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Saturday 27 December 2014    (other days)
Saint John, Apostle, Evangelist
Feast

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
O Light serene of God the Father’s glory,
To you, O Christ, we sing,
And with the evening star, at hour of sunset,
Our worship bring.
To Father, Son and God’s most Holy Spirit,
Eternal praise is due.
O Christ, who gave your life, the world gives glory
And thanks to you.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 112 (113)
Praise of the Lord's name
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Praise, servants of the Lord,
  praise the name of the Lord.
Let the Lord’s name be blessed,
  now and for ever.
From the sun’s rising to its setting,
  the Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high over all peoples,
  his glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who lives on high,
  who bends down to watch over heaven and earth?
He raises the weak from the ground,
  the poor from the dunghill,
raises them among the princes,
  the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a household,
  makes her the happy mother of children.
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.
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.

Psalm 147 (147B)
God, the foundation of Jerusalem
Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived this child by the Holy Spirit.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
 — Zion, praise your God.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
  he has blessed your children.
He keeps your borders in peace,
  he fills you with the richest wheat.
He sends out his command over the earth,
  and swiftly runs his word.
He sends down snow that is like wool,
  frost that is like ashes.
He sends hailstones like crumbs
 — who can withstand his cold?
He will send out his word, and all will be melted;
  his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.
He proclaims his word to Jacob,
  his laws and judgements to Israel.
He has not done this for other nations:
  he has not shown them his judgements.
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.
Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived this child by the Holy Spirit.

CanticleEphesians 1
God the Saviour
You are blessed, daughter, by the Lord your God; through you we partake of the fullness of life.
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  who has blessed us, in Christ,
  with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
In love, he chose us before the creation of the world,
  to be holy and spotless in his sight.
He predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ,
  simply because it pleased him to do so.
This he did for the praise of the glory of his grace,
  of his free gift to us in his Beloved,
in whose blood we have gained redemption,
  and the forgiveness of our sins.
This he did according to the riches of his grace,
  which he gave us in abundance,
with all wisdom and discernment,
  revealing to us the mysteries of his will,
  because it pleased him to do so.
In this action he has planned, in the fulfilment of time,
  to bring all things together in Christ,
  from the heavens and from the earth.
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 are blessed, daughter, by the Lord your God; through you we partake of the fullness of life.

Short Reading
2 Corinthians 8:9 ©
Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty.

Short Responsory
The Word became flesh.
The Word became flesh.
And he lived among us.
The Word became flesh.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Word became flesh.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Year B)
Or: The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They thought he was with the other pilgrims, and they sought him among their relations and friends.
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.
When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Year B)
Or: The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They thought he was with the other pilgrims, and they sought him among their relations and friends.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us adore the Son of the living God, who became son in a human family.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By your obedience to Mary and Joseph,
  teach us how to respect proper authority and order.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By the love that filled your home,
  give our families the grace of loving harmony and peace.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
Your first intent was the honour of your Father.
  May God be the heart of all our family life.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
Your parents found you teaching in your Father’s house.
  Help us, like you, to seek first the Father’s will.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.
By your reunion with Mary and Joseph in the joy of heaven,
  welcome our dead into the family of the saints.
Lord Jesus, bless our families.

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,
  in the Holy Family of Nazareth
  you have given us the true model of a Christian home.
Grant that by following Jesus, Mary and Joseph
  in their love for each other and in the example of their family life,
  we may come to your home of peace and joy.
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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