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Our Office is a simplified version of the monastic office as found in the Rule of Benedict. We find that it is much more quiet and fruitful to follow an ancient Egyptian monastic custom as regards the psalmody. One person reads the psalm and the others present sit and listen. Then at the end there is a space for silent prayer followed by a collect. This gives more space in the Office.

All the offices, except Compline, begin with a hymn.

At Vespers there are two psalms separated by a sung responsorial psalm and silent prayer follows with the collect, reading and final prayers.

Compline has an opening versicle and response and its own pattern of psalms, followed by a short lesson and verse and response. The hymn and blessing is followed by an anthem of Mary the mother of Jesus.

The Rule of Benedict calls the Hours of Prayer 'the Work of God'. This phrase had originally been used to describe the whole of the monk's life in his effort to attain to unceasing prayer. Nothing in the monk's life was done without the deepest prayer of the heart accompanying and informing it - in reading, working, eating, sleeping; in temptation, in failure, in penitence, in joy, thanksgiving and peace. The words of Scripture were as a sacrament on his lips and engraved on his mind, so that, in the Spirit, he may become more aware of the living word of the Father addressed to him by Christ. Emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually, the Work of God engrossed him.

When there came to be set times in the day for prayer in common, the ethos of this total Work of God was retained in the way the monks approached each Office. The inner freedom and spontaneity reappeared in the silent prayer after the psalm. Vocal and mental prayer were combined with the inner gaze of the eyes of the heart to Christ who is always in the midst of his brethren gathered together in his Name.

The Office has been through a great many phases in history. Hymns and chants were introduced from the 'cathedral' tradition and, in its turn, the clerical Office absorbed the psalmody of the monks. In our simplified form of the monastic Office we have had in mind the need to let the Spirit of God flow into the structure of the service and to allow it to become a living part of the Work of God in the community's life. At the set times in the day, the prayer of the Spirit - which informs the entire Body of Christ - bursts into flame, as it were, and the monk's desire for unceasing communion with Christ is strengthened and purified. There is no division, still less opposition, between the prayer of the Hours in common and the prayer of the individual in solitude. The combination of music and words and the simple gestures of sitting to listen, standing to pray and bowing deeply in worship, all assist the inner prayer of union and love in the corporate worship, answering the deep desire of all who have heard the call to a life of adoration and obedience to the Father.

The moments of silence before and after the Office allow us to become aware of the unceasing work of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ and in the world, as in each one of us. In the silences for prayer after the psalms we are able to respond with our whole being to God. The psalms are not prayer as such but they are the material for prayer, expressing man's universal experience of life in relation to God - his longing for God and of joy in him, as well as his doubts, fear, anger and hate. In Christ, all these attitudes are met and in him there is reconciliation and love and peace. Here, at the heart of the Hours of prayer, Christ takes hold of us in answer to our attentive worship and we are prepared anew to hear his Word until once again he leads us out to the action and repose of our living prayer throughout the day and night.

As light of dawn makes darkness yield,
So Christ has conquered death and sin,
To Christ the risen Saviour, then,
To Christ the daystar let us come.

The Son whom God the Father sent,
Who dwells for ever God and man,
Shall be this day our truth, our way,
Our resurrection and our life.

May God the Spirit lead us on
In peace, in love, in holy joy,
Restoring in a world redeemed
The image of divinity.

The Father, all transcending, near,
The fount of Godhead may we know,
His sons, his servants living now,
Within the pascha of the Lord.

To God the Father, Spirit, Son,
One undivided blessed three,
Let glory, honour, worship, praise
From man and all creation rise.

Psalm 118
Give thanks to God, for he is good,
his love endures in eternity.
All of Israel must proclaim:
his love endures in eternity -
and all the priests in the house of God:
his love endures in eternity -
all who put their faith in our God -
his love endures in eternity.

I was imprisoned, I called:
"God" - and he gave me an answer,
he gave great freedom to me.

He stands up for me, I am safe,
who will be able to touch me?
He stands up for me like a friend,
and my enemies count for nothing.

Better to shelter with God
than to rely on people;
better to shelter with God
than to rely on power.

All nations surrounded me,
I beat them down with the name of God.
They closed in on me from every side
I beat them down with the name of God.
They set upon me like a swarm of wasps,
a buzzing straw-fire round about me,
I beat them down with the name of God.

I was beaten, I had fallen,
God has helped me to my feet.
He is my pride, he is my song,
my God has become my victory.

Shouts of gladness and triumph are
ringing out from the tents of the righteous:
"The powerful hand of the Lord does wonders,
raised up high, ready to bless us,
the powerful hand of the Lord does wonders."

