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Monday 23 July 2018    (other days)
Saint Bridget of Sweden, Patroness of Europe 
Feast

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
For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!
O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city
Lord, your servant rejoices, because you have saved her.
They filled me with joy when they said,
  “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city,
  whole and self-contained:
there the tribes have gone up,
  the tribes of the Lord –
the witness of Israel,
  to praise the Lord’s name.
For there are the thrones of justice,
  the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “Safety for those who care for you,
peace inside your walls,
  security within your ramparts!”
For my brethren and those near to me I will say
  “Peace be upon you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will call blessings upon you.
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, your servant rejoices, because you have saved her.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
Like everlasting foundations on a rock are the commandments of God in the heart of a good woman.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
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.
Like everlasting foundations on a rock are the commandments of God in the heart of a good woman.

CanticleEphesians 1
God the Saviour
God’s own right hand has given her strength: she will be blessed for ever.
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.
God’s own right hand has given her strength: she will be blessed for ever.

Short ReadingRomans 8:28-30 ©
Those he called, he justified
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Short Responsory
God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
He brought her to live in his holy dwelling-place.
God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
God has chosen her. He chose her before she was born.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
You have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.
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.
You have left all things and have followed me; you will be repaid a hundred times over, and gain eternal life.

Prayers and intercessions
Through the holy women let us pray to the Lord for all the needs of his Church.
Lord, remember your Church.
Through the women martyrs who overcame death with undying courage,
  strengthen your Church in time of trial.
Lord, remember your Church.
Through the married women who graced the lives of the human family,
  renew the Church in her apostolic mission.
Lord, remember your Church.
Through all the widows who sanctified loneliness with prayer and hospitality,
  make your Church a telling sign of your love for all the world.
Lord, remember your Church.
Through all the mothers who introduced their children to the kingdom of God and true human life in society,
  may your Church bring all men to eternal life and salvation.
Lord, remember your Church.
Through all the holy women who live in the light of your glory,
  grant to the faithful departed the everlasting vision of happiness.
Lord, remember your Church.

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,
  as Saint Bridget contemplated your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
  you revealed to her the mysteries of his passion.
Grant that we may rejoice, in time to come,
  in the revelation of your glory.
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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