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Saturday 29 November 2014    (other days)
Saturday of week 34 in Ordinary Time
 or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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 140 (141)
Prayer in time of danger
Proclaim it, say to the peoples: Behold, God will come and save us.
O Lord, I call on you,
  hurry to my help:
  listen to my voice when I call.
When I make my prayer, let it rise like incense before you;
  when I raise my hands, let it be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard on my mouth, Lord,
  a watch upon my lips.
Do not let my heart turn to evil thoughts,
  to the planning of wicked deeds,
to alliance with wrongdoers.
  Let me not share in their delights.
Let the just man strike and rebuke me out of kindness;
  but sinners shall never anoint me with oil,
  or I would be an ally in their plans.
When they fall into the hands of harsh judges,
  they will see how kind my words were.
Like fragments of spoil after digging,
  their bones will lie scattered round the mouth of the underworld.
To you, Lord, to you my eyes are turned.
  I take refuge in you –
  preserve my life.
Protect me from the trap they have laid for me,
  save me from the snares of the wicked.
Let them be caught in their own nets, all of them,
  while I pass by in safety.
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.
Proclaim it, say to the peoples: Behold, God will come and save us.

Psalm 141 (142)
You are my refuge
Behold, the Lord will come, and all his holy ones with him. On that day a great light will appear. Alleluia.
My voice cries out to the Lord;
  my voice cries out its entreaty.
I pour out lamentation in his sight,
  I proclaim my troubles before him.
When my spirit is failing within me,
  still, Lord, you know my paths.
On the road I was travelling,
  they set up a trap for me.
I looked about me and saw
  there was no-one beside me to help.
I have nowhere to flee;
  and no-one will miss me.
I have cried to you, Lord,
  I have said: “you are my refuge, my share in the land of the living.
  Listen to my call for help, for I am crushed down.”
“Lead my spirit from prison, so that I may praise your name.
  The upright will gather around me, because you have restored me.”
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.
Behold, the Lord will come, and all his holy ones with him. On that day a great light will appear. Alleluia.

CanticlePhilippians 2
Christ, God's servant
The Lord will come with great might and all flesh will see him.
Jesus Christ, although he shared God’s nature,
  did not try to cling to his equality with God;
but emptied himself, took on the form of a slave,
  and became like a man:
not in appearance only,
  for he humbled himself by accepting death,
  even death on a cross.
For this, God has raised him high,
  and given him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend,
  in heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
and every tongue will proclaim
  “Jesus Christ is Lord,”
  to the glory of God the Father.
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 will come with great might and all flesh will see him.

Short Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ©
May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.

Short Responsory
Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
And grant us your salvation.
Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
See, the name of the Lord comes from afar. His splendour fills the whole world.
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.
See, the name of the Lord comes from afar. His splendour fills the whole world.

Prayers and intercessions
Before time began, the Word was with the Father; in the fulness of time he came to us through the Virgin Mary.
Come today through the Church, Lord Jesus.
All that came to be was alive with his life:
  may our lives be a light for men.
Come today through the Church, Lord Jesus.
The Word dwells with God:
  may we dwell with him in the Father’s love.
Come today through the Church, Lord Jesus.
The Word entered his own realm, and his own would not receive him.
  By responding to those who demand our care, may we welcome him into our hearts.
Come today through the Church, Lord Jesus.
The Word came among us, full of grace and truth;
  may all the dead be counted as children of God.
Come today through the Church, Lord Jesus.

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.

Grant, almighty Father,
that when Christ comes again we may go out to meet him
  bearing the harvest of good works achieved by your grace.
We pray that he will receive us into the company of the saints
  and call us into the kingdom of heaven.
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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