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The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

O God, make speed to save us;
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! (omitted in Lent)

PSALMODY

Antiphon: My body*
shall rest in hope.

Psalm 16
Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;*
I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord,
my good above all other.’
All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,*
upon those who are noble among the people.
But those who run after other gods*
shall have their troubles multiplied.
Their libations of blood I will not offer,*
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;*
it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;*
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;*
my heart teaches me, night after night.
I have set the Lord always before me;*
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;*
my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,*
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
You will show me the path of life;*
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: My body shall rest in hope.

READING

1 Peter 5:6, 7
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

Thanks be to God.

Silence

Response (Ps. 31.5)
V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
V. For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.

NUNC DIMITTIS

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord,* while waking, and guard us  while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace;*
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation*
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations,*
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

PRAYERS

Collect
Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness; and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Conclusion
The Lord be with you;
and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord;
Thanks be to God.

Bless the Lord, the God of our fathers;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord
guard us and give us his blessing.
Amen.

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NEW LIFE: THE LORD

 

V. O God, make speed to save us; 
R. 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. (Ps. 36.9)

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 133
Oh, how good and pleasant it is,*
when brethren live together in unity!
It is like fine oil upon the head*
that runs down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron,*
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon*
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
For there the Lord has ordained the blessing:*
life for evermore.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Creator of the universe, from whom all things come, to whom all things return, give your people such unity of heart and mind, that all the world may grow in the life of your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Psalm 134
Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,*
you that stand by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord;*
the Lord who made heaven and earth bless
you out of Zion.
Glory be to the Father . . .

God our creator and redeemer, give us grateful hearts and willing hands, that we may worthily praise your name and build your kingdom among all people, to the glory of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our 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.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
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

Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

 Silence

Response (Ps. 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;  alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me. 
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the good shepherd, * says the Lord. Alleluia

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the good shepherd, * says the Lord. 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.

Collects
O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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.

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NEW LIFE: THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory be 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: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep. (1 Cor 15-20)

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 92
It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,*
and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning*
and of your faithfulness in the night season;
On the psaltery, and on the lyre,*
and to the melody of the harp.
For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;*
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
Lord, how great are your works!*
your thoughts are very deep.
The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand,*
that though the wicked grow like weeds,
and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
They flourish only to be destroyed for ever;*
but you, O Lord, are exalted for evermore.
For lo, your enemies, O Lord,
lo, your enemies shall perish,*
and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls;*
I am anointed with fresh oil.
My eyes also gloat over my enemies,*
and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who
rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,*
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord*
shall flourish in the courts of our God;
They shall still bear fruit in old age;*
they shall be green and succulent;
That they may show how upright the Lord is,*
my rock, in whom there is no fault.

O Most High, at all times and in all seasons you are worthy of our grateful praise; grant us the insight to perceive the greatness of your works, the certainty of being founded on you our eternal rock, and the wisdom to sing the praises of your name, in and through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 93
The Lord is king;
he has put on splendid apparel;*
the Lord has put on his apparel
and girded himself with strength.
He has made the whole world so sure*
that it cannot be moved;
Ever since the world began, your throne has
been established;*
you are from everlasting.
The waters have lifted up, O Lord,
the waters have lifted up their voice;*
the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the sound of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea,*
mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.
Your testimonies are very sure,*
and holiness adorns your house, O Lord,
for ever and for evermore.

Blessed are you, Lord God, king of the universe; in awe and wonder we bow before the mystery of your power and might, for you are Lord for ever and ever.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead: the first
fruits of those who sleep. 

READINGS

Daniel 5:13-31
Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king said to Daniel, ‘So you are Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? I have heard of you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that enlightenment, understanding, and excellent wisdom are found in you. Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and tell me its interpretation, but they were not able to give the interpretation of the matter. But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you are able to read the writing and tell me its interpretation, you shall be clothed in purple, have a chain of gold around your neck, and rank third in the kingdom.’