I shall not die, no, I shall live,
bear witness to his powerful works -
it is true, the Lord has beaten me hard,
but he did not give me up to death.

Open to me
the door of his house,
I want to enter,
I want to thank him.

This door opens
the way to God;
men of goodwill
may go inside.

I give you thanks, for you have heard me,
you have become my victory.
The stone the builders could not use
has become the cornerstone.
This way God has let it happen -
we see but fail to understand.
This is the day which the Lord has made,
a day of gladness for all of us.
Come and save us, you, our God,
bring us to a happy end.

You are blessed if you come in the name of the Lord.
From his house we wish you blessing.
His light has risen over us.
Form a festive procession, then,
and come close around the altar,
wave palm branches and sing to him:

You are my God, I want to thank you,
my God, and praise you to the skies.
Give thanks to God, for he is good,
his love endures in eternity.

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord all nations, * extol him all peoples.
For great is his steadfast love toward us, * and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord.
Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit, * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Let us pray
Silent prayer
Collect of the day
Reading Revelation 7: 9-12

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary, praise him in his mighty firmament! * Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him according to his exceeding greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound, praise him with lute and harp! * Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals, praise him with loud clashing cymbals! * Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 95       First Week

O come let us sing to the Lord,
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving,
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
for his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would hearken to his voice!
Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers tested me and put me to the proof,
though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation and said,
"They are a people who err in heart
and they do not regard my ways."
Therefore I swore in my anger
that they should not enter my rest.
The gloria is said after every psalm as on Sunday, page 4

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words O Lord,
give heed to my groaning.
Hearken to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice,
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness,
evil may not sojourn with you.
The boastful may not stand before your eyes,
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors bloodthirsty and deceitful men.
But I through the abundance of your steadfast love
will enter your house,
I will worship toward your holy temple in the fear of you.
Lead me O Lord in your righteousness because of my enemies, make your way straight before me.
For there is no truth in their mouth,
their heart is destruction,
their throat is an open sepulchre,
they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt O God,
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice,
let them ever sing for joy;
and defend them, that those who love your name
may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favour as with a shield.

Psalm 16       Second Week

Preserve me O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord,
I have no good apart from you."
As for the saints in the land,
they are the noble in whom is all my delight.
Those who choose another god
multiply their sorrows,
their libations of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup,
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places,
yes, I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me,
because he is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body also dwells secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol
or let your godly one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them for ever and ever,
he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted,
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

Let us pray
Silent prayer
Collect for the day
Reading 1 John 1: 5-7

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love.
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
as in heaven so on earth.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 96        First Week

O sing to the Lord a new song,
sing to the Lord all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name,
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvellous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him,
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name,
bring an offering and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in holy array,
tremble before him all the earth!

Say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established, it shall never be moved,
he will judge the peoples with equity."
Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar and all that fills it,
let the field exult and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me,
uttering slanders against me, my adversaries and foes,
they shall stumble and fall.
Though a host encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent,
he will set me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies round about me;
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Psalm 19       Second Week

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth
and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens
and its circuit to the end of them;
and there is nothing hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned,
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern his errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker,
let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with timbrel and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people,
he adorns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful exult in glory,
let them sing for joy on their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands.
To wreak vengeance on the nations
and chastisement on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgement written!
This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Collect and prayer and final prayers as on Monday
Reading Romans 13: 8-10

Hymn as on Sunday1

Psalm 97        First Week

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice,
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are round about him,
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries round about.
His lightnings lighten the world,
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness
and all the peoples behold his glory.
All worshippers of images are put to shame
who make their boast in worthless idols;
all gods bow down before him.
Zion hears and is glad
and the daughters of Judah rejoice
because of your judgements, O God.
For you O Lord, are 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,
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light dawns for the righteous
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous
and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord,
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried,
and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
O fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no want!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come O sons, listen to me,
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life
and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good,
seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evil-doers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help,
the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked;
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants,
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 24       Second Week

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein;
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!

Psalm 150 as on Sunday
Collect and prayer and final prayers as on Monday
Reading Colossians 3:12-15

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 98        First Week

O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things!
His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory,
he has revealed his vindication
in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love
and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth
have seen the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Let the sea roar and all that fills it,
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord,
for he comes to rule the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
Then I said, "Lo, I come;
in the roll of the book it is written of me;
I delight to do your will O my God;
your law is within my heart."

