Evening Prayer 25th March 2017

The Annunciation of the Lord

THE PREPARATION

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

The Word was made flesh.
O come, let us worship.

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 110.1-5

  1. The Lord says to my lord,
    ‘Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies your footstool.’
  2. The Lord sends out from Zion
    your mighty sceptre.
    Rule in the midst of your foes.
  3. Your people will offer themselves willingly
    on the day you lead your forces
    on the holy mountains.
    From the womb of the morning,
    like dew, your youth will come to you.
  4. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
    ‘You are a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek.’
  5. The Lord is at your right hand;
    he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

Psalm 132

  1. O Lord, remember in David’s favour
    all the hardships he endured;
  2. how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
  3. ‘I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed;
  4. I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
  5. until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
  6. We heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
  7. ‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
    let us worship at his footstool.’
  8. Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
    you and the ark of your might.
  9. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your faithful shout for joy.
  10. For your servant David’s sake
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
  11. The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
    ‘One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
  12. If your sons keep my covenant
    and my decrees that I shall teach them,
    their sons also, for evermore,
    shall sit on your throne.’
  13. For the Lord has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his habitation:
  14. ‘This is my resting-place for ever;
    here I will reside, for I have desired it.
  15. I will abundantly bless its provisions;
    I will satisfy its poor with bread.
  16. Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and its faithful will shout for joy.
  17. There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
  18. His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
    but on him, his crown will gleam.’

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.

‘O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy,
who have made all things by your word,
and by your wisdom have formed humankind
to have dominion over the creatures you have made,
and rule the world in holiness and righteousness,
and pronounce judgement in uprightness of soul,
give me the wisdom that sits by your throne,
and do not reject me from among your servants.
For I am your servant, the son of your servant-girl,
a man who is weak and short-lived,
with little understanding of judgement and laws;
for even one who is perfect among human beings
will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you.
You have chosen me to be king of your people
and to be judge over your sons and daughters.
You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain,
and an altar in the city of your habitation,
a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning.
With you is wisdom, she who knows your works
and was present when you made the world;
she understands what is pleasing in your sight
and what is right according to your commandments.
Send her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of your glory send her,
that she may labour at my side,
and that I may learn what is pleasing to you.
For she knows and understands all things,
and she will guide me wisely in my actions
and guard me with her glory.
Then my works will be acceptable,
and I shall judge your people justly,
and shall be worthy of the throne of my father. (Wisdom 9.1-12)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (St John 1.9-14)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

Mary received the word of the Lord
and conceived the Word of life.

  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.

Mary received the word of the Lord
and conceived the Word of life.

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

We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that as we have known the incarnation
of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
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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