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Monday 15 September 2014    (other days)
Our Lady of Sorrows
 (Monday after the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity)

Vespers (Evening Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Hymn
Abide with us; the orb of day doth vanish;
Thou Light of Light, the powers of darkness banish:
At evenfall, good Lord, thy people bless;
Shine in our hearts, thou Sun of righteousness.
For this past day let every creature living
Ascribe thee glory, honour and thanksgiving:
Let man, together with the Angel-host
Bless God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Jesu, Good Shepherd, thou who never sleepest,
But o’er thy sheepfold watch and ward who keepest;
The day is spent; it draws to eventide:
With thy disciples, Lord, this night abide.

Psalm 121 (122)
Jerusalem, the holy city
Christ by his cross gained for us peace and forgiveness from God.
They filled me with joy when they said,
  “We will go to the house of the Lord.”
Now our feet are standing
  within your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, built as a city,
  whole and self-contained:
there the tribes have gone up,
  the tribes of the Lord –
the witness of Israel,
  to praise the Lord’s name.
For there are the thrones of justice,
  the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
  “Safety for those who care for you,
peace inside your walls,
  security within your ramparts!”
For my brethren and those near to me I will say
  “Peace be upon you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
  I will call blessings upon you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Christ by his cross gained for us peace and forgiveness from God.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain
Let us draw near to Jesus, high priest of the new covenant, city of the living God.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Let us draw near to Jesus, high priest of the new covenant, city of the living God.

CanticleEphesians 1
God the Saviour
We have obtained salvation through the blood of Christ.
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  who has blessed us, in Christ,
  with every spiritual blessing in heaven.
In love, he chose us before the creation of the world,
  to be holy and spotless in his sight.
He predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ,
  simply because it pleased him to do so.
This he did for the praise of the glory of his grace,
  of his free gift to us in his Beloved,
in whose blood we have gained redemption,
  and the forgiveness of our sins.
This he did according to the riches of his grace,
  which he gave us in abundance,
with all wisdom and discernment,
  revealing to us the mysteries of his will,
  because it pleased him to do so.
In this action he has planned, in the fulfilment of time,
  to bring all things together in Christ,
  from the heavens and from the earth.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
We have obtained salvation through the blood of Christ.

Short Reading
2 Timothy 2:10-12 ©
I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen, so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it. Here is a saying that you can rely on: if we have died with him, then we shall live with him; if we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.

Short Responsory
By the cross of her Lord stood Mary all-holy, queen of heaven and of earth.
By the cross of her Lord stood Mary all-holy, queen of heaven and of earth.
She won the crown of martyrdom without suffering the pain of death.
By the cross of her Lord stood Mary all-holy, queen of heaven and of earth.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
By the cross of her Lord stood Mary all-holy, queen of heaven and of earth.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Jesus, seeing his Mother and beloved disciple standing by the cross, said, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ And to the disciple, ‘Son, behold your mother.’
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
  me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
  because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
  his mercy lasts for generation after generation
  for those who revere him.
He has put forth his strength:
  he has scattered the proud and conceited,
  torn princes from their thrones;
  but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
  the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
  he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
  to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Jesus, seeing his Mother and beloved disciple standing by the cross, said, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ And to the disciple, ‘Son, behold your mother.’

Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to God who never deserts those who trust in him.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pour out your Spirit on the Church;
  let men see in her the greatness of your loving kindness.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Be with the priests and ministers of your Church:
  what they preach to others, may they practise in their lives.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach us to understand one another more deeply:
  by your presence, free us from prejudice and fear.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give married couples constancy and mutual understanding:
  may their difficulties help to deepen the love they have for each other.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pardon the sins of all our departed brothers and sisters:
  may they enjoy new life in the company of your saints.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
  and forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.

God our Father,
  when Jesus, your Son, was raised up on the cross,
  it was your will that Mary, his mother, should stand there
  and suffer with him in her heart.
Grant that, in union with her,
  the Church may share in the passion of Christ,
  and so be brought to the glory of his resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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