Evening Prayer 12th 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 74

  1. O God, why do you cast us off for ever?
    Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
  2. Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
    which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
    Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.
  3. Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
    the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.
  4. Your foes have roared within your holy place;
    they set up their emblems there.
  5. At the upper entrance they hacked
    the wooden trellis with axes.
  6. And then, with hatchets and hammers,
    they smashed all its carved work.
  7. They set your sanctuary on fire;
    they desecrated the dwelling-place of your name,
    bringing it to the ground.
  8. They said to themselves, ‘We will utterly subdue them’;
    they burned all the meeting-places of God in the land.
  9. We do not see our emblems;
    there is no longer any prophet,
    and there is no one among us who knows how long.
  10. How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
    Is the enemy to revile your name for ever?
  11. Why do you hold back your hand;
    why do you keep your hand in your bosom?
  12. Yet God my King is from of old,
    working salvation in the earth.
  13. You divided the sea by your might;
    you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.
  14. You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
    you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
  15. You cut openings for springs and torrents;
    you dried up ever-flowing streams.
  16. Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you established the luminaries and the sun.
  17. You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
    you made summer and winter.
  18. Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
    and an impious people reviles your name.
  19. Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
    do not forget the life of your poor for ever.
  20. Have regard for your covenant,
    for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.
  21. Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
    let the poor and needy praise your name.
  22. Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
    remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.
  23. Do not forget the clamour of your foes,
    the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.

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 my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, ‘We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?’ Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.  (St John 12.27-36)

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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