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Wednesday 23 April 2014    (other days)
Easter Wednesday

None (Afternoon 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
Eternal Father, loving God,
Who made us from the dust of earth,
Transform us by the Spirit’s grace,
Give value to our little worth.
Prepare us for that day of days
When Christ from heaven will come with might
To call us out of dust again,
Our bodies glorified in light.
O Godhead, here untouched, unseen,
All things created bear your trace;
The seed of glory sown in man
Will flower when we see your face.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

The psalms of the day are shown here. If you are reciting more than one daytime hour (Terce, Sext, None) today, use the psalms of the day at one hour and the complementary psalms at the others.

PSALMS OF THE DAY


Psalm 118(119): 9-16
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
How will the young retain purity?
  By obeying your word.
Wholeheartedly I have sought you:
  do not let me stray from your commandments.
I have treasured your promise in my heart
  so as not to sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord:
  teach me your judgements.
My lips have counted
  all the rulings your mouth has spoken.
I delight in following your decrees,
  uncountable riches.
I shall strive to follow your commands
  and to contemplate your ways.
I shall delight in your judgements:
  I shall not forget your words.
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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.

Psalm 27 (28)
Supplication and thanksgiving
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
To you, Lord, I make my cry.
  My God, do not refuse to speak to me.
Do not be silent
  or I will be like those who go down into the underworld.
Listen to my cry as I plead with you,
  as I stretch out my hand to your holy temple.
Do not drag me away like the wicked,
  like those who do evil.
They speak peace to their neighbour
  but evil is in their hearts.
Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my plea.
  God is my help and my protection.
My heart hoped in him, and I received help.
  My heart rejoices, I will sing songs to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
  a safe refuge for his anointed.
Lord, save your people
  and bless your inheritance.
Pasture them and carry them
  for all eternity.
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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.

Psalm 115 (116B)
Thanksgiving in the Temple
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
Still I trusted, even when I said
  “I am greatly afflicted,”
when I said in my terror,
  “all men are liars.”
How shall I repay the Lord
  for all he has done for me?
I will take up the cup of salvation
  and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
  before all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
  is the death of his faithful.
O Lord, I am your servant,
  your maidservant’s son.
You have torn apart my chains:
  I will make you a sacrifice of praise,
  I will call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
  before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
  within your walls, Jerusalem.
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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
OR:

At the daytime hours (Terce, Sext, None) when you don’t choose to use the psalms of the day, use the complementary psalms instead.

COMPLEMENTARY PSALMS


Psalm 125 (126)
Gladness and hope in the Lord
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
Among the Gentiles they were saying,
  “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
  and filled us with rejoicing.
Give us back our captives, O Lord,
  as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord
  and walk in his ways.
The food you have worked for, you will eat:
  God’s blessing will bring you good things.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
  on the side of your house.
Your children will be like olive shoots,
  seated round your table.
See, this is how the man is blessed
  who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion:
  may you see the wealth of Jerusalem
  all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children.
  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.
Since you have been raised to life with Christ, you must look for the things of heaven, alleluia.

CONCLUSION


Short Reading
(Ephesians 4:23-24) ©
Let your spirits be renewed so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.

This is the day the Lord has made, alleluia.
Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.

Let us pray.
God our Father,
  you give us the joy of celebrating the Lord’s resurrection
  each passing year.
Let this yearly feast
  bring us to eternal joy.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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