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Friday 24 June 2016    (other days)
The Birthday of Saint John the Baptist 
Solemnity

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
Hail, O thou of woman born,
  Highest rank attaining,
Saint of whom an Angel spoke,
  ‘John’ thy name ordaining:
Hallowed from thy mother’s womb,
  Lamp divinely lighted
To enlighten them that sit
  In death’s shade benighted.
Hail to thee, with herald voice
  God in flesh revering,
With thy finger pointing out
  Christ, the Lamb, appearing:
At the Jordan thou didst cry,
  Sinner’s doom declaring,
And, by water’s cleansing sign,
  Way for God preparing.
Hail, who, over mortals all,
  Rightly wast appointed
To baptize the sacred head
  Of the Lord’s Anointed:
Who didst hear the Father’s voice,
  That blest rite attending,
And didst see the Holy Ghost,
  As a dove descending.

Psalm 14 (15)
Who is worthy to face the Lord?
There was a man sent by God, whose name was John.
Lord, who will live in your tent?
  Who will dwell on your holy mountain?
Whoever comes there without stain,
  acts rightly, speaks truth in his heart.
Whoever does not speak deceitfully,
  or do harm to his neighbour, or slander him.
Whoever despises the evil-doer,
  but reveres those who fear the Lord.
Whoever swears and keeps his word, come what may
 – lends his money without usury –
  takes no bribe to condemn the innocent.
Whoever lives like this
  will stand firm 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.
There was a man sent by God, whose name was John.

Psalm 111 (112)
How blessed are the just
He came as a witness to the truth.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
  and loves his commands above all things.
His seed will be powerful on earth:
  the descendants of the just will be blessed.
Glory and riches will fill his house,
  and his righteousness will stand firm for ever.
He rises up in the darkness,
  a light for the upright,
  compassionate, generous, and just.
Happy the man who takes pity and lends,
  who directs his affairs with wisdom –
  he will never be shaken.
The just man will be remembered for ever,
  no slander will he fear.
His heart is ready, hoping in the Lord;
  his heart is strong, it will not fear,
  until he looks down on his defeated enemies.
He gives alms and helps the poor:
  his righteousness will endure for ever,
  his future will be glorious.
The transgressor will see, and be enraged:
  he will grind his teeth and fade away.
The desires of the wicked will perish.
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 came as a witness to the truth.

CanticleApocalypse 15
A hymn of adoration
John was like a brightly shining light.
Great and wonderful are your deeds,
  O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
  O King of the ages!
Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
  For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship you,
  for your judgements have been revealed.
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.
John was like a brightly shining light.

Short ReadingActs 13:23-25 ©
To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, ‘I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.’

Short Responsory
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
There is one coming after me who existed before me.
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The child that is born to us today is greater than any prophet: this is he of whom the Saviour said: ‘Among those born of women there was no man greater than John the Baptist.’
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 child that is born to us today is greater than any prophet: this is he of whom the Saviour said: ‘Among those born of women there was no man greater than John the Baptist.’

Prayers and intercessions
God our Father, you chose John the Baptist to announce the kingdom of Christ to all men. Joyfully we pray, therefore:
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.
Even in his mother’s womb you chose John to prepare the way for your Son;
  give us the faith to know Christ, and to make him known.
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.
You inspired the Baptist to recognize the Lamb of God:
  through us, let the world recognize your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.
You disposed your prophet to give way before Christ;
  give us the humility to let his light shine in the world.
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.
You called John even to die for you;
  grant that we may share his burning zeal for the truth.
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.
Remember the dead who have walked in the path of life:
  bring them to new life, cleansed from all stain of sin.
Lord, guide us in the way of peace.

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 and Father,
  you sent Saint John the Baptist to the people of Israel
  to make them ready for Christ the Lord.
Give us the grace of joy in the Spirit,
  and guide the hearts of all the faithful
  in the way of salvation and peace.
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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