Evening Prayer 7th March 2017

Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs, 203


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.


Psalm 47

  1. Clap your hands, all you peoples;
    shout to God with loud songs of joy.
  2. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
    a great king over all the earth.
  3. He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
  4. He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
  5. God has gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
  6. Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
  7. For God is the king of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm.
  8. God is king over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
  9. The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
    For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48

  1. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
    His holy mountain,
  2. beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
    Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
  3. Within its citadels God
    has shown himself a sure defence.
  4. Then the kings assembled,
    they came on together.
  5. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic, they took to flight;
  6. trembling took hold of them there,
    pains as of a woman in labour,
  7. as when an east wind shatters
    the ships of Tarshish.
  8. As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the Lord of hosts,
    in the city of our God,
    which God establishes for ever.
  9. We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
  10. Your name, O God, like your praise,
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Your right hand is filled with victory.
  11. Let Mount Zion be glad,
    let the towns of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgements.
  12. Walk about Zion, go all around it,
    count its towers,
  13. consider well its ramparts;
    go through its citadels,
    that you may tell the next generation
  14. that this is God,
    our God for ever and ever.
    He will be our guide for ever.

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 Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. (St John 2.13-22)


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.



Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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.


Holy God,
who gave great courage
to Perpetua, Felicity and their companions:
grant that we may be worthy
to climb the ladder of sacrifice
and be received into the garden of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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