Evening Prayer 16th April 2017

Easter Day

THE PREPARATION

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Lead your people to freedom, O God,
and banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

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 118

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his steadfast love endures for ever!
  2. Let Israel say,
    ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
  3. Let the house of Aaron say,
    ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
  4. Let those who fear the Lord say,
    ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
  5. Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
  6. With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
    What can mortals do to me?
  7. The Lord is on my side to help me;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
  8. It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to put confidence in mortals.
  9. It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to put confidence in princes.
  10. All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
  11. They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
  12. They surrounded me like bees;
    they blazed like a fire of thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
  13. I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.
  14. The Lord is my strength and my might;
    he has become my salvation.
  15. There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
    ‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
  16. the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
    the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.’
  17. I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the Lord.
  18. The Lord has punished me severely,
    but he did not give me over to death.
  19. Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
  20. This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
  21. I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
  22. The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone.
  23. This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvellous in our eyes.
  24. This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  25. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
    O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
  26. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
  27. The Lord is God,
    and he has given us light.
    Bind the festal procession with branches,
    up to the horns of the altar.
  28. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God, I will extol you.
  29. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures for ever.

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.

Awake, awake, put on strength,
O arm of the Lord!
Awake, as in days of old,
the generations of long ago!
Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces,
who pierced the dragon?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
who made the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to cross over?
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 51.9-11)

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (St Luke 24.13-35)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

Alleluia. Mary of Magdala said to the disciples,
I have seen the Lord!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.

  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.

Alleluia. Mary of Magdala said to the disciples,
I have seen the Lord!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.

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

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
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

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.
Amen.

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