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Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who have pleasure in them.
Full of honour and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and terrible is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
a good understanding have all those who practise it.
His praise endures for ever!

Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit,
* as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.


Psalm 114

When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people
of strange language * Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled, Jordan turned back,
* the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
What ails you O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?
* O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

Who turns the rock into a pool of water,
* the flint into a spring of water.


Psalm 116

I love the Lord,

because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
"O Lord, I beseech you, save my life!"

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple:
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I kept my faith, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted";
I said in my consternation, "Men are all a vain hope."

What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

The gloria is said after each psalm as on Sunday

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you.
And the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.



Magnificat

(The tone is the same as the tone of the second psalm of the day)

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
* for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.

For behold henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
* for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on those who fear him * from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud
in the imagination of their hearts,
* he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
* and the rich he has sent empty away.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
* as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.

Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit.
* As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be. Amen.



Let us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 112

Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
His descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house;
and his righteousness endures for ever.
Light rises in the darkness for the upright;
the Lord is gracious, merciful and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered for ever.
He is not afraid of evil tidings;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady, he will not be afraid,
until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his horn is exalted in honour.
The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked man comes to naught.




Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
* Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
* but there is forgiveness with you that you may be feared

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning
* more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption,
* and he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


Psalm 115

Not to us is the honour due, God, not to us, but to you alone.
For you are reliable mercy and love,
God here among us.
How then can there be people who ask:
"Where is that God of yours?"
Our God is above everything,
what he wants he makes.

Pagans make their gods for themselves,
out of silver and gold;
they have mouths, but they cannot speak,
eyes, and they cannot see;
they have ears, but they cannot hear,
and noses, but they cannot smell;
and their hands - they do not feel,
and their feet - they do not walk,
and from their throats - and from their throats
no sound will ever come.
And the man who relies on gods of that kind
is quite as worthless as they are.

Israel, keep on trusting your God,
he is your help and your shield.
All of you, who in the house of God
perform your services, continue to trust him,
he is your help and your shield.
People of God, always keep trusting,
he is your help and your shield.

The Lord God keeps us in his heart
and gives us his blessing.
Happiness and blessing for Israel,
and much happiness for all who serve him,
nothing but mercy for all his people,
great and small.

He will make us great and numerous,
and also our children.
We are the favourites of God,
he has created heaven and earth.
The heaven is the Lord's own heaven,
he has given the earth to men.

Not the dead will speak of him,
not the dead in their dead silence.
But living men - we make him happy,
now and for ever.
Hallelujah!

Let us pray
Silent prayer
Collect of the day
Reading Ephesians 2: 4 - 7

&, Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!

Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and for evermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!

Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!




Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high,
* I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvellous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul like a child
quieted at its mother's breast,
* like a child that is quieted is my soul.


Psalm 132

Remember O Lord in David's favour,
all the hardships he endured;
how he swore to the Lord
and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
"I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

Lo, we heard of it in Ephrathah,
we found it in the fields of Jaar.
"Let us go to his dwelling place;
let us worship at his footstool!"

Arise O Lord and go to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness
and let your saints shout for joy.
For your servant David's sake
do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

The Lord swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
"One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant
and my testimonies which I shall teach them,
their sons also for ever shall sit upon your throne."

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his habitation:
"This is my resting place for ever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provisions;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her saints will shout for joy.
There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but upon himself his crown will shed its lustre."

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Reading Philippians 2: 1-4

&Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 141

I call upon you, O Lord; make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord,
keep watch over the door of my lips!
Incline not my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity;
and let me not eat of their dainties!
Let a good man strike or rebuke me in kindness,
but let the oil of the wicked never anoint my head,
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.

When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
then they shall learn that the word of the Lord is true.
As a rock which one cleaves and shatters on the land,
so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.

But my eyes are toward you O Lord God;
in you I seek refuge, leave me not defenceless!
Keep me from the trap which they have laid for me,
and from the snares of evildoers!
Let the wicked together fall into their own nets,
while I escape.


Psalm 133

It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard,
* upon the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!

It is like the dew of Hermon which falls on the mountains of Zion!
* For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life for evermore.


Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
give praise, O servants of the Lord,
you that stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to his name for he is gracious!
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who smote the first-born of Egypt,
both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt, sent signs and wonders
against Pharaoh and all his servants;
who smote many nations and slew mighty kings,
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
and gave their land as a heritage,
a heritage to his people Israel.

Your name, O Lord, endures for ever,
your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
For the Lord will vindicate his people,
and have compassion on his servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of men's hands.
They have mouths but they speak not,
they have eyes, but they see not,
they have ears, but they hear not,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Like them be those who make them! -
yes, every one who trusts in them!

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord!

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading Colossians 3:16-17

&Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my supplications!
In your faithfulness answer me,
in your righteousness!
Enter not into judgement with your servant;
for no man living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued me;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old,
I meditate on all that you have done;
I muse on what your hands have wrought.
I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Make haste to answer me O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me O Lord from my enemies!
I have fled to you for refuge!
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!
Let your good spirit lead me on a level path!

