down from heaven and tend this vine.
Protect the vine, for your right hand planted it;
  and the son of man, whom you made strong.
The vine is burnt and dug up;
  and they too will perish when they see you rebuke them.
Stretch out your hand over your chosen one
  over the son of man, whom you made strong –
and we will not forsake you, and you will give us life;
  and we will call on your name.
Bring us back, Lord God of hosts:
  let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
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 am the vine, you are the branches. Alleluia.

CanticleIsaiah 12
The rejoicing of a redeemed people
With joy you will draw water from the wells of the Saviour, alleluia.
I will praise you, Lord, for when you were angry with me
  you calmed your rage and turned again to console me.
Behold, God is my salvation:
  I will be confident, I will not fear;
for the Lord is my strength and my joy,
  he has become my saviour.
And you will rejoice as you draw water
  from the wells of salvation.
And then you will say:
  “Praise the Lord and call upon his name.
Tell the peoples what he has done,
  remember always the greatness of his name.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done great things:
  let this be known throughout the world.
Cry out with joy and gladness, you who dwell in Zion.
  Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
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.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of the Saviour, alleluia.

Psalm 80 (81)
Solemn renewal of the covenant
The Lord has fed us with finest wheat, alleluia.
Shout with joy to God our helper,
  rejoice in the God of Jacob.
Take up the song, sound the timbrel,
  play on the lyre and the harp.
At the start of the month, sound the trumpet,
  at the full moon, at our festival.
For this is the law for Israel,
  the decree of the God of Jacob.
He gave it to Joseph, for a witness,
  when he went out of the land of Egypt;
  with words that had never been heard:
“I freed his back from burdens;
  his hands were freed from heavy loads.
In your tribulation you called on me and I freed you,
  I heard you from the heart of the storm,
  I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Listen, my people, and I will put my case –
  Israel, if you would only hear me!
You shall not have any strange god,
  you shall not worship the gods of foreigners.
For I am the Lord, your God,
  who led you out of the land of Egypt.
  Open wide your mouth and I shall fill it.
But my people did not hear my voice:
  Israel did not turn to me.
So I let them go on in the hardness of their hearts,
  and follow their own counsels.
If my people had heard me,
  if only they had walked in my ways –
I would swiftly have crushed their enemies,
  stretched my hand over those who persecuted them.
The enemies of the Lord would be overcome with weakness,
  Israel’s would be the good fortune, for ever:
  I would feed them full of richest wheat
and give them honey from the rock,
  to their heart’s content.
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 fed us with finest wheat, alleluia.

Short ReadingRomans 8:10-11 ©
Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

Short Responsory
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
For our sake he died on the cross, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
In a short time you will no longer see me, says the Lord; and then a short time later you will see me again, since I am going to the Father. Alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
In a short time you will no longer see me, says the Lord; and then a short time later you will see me again, since I am going to the Father. Alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray with confidence to God our Father. In Christ he has given all his children the pledge of resurrection.
May the Lord Jesus be our life.
Father, by a pillar of fire you led your people through the desert;
  may the risen Christ be the light of our lives.
May the Lord Jesus be our life.
Through the voice of Moses you spoke on the mountain;
  may the risen Christ be our word of life.
May the Lord Jesus be our life.
With the gift of manna you fed your wandering people;
  may the risen Christ be our bread from heaven.
May the Lord Jesus be our life.
You drew water from the rock to save your children;
  may the risen Christ fill us with his Spirit.
May the Lord Jesus be our life.

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.

God the Father,
  you have given a saviour to your people:
fill our hearts with constant thanks and praise
  that Christ the Lord is risen from the dead.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  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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