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Tuesday 2 September 2014    (other days)
Blessed André Grasset, Priest and Martyr
 or Tuesday of week 22 in Ordinary Time

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
Before we end our day, O Lord,
We make this prayer to you:
That you continue in your love
To guard your people here.
Give us this night untroubled rest
And build our strength anew:
Your Splendour driving far away
All darkness of the foe.
Our hearts’ desire to love you, Lord,
Watch over while we sleep,
That when the new day dawns on high
We may your praises sing.
All glory be to you, O Christ,
Who saved mankind from death
To share with you the Father’s love
And in the Spirit live.

Psalm 48 (49)
The uselessness of riches
You cannot serve both God and wealth.
All peoples, listen –
  all who live in the world, hear what I have to say:
humble and great together,
  rich and poor alike!
My mouth will speak wisdom,
  my inmost thoughts will bring good counsel.
I will turn my ears to a mystery,
  I will expound a riddle on the lyre.
Why should I be fearful in times of trouble,
  when the crimes of usurpers hem me in?
They trust in their own strength
  and glory in their great riches.
But, after all, man cannot redeem himself,
  he cannot ransom himself before God.
The price of his soul’s redemption is too great, he cannot pay it –
  the price of eternal death avoided.
He will see that even the wise die;
  the foolish and the stupid too will perish,
  and their riches will pass to others.
Their tombs will be homes to them for ever,
  their dwelling-place for all generations,
  even if the lands they owned are named after them.
Though he be full of honour, man will not endure:
  he is like the beasts of burden, that die;
  he is like the beasts that perish.
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.
You cannot serve both God and wealth.

Psalm 48 (49)
Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.
Those who trust in themselves – this is the road they take.
  This is the end of those who boast.
Like sheep they go down into the underworld,
  and death is their shepherd.
They will fall headlong into the grave:
  their faces will be eaten away,
  and the underworld will be their dwelling-place.
But God will ransom my life;
  truly he will lift me from the grasp of the underworld.
Do not fear, when a man becomes rich
  and the glory of his house increases.
When he dies, he will not take it with him,
  his glory will not follow him down to the grave.
Even if he calls himself blessed,
  says “see how they praise me for my success,”
still he will join his fathers,
  cut off from light, for ever.
Though he be full of honour, yet he does not understand.
  He is like the beasts of burden, that die;
  he is like the beasts that perish.
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.
Build up treasure for yourselves in heaven, says the Lord.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.
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.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.

Short ReadingRomans 3:23-25 ©
All have sinned and forfeited God’s glory, and all are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith.

Short Responsory
You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.
You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.
I will find happiness at your right hand for ever.
You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Do great things for us, O Lord, for you are mighty, and Holy is your name.
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.
Do great things for us, O Lord, for you are mighty, and Holy is your name.

Prayers and intercessions
Christ is the shepherd of his flock: he loves and cares for his people. We turn to him in trust and say:
Lord, we need your care.
Christ our Lord, you are pastor of all the ages,
  protect our Bishop, N., and all the pastors of your Church.
Lord, we need your care.
Be with those who are persecuted for their faith, and those cut off from the support of the Church:
  Good Shepherd, in their pain and isolation may they know your care.
Lord, we need your care.
Bring healing to the sick;
  give nourishment to the hungry.
Lord, we need your care.
We remember those who make our laws and those who apply them:
  Lord, give them wisdom and discernment.
Lord, we need your care.
Gather the flock for which you laid down your life:
  bring home to their Father’s house all who have died in your peace.
Lord, we need your care.

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.

Yours is the day and yours is the night, Lord God:
let the Sun of Justice shine so steadily in our hearts
  that we may come at length
  to that light where you dwell eternally.
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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