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Sunday 1 May 2016    (other days)
6th 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
He raised Christ from the dead and placed him at his own right hand, in heaven. 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.
He raised Christ from the dead and placed him at his own right hand, in heaven. Alleluia.

Psalm 113B (115)
Praise of the true God
You have been converted from idolatry to the living God. Alleluia.
Not to us, Lord, not to us,
  but to your own name give the glory,
  because of your kindness and faithfulness.
Why should the nations say:
  “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens,
  and what he wills, he does.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
  the work of human hands.
They have mouths but do not speak,
  they have eyes but do not see.
They have ears but do not hear,
  they have nostrils but do not smell.
They have hands but they do not feel,
  they have feet but they do not walk;
  no voice comes from their throats.
Their makers will be like them,
  and all who put their trust in them.
The house of Israel trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The house of Aaron trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
All who fear the Lord trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The Lord has remembered us and he will bless us.
He will bless the house of Israel,
  he will bless the house of Aaron –
  he will bless all who fear the Lord.
May the Lord add to your numbers
  and to those of your children.
May the Lord bless you,
  the Lord who made heaven and earth.
The heavens are the Lord’s,
  but the earth he has given to men.
It is not the dead who will praise you, O Lord,
  nor those who go down into the silence;
but we, who live, will bless the Lord,
  now and 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.
You have been converted from idolatry to the living God. 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
Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Alleluia. (Year C)
Or: If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him, alleluia.
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.
Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Alleluia. (Year C)
Or: If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him, alleluia.

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 God,
  give us the grace of an attentive love
  to celebrate these days of joy
  devoted to the honour of the Risen Lord.
Teach us to hold fast in our actions
  to the mystery we recall in worship.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and 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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