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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: Have mercy on me, O God,*
and hear my prayer.

Psalm 4
Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;*
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
‘You mortals, how long will you dishonour my glory;*
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?’
Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful;*
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
Tremble, then, and do not sin;*
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
Offer the appointed sacrifices*
and put your trust in the Lord.
Many are saying,
‘Oh, that we might see better times!’*
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.
You have put gladness in my heart,*
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep;*
for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Glory be to the Father…

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…

Antiphon: Have mercy on me, O God, and hear my prayer.

READING

Isaiah 30:15
Thus says the Lord God: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength. The Lord waits to be gracious to you; blessed are all those who wait for him.

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
Come to visit us, Lord, this night, so that by your strength we may rise at daybreak to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ your Son; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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 98
Sing to the Lord a new song,*
for he has done marvellous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm*
has he won for himself the victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;*
his righteousness has he openly shown in
the sight of the nations.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
the house of Israel,*
and all the ends of the earth have seen the
victory of our God.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;*
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,*
with the harp and the voice of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn*
shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,*
the lands and those who dwell therein.
Let the rivers clap their hands,*
and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world*
and the peoples with equity.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Lord God, we see your righteous rule in all your works, and we join our voices with the song of your whole creation in praising you, in and through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, O God my King,*
and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you*
and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another*
and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty*
and all your marvellous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,*
and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;*
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,*
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone*
and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O Lord,*
and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom*
and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power*
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;*
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is faithful in all his words*
and merciful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall;*
he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,*
and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand*
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways*
and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,*
to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him,*
he hears their cry and helps them.
The Lord preserves all those who love him,*
but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;*
let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Almighty God, give us grace to know you more and more, that knowing we may love and loving we may praise, that the whole world may hear your name and worship you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 fullness 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 7:18-35
The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ When the men had come to him, they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”’ Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someonedressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way before you.” 
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.’ (And all the people who heard this, including the tax-collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John’s baptism. But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves.)

‘To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market-place and calling to one another,
“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
   we wailed, and you did not weep.” 
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.’

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 resurrection and the life, * 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 resurrection and the life, * 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 of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  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 ever shall be, world without end. 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 148
Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;*
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his;*
praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon;*
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens,*
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord;*
for he commanded, and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever;*
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,*
you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog,*
tempestuous wind, doing his will;
Mountains and all hills,*
fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle,*
creeping things and wingèd birds;
Kings of the earth and all peoples,*
princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and maidens,*
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,*
for his name only is exalted,
his splendour is over earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants,*
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
Hallelujah!
Glory be to the Father . . .

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth; you open our eyes to see the wonders around us, and our hearts and mouths to praise you. Now give us strength for loving service, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 149
Hallelujah!
Sing to the Lord a new song;*
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in his maker;*
let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
Let them praise his name in the dance;*
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people*
and adorns the poor with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;*
let them be joyful on their beds.
Let the praises of God be in their throat*
 and a two-edged sword in their hand;
To wreak vengeance on the nations*
and punishment on the peoples;
To bind their kings in chains*
and their nobles with links of iron;
To inflict on them the judgement decreed;*
this is glory for all his faithful people.
Hallelujah!
Glory be to the Father . . .

Accept our praise, God of justice, defender of the oppressed. Give us grace to join in this your holy work, that all the world may see your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Wisdom 7:1-14, 22-8:1
I also am mortal, like everyone else,
a descendant of the first-formed child of earth;
and in the womb of a mother I was moulded into flesh, 
within the period of ten months, compacted with blood,
from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage. 
And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air,
and fell upon the kindred earth;
my first sound was a cry, as is true of all. 
I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths. 
For no king has had a different beginning of existence; 
there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out.

Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. 
I preferred her to sceptres and thrones,
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. 
Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her. 
I loved her more than health and beauty,
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases. 
All good things came to me along with her,
and in her hands uncounted wealth. 
I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
but I did not know that she was their mother. 
I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
I do not hide her wealth, 
for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals;
those who get it obtain friendship with God,
commended for the gifts that come from instruction. 

There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. 
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness. 
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. 
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior, 
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.

Colossians 3:12-17
 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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 be 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 resurrection and the life,*
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 resurrection and the life,*
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 of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives 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: O Lord, my God, my Saviour,*
by day and night I cry to you.

