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Saturday 21 December 2019    (other days)
21 December 
 (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor)

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 come, now Rod of Jesse’s stem,
From every foe deliver them
That trust your mighty power to save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
O come, now Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
O come, now Day-spring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid now our sad divisions cease,
And be yourself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city

See, the one desired by all the peoples will come, and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory. Alleluia.
They filled me with joy when they said,
  “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city,
  whole and self-contained:
there the tribes have gone up,
  the tribes of the Lord –
the witness of Israel,
  to praise the Lord’s name.
For there are the thrones of justice,
  the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “Safety for those who care for you,
peace inside your walls,
  security within your ramparts!”
For my brethren and those near to me I will say
  “Peace be upon you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will call blessings upon you.
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 one desired by all the peoples will come, and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory. Alleluia.

Psalm 129 (130)
Out of the depths

Come, Lord, do not delay: release your people Israel from their bonds.
Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord:
  Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears listen out
  for the voice of my pleading.
If you took notice of our transgressions, Lord –
  Lord, who would be left?
But with you is forgiveness,
  and for this we revere you.
I rely on you, Lord,
  my spirit relies on your promise;
my soul hopes in the Lord,
  more than the watchman for daybreak.
More than the watchman for daybreak,
  let Israel hope in the Lord:
for with the Lord there is kindness
  and abundant redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
  from all its transgressions.
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.
Come, Lord, do not delay: release your people Israel from their bonds.

CanticlePhilippians 2

Christ, God's servant

Behold, now the appointed time has come for God to send his Son into the world.
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.
Behold, now the appointed time has come for God to send his Son into the world.

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

O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
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.
O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Prayers and intercessions
Before time began, the Word was with the Father; in the fullness 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.

Lord, open our hearts to your grace.
Through the angel’s message to Mary
  we have learned to believe in the incarnation of Christ your Son:
lead us by his passion and cross
  to the glory of his resurrection.
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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