Evening Prayer 17th March 2017

THE PREPARATION

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Pour your love into our hearts, O God,
through the Holy Spirit you have given to us.

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 46

  1. God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
  2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
  3. though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
    Selah
  4. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
  5. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
  6. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
  7. The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.
    Selah
  8. Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
  9. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
  10. ‘Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.’
  11. The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.
    Selah

Psalm 96

  1. O sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
  2. Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
  3. Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvellous works among all the peoples.
  4. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be revered above all gods.
  5. For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
  6. Honour and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
  7. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
  8. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts.
  9. Worship the Lord in holy splendour;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
  10. Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
    The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
    He will judge the peoples with equity.’
  11. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
  12. let the field exult, and everything in it.
    Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
  13. before the Lord; for he is coming,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
    He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with his truth.

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 if people say to you, ‘Consult the ghosts and the familiar spirits that chirp and mutter; should not a people consult their gods, the dead on behalf of the living, for teaching and for instruction?’ surely, those who speak like this will have no dawn! They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry; when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will curse their king and their gods. They will turn their faces upwards, or they will look to the earth, but will see only distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be thrust into thick darkness.

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined. (Isaiah 8.19-9.2)

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
‘But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
‘Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.

‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (St Luke 6.20-31)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

How beautiful on the mountain
are the feet of those who bring good news
and proclaim the gospel of peace.

  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.

How beautiful on the mountain
are the feet of those who bring good news
and proclaim the gospel of peace.

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

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,
who in your providence chose your servant Patrick
to be the apostle of the Irish people:
keep alive in us the fire of the faith he kindled
and strengthen us in our pilgrimage
towards the light of everlasting life;
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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