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Thursday 24 May 2018    (other days)
Our Lord Jesus the Eternal High Priest 
Feast

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
O Christ, High Priest for evermore
of your eternal covenant, our hymns
and prayers are rightly yours:
we sing you songs of thankful love.
Proceeding from the Father’s throne,
and moved with pity for our sin,
you came, obedient, weak, and poor,
incarnate in the Virgin’s womb.
You came destroying ancient sin,
preparing all for light and grace;
the Father and the Paraclete
anointed you as Priest and King.
Unique, unblemished sacrifice,
you shed your blood for love of us;
in love you grant your children now
to glory in the Father’s peace.
You give yourself eternally,
our altars’ saving sacrifice,
the perfect One enthroned on high,
obtaining mercy for us all.
All praise to you, O Christ, High Priest
who live and reign and sacrifice,
and glory to the Father be
for endless ages still to come.
Amen.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
The Lord has sworn an oath, and he will not change: You are a priest for ever.
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.
The Lord has sworn an oath, and he will not change: You are a priest for ever.

Psalm 110 (111)
Great are the works of the Lord
God, who is rich in mercy, has brought us to life together in Christ.
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart
  in the council of the upright and the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord,
  to be studied by all who delight in them.
His works are splendour and majesty,
  his righteousness lasts for ever and ever.
He gives us a record of the wonders he has worked,
  the Lord, the kind and compassionate.
He gives food to those who fear him:
  for all ages he will remember his covenant.
He has shown to his people the power of his deeds,
  he has given them the inheritance of the nations.
Steadfastness and justice
  are the works of the Lord.
All his precepts are to be trusted,
  they stand firm for ever and ever:
  they were laid down in faithfulness and justice.
He has sent deliverance to his people;
  he has set up his covenant for ever.
Holy is his name, and much to be feared.
  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
To those who fear him comes true understanding,
  and his praise endures for ever and 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.
God, who is rich in mercy, has brought us to life together in Christ.

Canticle(Colossians 1)
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
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.
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Short Reading
Hebrews 10:19-23 ©
Through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful.

Short Responsory
Let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of the children of God.
Let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The Lord brought down the mighty from their seats, and raised up the lowly.
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 Lord brought down the mighty from their seats, and raised up the lowly.

Prayers and intercessions
Through Christ, let us pour forth our prayers to God the Father, who directs all things by his will and blesses all who trust in him.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.
Christ, Word of the Father,
  place on our lips the prayer we are about to offer.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.
Christ our Priest, Bread of Life,
  grant your chosen ones to live the gift of their own priesthood, as they bring their self-oblation to perfection in you.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.
Christ in glory, always interceding for us with the Father,
  keep us faithful in prayer, lest laborers should be lacking for your harvest.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.
Christ the Lord, sent by the Father,
  grant that in you all may find life and the way of the Kingdom.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.
Christ, Son of the living God, who by your death have conquered death,
  grant that the ultimate self-offering of our dead may bring them eternal joy in glory.
With confidence we ask that you hear us.

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.

O God, who for the glory of your majesty and the salvation of the human race
  made your Only-Begotten Son the Eternal High Priest,
grant that, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
  those whom he has chosen as ministers and stewards of his mysteries
  may be found faithful in carrying out the ministry they have received.
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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