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Monday 19 April 2021    (other days)
Saint Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr 
 on Monday of the 3rd week of Eastertide

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


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
All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
  Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
  To crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
  Who from his altar call;
Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
  Whom David Lord did call;
The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Let every tribe and every tongue
  To him their hearts enthral,
Lift high the universal song,
  And crown him Lord of all.

Psalm 83 (84)
Longing for the Lord's temple

My heart and my soul ring out their joy to the living God. Alleluia.
How delightful is your dwelling-place, Lord of hosts!
  My soul is weak with longing for the courts of your palace.
  My heart and my body rejoice in the living God.
Even the sparrow finds itself a home,
  the swallow a nest to raise her young –
  in your altars, O Lord,
  Lord of strength, my king and my God.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house:
  they will praise you for ever.
Blessed the man whose help comes from you,
  who has set his heart on climbing to you.
They pass through the valley of thirst
  and make a spring there:
  the morning rain will cover it with blessings.
They will go from strength to strength:
  they will see the God of gods, in Zion.
Lord God of hosts, listen to my prayer;
  hear me, O God of Jacob.
Take notice of us, God our protector,
  and look on the face of your anointed one.
One day in the courts of my God
  is worth more than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be at the doorstep of the house of my God
  than live in the dwellings of sinners.
For the Lord my God is my sun and my shield.
  The Lord gives grace and glory.
He will not deny his good things
  to those who walk in purity.
Blessed is he who trusts in you,
  O Lord of hosts.
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.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy to the living God. Alleluia.

CanticleIsaiah 2

The mountain of the house of the Lord

Great is the Temple of the Lord: all the nations will go there to worship, alleluia.
In the last days, at the end of time,
  the mountain of the house of the Lord
  will be prepared high above all mountains.
It will be raised above the hills
  and all nations will come to it.
And many peoples will come there and say
  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
  to the house of the God of Jacob.
Let him teach us his ways,
  so that we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion the law will go forth,
  from Jerusalem the word of the Lord.
And he will judge the nations
  and rebuke many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
  and their spears into sickles.
Nation will lift sword against nation no longer.
  No longer will they go out into battle.
People of Jacob, come:
  let us walk in the light of the Lord.
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.
Great is the Temple of the Lord: all the nations will go there to worship, alleluia.

Psalm 95 (96)
The Lord, the universal King and judge

Proclaim to the nations, ‘God is king,’ alleluia.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
  day after day, proclaim his saving power.
Proclaim his glory to the nations,
  proclaim to all peoples the wonders he has done.
For the Lord is great; great is the praise we owe him,
  he is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of the nations are foolishness,
  but the Lord made the heavens.
Majesty and splendour are all about him,
  power and honour in his holy place.
Bring to the Lord, clans of the peoples,
  bring to the Lord glory and power,
  bring to the Lord the glory that belongs to his name.
Bring your offerings, enter his courts,
  worship the Lord in holy attire.
Tremble at his presence, all the earth.
  Say to the nations: “The Lord reigns!”
For he has set the world firm, so that it cannot be shaken,
  and he will judge the peoples with fairness.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad,
  let the sea and its fullness resound.
The fields will rejoice, and all that is in them,
  all the trees of the woods will rejoice
  at the Lord’s presence – for he comes,
  for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge all the world with justice.
  He will judge all the peoples with fairness.
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.
Proclaim to the nations, ‘God is king,’ alleluia.

Short Reading1 John 5:3-5 ©
This is what loving God is – keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult,
because anyone who has been begotten by God
has already overcome the world.
This is the victory over the world – our faith.
Who can overcome the world?
Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Short Responsory
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
He is my salvation.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him. Alleluia, alleluia.

CanticleBenedictus

The Messiah and his forerunner

Rejoice, all you saints, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, alleluia.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
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.
Rejoice, all you saints, and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, alleluia.

Prayers and intercessions
Through the martyrs who were slain for God’s word, let us give glory to our Saviour, the faithful and true witness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who bore witness to your love,
  set us free to live for you.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who proclaimed your saving death,
  give us a deep and constant faith.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, who took up your cross,
  grant us courage for every trial.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.
Through the martyrs, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
  give us grace to conquer our weakness.
You redeemed us by your precious blood.

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, who adorned your loyal confessor Alphege
  with the dignity of priesthood and the palm of martyrdom,
grant us this boon,
  that with his aid in pleading our cause before you,
  we may be enabled to rejoice with him in everlasting bliss.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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