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Saturday 21 April 2018    (other days)
Saint Maelrubha, Abbot 
 or Saturday of the 3rd week of Eastertide 
 or Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop, Doctor 

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. Alleluia.

Hymn
All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
  Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
  To crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
  Who from his altar call;
Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
  Whom David Lord did call;
The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Let every tribe and every tongue
  To him their hearts enthral,
Lift high the universal song,
  And crown him Lord of all.

Psalm 118 (119): 145-152
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Alleluia.
I call on you with all my heart –
  answer me, Lord.
  I will obey your laws.
I call on you –
  save me
  so that I can keep your decrees.
At first light I cry to you,
  I put all my hope in your word.
In the night I keep watch,
  pondering your sayings.
In your mercy, Lord, hear my voice;
  in your justice, give me life.
My persecutors come to do me harm:
  they are far from your law.
But you, Lord, are near to me,
  and you are trustworthy in all your precepts.
From the beginning I have known your decrees,
  how you have made them to last 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.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Alleluia.

CanticleWisdom 9
Lord, give me wisdom
Lord, you have set up your temple and altar on your holy mountain. Alleluia.
God of my fathers and Lord of mercy,
  who made all things by your word;
  who in your wisdom set man to rule over all that you created
 – to arrange the world in holiness and justice
 – to make right judgements according to the guidance of his heart:
give me Wisdom, who stands by your throne,
  and let me not be unworthy to be your servant.
For I am your slave and the son of your servant-girl,
  a man, weak, short-lived,
  slow to understand your judgements and laws.
Even the highest of the children of men
 – if your wisdom is absent – counts for nothing.
With you abides Wisdom, who knows your works.
  She was with you when you made the world.
  She knew what was pleasing to your eyes.
  She saw what was right according to your precepts.
Send your Wisdom from the highest heaven;
  send her from the throne of your greatness;
  that she may abide with me and work with me,
  so that I may know what it is that pleases you.
For Wisdom knows everything, and understands;
  she will lead me wisely in what I do,
  and protect me in her glory.
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 set up your temple and altar on your holy mountain. Alleluia.

Psalm 116 (117)
Praise of the merciful Lord
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, all nations; all peoples, praise him.
For his mercy is strong over us and his faithfulness is 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.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Alleluia.

Short ReadingRomans 12:1-2 ©
The word of the Lord has meant insult for me
Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.

Short Responsory
The just shall rejoice in the sight of God. Alleluia, alleluia.
The just shall rejoice in the sight of God. Alleluia, alleluia.
They shall be filled with gladness.
The just shall rejoice in the sight of God. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The just shall rejoice in the sight of God. Alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Whoever does the will of my Father, says the Lord, is my brother, and sister, and mother. 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.
Whoever does the will of my Father, says the Lord, is my brother, and sister, and mother. Alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us praise Christ, the holy God, and ask that we may serve him in justice and holiness all the days of our life.
Lord, you alone are holy.
You were tempted in every way that we are, but you did not sin;
  Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.
Lord, you alone are holy.
You have called us to grow in love until there is no longer fear;
  Lord Jesus, make us holy.
Lord, you alone are holy.
You have told us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world;
  Lord Jesus, enlighten our minds and hearts.
Lord, you alone are holy.
In a world of human need it was your will to serve and not to be served;
  let us become like you, Lord Jesus, in the humble service of our brothers.
Lord, you alone are holy.
You are the radiant brightness of God’s glory, the perfect likeness of his nature;
  Lord Jesus, let us see the splendour of your face.
Lord, you alone are holy.

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.

Give us grace, Lord,
amid the changing scenes of this life,
to set our hearts firmly on the things of heaven,
even as you gave us an example of the perfect life of the Gospel
through your saint, Abbot N..
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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