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Saturday 22 November 2014    (other days)
Saint Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr
 (Saturday after the Twenty-second 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
O Light serene of God the Father’s glory,
To you, O Christ, we sing,
And with the evening star, at hour of sunset,
Our worship bring.
To Father, Son and God’s most Holy Spirit,
Eternal praise is due.
O Christ, who gave your life, the world gives glory
And thanks to you.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Psalm 112 (113)
Praise of the Lord's name
Your word is a lamp for my steps, Lord. Alleluia.
Praise, servants of the Lord,
  praise the name of the Lord.
Let the Lord’s name be blessed,
  now and for ever.
From the sun’s rising to its setting,
  the Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high over all peoples,
  his glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who lives on high,
  who bends down to watch over heaven and earth?
He raises the weak from the ground,
  the poor from the dunghill,
raises them among the princes,
  the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a household,
  makes her the happy mother of children.
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.
Your word is a lamp for my steps, Lord. Alleluia.

Psalm 116 (117)
Praise of the merciful Lord
O Lord, you will show me the fullness of joy in your presence. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, all nations; all peoples, praise him.
For his mercy is strong over us and his faithfulness is 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.
O Lord, you will show me the fullness of joy in your presence. Alleluia.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
Let every creature, in heaven and on earth, bend the knee at the name of Jesus. Alleluia.
You are worthy, our Lord and our God,
  to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things,
  and it is by your will that they exist and were created.
You are worthy, Lord,
  to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed,
  and with your blood you have ransomed people
  from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God;
  and they will rule over the earth.
The Lamb is worthy, who was killed,
  to receive power and riches and wisdom,
  strength and honour, glory and blessing.
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 every creature, in heaven and on earth, bend the knee at the name of Jesus. Alleluia.

Short Reading
(Ephesians 1:20-23) ©
God raised Christ from the dead and made him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.

Short Responsory
Yours are majesty and power; yours, Lord, is the sovereignty.
Yours are majesty and power; yours, Lord, is the sovereignty.
You are ruler of all.
Yours are majesty and power; yours, Lord, is the sovereignty.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Yours are majesty and power; yours, Lord, is the sovereignty.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his ancestor; he will reign in the House of Jacob for ever and his kingdom will know no end, alleluia.
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.
The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his ancestor; he will reign in the House of Jacob for ever and his kingdom will know no end, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
God our Father leads us forward with great love towards the joyful day when we enter his rest.
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.
Father, we pray for N., our Pope, and N., our bishop:
  guide them and bless them in their work.
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.
Help the sick to share their sufferings with Christ:
  may they know in him the fulness of life and love.
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.
Lord, you found nowhere to lay your head:
  make us aware of the needs of the homeless today.
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.
Bless those who work on the land:
  may we receive the fruits of the earth with thankfulness.
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.
Father, have mercy on those who have died in the peace of Christ:
  receive them into the home you have prepared for them
Our hope is all in you, Lord God.

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.

Almighty, ever-living God,
  it is your will to unite the entire universe under your beloved Son,
  Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth.
Grant freedom to the whole of creation,
  and let it praise and serve your majesty for ever.
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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