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Sunday 1 March 2015    (other days)
2nd Sunday of Lent

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
God, of thy pity, unto us thy children
Bend down thine ear in thine own loving kindness,
And all thy people’s prayers and vows ascending
  Hear, we beseech thee.
Look down in mercy from thy seat of glory,
Pour on our souls the radiance of thy presence,
Drive from our weary hearts the shades of darkness,
  Lightening our footsteps.
Free us from sin by might of thy great loving,
Cleanse thou the sordid, loose the fettered spirit,
Spare every sinner, raise with thine own right hand
  All who are fallen.
Glory to God the Father everlasting,
Glory for ever to the Sole-begotten,
With whom the Holy Spirit through the ages
  Reigneth co-equal.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
The Lord will send forth your sceptre of power with the splendour of your saints.
The Lord has said to my lord:
  “Sit at my right hand
  while I make your enemies your footstool.”
From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,
  and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,
  among the sacred splendours.
  Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.
The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
  “You are a priest for ever,
  a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”
The Lord is at your right hand,
  and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.
He will drink from the stream as he goes –
  he will hold his head high.
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 send forth your sceptre of power with the splendour of your saints.

Psalm 113B (115)
Praise of the true God
We worship the one God, who made heaven and earth.
Not to us, Lord, not to us,
  but to your own name give the glory,
  because of your kindness and faithfulness.
Why should the nations say:
  “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens,
  and what he wills, he does.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
  the work of human hands.
They have mouths but do not speak,
  they have eyes but do not see.
They have ears but do not hear,
  they have nostrils but do not smell.
They have hands but they do not feel,
  they have feet but they do not walk;
  no voice comes from their throats.
Their makers will be like them,
  and all who put their trust in them.
The house of Israel trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The house of Aaron trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
All who fear the Lord trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The Lord has remembered us and he will bless us.
He will bless the house of Israel,
  he will bless the house of Aaron –
  he will bless all who fear the Lord.
May the Lord add to your numbers
  and to those of your children.
May the Lord bless you,
  the Lord who made heaven and earth.
The heavens are the Lord’s,
  but the earth he has given to men.
It is not the dead who will praise you, O Lord,
  nor those who go down into the silence;
but we, who live, will bless the Lord,
  now and 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.
We worship the one God, who made heaven and earth.

Canticle1 Peter 2
Christ's passion, freely chosen
God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all.
Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, to follow in his path.
He committed no sin, in his speech there was no deceit;
when they cursed him, he did not curse them;
when he suffered, he did not threaten retribution, but committed them to the one just judge.
He endured our sins in the sufferings of his body on the tree,
so that we would die to our sins and live for righteousness –
and by his bruises you have been healed.
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 did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all.

Short Reading
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25) ©
All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither.

Short Responsory
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Listen, Christ, to the prayers of those who cry to you.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ (Year B)
Or: Tell no man about the vision which you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.
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.
And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ (Year B)
Or: Tell no man about the vision which you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.

Prayers and intercessions
We give thanks to Christ, our head and our master. Let us pray to him with trust and humility, for he served all men and was good to everyone.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.
Lord, help the bishops and priests of your Church, who share in your office of head and pastor;
  unite them with yourself to lead all men to the Father.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.
Send your angels to protect those who travel;
  keep them from harm and bring them safely home.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.
Teach us to care for everyone;
  make us more like you in serving others.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.
Help us to form a human community where all men live in friendship;
  Lord, unite us in your love.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.
Show your love for the dead:
  let them see the light of your face.
Lord Jesus, visit your family.

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 our Father,
  you bid us listen to your Son, the well-beloved.
Nourish our hearts on your word,
  purify the eyes of our mind,
  and fill us with joy at the vision of your glory.
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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