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Tuesday 28 March 2017    (other days)
Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent 

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.

Hymn
Sole hope of all the world and Lord,
Bestower of the great reward,
Receive the prayers thy servants raise
Mixed with meet psalms and chants of praise.
And though our conscience doth proclaim
Our deep transgressions and our shame,
Cleanse us, O God, we humbly plead,
From sins of thought and word and deed.
Our sins remember thou no more;
Forgive: thou art of mighty pow’r:
So take upon thee, Lord, our care
That pure in heart we make our prayer.
Therefore accept, O Lord, this tide
Of fast which thou hast sanctified,
That we may reach by mystic ways
The sacraments of Easter days.

Psalm 136 (137)
By the rivers of Babylon
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
By the rivers of Babylon
  we sat and wept
  remembering Zion.
On the willow-trees of Babylon
  we hung up our harps.
In that place they asked us,
  those who had captured us,
  to sing them a song:
“Sing us,” they said,
  “a song of Zion.”
They had brought us affliction
  and asked us for joy.
How shall we sing the songs of the Lord
  in a foreign land?
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
  send my right hand to oblivion;
let my tongue stick in my throat
  if I do not remember –
if I do not rank Jerusalem
  the first of my joys.
Remember, Lord, the Edomites
  on the day of Jerusalem:
  “Raze it,” they said, “to the ground.”
Babylon’s daughter, destroyer –
  blessed be he that takes his revenge,
  that smashes your child on a rock.
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 I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!

Psalm 137 (138)
Thanksgiving
Before the angels I will bless you, my God.
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart,
  for you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will make music to you,
  worship before your holy temple.
I will praise your name
  because of your mercy and faithfulness:
  high above all other names is the greatness of your word.
Each day that I call on you, Lord,
  listen to me, strengthen my spirit.
All the kings of the earth will proclaim your glory, Lord,
  when they hear your word.
They will sing of the paths of the Lord,
  so great is his glory.
For the Lord is on high
  but he cares for the humble;
  and he knows the proud from afar.
If I walk in the midst of troubles, you will give me life.
  If my enemies rise up against me,
  your right hand will keep me safe.
The Lord does all that I need.
  Lord, your kindness lasts for ever:
  do not forsake the work of your hands.
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.
Before the angels I will bless you, my God.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.
You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
  to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things,
  and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
You are worthy, Lord,
  to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed,
  and with your blood you have ransomed people
  from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God;
  and they will rule over the earth.
The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
  to receive power and riches and wisdom,
  strength and honour, glory and blessing.
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.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honour.

Short Reading
James 2:14,17,18 ©
Take the case, my brothers, of someone who has never done a single good act but claims that he has faith. Will that faith save him? Faith is like that: if good works do not go with it, it is quite dead. I will prove to you that I have faith by showing you my good deeds – now you prove to me that you have faith without any good deeds to show.

Short Responsory
I said: ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’
I said: ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’
‘Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.’
I said: ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
I said: ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Now you are well again: leave your sinful ways, or something worse may happen to you.
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.
Now you are well again: leave your sinful ways, or something worse may happen to you.

Prayers and intercessions
When the Lord Jesus was lifted up on the cross, he drew all things to himself. Let us glorify him in our prayer.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.
Lord, may your cross light up the darkness of the world;
  may it lead every man to you, the way, the truth and the life.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.
Give the true and living water to all who thirst for you;
  let it well up to eternal life.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.
Shed the light of your knowledge on scientists and artists;
  let their work make men more open to the coming of your kingdom.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.
Look on those who no longer walk with you because of scandal or sin;
  may they return to you and remain in your love.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.
Grant our dead a place in heaven;
  let them share the happiness of Mary and the saints.
Lord, draw all men to yourself.

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.

By our Lenten prayer and observance, Lord,
  prepare our hearts to welcome the mystery of Easter
  and to proclaim the good news of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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