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Tuesday 28 March 2017    (other days)
Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent 

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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
Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
And close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend,
And didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
In thee to conquer sin.
As thirst and hunger thou didst bear,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and daily live
By thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
And through thy Passiontide,
Yea, evermore, in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.

Psalm 100 (101)
The declaration of a just ruler
I will sing to you, O Lord, and I will walk in the way of perfection.
I will sing of kindness and justice –
  to you, Lord, will I sing.
My thoughts shall follow the way of perfection:
  when will you come to me, Lord?
I will walk with an innocent heart
  through the halls of my palace.
I will allow no evil thing in my sight.
  I will hate the man who retreats from perfection:
  he may not stay near me.
The wicked of heart must leave me;
  the plotter of evil I will not acknowledge.
The man who plots against his neighbour in secret:
  I will suppress him.
The haughty of eye, the puffed-up and proud –
  I will not support them.
I will turn my eyes to the faithful of the land:
  they shall sit with me.
Whoever walks in the way of perfection –
  he shall be my servant.
The haughty shall not live in my palace;
  the slanderer shall not stand in my sight.
Each morning I will suppress
  all the wicked of the land.
I will rid the city of the Lord
  of all that do evil.
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 will sing to you, O Lord, and I will walk in the way of perfection.

CanticleDaniel 3
The prayer of Azariah in the furnace
O Lord, do not withdraw your favour from us.
Blessed are you, Lord God of our fathers:
  your name is glorious for ever
  for you are just in all you have done to us.
For we have sinned and done wrong, we have deserted you
  and done all things wrong.
Do not give us up for ever, for your name’s sake we beg you,
  do not dissolve your covenant.
Take not your loving kindness from us,
  for the sake of Abraham, your beloved;
  and Isaac your servant,
  and Israel your holy one.
You told them you would multiply their seed
  like the stars of the sky
  like the sand on the shores of the sea.
But we, Lord, are made the least of all nations.
Today we are brought low over all the earth
  on account of our sins.
Today there is no prince
  no prophet, no leader,
  no holocaust, no sacrifice.
No offering, no incense,
  no first-fruits offered to you
 – no way to obtain your mercy.
But in our contrite souls,
  in a spirit of humility,
  accept us, Lord.
Like a holocaust of rams and bulls,
  like fat sheep in their thousands,
  let our sacrifice be like these before you today.
Bring to fruition the quest of those who follow you,
  for those who trust in you can never be confounded.
And now we follow you with all our heart
  and we revere you and seek your face.
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.
O Lord, do not withdraw your favour from us.

Psalm 143 (144)
For victory and peace
I will sing a new song to you, O God.
Blessed be the Lord, my help,
  who trains my hands for battle,
  my fingers for war.
The Lord is kindness and strength,
  my refuge and my liberator.
He is my shield, and I trust in him –
  he places my people under his rule.
Lord, what is man, that you should take notice of him?
  The son of man, that you should give him respect?
For man is as nothing,
  his day is like a shadow that passes.
Lord, descend from your heavens,
  touch the mountains so that they smoke.
Brandish your lightnings and scatter my enemies,
  fire your arrows, sow confusion among them.
Send down your power from above,
  raise me and free me from the flooding waters,
from the power of those of foreign race,
  whose speeches are not to be trusted,
  who lift up their hands in perjury.
I will sing a new song to you, God:
  I will sound your praise on the ten-stringed harp.
You give victory to kings,
  you rescue David your servant
  from the swords of his enemies.
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 will sing a new song to you, O God.

Short ReadingJoel 2:12-13 ©
Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning. Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.

Short Responsory
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
And from the evil word.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
It is he who will free me from the snare of the hunters.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
The man who healed me told me, ‘Take up your bed and go in peace.’
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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 man who healed me told me, ‘Take up your bed and go in peace.’

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to God the Father, who gave his own Son, the Word made flesh, to be our bread of life.
May the message of Christ, in all its richness, live in our hearts.
Father, may we hear your voice this Lent and pass with Christ from death to life;
  may we celebrate his Easter feast with great joy and love.
May the message of Christ, in all its richness, live in our hearts.
Teach us to live by your Spirit,
  and help us to bring faith to those who doubt.
May the message of Christ, in all its richness, live in our hearts.
May the knowledge of Christ penetrate our minds and our hearts;
  may it find expression in all our ways of living.
May the message of Christ, in all its richness, live in our hearts.
Purify your Church in these days of salvation;
  make her the living witness of your presence in the world.
May the message of Christ, in all its richness, live in our hearts.

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.

By our Lenten prayer and observance, Lord,
  prepare our hearts to welcome the mystery of Easter
  and to proclaim the good news of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one 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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