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Thursday 17 April 2014    (other days)
Maundy Thursday

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
The royal banners forward go,
The Cross shines forth in radiant glow;
Where he, the Life, did death endure,
And yet by death did life procure.
His feet and hands outstretching there,
He willed the piercing nails to bear,
For us and our redemption’s sake
A victim of himself to make.
There whilst he hung, his sacred side
By soldier’s spear was opened wide,
To cleanse us in the precious flood
Of water mingled with his blood.
Fulfilled is now what David told
In true prophetic song of old,
To all the nations, ‘Lo,’ said he,
‘Our God is reigning from the tree.’
Blest Three in One, our praise we sing
To thee from whom all graces spring:
As by the cross thou dost restore,
So rule and guide us evermore.

Psalm 71 (72)
The Messiah's royal power
Christ is the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He has made us a kingdom for his God and Father.
Give the king your judgement, O God,
  give the king’s son your righteousness.
Let him judge your people with justice
  and your poor ones with wisdom.
Let the mountains bring peace to your people,
  let the hills bring righteousness.
He will give his judgement to the poor among the people,
  he will rescue the children of the destitute,
  he will lay low the false accuser.
He will endure with the sun, beneath the moon,
  from generation to generation.
He will come down like rain on the pasture,
  like a shower that waters the earth.
In his time, righteousness will flourish
  and abundance of peace,
  until the moon itself is no more.
He will rule from coast to coast,
  from the world’s centre to its farthest edge.
The desert-dwellers will cast themselves down before him;
  his enemies will eat dust at his feet.
The kings of Tharsis and the islands will bring tribute,
  the kings of Arabia and Sheba will bring gifts.
All the kings will worship him,
  all nations will serve 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.
Christ is the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He has made us a kingdom for his God and Father.

Psalm 71 (72)
The Lord shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.
Because he has given freedom to the destitute who called to him,
  to the poor, whom no-one will hear.
He will spare the poor and the needy,
  he will keep their lives safe.
He will rescue their lives from oppression and violence,
  their blood will be precious in his sight.
He will live long, and receive gifts of gold from Arabia;
  they will pray for him always,
  bless him all through the day.
There will be abundance of grain in the land,
  it will wave even from the tops of the mountains;
its fruit will be richer than Lebanon.
  The people will flourish as easily as grass.
Let his name be blessed for ever,
  let his name endure beneath the sun.
All the nations of the earth will be blessed in him,
  all nations will acclaim his greatness.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  who alone works wonders.
Let his majesty be blessed for ever;
  let it fill all the earth. Amen, amen.
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 shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless.

CanticleApocalypse 11
The Judgement
The saints have triumphed by the sacrifice of the Lamb, and by the testimony which they uttered.
We thank you,
  Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
  that you have taken up your great power and begun to reign.
The nations were angered,
  but your anger came, the time for the dead to be judged,
the time to reward the prophets and saints, your servants,
  and those who feared your name, both great and small.
Now have come the salvation and might and kingdom of our God,
  and the power of his Anointed,
for the accuser of our brethren has been brought down,
  who accused them day and night in the sight of God.
But they vanquished him through the blood of the Lamb
  and through their own witness.
They did not cling to life,
  even in the face of death.
Therefore rejoice, heavens,
  and you who dwell in them.
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 saints have triumphed by the sacrifice of the Lamb, and by the testimony which they uttered.

Short Reading
Hebrews 13:12-15 ©
Jesus suffered outside the gate to sanctify the people with his own blood. Let us go to him, then, ‘outside the camp’, and share his degradation. For there is no eternal city for us in this life but we look for one in the life to come. Through him, let us offer God an unending sacrifice of praise, a verbal sacrifice that is offered every time we acknowledge his name.

Short Responsory
Christ humbled himself for us and, in obedience, accepted death.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to his disciples.
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.
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to his disciples.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us adore our Saviour, who at the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, entrusted to the Church the memorial of his death and resurrection to be celebrated throughout the ages. Confident that he will hear us, we pray:
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.
Christ, our Redeemer, let us share in your passion by works of penance;
  let us attain the glory of your resurrection.
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.
Grant us the protection of your Mother, the comforter of the afflicted;
  may we bring to others the consolation you have given us.
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.
Unite the faithful to your passion in times of trouble and distress;
  let the power of your salvation shine forth in their lives.
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.
You humbled yourself even to accepting death, death on a cross;
  grant to your servants obedience and patience.
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.
Share with the dead your bodily glory;
  let us rejoice one day with them in the fellowship of the saints.
Sanctify the people whom you redeemed by your blood.

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.

Lord God,
  since for your glory and our salvation
  you willed Christ your Son to be the eternal High Priest,
grant that the people he gained for you by his blood
  may be strengthened by his cross and resurrection
  when they take part in his memorial sacrifice.
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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