I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation,
lo, I have not restrained my lips, as you know O Lord.
I have not hid your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love
and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

Do not O Lord, withhold your mercy from me,
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me till I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Be pleased O Lord to deliver me!
O Lord make haste to help me!
Let them be put to shame and confusion altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let them be turned back and brought to dishonour
who desire my hurt!
Let them be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, "Aha, Aha!"
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation say continually,
"Great is the Lord!"
As for me, I am poor and needy;
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer,
do not tarry O my God!

Psalm 29        Second Week

Ascribe to the Lord O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy array.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters,
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord upon many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness,
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the oaks to whirl
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood,
the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Psalm 148 as Monday
Collect and prayer and final prayers as on Monday
Reading Ephesians 2: 4-10

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 99       First Week

The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and terrible name!
Holy is he!
Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the Lord and he answered them.
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his testimonies and the statutes that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy!

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the most High.
God is in the midst of her,
she shall not be moved;
God will help her right early.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come behold the works of the Lord,
how he has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the chariots with fire!

"Be still and know that I am God.
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth!"
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 42 & 43       Second Week

As a hart longs for flowing streams,
so longs my soul for you O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while men say to me continually, "Where is your God?"

These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

My soul is cast down within me,
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:"Why have you forgotten me?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
As with a deadly wound in my body,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
"Where is your God?"

Why are you cast down O my soul
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

Vindicate me O God,
and defend my cause against an ungodly people;
from deceitful and unjust men deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you cast me off?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me,
let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the lyre O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

Psalm 149 as on Tuesday
Collect and prayer and final prayers as on Monday
Reading Romans 5: 1-5

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 100       First Week

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is terrible,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!

Psalm 63       Second Week

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you,
as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live,
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
when I think of you upon my bed
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you,
your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth,
they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God,
all who swear by him shall glory,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 150 as on Sunday
Collect and prayer and final prayers as on Monday, page 9
Reading Ephesians 3:14-19

Psalm 63 as on Saturday

Psalm 93

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty,
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
Yes, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
your throne is established from of old,
you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice,
the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty.

Your decrees are very sure,
holiness befits your house O Lord for evermore.

Let us pray
Silent prayer
Collect of the feast
Reading from the lectionary

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary, praise him in his mighty firmament! * Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him according to his exceeding greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound, praise him with lute and harp! * Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals, praise him with loud clashing cymbals! * Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Come Holy Spirit, at this hour,
One with the Father and the Son;
Come swiftly with down-rush of love
To fill and overflow our souls.

May lips and tongue, mind, heart and voice
In all they do proclaim your praise;
May love break forth with ardent flame
To kindle fire in all we meet.

To God the Father glory be,
All glory to his only Son,
And to the Spirit, Paraclete,
In time and in eternity.

The gloria is said after each section of Psalm 119

Psalm 119

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart;
who also do no wrong but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous ordinances.
I will observe your statutes;
O forsake me not utterly!

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have laid up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the ordinances of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies
I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and observe your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am a sojourner on earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
for your ordinances at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
who wander from your commandments;
take away from me their scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight,
they are my counsellors.

My soul cleaves to the dust;
revive me according to your word.
When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word!
Put false ways far from me;
and graciously teach me your law!
I have chosen the way of faithfulness,
I set your ordinances before me.
I cleave to your testimonies O Lord;
let me not be put to shame!
I will run in the way of your commandments
when you enlarge my understanding!

Let us pray

Silent prayer
Collect for the Sunday

Let us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.

Hymn as on Sunday

Teach me O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
and give me life in your ways.
Confirm to your servant your promise,
which is for those who fear you.
Turn away the reproach which I dread;
for your ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise;
then shall I have an answer for those who taunt me,
for I trust in your word.
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your ordinances.
I will keep your law continually,
for ever and ever;
and I shall walk at liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.
I will also speak of your testimonies before kings,
and shall not be put to shame;
for I find my delight in your commandments,
which I love.
I revere your commandments, which I love
and I will meditate on your statutes.

Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction
that your promise gives me life.
Godless men utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
When I think of your ordinances from of old,
I take comfort, O Lord.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Almighty God, teach us to be attentive to you; and give us the spirit of holy fear, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which you have prepared for those who love you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.

Conclusion as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

The Lord is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
I entreat your favour with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
When I think of your ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.
The earth O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!

You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord,
according to your word.
Teach me good judgement and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray;
but now I keep your word.
You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
The godless besmear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
their heart is gross like fat,
but I delight in your law.
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
I know O Lord, that your judgements are right,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Let your steadfast love be ready to comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.
Let the godless be put to shame,
because they have subverted me with guile;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Lord, you are always present with us. Help us to know your will in every trial and difficulty. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.

