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Saturday 28 March 2020    (other days)
Saturday of the 4th week of Lent 

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.

Hymn
Sole hope of all the world and Lord,
Bestower of the great reward,
Receive the prayers thy servants raise
Mixed with meet psalms and chants of praise.
And though our conscience doth proclaim
Our deep transgressions and our shame,
Cleanse us, O God, we humbly plead,
From sins of thought and word and deed.
Our sins remember thou no more;
Forgive: thou art of mighty pow’r:
So take upon thee, Lord, our care
That pure in heart we make our prayer.
Therefore accept, O Lord, this tide
Of fast which thou hast sanctified,
That we may reach by mystic ways
The sacraments of Easter days.

Psalm 140 (141)
Prayer in time of danger

I will put my law into their hearts: I will be their God and they shall be my people.
O Lord, I call on you,
  hurry to my help:
  listen to my voice when I call.
When I make my prayer, let it rise like incense before you;
  when I raise my hands, let it be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard on my mouth, Lord,
  a watch upon my lips.
Do not let my heart turn to evil thoughts,
  to the planning of wicked deeds,
to alliance with wrongdoers.
  Let me not share in their delights.
Let the just man strike and rebuke me out of kindness;
  but sinners shall never anoint me with oil,
  or I would be an ally in their plans.
When they fall into the hands of harsh judges,
  they will see how kind my words were.
Like fragments of spoil after digging,
  their bones will lie scattered round the mouth of the underworld.
To you, Lord, to you my eyes are turned.
  I take refuge in you –
  preserve my life.
Protect me from the trap they have laid for me,
  save me from the snares of the wicked.
Let them be caught in their own nets, all of them,
  while I pass by in safety.
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.
I will put my law into their hearts: I will be their God and they shall be my people.

Psalm 141 (142)
You are my refuge

I count everything as loss, because of the surpassing worth of knowing my Lord Jesus Christ.
My voice cries out to the Lord;
  my voice cries out its entreaty.
I pour out lamentation in his sight,
  I proclaim my troubles before him.
When my spirit is failing within me,
  still, Lord, you know my paths.
On the road I was travelling,
  they set up a trap for me.
I looked about me and saw
  there was no-one beside me to help.
I have nowhere to flee;
  and no-one will miss me.
I have cried to you, Lord,
  I have said: “you are my refuge, my share in the land of the living.
  Listen to my call for help, for I am crushed down.”
“Lead my spirit from prison, so that I may praise your name.
  The upright will gather around me, because you have restored me.”
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.
I count everything as loss, because of the surpassing worth of knowing my Lord Jesus Christ.

CanticlePhilippians 2

Christ, God's servant

Although he was the Son of God, he learned to obey through suffering.
Jesus Christ, although he shared God’s nature,
  did not try to cling to his equality with God;
but emptied himself, took on the form of a slave,
  and became like a man:
not in appearance only,
  for he humbled himself by accepting death,
  even death on a cross.
For this, God has raised him high,
  and given him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend,
  in heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
and every tongue will proclaim
  “Jesus Christ is Lord,”
  to the glory of God the Father.
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.
Although he was the Son of God, he learned to obey through suffering.

Short Reading1 Peter 1:18-21 ©
Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God.

Short Responsory
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Listen, Christ, to the prayers of those who cry to you.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Hear us, Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against you.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

Our friend Lazarus is resting, I am going to wake him. (Year A)
Or: Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains a single grain alone; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.
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.
Our friend Lazarus is resting, I am going to wake him. (Year A)
Or: Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains a single grain alone; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us give glory to Christ the Lord. He is our master, our example and our brother.
Lord, give life to your people.
Lord Jesus, you became a man like us in every way, but did not sin;
  may we open our lives to others, share their laughter and tears, and grow day by day in love.
Lord, give life to your people.
Let us serve you in the hungry and give you to eat;
  let us see you in the thirsty and give you to drink.
Lord, give life to your people.
You raised up Lazarus from the dead;
  call sinners from their living death to faith and repentance.
Lord, give life to your people.
May we live up to the example of Mary and the saints;
  may we follow you more perfectly in everything.
Lord, give life to your people.
Let the dead rise in your glory,
  let them rejoice for ever in your love.
Lord, give life to your people.

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.

Lord our God, your Son so loved the world
  that he gave himself up to death for our sake.
Strengthen us by your grace,
  and give us a heart willing to live by that same love.
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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