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Tuesday 31 March 2015    (other days)
Tuesday of Holy Week

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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.

Hymn
Sing my tongue, the glorious battle,
  Sing the ending of the fray;
To the Cross, our noble trophy,
  Here a fitting tribute pay,
Telling how the world’s Redeemer,
  Slain as victim, won the day.
Tell how, when at length the fullness
  Of the appointed time was come,
He, the Word, was born of woman,
  Left for us his Father’s home,
Showed to men the perfect manhood,
  Shone as light amidst the gloom.
Now the thirty years are ended
  Which on earth he willed to see,
Willingly he meets his Passion,
  Born to set his people free;
On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
  There the sacrifice to be.
Faithful Cross, above all other,
  One and only noble Tree,
None in foliage, none in blossom,
  None in fruit thy peer may be;
Sweet the wood and sweet the iron,
  And the load, most sweet is he.
Unto God be praise and glory:
  To the Father and the Son,
To the eternal Spirit, honour
  Now and evermore be done;
Praise and glory in the highest,
  While the timeless ages run.

Psalm 42 (43)
Longing for the temple
Lord, plead my case; from deceitful and cunning men rescue me.
Vindicate me, Lord:
  judge my case against an unholy nation,
  rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.
For you are the God of my refuge;
  why have you rejected me?
  why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?
Send forth your light and your truth;
  let them lead me away,
  let them lead me up your holy mountain,
  up to your sanctuary.
I shall go in to the altar of God,
  to the God of my gladness and joy.
I will sing out to you on the lyre,
  O God, my God.
Why are you so sad, my soul,
  and anxious within me?
Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
  my saviour and my God.
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.
Lord, plead my case; from deceitful and cunning men rescue me.

CanticleIsaiah 38
The psalm of Hezekiah on recovering from sickness
Lord, you have defended the cause of my soul; you have redeemed my life, Lord my God.
I said, in the middle of my days
  I am going to the gates of the underworld.
  Where shall I find the remainder of my years?
I said, I will not see the Lord God in the land of the living,
  I will never see another of the inhabitants of the earth.
My dwelling-place is taken away, taken far away from me,
  like the tent of a shepherd.
Like a weaver, he has rolled up my life
  and cut it off from the loom.
From morning to night,
  you have made an end of me.
I cried for help till daybreak;
  like a lion, he has crushed all my bones.
From morning to night,
  you have made an end of me.
I twitter like a fledgling sparrow,
  make noises like a dove.
My eyes are weak
  from looking upward.
But you have pulled my soul out of the pit of destruction,
  you have put all my sins behind you.
For after all, the underworld will not proclaim you,
  nor death praise you;
those who go down there
  do not wait in hope for your faithfulness.
It is the living, the living who will proclaim you,
  as I do today.
Fathers will pass on to their children
  the truth of your faithfulness.
Save me, Lord,
  and to the sound of the harp we will sing to you,
all the days of our life,
  in the house 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.
Lord, you have defended the cause of my soul; you have redeemed my life, Lord my God.

Psalm 64 (65)
A solemn thanksgiving
My servant, the Just One, will justify many: he will take their faults on himself.
To you we owe praise, O God, in Zion;
  to you we will fulfil our vows, in Jerusalem.
It is you who answer prayers:
  to you must all men come,
  because we are sinners;
even if our transgressions overwhelm us,
  you will blot them out.
Blessed is the man you have taken up and chosen:
  he will live within your halls.
We shall be filled with the good things of your house,
  with the holiness of your temple.
Marvellous is the justice with which you listen to us,
  God of our salvation,
  hope of all the earth and far-off coasts.
You make firm the mountains in their place,
  clothed in your power and might.
You make still the roaring of the sea,
  the crash of its waves; and the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at the ends of the earth
  will tremble at your wonders.
You will fill the east and the west with joy.
You have come to the earth, you have filled it,
  saturated it with fruitfulness.
The river of God is filled with water,
  as you prepare the harvest:
for thus you have prepared the land,
  watering its furrows,
  smoothing its roughnesses,
  softening it with showers,
  blessing the seeds within it.
You have crowned the year with your kindness.
  Your footsteps will drip with fruitfulness.
The desert pastures will be soaked,
  the hills will be wrapped in rejoicing.
The fields will be clothed with flocks,
  the vales overflow with corn.
They will cry out, and sing your praise.
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.
My servant, the Just One, will justify many: he will take their faults on himself.

Short Reading
Zechariah 12:10-11 ©
Over the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem I will pour out a spirit of kindness and prayer. They will look on the one whom they have pierced; they will mourn for him as for an only son, and weep for him as people weep for a first-born child. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Judah.

Short Responsory
You have redeemed us, Lord, by your blood.
You have redeemed us, Lord, by your blood.
From every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
You have redeemed us, Lord, by your blood.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, by your blood.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Father, glorify me in your own presence, with the glory which I had with you before the world began.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
Father, glorify me in your own presence, with the glory which I had with you before the world began.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray earnestly to Christ our Saviour, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection.
Lord, have mercy on us.
You went up to Jerusalem to endure the passion and enter into glory;
  lead your Church into the paschal feast of eternal life.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Your heart was pierced with a lance;
  heal the wounds of our human weakness.
Lord, have mercy on us.
You made your cross the tree of life;
  share your victory with all the baptized.
Lord, have mercy on us.
You gave salvation to the repentant thief;
  pardon all our sins.
Lord, have mercy on us.

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.

All-powerful, ever-living God,
  may our sacramental celebration of the Lord’s passion
  bring us your forgiveness.
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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