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Invitatory Psalm 116

 

 

 O praise the Lord, all you nations,

acclaim him all you peoples!

 

Strong is his love for us;

he is faithful for ever.

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages. 

 

Hymn

(varies)

 

O splendor of the Father’s ray

Extending to us light from light

O Light of Light, O Source of Life

O Day who made the light of day

 

O come True Son and live in us

Spread your eternal light on us

And may the Spirit’s radiance shine

To guide our senses on this day

 

The golden dawn brings on the sun

May the True Son arise in us

The Son is with the Father one

The Father also with the Son

 

Praised be the Father and the Son

And Holy Spirit equally

The Triune Godhead Three in One

Now and for all eternity

 

Amen

 

 

 

Psalm 72

 

 

How good God is to Israel,

to those who are pure of heart.

 

Yet my feet came close to stumbling,02

my steps had almost slipped;

 

for I was filled with envy of the proud

when I saw how the wicked prosper.

 

For them there are no pains;

their bodies are sound and sleek.

 

They have no share in men’s sorrows;

they are not stricken like others

 

So they wear their pride like a necklace,

they clothe themselves with violence.

 

Their hearts overflow with malice,

their minds seethe with plots.

 

They scoff; they speak with malice;

from on high they plan oppression.

 

They have set their mouths in the heavens

and their tongues dictate to the earth.

 

So the people turn to follow them

and drink in all their words.

 

They say: “How can God know?

Does the Most High take any notice?”

 

Look at them, such are the wicked;

but untroubled, they grow in wealth

 

How useless to keep my heart pure

and wash my hands in innocence,

 

when I was stricken all day long,

suffered punishment day after day.

 

Then I said: If I should speak like that,

I should betray the race of your sons.”

 

I strove to fathom this problem,

too hard for my mind to understand,

 

until I pierced the mysteries of God

and understood what becomes of the wicked.

 

How slippery the paths on which you set them;

you make them slide to destruction,

 

How suddenly they come to their ruin,

wiped out, destroyed by terrors.

 

Like a dream one wakes from, O Lord,

when you wake you dismiss them as phantoms.

 

And so when my heart grew embittered

and when I was cut to the quick,

 

I was stupid and did not understand,

no better than a beast in your sight.

 

Yet I was always in your presence;

you were holding me by my right hand.

 

You will guide me by your counsel

and so you will lead me to glory.

 

What else have I in heaven but you?

Apart from you I want nothing on earth.

 

My body and my heart faint for joy;

God is my possession for ever.

 

All those who abandon you shall perish;

you will destroy all those who are faithless.

 

To be near God is my happiness.

I have made the Lord God my refuge.

 

I will tell of all your works

at the gates of the city of Zion.

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

  

 

Psalm 42

 

 

Defend me, O God, and plead my cause

against a godless nation.

 

From deceitful and cunning men

rescue me, O God.

 

Since you, O God, are my stronghold,

why have you rejected me?

 

Why do I go mourning

oppressed by the foe?

 

O send forth your light and your truth;

let these be my guide.

 

Let them bring me to your holy mountain

to the place where you dwell.

 

And I will come to the altar of God,

the God of my joy.

 

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,

O God, my God.

 

Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

 

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my savior and my God.

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

 

Short Reading

 

Rom 13:11b-13a

(varies)

 

Salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;

the night is far gone, the day is near. 

 Let us then lay aside the works of darkness

and put on the armor of light;

 let us live honorable as in the day.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 111

 

Happy the man who fears the Lord,

who takes delight in all his commands.

 

His sons will be powerful on earth;

the children of the upright are blessed.

 

Riches and wealth are in his house;

his justice stands firm for ever.

 

He is a light in the darkness for the upright:

he is generous, merciful and just.

 

The good man takes pity and lends,

he conducts his affairs with honor.

 

The just man will never waver:

he will be remembered for ever.

 

He has no fear of evil news;

;with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.

 

With a steadfast heart he will no fear;

he will see the downfall of his foes.

 

Open-handed, he gives to the poor;

his justice stands firm for ever.

His head will be raised in glory.

 

The wicked man sees and is angry,

grinds his teeth and fades away;

the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

 

raise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

 

Song of Zachary

 

 

 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel !

He has visited his people and redeemed them.

 

He has raised up for us a mighty savior

in the house of David his servant,

 

As he promised by the lips of holy men,

those who were his prophets from of old.

 

A savior who would free us from our foes,

from the hands of all who hate us.

 

So his love for our fathers is fulfilled

and his holy covenant remembered.

 

He swore to Abraham our father 

to grant us that, free from fear,

and saved from the hands of our foes,

 

We might serve him in holiness and justice

all the days of your life in his presence.

 

As for you, little child, you shall be called

a prophet of God, the Most High.

 

You shall go ahead of the Lord,

to prepare his ways before him.

 

To make known to his people their salvation

through the forgiveness of their sins,

 

The loving-kindness of the heart of our God

who visits us like the dawn from on high.

 

He will give light to those in darkness, 

those who dwell in the shadow of death,

and guide us into the way of peace.

 
Praise
the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

 

 

Intercessions

(varies)

 

Praise to you, Father everlasting.  You open your hand and fill all creatures with blessing.  Listen to these petitions, as we say:

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the end of hatred and distrust among Christians.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the renewal of our service in the church.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the enrichment of our sacred reading and private prayer.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the healing of broken relationships.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the rule of justice and peace.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the relief of hunger and disease.

 

Lord, hear our prayer!

 

For the fulfillment of the hopes of the faithful departed,

 

(especially …………….). 

 

May they be found worthy of the promises of Christ, forever and ever.

 

 

 

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Concluding Prayer

(varies)

 

Almighty and ever-living God,

your Spirit made us your children,

confident to call you Father.

Increase your Spirit within us

and bring us to our promised inheritance.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

 

Amen