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Wednesday 6 May 2015    (other days)
Wednesday of the 5th week of Eastertide

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 23 (24)
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
(repeat antiphon*)
The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
  the world and all who live in it.
He himself founded it upon the seas
  and set it firm over the waters.
(repeat antiphon*)
Who will climb the mountain of the Lord?
  Who will stand in his holy place?
The one who is innocent of wrongdoing and pure of heart,
  who has not given himself to vanities or sworn falsely.
He will receive the blessing of the Lord
  and be justified by God his saviour.
This is the way of those who seek him,
  seek the face of the God of Jacob.
(repeat antiphon*)
Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
  and let the king of glory enter.
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord of might and power.
  The Lord, strong in battle.
(repeat antiphon*)
Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors,
  and let the king of glory enter.
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord of hosts
 – he is the king of glory.
(repeat antiphon*)
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 has truly risen, alleluia.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymn
Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky,
Heav’n thunders forth its victor cry:
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
And groaning hell makes wild reply.
While he, the King of sovereign might,
Treads down death’s strength in death’s despite,
And trampling hell by victor’s right,
Brings forth his sleeping saints to light.
Fast barred beneath the stone of late,
In watch and ward where soldiers wait,
Now shining in triumphant state,
He rises victor from death’s gate.
Hell’s pains are loosed and tears are fled:
Captivity is captive led:
The angel, crowned with light, hath said:
‘The Lord is risen from the dead.’
Author of all, be thou our guide
In this our joy of Eastertide;
Whene’er assaults of death impend,
Thy people strengthen and defend.
To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Psalm 35 (36)
The sinner's wickedness; God's goodness
In you, Lord, is the source of life. Alleluia.
Evil whispers to the sinner in the depths of his heart:
  the fear of God does not stand before his eyes.
Evil’s flattering light disguises his wickedness,
  so that he does not hate it.
His words are false and deceitful,
  he no longer considers how to do good.
Even when in bed he plots mischief;
  he follows the wrong path; he does not hate malice.
Lord, your mercy fills the heavens,
  your faithfulness rises to the sky.
Your justice is like the mountains of God,
  your judgements are like the deeps of the sea.
Lord, you protect both men and beasts.
How precious is your kindness, O God!
  The sons of men will take shelter under your wings;
they will eat their fill from the riches of your house,
  drink all they want from the stream of your joy.
For with you is the spring of life-giving water.
  In your light we shall see true light.
Hold out your mercy to those who know you,
  offer your justice to the upright in heart.
Let me not be crushed under the heels of the proud,
  nor dispossessed by the hands of sinners.
The doers of evil have fallen where they stood,
  they are cast down and cannot rise.
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.
In you, Lord, is the source of life. Alleluia.

CanticleJudith 16
The Lord, creator of the world, protects his people
You sent forth your Spirit, and they were created. Alleluia.
Make music to my God with drums,
  sing to my Lord with cymbals.
Begin a new song to him,
  extol and call upon his name.
You are the God who crushes battle-lines,
  you set up your camp among your people,
  you save me from the grip of my persecutors.
I will sing a new song to God:
  Lord, you are great and glorious,
  wonderful in your unconquerable power.
Let all your creatures serve you,
  for you spoke and they were made,
you sent forth your spirit, and they were created:
  there is no-one who can resist your command.
For the mountains will be shaken to their roots,
  the seas will be stirred up,
  at your sight the rocks will melt like wax –
but to those who fear you,
  you will show your loving kindness.
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 sent forth your Spirit, and they were created. Alleluia.

Psalm 46 (47)
The Lord is King
God is king of all the earth: sing praise with all your skill. Alleluia.
All nations, clap your hands;
  cry out to God in exultation,
for the Lord, the Most High, is greatly to be feared,
  and King over all the earth.
He has made whole peoples our subjects,
  put nations beneath our feet.
He has chosen our inheritance for us,
  the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
God ascends amid rejoicing,
  the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing to God, sing praise.
  Sing to our king, sing praise.
God is king over the whole earth:
  sing to him with all your skill.
God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The nobles of the peoples join together
  with the people of the God of Abraham,
for to God belong the armies of the earth;
  he is high above all things.
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.
God is king of all the earth: sing praise with all your skill. Alleluia.

Short ReadingRomans 6:8-11 ©
We believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

Short Responsory
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
For our sake he died on the cross, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has risen from the dead, alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
‘I am the true vine,’ alleluia, ‘and you are the branches,’ alleluia.
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.
‘I am the true vine,’ alleluia, ‘and you are the branches,’ alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to Christ, who was put to death for our sins and rose to life for our justification.
Lord, save us by your victory.
Christ our Saviour, you have overcome death to give us joy and have risen to lift us to the heights;
  awaken our hearts and make us holy this day by the gift of the Spirit.
Lord, save us by your victory.
Angels in heaven praise you, men on earth adore you;
  in this Easter season let us worship you in spirit and in truth.
Lord, save us by your victory.
Lord Jesus, look with kindness on your people who hope for the resurrection;
  have mercy on us today and keep us from all evil.
Lord, save us by your victory.
Christ, our life, we look forward to the day of your coming;
  let us appear with you and share in your glory.
Lord, save us by your victory.

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,
  you love innocence of heart,
  and when it is lost you alone can restore it.
Turn then our hearts to you,
  and kindle in them the fire of your Spirit,
so that we may be steadfast in faith
  and unwearied in good works.
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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