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Tuesday 22 July 2014    (other days)
Saint Mary Magdalen
 (Tuesday of week 16 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
Before we end our day, O Lord,
We make this prayer to you:
That you continue in your love
To guard your people here.
Give us this night untroubled rest
And build our strength anew:
Your Splendour driving far away
All darkness of the foe.
Our hearts’ desire to love you, Lord,
Watch over while we sleep,
That when the new day dawns on high
We may your praises sing.
All glory be to you, O Christ,
Who saved mankind from death
To share with you the Father’s love
And in the Spirit live.

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city
Jesus said to Mary: ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’
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.
Jesus said to Mary: ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
They have taken my Lord away and I do not know where they have put him.
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.
They have taken my Lord away and I do not know where they have put him.

CanticleEphesians 1
God the Saviour
Jesus said ‘Mary.’ She turned to him and said ‘Rabboni’ – which means Master.
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  who has blessed us, in Christ,
  with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
In love, he chose us before the creation of the world,
  to be holy and spotless in his sight.
He predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ,
  simply because it pleased him to do so.
This he did for the praise of the glory of his grace,
  of his free gift to us in his Beloved,
in whose blood we have gained redemption,
  and the forgiveness of our sins.
This he did according to the riches of his grace,
  which he gave us in abundance,
with all wisdom and discernment,
  revealing to us the mysteries of his will,
  because it pleased him to do so.
In this action he has planned, in the fulfilment of time,
  to bring all things together in Christ,
  from the heavens and from the earth.
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.
Jesus said ‘Mary.’ She turned to him and said ‘Rabboni’ – which means Master.

Short ReadingRomans 8:28-30 ©
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Short Responsory
Mary, do not weep: the Lord has risen from the dead.
Mary, do not weep: the Lord has risen from the dead.
Go to my brethren and tell them.
Mary, do not weep: the Lord has risen from the dead.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Mary, do not weep: the Lord has risen from the dead.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Mary came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, alleluia.
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.
Mary came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
With all the holy women let us praise our Saviour and call on him in prayer.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord Jesus, you said of the woman who was a sinner, ‘Her many sins are forgiven, because she has loved much’:
  grant us your forgiveness for our many sins.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord Jesus, women ministered to your needs on your saving journeys:
  open our eyes to see you in those who need our help.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord and master, Mary listened to your teaching and Martha did the serving:
  may our faith grow ever deeper and our love go out to others.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord Jesus, you called those who do God’s will your brother and sister and mother:
  teach us to live as members of your family.
Come, 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.

Almighty, ever-living God,
  your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
  made Mary Magdalen the first herald of Easter joy.
Grant that, following her example and her prayers,
  we may, in this life, proclaim the living Christ,
  and come to see him reigning in your glory.
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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