Evening Prayer 5th March 2017

 The First Sunday of Lent

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 103

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
  2. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
  3. who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
  4. who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
  5. who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  6. The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
  7. He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
  8. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  9. He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger for ever.
  10. He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
  11. For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
  12. as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.
  13. As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
  14. For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.
  15. As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
  16. for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
  17. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
  18. to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
  19. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
  20. Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    obedient to his spoken word.
  21. Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers that do his will.
  22. Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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.

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’ (St Mark 2.18-22)

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 God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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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