Evening Prayer 21st March 2017

Thomas Cranmer, Bishop, 1556


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 78.40-72

  1. How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
    and grieved him in the desert!
  2. They tested God again and again,
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
  3. They did not keep in mind his power,
    or the day when he redeemed them from the foe;
  4. when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
    and his miracles in the fields of Zoan.
  5. He turned their rivers to blood,
    so that they could not drink of their streams.
  6. He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
    and frogs, which destroyed them.
  7. He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
    and the fruit of their labour to the locust.
  8. He destroyed their vines with hail,
    and their sycomores with frost.
  9. He gave over their cattle to the hail,
    and their flocks to thunderbolts.
  10. He let loose on them his fierce anger,
    wrath, indignation, and distress,
    a company of destroying angels.
  11. He made a path for his anger;
    he did not spare them from death,
    but gave their lives over to the plague.
  12. He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
    the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham.
  13. Then he led out his people like sheep,
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
  14. He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
    but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
  15. And he brought them to his holy hill,
    to the mountain that his right hand had won.
  16. He drove out nations before them;
    he apportioned them for a possession
    and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
  17. Yet they tested the Most High God,
    and rebelled against him.
    They did not observe his decrees,
  18. but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
    they twisted like a treacherous bow.
  19. For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
    they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
  20. When God heard, he was full of wrath,
    and he utterly rejected Israel.
  21. He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
    the tent where he dwelt among mortals,
  22. and delivered his power to captivity,
    his glory to the hand of the foe.
  23. He gave his people to the sword,
    and vented his wrath on his heritage.
  24. Fire devoured their young men,
    and their girls had no marriage song.
  25. Their priests fell by the sword,
    and their widows made no lamentation.
  26. Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
    like a warrior shouting because of wine.
  27. He put his adversaries to rout;
    he put them to everlasting disgrace.
  28. He rejected the tent of Joseph,
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
  29. but he chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion, which he loves.
  30. He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
    like the earth, which he has founded for ever.
  31. He chose his servant David,
    and took him from the sheepfolds;
  32. from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
    of Israel, his inheritance.
  33. With upright heart he tended them,
    and guided them with skilful hand.

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 last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’ (St John 7.37-52)


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.


Father of all mercies,
who through the work of your servant Thomas Cranmer
renewed the worship of your Church
and through his death
revealed your strength in human weakness:
by your grace strengthen us to worship you in spirit and in truth
and so to come to the joys of your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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