Evening Prayer 1st March 2017

 Ash Wednesday

THE PREPARATION

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving power among the nations.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 102

  1. Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    let my cry come to you.
  2. Do not hide your face from me
    on the day of my distress.
    Incline your ear to me;
    answer me speedily on the day when I call.
  3. For my days pass away like smoke,
    and my bones burn like a furnace.
  4. My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
    I am too wasted to eat my bread.
  5. Because of my loud groaning
    my bones cling to my skin.
  6. I am like an owl of the wilderness,
    like a little owl of the waste places.
  7. I lie awake;
    I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
  8. All day long my enemies taunt me;
    those who deride me use my name for a curse.
  9. For I eat ashes like bread,
    and mingle tears with my drink,
  10. because of your indignation and anger;
    for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.
  11. My days are like an evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.
  12. But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
    your name endures to all generations.
  13. You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
    for it is time to favour it;
    the appointed time has come.
  14. For your servants hold its stones dear,
    and have pity on its dust.
  15. The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory.
  16. For the Lord will build up Zion;
    he will appear in his glory.
  17. He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
    and will not despise their prayer.
  18. Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
    so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:
  19. that he looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
  20. to hear the groans of the prisoners,
    to set free those who were doomed to die;
  21. so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
    and his praise in Jerusalem,
  22. when peoples gather together,
    and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
  23. He has broken my strength in mid-course;
    he has shortened my days.
  24. ‘O my God,’ I say, ‘do not take me away
    at the mid-point of my life,
    you whose years endure
    throughout all generations.’
  25. Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
  26. They will perish, but you endure;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
    You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
  27. but you are the same, and your years have no end.
  28. The children of your servants shall live secure;
    their offspring shall be established in your presence.

Psalm 130

  1. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
  2. Lord, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my supplications!
  3. If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    Lord, who could stand?
  4. But there is forgiveness with you,
    so that you may be revered.
  5. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
  6. my soul waits for the Lord
    more than those who watch for the morning,
    more than those who watch for the morning.
  7. O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is great power to redeem.
  8. It is he who will redeem Israel
    from all its iniquities.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’ (St Luke 18.9-14)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

Come, let us return to the Lord,
for our God will richly pardon.

  1. And Mary said,
    ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
  2. and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
  3. for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
  4. for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
  5. His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
  6. He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
  7. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
  8. he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
  9. He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
  10. according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’ (St Luke 1.46-55)

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Come, let us return to the Lord,
for our God will richly pardon.

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Trusting in the compassion of God,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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