Evening Prayer 28th 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 94

  1. O Lord, you God of vengeance,
    you God of vengeance, shine forth!
  2. Rise up, O judge of the earth;
    give to the proud what they deserve!
  3. O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
    how long shall the wicked exult?
  4. They pour out their arrogant words;
    all the evildoers boast.
  5. They crush your people, O Lord,
    and afflict your heritage.
  6. They kill the widow and the stranger,
    they murder the orphan,
  7. and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
    the God of Jacob does not perceive.’
  8. Understand, O dullest of the people;
    fools, when will you be wise?
  9. He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
    He who formed the eye, does he not see?
  10. He who disciplines the nations,
    he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
    does he not chastise?
  11. The Lord knows our thoughts,
    that they are but an empty breath.
  12. Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
    and whom you teach out of your law,
  13. giving them respite from days of trouble,
    until a pit is dug for the wicked.
  14. For the Lord will not forsake his people;
    he will not abandon his heritage;
  15. for justice will return to the righteous,
    and all the upright in heart will follow it.
  16. Who rises up for me against the wicked?
    Who stands up for me against evildoers?
  17. If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
  18. When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
    your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
  19. When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul.
  20. Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
    those who contrive mischief by statute?
  21. They band together against the life of the righteous,
    and condemn the innocent to death.
  22. But the Lord has become my stronghold,
    and my God the rock of my refuge.
  23. He will repay them for their iniquity
    and wipe them out for their wickedness;
    the Lord our God will wipe them out.

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.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ (St John 16-27)

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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