Evening Prayer 6th March 2017

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 44

  1. We have heard with our ears, O God,
    our ancestors have told us,
    what deeds you performed in their days,
    in the days of old:
  2. you with your own hand drove out the nations,
    but them you planted;
    you afflicted the peoples,
    but them you set free;
  3. for not by their own sword did they win the land,
    nor did their own arm give them victory;
    but your right hand, and your arm,
    and the light of your countenance,
    for you delighted in them.
  4. You are my King and my God;
    you command victories for Jacob.
  5. Through you we push down our foes;
    through your name we tread down our assailants.
  6. For not in my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
  7. But you have saved us from our foes,
    and have put to confusion those who hate us.
  8. In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name for ever.
    Selah
  9. Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
    and have not gone out with our armies.
  10. You made us turn back from the foe,
    and our enemies have taken spoil for themselves.
  11. You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
    and have scattered us among the nations.
  12. You have sold your people for a trifle,
    demanding no high price for them.
  13. You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
    the derision and scorn of those around us.
  14. You have made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughing-stock among the peoples.
  15. All day long my disgrace is before me,
    and shame has covered my face
  16. at the words of the taunters and revilers,
    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
  17. All this has come upon us,
    yet we have not forgotten you,
    or been false to your covenant.
  18. Our heart has not turned back,
    nor have our steps departed from your way,
  19. yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
    and covered us with deep darkness.
  20. If we had forgotten the name of our God,
    or spread out our hands to a strange god,
  21. would not God discover this?
    For he knows the secrets of the heart.
  22. Because of you we are being killed all day long,
    and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  23. Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
    Awake, do not cast us off for ever!
  24. Why do you hide your face?
    Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
  25. For we sink down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
  26. Rise up, come to our help.
    Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

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.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there for a few days. (St John 2.1-12)

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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