Evening Prayer 31st 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 107.1-32

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures for ever.
  2. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    those he redeemed from trouble
  3. and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
  4. Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to an inhabited town;
  5. hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
  6. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress;
  7. he led them by a straight way,
    until they reached an inhabited town.
  8. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  9. For he satisfies the thirsty,
    and the hungry he fills with good things.
  10. Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
    prisoners in misery and in irons,
  11. for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
  12. Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
    they fell down, with no one to help.
  13. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
  14. he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
    and broke their bonds asunder.
  15. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  16. For he shatters the doors of bronze,
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.
  17. Some were sick through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
  18. they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
  19. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
  20. he sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from destruction.
  21. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  22. And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.
  23. Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the mighty waters;
  24. they saw the deeds of the Lord,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
  25. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
  26. They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their calamity;
  27. they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
    and were at their wits’ end.
  28. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out from their distress;
  29. he made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
  30. Then they were glad because they had quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
  31. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  32. Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

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 Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. (St John 6.52-59)

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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