Then Daniel answered in the presence of the king, ‘Let your gifts be for yourself, or give your rewards to someone else! Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and let him know the interpretation. O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar kingship, greatness, glory, and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. He killed those he wanted to kill, kept alive those he wanted to keep alive, honoured those he wanted to honour, and degraded those he wanted to degrade. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he acted proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was stripped from him. He was driven from human society, and his mind was made like that of an animal. His dwelling was with the wild asses, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body was bathed with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God has sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals, and sets over it whomsoever he will. And you, Belshazzar his son, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this! You have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven! The vessels of his temple have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them. You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know; but the God in whose power is your very breath, and to whom belong all your ways, you have not honoured.

‘So from his presence the hand was sent and this writing was inscribed.And this is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; tekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.’

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him that he should rank third in the kingdom.

That very night Belshazzar, the Chaldean king, was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

Silence

1 John 5:13-21
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal.

We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them.We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the good shepherd,*
says the Lord; alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the good shepherd,*
says the Lord; 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.

Collects
O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

O God, make speed to save us;
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! (omitted in Lent)

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Make haste, O Lord, to deliver me,*
for you are my tower of strength.

Psalm 31:1-5
In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;*
deliver me in your righteousness.
Incline your ear to me;*
make haste to deliver me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold;*
for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,*
for you are my tower of strength.
Into your hands I commend my spirit,*
for you have redeemed me,
O Lord, O God of truth.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 130
Out of the depths have I called you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice;*
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,*
O Lord, who could stand?
For there is forgiveness with you;*
therefore you shall be feared.
I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;*
in his word is my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning,*
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, wait for the Lord,*
for with the Lord there is mercy;
With him there is plenteous redemption,*
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Make haste, O Lord, to deliver me,
for you are my tower of strength.

READING

Ephesians 4:26
Do not let anger lead you into sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

 

Thanks be to God.

Silence

Response (Ps. 31.5)
V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
V. For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.

NUNC DIMITTIS

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord,* while waking, and guard us  while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace;*
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation*
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations,*
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

PRAYERS

Collect
Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray; and in your mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Conclusion
The Lord be with you;
and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord;
Thanks be to God.

Bless the Lord, the God of our fathers;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord
guard us and give us his blessing.
Amen.

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NEW LIFE: THE LORD

 

V. O God, make speed to save us; 
R. 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. (Ps. 36.9)

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 114
Hallelujah!
When Israel came out of Egypt,*
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
Judah became God’s sanctuary*
and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled;*
Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams,*
and the little hills like young sheep.
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?*
O Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams?*
you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the God of Jacob.
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water*
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Source of all life, you have brought us to new being through  the waters of baptism. May your love shown in our lives  become a wonder and a beacon of hope to the whole human family.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name give glory;*
because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
Why should the heathen say,*
‘Where then is their God?’
Our God is in heaven;*
whatever he wills to do he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,*
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;*
eyes have they, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;*
noses, but they cannot smell;
They have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk;*
they make no sound with their throat.
Those who make them are like them,*
and so are all who put their trust in them.
O Israel, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
The Lord has been mindful of us, and he will bless us;*
he will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron;
He will bless those who fear the Lord,*
both small and great together.
May the Lord increase you more and more,*
you and your children after you.
May you be blessed by the Lord,*
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heaven of heavens is the Lord’s,*
but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
The dead do not praise the Lord,*
nor all those who go down into silence;
But we will bless the Lord,*
from this time forth for evermore.
Hallelujah!
Glory be to the Father . . .

God, you delivered Israel from the worship of false gods. Redeem, we pray, your people in every age from the pursuit of all that is worthless and untrue in human life; through Jesus our Saviour, who came to bring us life in all its fullness. Amen

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our 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.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
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

Luke 4:38-44
After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.

At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.’ So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

 

 Silence

Response (Ps. 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;  alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me. 
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up; alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the good shepherd, * says the Lord. Alleluia

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the good shepherd, * says the Lord. 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.

Collects
O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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.

