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Wednesday 4 May 2016    (other days)
Wednesday of the 6th week of Eastertide 
 or Saint Conleth, Bishop 

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, the heavens’ eternal King,
Creator, unto thee we sing,
With God the Father ever One,
Co-equal, co-eternal Son.
Thy hand, when first the world began,
Made in thine own pure image man,
And linked to fleshly form of earth
A living soul of heavenly birth.
And when the envious crafty foe
Had marred thy noblest work below,
Thou didst our ruined state repair
By deigning flesh thyself to wear.
Once of a virgin born to save,
And now new born from death’s dark grave,
O Christ, thou bidd’st us rise with thee
From death to immortality.
Eternal Shepherd, thou art wont
To cleanse Thy sheep within the font,
That mystic bath, that grave of sin,
Where ransomed souls new life begin.
Divine Redeemer, thou didst deign
To bear for us the cross of pain,
And freely pay the precious price
Of all thy blood in sacrifice.
Jesu, do thou to every heart
Unceasing Paschal joy impart;
From death of sin and guilty strife
Set free the new born sons of life.
All praise be thine, O risen Lord,
From death to endless life restored;
All praise to God the Father be
And Holy Ghost eternally.

Psalm 61 (62)
Peace in God
Do not let your hearts be troubled: only have faith in me. Alleluia.
My soul, find peace in God alone:
  from him comes my salvation.
It is he who is my refuge and my safeguard,
  my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.
How long will you assail a man
  and band together to crush him,
  like a toppling wall or a falling fence?
They plan to thrust him down from his high place.
  They delight in lies:
  with their lips they bless, but a curse is in their hearts.
My soul, find peace in God alone,
  for he gives me strength to endure.
It is he who is my God and my safeguard,
  my stronghold: I shall never be shaken.
In God is my salvation and my glory,
  God is my strength – my refuge is with God.
Trust in him, all you people together,
  pour out your hearts before him;
  God is our refuge.
The children of Adam are as nothing;
  the children of men are a deceit.
Weigh them in the scales, and they rise:
  they are lighter than a puff of smoke.
Put no trust in violence,
  do not be seduced into robbery;
  and if riches come, do not count upon them.
God has spoken once and for all.
  Two things have I heard him say:
  that strength belongs to God,
  and that mercy, Lord, belongs to you.
For to each of us you give
  whatever our actions have deserved.
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.
Do not let your hearts be troubled: only have faith in me. Alleluia.

Psalm 66 (67)
All peoples, praise the Lord
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let them rejoice in your saving help. Alleluia.
O God, take pity on us and bless us,
  and let your face shine upon us,
so that your ways may be known across the world,
  and all nations learn of your salvation.
Let the peoples praise you, O God,
  let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and rejoice,
  for you judge the peoples with fairness
  and you guide the nations of the earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God,
  let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has produced its harvest:
  may God, our God, bless us.
May God bless us,
  may the whole world revere him.
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.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let them rejoice in your saving help. Alleluia.

Canticle(Colossians 1)
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
His majesty covers the heavens, the earth is filled with his praise. Alleluia.
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.
His majesty covers the heavens, the earth is filled with his praise. Alleluia.

Short ReadingHebrews 7:24-27 ©
Jesus, because he remains for ever, can never lose his priesthood. It follows, then, that his power to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him. To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because Jesus Christ our Lord has done this once and for all by offering himself.

Short Responsory
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
They saw the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The Spirit will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. 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.
The Spirit will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
In Christ, who was raised from the dead, the Father has opened for us the way to eternal life. Let us pray to him:
Save your people through the victory of Christ.
God of our fathers, in the resurrection you glorified your Son;
  grant us true repentance that we may walk in newness of life.
Save your people through the victory of Christ.
You have brought us to Christ, the shepherd and guardian of our souls;
  keep us faithful to him, under the guidance of our pastors.
Save your people through the victory of Christ.
From the Jewish people you chose Christ’s first disciples;
  show the children of Israel that your promises are fulfilled.
Save your people through the victory of Christ.
Remember the orphans, the widows and the homeless of our world;
  your Son has reconciled men with God, do not abandon them now.
Save your people through the victory of Christ.
You called Stephen to yourself as he bore witness to Jesus;
  welcome the faithful departed who have loved and desired you.
Save your people through the victory 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.

God and Father,
  we honour the yearly feast of your Son’s resurrection
  by celebrating it in the sacramental mystery.
Give us likewise the grace
  to rejoice with all the saints
  when he comes in glory.
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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