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Sunday 26 October 2014    (other days)
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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
Holy God, we praise thy name;
Lord of all, we bow before thee!
All on earth thy sceptre own,
All in heaven above adore thee.
Infinite thy vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn,
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Holy Father, holy Son,
Holy Spirit, three we name thee.
While in essence only one
Undivided God we claim thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
Spare thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded;
Keep us without sin today;
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
Christ the Lord is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. Alleluia.
The Lord has said to my lord:
  “Sit at my right hand
  while I make your enemies your footstool.”
From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,
  and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,
  among the sacred splendours.
  Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.
The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
  “You are a priest for ever,
  a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”
The Lord is at your right hand,
  and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.
He will drink from the stream as he goes –
  he will hold his head high.
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.
Christ the Lord is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. Alleluia.

Psalm 113B (115)
Praise of the true God
Our God is in heaven; he has power to do whatever he will. Alleluia.
Not to us, Lord, not to us,
  but to your own name give the glory,
  because of your kindness and faithfulness.
Why should the nations say:
  “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens,
  and what he wills, he does.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
  the work of human hands.
They have mouths but do not speak,
  they have eyes but do not see.
They have ears but do not hear,
  they have nostrils but do not smell.
They have hands but they do not feel,
  they have feet but they do not walk;
  no voice comes from their throats.
Their makers will be like them,
  and all who put their trust in them.
The house of Israel trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The house of Aaron trusts in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
All who fear the Lord trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
The Lord has remembered us and he will bless us.
He will bless the house of Israel,
  he will bless the house of Aaron –
  he will bless all who fear the Lord.
May the Lord add to your numbers
  and to those of your children.
May the Lord bless you,
  the Lord who made heaven and earth.
The heavens are the Lord’s,
  but the earth he has given to men.
It is not the dead who will praise you, O Lord,
  nor those who go down into the silence;
but we, who live, will bless the Lord,
  now and 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.
Our God is in heaven; he has power to do whatever he will. Alleluia.

Canticle(Apocalypse 19)
The wedding of the Lamb
Praise God, all you his servants, both great and small. Alleluia.
Alleluia.
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
  because his judgements are true and just.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
Praise our God, all his servants,
  and you who fear him, small and great.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
For the Lord reigns, our God, the Almighty:
  let us rejoice and exult and give him glory.
Alleluia.
Alleluia.
The marriage of the Lamb has come,
  and his spouse has made herself ready.
Alleluia.
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.
Praise God, all you his servants, both great and small. Alleluia.

Short Reading
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ©
We feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Short Responsory
Great is our Lord; great is his might.
Great is our Lord; great is his might.
His wisdom can never be measured.
Great is our Lord; great is his might.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Great is our Lord; great is his might.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
You must love the Lord your God; you must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also. (Year A)
Or: The publican went home justified, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.
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.
You must love the Lord your God; you must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also. (Year A)
Or: The publican went home justified, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.

Prayers and intercessions
Through the gospel, the Lord Jesus calls us to share in his glory. Let us make our prayer with him to our heavenly Father.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We pray for all nations:
  that they may seek the way that leads to peace, that human rights and freedom may be everywhere respected, and that the world’s resources may be generously shared.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We pray for the Church:
  that her leaders may be faithful ministers of your word, that all her members may be strong in faith and hope and that you may be recognized in the love she bears to all.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We pray for our families, and the community in which we live:
  that we may find you in them.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We pray for ourselves:
  that in the coming week we may serve others in our work, and find peace when we rest.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
We pray for the faithful departed:
  that through your mercy they may rest in peace.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

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 God, deepen our faith,
  strengthen our hope,
  enkindle our love;
and so that we may obtain what you promise,
  make us love what you command.
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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