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Sunday 26 April 2015    (other days)
4th Sunday of Easter

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
The Lamb’s high banquet we await,
In snow-white robes of royal state;
And now, the Red Sea’s channel past,
To Christ our Prince we sing at last.
Upon the altar of the Cross
His body hath redeemed our loss;
And tasting of his scarlet blood,
Our life is hid with him in God.
Now Christ our paschal Lamb is slain,
The Lamb of God that knows no stain,
The true oblation offered here,
Our own unleavened bread sincere.
O thou, from whom hell’s monarch flies,
O great, O very Sacrifice,
Thy captive people are set free,
And endless life restored in thee.
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 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
You must look for the things of heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Alleluia.
The Lord has said to my lord:
  “Sit at my right hand
  while I make your enemies your footstool.”
From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,
  and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,
  among the sacred splendours.
  Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.
The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
  “You are a priest for ever,
  a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”
The Lord is at your right hand,
  and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.
He will drink from the stream as he goes –
  he will hold his head high.
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.
You must look for the things of heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Alleluia.

Psalm 111 (112)
How blessed are the just
He has risen as a light in the darkness, for the upright of heart. Alleluia.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
  and loves his commands above all things.
His seed will be powerful on earth:
  the descendants of the just will be blessed.
Glory and riches will fill his house,
  and his righteousness will stand firm for ever.
He rises up in the darkness,
  a light for the upright,
  compassionate, generous, and just.
Happy the man who takes pity and lends,
  who directs his affairs with wisdom –
  he will never be shaken.
The just man will be remembered for ever,
  no slander will he fear.
His heart is ready, hoping in the Lord;
  his heart is strong, it will not fear,
  until he looks down on his defeated enemies.
He gives alms and helps the poor:
  his righteousness will endure for ever,
  his future will be glorious.
The transgressor will see, and be enraged:
  he will grind his teeth and fade away.
The desires of the wicked will perish.
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 has risen as a light in the darkness, for the upright of heart. Alleluia.

Canticle(Apocalypse 19)
The wedding of the Lamb
Alleluia. Victory and glory and power to our 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.
Alleluia. Victory and glory and power to our God! Alleluia.

Short Reading
Hebrews 10:12-14 ©
Christ has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.

Short Responsory
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia, alleluia.
He has appeared to Simon.
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
There are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. Alleluia. (Year B)
Or: The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; and I, the Lord, know them, alleliua.
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.
There are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. Alleluia. (Year B)
Or: The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; and I, the Lord, know them, alleliua.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to God the Father, who raised Jesus to life and exalted him at his own right hand.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
Father, through the victory of the cross you have lifted up Jesus from the earth;
  may he draw all men to himself.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
Through the exaltation of Christ send your Spirit into the Church;
  make her the sign of unity for the whole human family.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
You have become the Father of men through water and the Spirit;
  keep them faithful to their baptism until they enter eternal life.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
Through the exaltation of your Son raise up the sorrowful, set prisoners free, heal the sick;
  may the whole world rejoice in your wonderful gifts.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
You nourished the faithful departed with Christ’s body and blood;
  let them share in his glory on the day of resurrection.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

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.

Almighty, ever-living God,
  bring us to the joy of your heavenly city:
so that we, your little flock,
  may follow where Christ, our Good Shepherd,
  has gone before us by the power of his resurrection.
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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