Evening Prayer 27th 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 89.19-52

  1. Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
    ‘I have set the crown on one who is mighty,
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.
  2. I have found my servant David;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him;
  3. my hand shall always remain with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
  4. The enemy shall not outwit him,
    the wicked shall not humble him.
  5. I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
  6. My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
    and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
  7. I will set his hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
  8. He shall cry to me, “You are my Father,
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation!”
  9. I will make him the firstborn,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.
  10. For-ever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
    and my covenant with him will stand firm.
  11. I will establish his line for ever,
    and his throne as long as the heavens endure.
  12. If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my ordinances,
  13. if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
  14. then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with scourges;
  15. but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
    or be false to my faithfulness.
  16. I will not violate my covenant,
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
  17. Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
  18. His line shall continue for ever,
    and his throne endure before me like the sun.
  19. It shall be established for ever like the moon,
    an enduring witness in the skies.’
    Selah
  20. But now you have spurned and rejected him;
    you are full of wrath against your anointed.
  21. You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
    you have defiled his crown in the dust.
  22. You have broken through all his walls;
    you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
  23. All who pass by plunder him;
    he has become the scorn of his neighbours.
  24. You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
  25. Moreover, you have turned back the edge of his sword,
    and you have not supported him in battle.
  26. You have removed the sceptre from his hand,
    and hurled his throne to the ground.
  27. You have cut short the days of his youth;
    you have covered him with shame.
    Selah
  28. How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?
    How long will your wrath burn like fire?
  29. Remember how short my time is—
    for what vanity you have created all mortals!
  30. Who can live and never see death?
    Who can escape the power of Sheol?
    Selah
  31. Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
    which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
  32. Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted;
    how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,
  33. with which your enemies taunt, O Lord,
    with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed.
  34. Blessed be the Lord for ever. Amen and Amen.

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 Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (St John 6.1-15)

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 himfrom 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

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessèd Lord and Saviour,
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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