Evening Prayer: Thursday 21 May 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

ASCENSION DAY
New Life: the Lord

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.
Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life, and in your light we see light. (Psalm 36.9)

Opening (from Psalm36)

1 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
2 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
3 How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
4 They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.

Glory to the Father...
or a suitable hymn

Psalm 97
1 The Lord is king;
let the earth rejoice;*
let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him,*
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3 A fire goes before him*
and burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world;*
the earth sees it and is afraid.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness,*
and all the peoples see his glory.

7 Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods!*
Bow down before him, all you gods.
8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,*
because of your judgements, O Lord.

9 For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;*
you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The Lord loves those who hate evil;*
he preserves the lives of his saints
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light has sprung up for the righteous,*
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,*
and give thanks to his holy name.

Almighty God, your whole creation declares your glory. May we perceive you in all your works and live in the light of your righteousness, through him who is the light of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 110
1 The Lord said to my lord, "Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool."

2 The Lord will send the sceptre of your power out of Zion,*
saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.

3 Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning."

4 The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
"You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."



5 The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath;*
he will rule over the nations.

6 He will heap high the copses;*
he will smash heads over the wide earth.

7 He will drink from the brook beside the road;*
therefore he will lift high his head.

Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, born as a man, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, judge who will come at the end of time, glory to you for ever and ever.

Conclusion
Colossians 1

1 Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
2 He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
3 He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
4 For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
5 He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
6 In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.

Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: With you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.

READING(S)

Matthew 28.16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Silence

Response 30.1

I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.
I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.
You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: Father, I have manifested your name; and now I come to you; alleluia!

1 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: Father, I have manifested your name; and now I come to you; alleluia!

PRAYERS


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

Almighty God:
grant that we, who believe that your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ,
ascended to the heavens,
may already dwell in spirit with him there;
for he lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.