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Tuesday 23 December 2014    (other days)
23 December
 with a commemoration of
 (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest)

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
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a guest!
Yea, let us each his heart prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
For thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither like a flower decayed.
Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Once more upon thy people shine,
And fill the world with love divine.
All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
Whose Advent sets thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

Psalm 136 (137)
By the rivers of Babylon
The Lord will come out from his holy place: he will come to save his people.
By the rivers of Babylon
  we sat and wept
  remembering Zion.
On the willow-trees of Babylon
  we hung up our harps.
In that place they asked us,
  those who had captured us,
  to sing them a song:
“Sing us,” they said,
  “a song of Zion.”
They had brought us affliction
  and asked us for joy.
How shall we sing the songs of the Lord
  in a foreign land?
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
  send my right hand to oblivion;
let my tongue stick in my throat
  if I do not remember –
if I do not rank Jerusalem
  the first of my joys.
Remember, Lord, the Edomites
  on the day of Jerusalem:
  “Raze it,” they said, “to the ground.”
Babylon’s daughter, destroyer –
  blessed be he that takes his revenge,
  that smashes your child on a rock.
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 will come out from his holy place: he will come to save his people.

Psalm 137 (138)
Thanksgiving
We have a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart,
  for you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will make music to you,
  worship before your holy temple.
I will praise your name
  because of your mercy and faithfulness:
  high above all other names is the greatness of your word.
Each day that I call on you, Lord,
  listen to me, strengthen my spirit.
All the kings of the earth will proclaim your glory, Lord,
  when they hear your word.
They will sing of the paths of the Lord,
  so great is his glory.
For the Lord is on high
  but he cares for the humble;
  and he knows the proud from afar.
If I walk in the midst of troubles, you will give me life.
  If my enemies rise up against me,
  your right hand will keep me safe.
The Lord does all that I need.
  Lord, your kindness lasts for ever:
  do not forsake the work of your hands.
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 a strong city. The Saviour will set up wall and rampart to guard it: open the gates, for God is with us. Alleluia.

CanticleApocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
Let us know your way on earth, Lord: let all the peoples know your saving power.
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 us know your way on earth, Lord: let all the peoples know your saving power.

Short Reading2 Peter 3:8-9 ©
With the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways.

Short Responsory
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Let your face smile on us and we shall be safe.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
O Immanuel, you are our king and our judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Saviour. O come and save us, Lord our God.
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.
O Immanuel, you are our king and our judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Saviour. O come and save us, Lord our God.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us ask our Father to save us from our sins and send us forward into new life.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Baptist preached a change of heart:
  free us from self-satisfaction.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Pharisees refused the Baptist’s witness to the coming of your Son:
  free us from fear of the truth.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The Baptist was glad to make way for him:
  free us from pride.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.
The dead longed for life:
  free them from death.
Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

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 God,
  now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near,
we pray that your eternal Word,
  who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and came to dwell among men,
  will show your unworthy people the greatness of his love and mercy.

Canticle
O Immanuel, you are our king and our judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Saviour. O come and save us, Lord our God.
Almighty God,
  now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near,
we pray that your eternal Word,
  who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and came to dwell among men,
  will show your unworthy people the greatness of his love and mercy.
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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