Psalm 88
[O Lord, my God, my Saviour,*
by day and night I cry to you.]
Let my prayer enter into your presence;*
incline your ear to my lamentation.
For I am full of trouble;*
my life is at the brink of the grave.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;*
I have become like one who has no strength;
Lost among the dead,*
like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no more,*
for they are cut off from your hand.
You have laid me in the depths of the Pit,*
in dark places, and in the abyss.
Your anger weighs upon me heavily,*
and all your great waves overwhelm me.
You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them;*
I am in prison and cannot get free.
My sight has failed me because of trouble;*
Lord, I have called upon you daily;
I have stretched out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead?*
will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave?*
your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
Will your wonders be known in the dark?*
or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
But as for me, O Lord, I cry to you for help;*
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why have you rejected me?*
why have you hidden your face from me?
Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the
point of death;*
I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
Your blazing anger has swept over me;*
your terrors have destroyed me;
They surround me all day long like a flood;*
they encompass me on every side.
My friend and neighbour you have put away from me,*
and darkness is my only companion.
Glory be to the Father…

Antiphon: O Lord, my God, my Saviour,
by day and night I cry to you.

READING

Jeremiah14:9
You are in our midst, Lord, and we bear your name. Do not forsake us.

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
Almighty God, whose most dear Son lay at this hour in the sepulchre in obedience to your will; may we by your grace be so buried with him that with him we may rise to life everlasting; through the same 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 98
Sing to the Lord a new song,*
for he has done marvellous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm*
has he won for himself the victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;*
his righteousness has he openly shown in
the sight of the nations.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
the house of Israel,*
and all the ends of the earth have seen the
victory of our God.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;*
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,*
with the harp and the voice of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn*
shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,*
the lands and those who dwell therein.
Let the rivers clap their hands,*
and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world*
and the peoples with equity.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Lord God, we see your righteous rule in all your works, and we join our voices with the song of your whole creation in praising you, in and through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Psalm 99
The Lord is king; let the people tremble;*
he is enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion;*
he is high above all peoples.
Let them confess his name, which is great and awesome;*
he is the Holy One.
‘O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;*
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.’
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool;*
he is the Holy One.
Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his name,*
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;*
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
‘O Lord our God, you answered them indeed;*
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.’
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill;*
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Lord our God, ruler of the universe, you love what is right. Lead us in your righteousness, that we may live to praise you, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 7:1-17
After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’ And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town.When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

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 resurrection and the life, * 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 resurrection and the life, * 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 of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  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 ever shall be, world without end. 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 96
Sing to the Lord a new song;*
sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
Sing to the Lord and bless his name;*
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations*
and his wonders among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
he is more to be feared than all gods.
As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;*
but it is the Lord who made the heavens.
Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!*
Oh, the power and the splendour of his sanctuary!
Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;*
ascribe to the Lord honour and power.
Ascribe to the Lord the honour due his name;*
bring offerings and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;*
let the whole earth tremble before him.
Tell it out among the nations: ‘The Lord is king!*
he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.’
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it;*
let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the Lord when he comes,*
when he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness*
and the peoples with his truth.
Glory be to the Father . . .

We worship you, God of glory, in the beauty of holiness, and we joyfully proclaim your just and righteous rule, established for all, through your Son Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen

Psalm 97
The Lord is king;
let the earth rejoice;*
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,*
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
A fire goes before him*
and burns up his enemies on every side.
His lightnings light up the world;*
the earth sees it and is afraid.
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness,*
and all the peoples see his glory.
Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods!*
Bow down before him, all you gods.
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,*
because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;*
you are exalted far above all gods.
The Lord loves those who hate evil;*
he preserves the lives of his saints
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light has sprung up for the righteous,*
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,*
and give thanks to his holy name.
Glory be to the Father . . .

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.. Amen

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

Wisdom 6:12-23
Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her. 
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. 
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate. 
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, 
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought. 

The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her, 
and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, 
and immortality brings one near to God; 
so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom. 

Therefore if you delight in thrones and sceptres, O monarchs over the peoples,
honour wisdom, so that you may reign for ever. 
I will tell you what wisdom is and how she came to be,
and I will hide no secrets from you,
but I will trace her course from the beginning of creation,
and make knowledge of her clear,
and I will not pass by the truth; 
nor will I travel in the company of sickly envy,
for envy does not associate with wisdom.

Colossians 3:1-11
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

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 be 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 resurrection and the life,*
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 resurrection and the life,*
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 of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives 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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