Evening Prayer 9th April 2017

Palm Sunday

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 103

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
  2. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
  3. who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
  4. who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
  5. who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  6. The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
  7. He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
  8. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  9. He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger for ever.
  10. He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
  11. For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
  12. as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.
  13. As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
  14. For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.
  15. As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
  16. for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
  17. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
  18. to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
  19. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
  20. Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    obedient to his spoken word.
  21. Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers that do his will.
  22. Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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.

And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is my associate,’
says the Lord of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, says the Lord,
two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one-third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ (Zechariah 12.9-11, 13.1, 7-9)

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, ‘It is written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
but you are making it a den of robbers.’

The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, they became angry and said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read,
“Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise for yourself”?’
He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. (St Matthew 21.12-17)

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

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of
his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers 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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