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Tuesday 28 June 2016    (other days)
Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr 
 (Tuesday of week 13 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
Now let the heavens with joy resound,
And earth the chant re-echo round;
Nor heaven nor earth too high can raise
The great Apostles’ glorious praise.
Theirs was the steadfast faith of saints,
The unconquered hope that never faints,
The perfect love of Christ to know,
That lays the praise of this world low.
In them the Father’s glory shone,
In them the Spirit’s will was done;
The Son’s glad praise to them is given,
With joy resound the courts of heaven.
To thee, Redeemer, now we cry,
That with this glorious band on high,
Through endless ages, by thy grace,
Thy servants also may have place.

Psalm 116 (117)
Praise of the merciful Lord
‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!’
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.
‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!’

Psalm 147 (147B)
God, the foundation of Jerusalem
You are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem
 — Zion, praise your God.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
  he has blessed your children.
He keeps your borders in peace,
  he fills you with the richest wheat.
He sends out his command over the earth,
  and swiftly runs his word.
He sends down snow that is like wool,
  frost that is like ashes.
He sends hailstones like crumbs
 — who can withstand his cold?
He will send out his word, and all will be melted;
  his spirit will breathe, and the waters will flow.
He proclaims his word to Jacob,
  his laws and judgements to Israel.
He has not done this for other nations:
  he has not shown them his judgements.
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 are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church.

CanticleEphesians 1
God the Saviour
You are the chosen instrument of God, Saint Paul, apostle, the preacher of truth in all the world.
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.
You are the chosen instrument of God, Saint Paul, apostle, the preacher of truth in all the world.

Short ReadingRomans 1:1-3,7 ©
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus who has been called to be an apostle, and specially chosen to preach the Good News of his Son that God promised long ago through his prophets in the scriptures. To you all, who are God’s beloved in Rome, called to be saints, may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send grace and peace.

Short Responsory
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and feared no one.
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and feared no one.
They gave testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and feared no one.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and feared no one.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Glorious are the apostles of Christ; they loved each other in this life; they are not separated in death.
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.
Glorious are the apostles of Christ; they loved each other in this life; they are not separated in death.

Prayers and intercessions
We pray to Christ who built his Church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.
Lord, be with your people.
Simon the fisherman was called by you to be a fisher of men:
  call others today to share in his task.
Lord, be with your people.
When the disciples feared that the ship was sinking, you commanded the sea and there was calm:
  protect your Church in the midst of trouble, and give her the peace that the world cannot give.
Lord, be with your people.
After your resurrection you gathered your Church around Peter:
  gather all your people now into the unity for which you prayed.
Lord, be with your people.
You sent Paul as an apostle to all men:
  let your good news be preached today through all creation.
Lord, be with your people.
You entrusted the keys of your kingdom to your Church:
  open the gates of life to the dead who put their trust in you.
Lord, be with your people.

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 our God,
  may the blessed apostles Peter and Paul support us by their prayers.
Through them you first taught your Church
  the Christian faith.
Provide us now, by their intercession,
  with help for our eternal salvation.
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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