Evening Prayer 15th 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 119.73-96

  1. Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
  2. Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
  3. I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
    and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.
  4. Let your steadfast love become my comfort
    according to your promise to your servant.
  5. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
  6. Let the arrogant be put to shame,
    because they have subverted me with guile;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
  7. Let those who fear you turn to me,
    so that they may know your decrees.
  8. May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    so that I may not be put to shame.
  9. My soul languishes for your salvation;
    I hope in your word.
  10. My eyes fail with watching for your promise;
    I ask, ‘When will you comfort me?’
  11. For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
  12. How long must your servant endure?
    When will you judge those who persecute me?
  13. The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me;
    they flout your law.
  14. All your commandments are enduring;
    I am persecuted without cause; help me!
  15. They have almost made an end of me on earth;
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
  16. In your steadfast love spare my life,
    so that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.
  17. The Lord exists for ever;
    your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
  18. Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
  19. By your appointment they stand today,
    for all things are your servants.
  20. If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my misery.
  21. I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have given me life.
  22. I am yours; save me,
    for I have sought your precepts.
  23. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
    but I consider your decrees.
  24. I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

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.

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God. (St John 5.1-18)

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,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are
agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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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