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NEW LIFE: THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory be 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: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep. (1 Cor 15-20)

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory be to the Father…

Psalm 124
If the Lord had not been on our side,*
let Israel now say;
If the Lord had not been on our side,*
when enemies rose up against us;
Then would they have swallowed us up alive*
in their fierce anger toward us;
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us*
and the torrent gone over us;
Then would the raging waters*
have gone right over us.
Blessed be the Lord!*
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler;*
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,*
the maker of heaven and earth.
Glory be to the Father

Helper and Defender of Israel, rescue the peoples of the world from destructive anger, and set us free to love and serve each other in the peace of Christ our Lord.

Psalm 125
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,*
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
The hills stand about Jerusalem;*
so does the Lord stand round about his people,
from this time forth for evermore.
The sceptre of the wicked shall not hold sway over the
land allotted to the just,*
so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
Show your goodness, O Lord, to those who are good*
and to those who are true of heart.
As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the Lord will lead them away with the evildoers;*
but peace be upon Israel.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Lord, surround your people with your presence. Do not let us stretch out our hands to evil deeds, or be destroyed by the snares of the enemy, but bring us to share the land prepared for the saints in light, where you live and reign, God, now and forever. Amen

Psalm 126
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,*
then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,*
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,*
‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
The Lord has done great things for us,*
and we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,*
like the watercourses of the Negev.
Those who sowed with tears*
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,*
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Praise to you, God of our salvation. Your generous gifts surpass all that we can ask or imagine. You have delivered us from the exile of sin and restored us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Glory and honour and praise to you for ever and ever.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead: the first
fruits of those who sleep. 

READINGS

Daniel 5:1-12
King Belshazzar made a great festival for a thousand of his lords, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.

 Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar commanded that they bring in the vessels of gold and silver that his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the vessels of gold and silver that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the wall of the royal palace, next to the lampstand. The king was watching the hand as it wrote. Then the king’s face turned pale, and his thoughts terrified him. His limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the diviners; and the king said to the wise men of Babylon, ‘Whoever can read this writing and tell me its interpretation shall be clothed in purple, have a chain of gold around his neck, and rank third in the kingdom.’ Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king the interpretation. Then King Belshazzar became greatly terrified and his face turned pale, and his lords were perplexed.

 The queen, when she heard the discussion of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting-hall. The queen said, ‘O king, live for ever! Do not let your thoughts terrify you or your face grow pale. There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and diviners, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.’

Silence

1 John 5:1-12
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree.If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the good shepherd,*
says the Lord; alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the good shepherd,*
says the Lord; 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.

Collects
O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

O God, make speed to save us;
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! (omitted in Lent)

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Do not hide your face from me,*
for I put my trust in you.

Psalm 143
Lord, hear my prayer,
and in your faithfulness heed my supplications;*
answer me in your righteousness.
Enter not into judgement with your servant,*
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
For my enemy has sought my life; he has crushed me to the
ground;*
he has made me live in dark places like those who
are long dead.
My spirit faints within me;*
my heart within me is desolate.
I remember the time past;
I muse upon all your deeds;*
I consider the works of your hands.
I spread out my hands to you;*
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;*
do not hide your face from me
or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for I put my trust in you;*
show me the road that I must walk,
for I lift up my soul to you.
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord,*
for I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;*
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;*
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
Of your goodness, destroy my enemies
and bring all my foes to naught,*
for truly I am your servant.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Do not hide your face from me,
for I put my trust in you.

READING

1 Peter 5:8, 9
Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith

Thanks be to God.

Silence

Response (Ps. 31.5)
V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.
V. For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; alleluia, alleluia.

NUNC DIMITTIS

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord,* while waking, and guard us  while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace;*
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation*
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations,*
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

PRAYERS

Collect
Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness; and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Conclusion
The Lord be with you;
and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord;
Thanks be to God.

Bless the Lord, the God of our fathers;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord
guard us and give us his blessing.
Amen.

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