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Thursday 20 August 2020    (other days)
Saint Bernard, Abbot, Doctor 
 on Thursday of week 20 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
Who are these like stars appearing,
these, before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
praising loud their heavenly King.
Who are these of dazzling brightness,
clothed in God’s own righteousness?
These, whose robes of purest whiteness,
shall their lustre still possess,
still untouched by time’s rude hand?
Whence came all this glorious band?
These are they who have contended
for their Saviour’s honour long,
wrestling on till life was ended,
following not the sinful throng;
these who well the fight sustained,
triumph through the Lamb have gained.
These are they whose hearts were riven,
sore with woe and anguish tried,
who in prayer full oft have striven
with the God they glorified;
now, their painful conflict o’er,
God has bid them weep no more.
These, the Almighty contemplating,
did as priests before him stand,
soul and body always waiting
day and night at his command:
now in God’s most holy place
blest they stand before his face.

Psalm 143 (144)
For victory and peace

The Lord is my love and my refuge: in him I place my trust.
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.
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 is my love and my refuge: in him I place my trust.

Psalm 143 (144)

Blessed the people whose God is the Lord.
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.
Raise me and free me from the power of strangers,
  whose speeches are not to be trusted,
  who lift up their hands in perjury.
Our sons are like growing saplings
  in the time of their youth.
Our daughters are like the carved columns
  that hold up the temple.
Our larders are full, overflowing with goodness –
our sheep fill the fields in uncountable thousands –
  our oxen are strong.
Our walls are not ruined and we are not exiles:
  in our streets there is no lamentation.
Blessed the people whose life is like this:
  happy the people whose God is the Lord.
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.
Blessed the people whose God is the Lord.

CanticleApocalypse 11

The Judgement

Victory and empire have now been won by our God.
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.
Victory and empire have now been won by our God.

Short ReadingJames 3:17-18 ©
The wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure. It also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Short Responsory
This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
The Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
This man became a teacher in the Church of God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
This man became a teacher in the Church of God.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

Bernard, doctor of the Church from whom teaching flowed like sweet honey, friend of the divine Bridegroom and herald telling of the wonders of the Virgin Mother; became famous in Clairvaux as a pastor of souls.
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.
Bernard, doctor of the Church from whom teaching flowed like sweet honey, friend of the divine Bridegroom and herald telling of the wonders of the Virgin Mother; became famous in Clairvaux as a pastor of souls.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to Christ, the high priest, who was appointed to represent men in their relations with God.
Lord, save your people.
Lord Jesus, in times past you have lighted the way for your people through wise and holy leaders;
  may Christians always enjoy this sign of your loving kindness.
Lord, save your people.
You forgave the sins of your people when holy pastors prayed;
  continually cleanse your Church through their powerful intercession.
Lord, save your people.
In the presence of their brothers, you anointed your holy ones and poured on them your Spirit;
  fill with your Holy Spirit all the leaders of your people.
Lord, save your people.
Nothing could ever separate the holy pastors from your love;
  do not lose even one of those whom you redeemed by your passion.
Lord, save your people.
Through the pastors of your Church you give your sheep eternal life, and no one can steal them from you;
  save the faithful departed, for whom you laid down your life.
Lord, save your people.

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,
  you made Saint Bernard burn with zeal for your house,
  and gave him grace to enkindle and enlighten others in your Church.
Grant that by his prayer
  we may be filled with the same spirit
  and always live as children of the light.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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