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Wednesday 17 September 2014    (other days)

 or Wednesday of week 24 in Ordinary Time
 or Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop, Doctor

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 Trinity of blessèd light
O unity of princely might,
the fiery sun has gone its way;
shed now within our hearts your ray.
To you our morning song of praise,
to you our evening prayer we raise;
your glory suppliant we adore
for ever and for evermore.

Psalm 138 (139)
The Lord knows all things
How wonderful is this knowledge of yours that you have shown me, Lord.
Lord, you have examined me, you know me:
  you know when I sit down and when I rise.
From far away you know my thoughts:
  you know every step I take,
  when I walk, when I lie down:
  you have seen all that I do.
Before a word even reaches my lips,
  you know, Lord, all that I will say.
You are close in front of me and close behind me:
  you have laid your hand upon me.
Your knowledge is beyond my understanding:
  it is too high, I cannot reach it.
Where shall I go, to escape your spirit?
  Where shall I go, to flee your face?
If I rise to the heavens, you are there.
  If I sink to the depths, you are there.
If I put on the wings of the dawn itself –
  if I make my abode beyond the farthest sea –
  it is still your hand that will lead me there,
  it is still your right hand that will hold me.
If I say “May the shadows cover me:
  let there be no light around me” –
the shadows will not hide me from you,
  and the night will shine like the day:
for shadows and light are the same to you.
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.
How wonderful is this knowledge of yours that you have shown me, Lord.

Psalm 138 (139)
I am the Lord, who test the mind and heart; I give each man what his conduct deserves.
For you created my innermost being
  as you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise you, for you made me so wonderfully:
  so wonderful are your works,
  so perfect your knowledge.
Even my bones were not hidden from you
  as I was being created in secret,
  put together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me before ever I was completed.
  All my days were written in your book
  before any of them came into being.
Your thoughts, O God, are precious to me:
  precious above all things and too many to count.
If I try to count them, they are more than the sand:
  if I come to an end, still I am with you.
Look into me, God, and know my heart:
  examine me and know my paths.
See if I am wandering on ways that lead nowhere,
  and set my feet on the path to eternity.
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 am the Lord, who test the mind and heart; I give each man what his conduct deserves.

Canticle(Colossians 1)
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
All things were created in him and he holds all things in being.
Let us give thanks to God the Father,
  who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
  and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption
  and the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
  the first-born of all creation,
for in him all things were created,
  in heaven and on earth,
  visible and invisible,
thrones and dominations,
  principalities and powers.
All things were created through him and for him:
  he is before all things,
  and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the Church.
  He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
  and so he is pre-eminent above all.
For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
  and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
  both on Earth and in the heavens.
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.
All things were created in him and he holds all things in being.

Short Reading1 John 2:3-6 ©
We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ’I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him. We can be sure that we are in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life as Christ lived.

Short Responsory
Guard us, Lord, as the apple of your eye.
Guard us, Lord, as the apple of your eye.
Hide us in the shadow of your wings.
Guard us, Lord, as the apple of your eye.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Guard us, Lord, as the apple of your eye.

CanticleMagnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
Show us the power of your arm, Lord: put down the proud and exalt the lowly.
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.
Show us the power of your arm, Lord: put down the proud and exalt the lowly.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us ask the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name, to send the Spirit of his Son into our hearts as we pray:
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, the creator and redeemer of all mankind, we humbly pray for all men of every race in every kind of need:
  Make your ways known to them, and reveal your salvation to all nations.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
May the whole Church be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit;
  let all who call themselves Christians be led into the way of truth and hold the faith in unity of spirit.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We commend to your fatherly goodness all who are afflicted or distressed;
  comfort and relieve them according to their need, and grant them the love and consolation of your Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father, give a place of life and rest to those who have died in your peace:
  may we share with them in the glory of Jesus Christ, who died to save us all.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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.

Remember your people, Lord, and show them mercy:
as you satisfy the hungry with food from heaven,
  enrich our poverty with your abundance.
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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