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Friday 24 March 2017    (other days)
Friday of the 3rd week of Lent 
 (optional commemoration of Saint Macartan, 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.

Hymn
Hail, Queen of the heavens, hail Mistress of earth;
Hail, Virgin most pure of immaculate birth:
Clear star of the morning in beauty enshrined;
O Lady, make speed to the help of mankind.
Thee God in the depth of eternity chose,
And formed thee all fair as his glorious spouse,
And called thee his own Word’s true Mother to be
By whom he created the earth, sky, and sea.
Hail, Mother most pure, hail, Virgin renowned,
Hail, Queen with the stars as a diadem crowned;
Above all the angels in glory untold,
Set next to the King in a vesture of gold.
These praises and prayers we lay at thy feet,
O Virgin of virgins, O Mary most sweet:
Be thou our true guide through this pilgrimage here,
And stand by our side when our death draweth near.

Psalm 112 (113)
Praise of the Lord's name
A shoot shall spring from the stock of Jesse; a flower shall grow out from his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.
Praise, servants of the Lord,
  praise the name of the Lord.
Let the Lord’s name be blessed,
  now and for ever.
From the sun’s rising to its setting,
  the Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high over all peoples,
  his glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who lives on high,
  who bends down to watch over heaven and earth?
He raises the weak from the ground,
  the poor from the dunghill,
raises them among the princes,
  the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a household,
  makes her the happy mother of children.
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.
A shoot shall spring from the stock of Jesse; a flower shall grow out from his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.

Psalm 147 (147B)
God, the foundation of Jerusalem
The Lord will give him the throne of David, his father, and he will rule for ever.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
 — Zion, praise your God.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
  he has blessed your children.
He keeps your borders in peace,
  he fills you with the richest wheat.
He sends out his command over the earth,
  and swiftly runs his word.
He sends down snow that is like wool,
  frost that is like ashes.
He sends hailstones like crumbs
 — who can withstand his cold?
He will send out his word, and all will be melted;
  his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.
He proclaims his word to Jacob,
  his laws and judgements to Israel.
He has not done this for other nations:
  he has not shown them his judgements.
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 will give him the throne of David, his father, and he will rule for ever.

CanticlePhilippians 2
Christ, God's servant
The Word of God, born of the Father before time began, humbled himself today for us and became man.
Jesus Christ, although he shared God’s nature,
  did not try to cling to his equality with God;
but emptied himself, took on the form of a slave,
  and became like a man:
not in appearance only,
  for he humbled himself by accepting death,
  even death on a cross.
For this, God has raised him high,
  and given him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend,
  in heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
and every tongue will proclaim
  “Jesus Christ is Lord,”
  to the glory of God the Father.
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 Word of God, born of the Father before time began, humbled himself today for us and became man.

Short Reading1 John 1:1-2 ©
Something which has existed since the beginning,
that we have heard,
and we have seen with our own eyes;
that we have watched
and touched with our hands:
the Word, who is life –
this is our subject.
That life was made visible:
we saw it and we are giving our testimony,
telling you of the eternal life
which was with the Father and has been made visible to us.

Short Responsory
A shoot has sprung from the stock of Jesse; a star has risen from Jacob.
A shoot has sprung from the stock of Jesse; a star has risen from Jacob.
The Virgin has given birth to the Saviour.
A shoot has sprung from the stock of Jesse; a star has risen from Jacob.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
A shoot has sprung from the stock of Jesse; a star has risen from Jacob.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
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 Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

Prayers and intercessions
Eternal Father, on this day through your angel you made known our salvation to Mary. Full of confidence we earnestly pray:
Lord, fill us with your grace.
You chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son.
  Have mercy on all who wait for your redemption.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
Through your angel Gabriel you brought a message of peace and joy to Mary.
  Give to the world the joy and peace of salvation.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
By the consent of your handmaid and the power of the Holy Spirit, your Word came to dwell among us.
  Open our hearts to receive Christ, as Mary the Virgin received him.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
You look with compassion on the lowly and fill the starving with good things.
  Encourage the downhearted, help all those in need and comfort those near to death.
Lord, fill us with your grace.
To you, O God, nothing is impossible, and you alone do marvellous things;
  save us, and on the last day along with all the faithful departed, bring us to yourself.
Lord, fill us with your grace.

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.

Shape us in the likeness of the divine nature of our Redeemer,
  whom we believe to be true God and true man,
since it was your will, Lord God,
  that he, your Word, should take to himself our human nature
  in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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