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Thursday 18 September 2014    (other days)
Thursday of week 24 in Ordinary Time

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

Psalm 118(119): 153-160
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord.
See my distress, and rescue me,
  since I have not forgotten your law.
Give judgement in my case and redeem me;
  give me life, as you have promised.
The wicked are far from salvation:
  they have not sought out your judgements.
Your acts of kindness are many:
  Lord, give me life as you have decreed.
How many pursue me and trouble me!
  But I have not abandoned your decrees.
I have seen liars and they disgust me,
  since they have ignored your promises.
Lord, see how I love your commandments!
  In your loving kindness, give me life.
Truth lies behind all your words:
  justice makes your judgements last 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.
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord.

Psalm 127 (128)
Peaceful life in the Lord
May the Lord bless you and may you see peace all the days of your life.
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.
May the Lord bless you and may you see peace all the days of your life.

Psalm 128 (129)
The renewed faith of an afflicted people
The Lord will destroy your enemies for you.
Let Israel say: ‘They have attacked me
  again and again from my youth.
Again and again from my youth –
  but they could never defeat me.
My back has been scored by ploughmen
  ploughing long furrows.
But the Lord, the Righteous One,
  has broken the necks of the wicked.’
May all who hate Zion
  be thrown back in utter confusion.
Like the grass that grows on the roof
  that withers before it flowers.
He who harvests it is empty-handed;
  his arms are empty of its sheaves.
Those who go past do not say
  ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you,
  we bless you in the name of 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.
The Lord will destroy your enemies for you.

Short ReadingHebrews 12:1-2 ©
We should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne.

My heart hopes in the Lord.
My soul relies on his word.

Let us pray.
Lord, in answer to our prayer
  give us patience in suffering hardships
after the example of your Only-Begotten Son,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

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