Evening Prayer 7th April 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 141

  1. I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me;
    give ear to my voice when I call to you.
  2. Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
    and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
  3. Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.
  4. Do not turn my heart to any evil,
    to busy myself with wicked deeds
    in company with those who work iniquity;
    do not let me eat of their delicacies.
  5. Let the righteous strike me;
    let the faithful correct me.
    Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,
    for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
  6. When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
    then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.
  7. Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,
    so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
  8. But my eyes are turned towards you, O God, my Lord;
    in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenceless.
  9. Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,
    and from the snares of evildoers.
  10. Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I alone escape.

Psalm 143.1-11

  1. Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;
    answer me in your righteousness.
  2. Do not enter into judgement with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
  3. For the enemy has pursued me,
    crushing my life to the ground,
    making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
  4. Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.
  5. I remember the days of old,
    I think about all your deeds,
    I meditate on the works of your hands.
  6. I stretch out my hands to you;
    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
    Selah
  7. Answer me quickly, O Lord;
    my spirit fails.
    Do not hide your face from me,
    or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
  8. Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
    for in you I put my trust.
    Teach me the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.
  9. Save me, O Lord, from my enemies;
    I have fled to you for refuge.
  10. Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God.
    Let your good spirit lead me
    on a level path.
  11. For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life.
    In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.

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.

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’ (St John 11.1-27)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

God’s love for us is revealed
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.

  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.

God’s love for us is revealed
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.

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

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ,
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ 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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