Finnbar of Caithness, Bishop, c 610
Creation Week 4 Authorised by the College of Bishops for Experimental Use
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;* as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.
Antiphon: The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.
Opening (from Isaiah 43.15,18-21)
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the Creator of Israel, your King.
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honour me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
For I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
To give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
So that they might declare my praise.
Glory to the Father
or a suitable Hymn
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another,*
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language,*
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands,*
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;*
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again;*
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;*
the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;*
the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;*
the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,*
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened,*
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends?*
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me;*
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offence.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight,*
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Glory to the Father…
Gracious creator of heaven and earth, your Word has come among us as the true Sun of righteousness, and the good news of his birth has gone out to the ends of the world. Open our eyes to the light of your law, that we may be purified from sin and serve you without reproach for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Light and our Life.
All you Works of the Lord, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. O all Green Things upon the Earth, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. O Seas and Floods, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. O Whales, and all that move in the Waters, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. O all Birds of the Air, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. O all Beasts and Cattle, bless the Lord : praise and magnify God for ever. Glory to God, Source of All Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and shall be forever, Amen.
Glory to the Father…
Antiphon: The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)
Response Psalm 104.24
O Lord, in wisdom you have made all that is the earth is full of your creatures.
All living things both small and great the earth is full of your creatures.
Glory to God, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
O Lord, in wisdom you have made all that is, the earth is full of your creatures.
Magnificat Antiphon: I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121.1-21 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
*my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
2 for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
3 The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
4 He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
5 He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
6 He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
7 He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
8 He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
9 the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father... (may be said by all)
Magnificat Antiphon: I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121.1-2
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day
God of our salvation,
be with us when we call upon you,
and bless us with your steadfast loving kindness:
restore in us the beauty of your creation
and keep intact the gifts you have restored,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity.
Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!
The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit.