Vespers, Lent 1

Introduction

 

O God, come to my aid.

O Lord, make haste to help 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.

 

Office Hymn

 

O Trinity, most blessèd Light,

O Unity of sovereign might,

As now the fiery sun departs,

Shed thou thy beams within our hearts.

 

To thee our morning songs of praise,

To thee our evening prayer we raise;

Thee may our souls for evermore

In lowly reverence adore.

 

All praise to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,

Whom with the Spirit we adore,

For ever and for evermore.

 

O lux beata Trinitas, Ambrose of Milan (340-397)

translated by John M Neale (1818-1866)

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve him alone.

 

The Lord has said to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand

while I make your enemies your footstool.”

 

From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,

and you will rule in the midst of your foes.

 

Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,

among the sacred splendours.

Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.

 

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:

“You are a priest for ever,

a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”

 

The Lord is at your right hand,

and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.

 

He will drink from the stream as he goes –

he will hold his head high.

 

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.

 

You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve him alone.

 

Psalm 113A (114)

 

Now is the favourable time: this is the day of salvation.

 

When Israel came out of Egypt,

Jacob’s people from a land of strangers,

Judah became his sanctuary

and Israel his domain.

 

The sea saw it, and fled;

the Jordan flowed backwards at the sight;

the mountains leapt like rams;

the hills, like yearling sheep.

 

Sea, what was it, what made you flee?

And you, Jordan, why did you flow uphill?

Mountains, why did you leap like rams?

Hills, like yearling sheep?

 

Tremble, Earth, at the presence of the Lord,

the presence of the Lord of Jacob,

who has turned the rock into a pool of water

and made a fountain out of the flint.

 

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.

 

Now is the favourable time: this is the day of salvation.

Canticle: 1 Peter 2

Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man will come true.

 

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, to follow in his path.

 

He committed no sin, in his speech there was no deceit;

when they cursed him, he did not curse them;

 

when he suffered, he did not threaten retribution, but committed them to the one just judge.

 

He endured our sins in the sufferings of his body on the tree,

so that we would die to our sins and live for righteousness –

and by his bruises you have been healed.

 

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.

 

Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man will come true.

 

Short reading: (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither.

 

Short Responsory

R: Lord, listen and take pity on us, for we have sinned against you. repeat R

Christ, hear those who cry to you. R

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. R

 

Canticle: Magnificat

 

Keep watch over us eternal Saviour. Do not let the cunning tempter overcome us, for you have become our helper at all times

 

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.

 

Keep watch over us eternal Saviour. Do not let the cunning tempter overcome us, for you have become our helper at all times

 

Prayers and Intercessions

 

Response: Lord have mercy upon your people

 

Our Father…

 

Through our annual Lenten observance, Lord,

deepen our understanding of the mystery of Christ

and make it a reality in the conduct of our lives.

We make our prayer 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.

 

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.

Amen

 

Hymn Before Benediction