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Monday 27 March 2017    (other days)
Monday of the 4th week of Lent 

Terce (Mid-Morning 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
Come, Holy Spirit, live in us
With God the Father and the Son,
And grant us your abundant grace
To sanctify and make us one.
May mind and tongue made strong in love
Your praise throughout the world proclaim,
And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.
Most blessèd Trinity of love,
For whom the heart of man was made,
To you be praise in timeless song,
And everlasting homage paid.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 118(119): 129-136
This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.
Your rulings fill me with wonder,
  and therefore I obey them.
As your word unfolds, it gives light
  and understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth and I sighed
  with longing for your commands.
Turn to me and take pity on me
  according to your judgement on those who love your name.
Direct my steps according to your promises,
  and let no wickedness seduce me.
Rescue me from human opposition
  so that I can follow your commands.
Let your face shine on your servant;
  and teach me your statutes.
Tears flow from my eyes
  when your law is not kept.
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 81 (82)
Against unjust judges
God stands in the divine assembly
  among the gods he gives judgement.
‘How long will you be giving unjust judgements
  in favour of the wicked?’
Judge for the weak and for orphans,
  in favour of the poor and the lowly.
Rescue the weak and the poor
  from the power of the wicked.
They did not know, they did not understand;
  they walk in the shadows,
  the foundations of the world are shaken.
I said, ‘You are gods,
  you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die just like men;
  you will fall just like princes.
Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
  for all nations are your inheritance.
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 119 (120)
Longing for peace
I was in trouble, and cried to the Lord;
  and he answered me.
Lord, free me from the lips of liars,
  from deceitful tongues.
What will be given you, what will you receive,
  deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows from the warrior,
  hardened in the flames.
Alas, I am an exile in Meshech;
  I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has lived too long
  with those who hate peace.
I am for making peace;
  but whenever I spoke, they attacked me.
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.
This is the time of repentance for us to atone for our sins and seek salvation.

Short ReadingWisdom 11:23-24 ©
Lord, you are merciful to all, because you can do all things and overlook men’s sins so that they can repent. Yes, you love all that exists, you hold in abhorrence nothing of what you have made.

Create a pure heart in me, O God.
Put a steadfast spirit into me.

Let us pray.
Lord God, you give the world new life
  by mysteries which are beyond our grasp.
May your Church not be deprived of earthly help
  while she makes progress by the strength of these eternal gifts.
Through Christ our Lord.

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

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