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Wednesday 22 February 2017    (other days)
Saint Peter's Chair 
Feast

None (Afternoon 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
Eternal Father, loving God,
Who made us from the dust of earth,
Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
Give value to our little worth.
Prepare us for that day of days
When Christ from heaven will come with might
To call us out of dust again,
Our bodies glorified in light.
O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
All things created bear your trace;
The seed of glory sown in man
Will flower when we see your face.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 118 (119): 105-112
Any man who follows me will not be walking in the dark: he will have the light of life, says the Lord.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet,
  a light for my journey.
I have firmly sworn to keep your just laws.
Lord, I am greatly afflicted:
  revive me as you have promised.
Lord, accept the vows I make,
  and teach me your judgements.
I hold my life in my hands,
  I remember your laws.
The wicked placed a trap for me,
  but I did not wander from your commandments.
Your decrees are my inheritance for ever,
  they are the joy of my heart:
my heart is set on carrying them out,
  for ever, until the end.
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.
Any man who follows me will not be walking in the dark: he will have the light of life, says the Lord.

Psalm 69 (70)
God, come to my aid
I am wretched and poor: O God, help me.
God, come to my aid;
  Lord, hurry to help me.
Throw into fear and confusion
  the ones who seek my life.
Throw them back, ashamed,
  the ones who seek harm for me.
Turn them back in confusion,
  the ones who mock me.
But let all who seek you rejoice in you.
  Let them always say ‘God is great,’
  those who delight in your saving help.
But I am poor and destitute.
  God, hurry to me.
You are my helper and liberator:
  Lord, do not delay.
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.
I am wretched and poor: O God, help me.

Psalm 74 (75)
The Lord, judge over all
God will not judge by appearances, but he will rule with justice and fairness.
We shall give you thanks, O God,
  give thanks and call on your name.
  We shall recount your marvels.
At the moment that I have decreed
  I shall hand down my judgements.
If the earth trembles with all that is in it,
  it is I who set firm its pillars.
I have said to the boastful, ‘Stop boasting!’
  I have said to the wicked, ‘Stop showing off your strength!’
Stop flaunting your strength to the heavens;
  stop speaking boldly against God!
For triumph does not come
  from the east or the west;
  it does not come from the wilderness.
It is God who is the judge:
  he raises some, abases others.
The cup in the Lord’s hand
  is foaming with wine that is drugged.
He pours it out and they will drain it.
  All the sinners of the earth shall drink.
But I will proclaim him for ever,
  and sing of the God of Jacob.
I will smash the strength of the wicked,
  and the power of the just shall prevail.
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.
God will not judge by appearances, but he will rule with justice and fairness.

Short Reading2 Peter 1:16 ©
It was not any cleverly invented myths that we were repeating when we brought you the knowledge of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; we had seen his majesty for ourselves.

Rejoice and be glad, says the Lord,
because your names are written in heaven.

Let us pray.
Almighty God,
  as you built your Church on the rock of Peter’s faith,
grant that with such a firm foundation
  we may hold fast in every storm.
Through Christ our Lord.

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

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