For your name's sake O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring me out of trouble!
And in your steadfast love cut off my enemies,
and destroy all my adversaries,
for I am your servant.



Psalm 13

How long O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
* How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I bear pain in my soul and have
sorrow in my heart all the day?
* How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me O Lord my God; lighten my eyes,
lest I sleep the sleep of death;
* lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him";
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
* my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.


Psalm 139
My God, you fathom my heart and you know me,
my God, you know where I am, where I go.
You see through my thoughts from afar,
you have decided my roaming and resting,
and you are familiar with all that I do,
yes, and no word comes to my lips
but, my God, you have already heard it.
You are before me and you are behind me,
you have laid your hand upon me -
marvel of wisdom, far above me,
I cannot reach it, you are beyond me.

How should I ever run away from your spirit,
and where should I seek refuge
- you see me everywhere.
If I climb to the heavens, you are in the heavens,
if I go into the earth, I find you there, too.
And if I should fly with the daybreak
down to the uttermost shore of the sea,
there also your hand will help me on,
there also your powerful hand holds me tight.
If I should cry: "Darkness, cover me,
let the night come down round about me" -
for you the darkness does not exist,
for you the night is as bright as the day,
the darkness is as clear as the light.
I am your creation in my bones and tissues,
you have woven me in the womb of my mother.
I thank you, you have so wonderfully made me,
awesome wonders are all your works.
I am known by you, to the core, to my soul -
nothing in me was hidden from your eyes
when I was fashioned in deepest secrecy,
beautifully twined in the womb of the earth.
I was still unborn - you had already seen me,
and all of my life was in your book
before one day of it had been shaped.

How difficult are your thoughts to me,
my God, what a world of wisdom!
Were I to count them, they are as numerous
as the sand on the seashore, and yet -
I still know nothing at all about you.

God, kill the man with wicked plans -
away from me, people with blood on yout hands.
They speak of you but mean to discredit you,
they use your name, but only to betray you.
Should I not hate, God, those who hate you,
not be sick at heart over those who oppose you?
I hate them as fiercely as I can hate,
from now on they are my own enemies.

Now fathom my heart, O God, and know me,
test me and know what is happening in me.
I shall not come to a dead end, shall I?
Lead me forward on the way of my fathers.
Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

&Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 144

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
my rock and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who subdues the peoples under him.

O Lord, what is man that you regard him,
or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath,
his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens O Lord, and come down!
Touch the mountains that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them,
send out your arrows and rout them!
Stretch forth your hand from on high,
rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you O God;
upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
who gives victory to kings,
who rescues David your servant.
Rescue me from the cruel sword,
and deliver me from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;
may our garners be full, providing all manner of store;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;
may our cattle be heavy with young,
suffering no mischance or failure in bearing;
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
Happy the people to whom such blessings fall!
Happy the people whose God is the Lord!



Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name and vindicate me by your might.
* Hear my prayer, O God, give ear to the words of my mouth. For

insolent men have risen against me, ruthless men
seek my life; * they do not set God before them.

Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
* He will requite my enemies with evil;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a free-will offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks
to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
* For you have delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.


Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendour of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Men shall proclaim the might of your terrible acts,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the sons of men your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him,
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him;
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading Philippians 3:20-21

&, Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday



Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
When his breath departs he returns to his earth;
on that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners,
he upholds the widow and the fatherless;
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!



Psalm 61

Hear my cry O God, listen to my prayer;
* from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I;
* for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

For you, O God, have heard my vows,
* you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations!
* May he be enthroned for ever before God;
bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him!

So will I ever sing praises to your name,
* as I pay my vows day after day.


Psalm 147

A song of praise to the Lord,
singing makes you happy,
singing to our God,
for he is pleased with psalms.

He builds a city of peace
for the people of his covenant.
However far we are scattered,
he calls us together again.

Broken people are healed,
and he binds up their wounds,
our God, who defines again,
every night, the number of the stars,

Who calls them all by name -
a powerful God is he,
this God of ours - and his wisdom
is great beyond all measure.

He helps the poor man up,
he brings pride to a fall.
We must sing in praise of his Name,
we have to make music for him,

who covers the heavens with clouds
and makes the rain for the earth,
who clothes the mountains in green
and gives the animals their food -

and even the fledgling raven
gets what he cries out for.
No, he does not care
for horsepower or iron muscles,

his heart goes out to those
who are waiting for his love,
his friends in hope and fear -
and so he is our God.

Jerusalem, city of God,
people, glorify him.
He has safely barred your gates,
he has given your children his blessing.

He gives you bread and peace -
you live a life of abundance.
He sends his word to the earth,
and it runs, it spreads like wildfire.

And sometimes he makes it snow,
a white and woolly fur,
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes,
and hail-showers, stones of ice.

Who can endure his cold?
But then he speaks a word -
it thaws, the wind is blowing,
the waters are flowing again.

To Jacob and to his house
he has entrusted his word,
his law, his revelation,
his covenant and promise.

There is no other people
that may so experience him,
that may so keep his words -
our song rings to high heaven.


Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading Romans 11:33-36


May our evening prayer rise up to you, O Lord.
And let your mercy come down upon us.

Magnificat and prayers as on Sunday