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Tuesday 30 May 2017    (other days)
Tuesday of the 7th week of Eastertide 
 or Saint John Sarkander, Priest, Martyr 
 or Saint Zdzisława 

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
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav’nly throne.
Come, take possession of our souls
and make them all thine own.
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
blest gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.
Thou who art sev’nfold in thy grace,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts in-flame;
and with thy strength, which ne’er decays
confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our deadly foe,
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.
Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th’eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessèd Three in One.

Psalm 124 (125)
The Lord guards his people
Peace be with you, it is I: do not be afraid. Alleluia.
Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Zion:
  it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.
Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
  and the Lord stands guard over his people,
  both now and for ever.
The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
  upon the inheritance of the just;
lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
  and turn to wickedness.
Be good, O Lord, to the good
  and the upright of heart.
As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
  the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
Peace be on Israel!
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.
Peace be with you, it is I: do not be afraid. Alleluia.

Psalm 130 (131)
Childlike trust in God
O Israel, hope in the Lord. Alleluia.
Lord, I do not puff myself up or stare about,
  or walk among the great or seek wonders beyond me.
Truly calm and quiet I have made my spirit:
  quiet as a weaned child in its mother’s arms –
  like an infant is my soul.
Let Israel hope in the Lord, now and for all time.
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 Israel, hope in the Lord. Alleluia.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
May your whole creation serve you, for you spoke and they came into being. Alleluia.
You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
  to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things,
  and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
You are worthy, Lord,
  to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed,
  and with your blood you have ransomed people
  from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God;
  and they will rule over the earth.
The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
  to receive power and riches and wisdom,
  strength and honour, glory and blessing.
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.
May your whole creation serve you, for you spoke and they came into being. Alleluia.

Short Reading1 Peter 2:4-5 ©
The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.

Short Responsory
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate, alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate, alleluia, alleluia.
He will teach you everything.
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Advocate, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The power of the Holy Spirit will come into you; you will be my witnesses to the very ends of the earth. Alleluia.
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 power of the Holy Spirit will come into you; you will be my witnesses to the very ends of the earth. Alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
To Christ be honour and glory. He has made his people sharers of the Holy Spirit.
Christ, hear us.
Send from the Father the Holy Spirit into the Church;
  may he purify, strengthen and perfect it.
Christ, hear us.
Guide rulers and governments by your Holy Spirit;
  give them the gifts of wisdom and courage.
Christ, hear us.
Send your Holy Spirit to the poor;
  help and support all those who are in need.
Christ, hear us.
We pray for your servants who are stewards of God’s mysteries;
  keep them always faithful to their ministry of grace.
Christ, hear us.
Grant to the bodies and souls of the dead the fulness of redemption;
  strengthen us in your passion, resurrection and ascension.
Christ, hear us.

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 of power and mercy,
  grant that when the Holy Spirit comes
he may dwell in us
  and make us a temple filled with his glory.
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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