Conclusion as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

My soul languishes for your salvation;
I hope in your word.
My eyes fail with watching for your promise;
I ask, "When will you comfort me?"
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
How long must your servant endure?
When will you judge those who persecute me?
Godless men have dug pitfalls for me,
men who do not conform to your law.
All your commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
They have almost made an end of me on earth;
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
In your steadfast love spare my life,
that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

For ever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day;
for all things are your servants.
If your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts;
for by them you have given me life.
I am yours, save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me;
but I consider your testimonies.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Oh, how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your ordinances,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Your word, O Lord, is sweetness in the mouth and light to the mind. Teach us in all patience to incline our hearts to the divine wisdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.

Conclusion as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to observe your righteous ordinances.
I am sorely afflicted; give me life, O Lord ,
according to your word!
Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord,
and teach me your ordinances.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage for ever;
they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes for ever,
to the end.

I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes;
their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you count as dross;
therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgements.

I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
Be surety for your servant for good;
let not the godless oppress me.
My eyes fail with watching for your salvation,
and for the fulfilment of your righteous promise.
Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant, give me understanding ,
that I may know your testimonies!
It is time for the Lord to act,
for your law has been broken.
Therefore I love your commandments
above gold, above fine gold.
Therefore I direct my steps by all your precepts;
I hate every false way.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Lord, your yoke is easy to those who come humbly to you, seeking your word. Give us the grace willingly to accept your commandments that we may enter into your joy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.

Conclusion as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Your testimonies are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
With open mouth I pant,
because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your wont towards those who love your name.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Redeem me from man's oppression,
that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears,
because men do not keep your law.

Righteous are you, O Lord,
and right are your judgements.
You have appointed your testimonies
in righteousness and in all faithfulness.
My zeal consumes me,
because my foes forget your words.
Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
I am small and despised,
yet I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is righteous for ever,
and your law is true.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
but your commandments are my delight.
Your testimonies are righteous for ever;
give me understanding that I may live.

With my whole heart I cry;
answer me O Lord.
I will keep your statutes.
I cry to you; save me
that I may observe your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate upon your promise.
Hear my voice in your steadfast love;
O Lord, in your justice preserve my life.
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.
But you are near, O Lord,
and all your commandments are true.
Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them for ever.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Remember us for good, Lord, in all our afflictions, and give us understanding through your judgements. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.
Conclusion as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Look on my affliction and deliver me,
for I do not forget your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
give me life according to your promise!
Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek your statutes.
Great is your mercy O Lord;
give me life according to your justice.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
I look at the faithless with disgust,
because they do not keep your commands.
Consider how I love your precepts!
Preserve my life according to your steadfast love.
The sum of your word is truth;
and every one of your righteous ordinances
endures for ever.

Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.
I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous ordinances.
Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I do your commandments.
My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
give me understanding according to your word!
Let my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise
that you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my delight.
Let me live that I may praise you,
and let your ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Lord, you have sought us out in your mercy that we might become your friends. Make us to be instruments of your peace that we may glorify you in our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever.
Conclusion as on Sunday

Psalm 121

I raise my eyes up to the mountains -
will anyone come to help me?
Yes, my God comes to help me,
the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not allow you to stumble,
he will not sleep, he keeps watch over you.
No, he will not slumber or sleep,
he watches over all of his people.

Our God is keeping watch,
like a shadow spread over you.
The sun will not strike you by day,
and by night the moon will not harm you.

He keeps all evil away,
he takes you under his care.
And whether you are coming or going,
God will keep you for ever.

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

Psalm 122

It was a joy for me to hear:
"We are on our way to the house of the Lord."
And now we are here in front of your gates,
on your ground, Jerusalem.

City of my heart, Jerusalem,
with your houses shoulder to shoulder.
All the tribes of Israel
are going there, caravans of people,

to celebrate the Name of the Lord,
for this is our sacred duty.
There the seats of judgement are,
there is the royal throne of David.

Pray for peace, for peace on this city,
wish its children every blessing -
city of peace, within your walls
a man may be safely happy.

I wish you all prosperity,
dearest home of all my friends,
city of God, I wish you peace,
peace for evermore.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading 1 John 4: 7-11 First Week
1 John 3: 1-3 Second Week

Lead me in your truth and teach me
For you are the God of my salvation

Let us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 124

Israel may say with justice:
If God had not been for us,
when people were against us -
if God had not been for us,
we would have been eaten alive,
we would have been burnt in their rage,
the water would have sprung upon us,
the flood would have swept us away,
and in those seething waves
we would all have been lost.

