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Monday 11 July 2022    (other days)
Saint Benedict, Abbot 
 on Monday of week 15 in Ordinary Time

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
Gem of the highest, diadem immortal,
Cherished for ever after sacred struggle,
Thou among many, first in lofty merit,
  Benedict, shinest.
Fleeing in secret, thou didst leave thy parents,
All things forsaking; then, a forest-dweller,
Into subjection unto Christ, by torment
  Broughtest thy body.
Not long securely couldest thou be hidden,
Good deeds and wonders brought thee to men’s knowledge;
Through the world widely spread the happy rumour
  Speedily flying.
Praise to the Father, to the Sole-begotten,
And to thee, always with the Twain co-equal,
Fostering Spirit; one and only Godhead
  Through all the ages.

Psalm 122 (123)
The Lord guards his people

Our eyes are turned to the Lord; we look for his mercy.
To you I lift up my eyes,
  to you who dwell in the heavens.
Like the eyes of a servant watching his master,
  like the eyes of a maid on her mistress’s hands,
  so we keep our eyes on the Lord our God,
  as we wait for his kindness.
Take pity on us, Lord, take pity:
  we have had our fill of contempt.
Our souls have had their fill
  of the laughter of the rich,
  of the contempt of the proud.
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 eyes are turned to the Lord; we look for his mercy.

Psalm 123 (124)
Our help is in the name of the Lord

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
If the Lord had not been with us
  (so let Israel sing),
If the Lord had not been with us
  when men rose up against us,
they might have skinned us alive,
  such was their anger.
The waters could have drowned us,
  the torrent poured over us,
  the foaming waters poured over us.
Blessed be the Lord, who saved us
  from being torn to pieces by their teeth.
We have escaped, like a bird
  from the snare of the fowler.
The snare was broken,
  and we escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
  who made heaven and 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.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

CanticleEphesians 1

God the Saviour

God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.
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.
God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted sons.

Short ReadingRomans 8:28-30 ©
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Short Responsory
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
His face is turned towards the upright man.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

He received blessings from the Lord, and reward from the God who saves him. Such are the men who seek the Lord.
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.
He received blessings from the Lord, and reward from the God who saves him. Such are the men who seek the Lord.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us ask the Father to lead us to holiness through the intercession and example of the saints.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, it was your will that we be called your children, and that is what we are;
  may your Church all over the world bear witness to your goodness.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, you have called us to walk in your light and do always the things that please you;
  may our lives be rich in every kind of good work.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, through Christ you have reconciled us to yourself;
  keep us in your name that we may all be one.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, you have invited us to the festival of eternal life;
  make us perfect in your love through the bread that comes from heaven.
Make us holy as you are holy.
Father, grant all sinners peace and forgiveness;
  let the dead live in the light of your presence.
Make us holy as you are holy.

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 God, you appointed Saint Benedict
  to be a wise master in the school of your service.
Give us grace to put your love before all else,
  and so to run with joy in the way of your commandments.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
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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