Evening Prayer 3rd March 2017

John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788

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 35

  1. Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
    fight against those who fight against me!
  2. Take hold of shield and buckler,
    and rise up to help me!
  3. Draw the spear and javelin
    against my pursuers;
    say to my soul,
    ‘I am your salvation.’
  4. Let them be put to shame and dishonour
    who seek after my life.
    Let them be turned back and confounded
    who devise evil against me.
  5. Let them be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them on.
  6. Let their way be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
  7. For without cause they hid their net for me;
    without cause they dug a pit for my life.
  8. Let ruin come on them unawares.
    And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
    let them fall in it—to their ruin.
  9. Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
    exulting in his deliverance.
  10. All my bones shall say,
    ‘O Lord, who is like you?
    You deliver the weak
    from those too strong for them,
    the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’
  11. Malicious witnesses rise up;
    they ask me about things I do not know.
  12. They repay me evil for good;
    my soul is forlorn.
  13. But as for me, when they were sick,
    I wore sackcloth;
    I afflicted myself with fasting.
    I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,
  14. as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;
    I went about as one who laments for a mother,
    bowed down and in mourning.
  15. But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,
    they gathered together against me;
    ruffians whom I did not know
    tore at me without ceasing;
  16. they impiously mocked more and more,
    gnashing at me with their teeth.
  17. How long, O Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their ravages,
    my life from the lions!
  18. Then I will thank you in the great congregation;
    in the mighty throng I will praise you.
  19. Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,
    or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.
  20. For they do not speak peace,
    but they conceive deceitful words
    against those who are quiet in the land.
  21. They open wide their mouths against me;
    they say, ‘Aha, Aha,
    our eyes have seen it.’
  22. You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!
    O Lord, do not be far from me!
  23. Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defence,
    for my cause, my God and my Lord!
  24. Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
    according to your righteousness,
    and do not let them rejoice over me.
  25. Do not let them say to themselves,
    ‘Aha, we have our heart’s desire.’
    Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed you up.’
  26. Let all those who rejoice at my calamity
    be put to shame and confusion;
    let those who exalt themselves against me
    be clothed with shame and dishonour.
  27. Let those who desire my vindication
    shout for joy and be glad,
    and say evermore,
    ‘Great is the Lord,
    who delights in the welfare of his servant.’
  28. Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
    and of your praise all day long.

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 next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter). (St John 1.35-42)

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

God of mercy,
who inspired John and Charles Wesley with zeal for your gospel:
grant to all people boldness to proclaim your word
and a heart ever to rejoice in singing your praises;
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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