But God - thanks be to him -
has saved us from their teeth.
We have escaped, like a bird
from the net of the bird-catcher.
The net is torn,
and we are flown -

Our help is the Name of the Lord,
who made the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
so the Lord is round about his people,
from this time forth and for evermore.
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
upon the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous put forth their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts.
But those who turn aside upon their crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
Peace be in Israel.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday, page 47

Reading Luke 6:2O-23 First Week
Luke 1O:38-42 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 126

When from our exile
God takes us home again,
that will be dreamlike.

We shall be singing,
laughing for happiness.
The world will say:
"Their God does wonders."
Yes, you do wonders,
God here among us,
you, our gladness.

Then take us home,
bring us to life,
just like the rivers
which, in the desert,
when the first rain falls
start flowing again.

Sow seed in sadness,
harvest in gladness.
A man goes his way
and sows seed with tears.
Back he comes, singing,
sheaves on his shoulder.

Psalm 127

If the Lord does not build the house,
poor builder, why go on working?
If the Lord does not guard the town,
poor watchman, your watch is in vain.

Why, then, should you get up early,
and toil on into the night.
Your bread will still taste of sorrow.
Happiness can never be made -
the Lord gives it to his friends,
just like that, in their sleep.

Children come from God,
a son is a precious gift.
Like arrows on a man's bow
are sons born to him in his youth.
Happy is the man who has them -
he has no need to worry,
he can face up to his enemy,
he can take on the world.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday, page 47

Reading Matthew 5:13-16 First Week
Mark 4:26-29 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how powerful is your Name
everywhere on earth.
You show your majesty in the heavens,
yet you open the mouths of helpless children,
and there rises a song that bewilders your enemy -
all your opponents are put to silence.

If I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place -
what, then, is man, that you remember him,
the son of Adam, that he touches your heart.
Yet you have made him almost a god,
and you have crowned him with glory and splendour.
You make him lord of the work of your hands,
and you have laid the whole world at his feet,

sheep and cattle, all, all things,
even the animals in the open plain,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
all that wanders on the paths of the water.

Lord, our Lord, how powerful is your Name
everywhere on earth.

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble.
The name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.

May he grant you your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;
but we boast of the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall;
but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 17: 5-6 First Week
Mark 4:30-32 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 15

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right,
and speaks truth from his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue,
and does no evil to his friend,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour;
in whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
but who honours those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest,
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 30

I will speak of you, God,
and everyone may hear it:
You have drawn me up,
You have spared me the unholy glee of all my enemies.
I called to you: "God, help me" -
and you came to heal me.
It was you who brought me back
from the deepest pit -
already I was numbered among the dead -
you have given me life again.

Sing to the Lord our God,
all you that share in his love.
Keep it alive in your songs that he is the holy One.
His anger is but for a moment,
his friendship lasts a lifetime -
the evening comes with sorrow,
the daybreak brings you gladness.
I was carefree and happy,
I thought: it will ever be so,
I stand, and I will not fall.
And I was not aware
that nothing but your mercy
keeps me alive, Lord God.
And so, when you turned away
from me, I was nowhere.

Then I called out to you, God,
and I begged you for mercy -
"What use is it to you if I die,
if I am laid in the grave?
Can you be praised by the dust,
can a dead man sing of your faithfulness?
So in your goodness hear me, Lord,
be merciful to me and help me."

Then you changed my sorrow
into joy - I was in mourning
and you clothed me with gladness.
And now, with all my heart,
I sing this song to you,
I may no more be silent;
and therefore, God, my God,
I give you endless thanks.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 11:29-32 First Week
Luke 17:2O-21 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 51

Be merciful to me, you who are mercy,
wipe out my guilt in your compassion.
Wash me, I am dirty with sin -
who can forgive but you alone?

I see the evil that I have done,
it is all around me on every side.
Against your holiness I have sinned,
I have done what is hateful to you.
Your word justly sentences me,
you are righteous.

In unrighteousness I was born,
I was conceived and carried in sin.
Now you want me to come to the truth,
I hear your voice God, in my conscience.
Cover my sins and wash me clean,
and I shall be as white as snow.
Speak your saving word to me,
you have broken me, you can heal me.
Close your eyes, then, to my sins,
let them no longer exist for you.

Give me a different heart, my God,
make me new and make me firm.
Do not turn away, do not reject me,
never take your holy spirit from me.
Save me, and I can again be happy,
and I dare to live freely again.
Let me be a sign of your mercy,
and all who have disowned you, God,
will find the courage to go back to you.

Hold me no longer a captive of dumbness,
or must I be silent about your mercy?
Put the right words into my mind
to bear witness to your forgiveness.

You want no gifts and sacrifices.
If only, broken and made humble,
if only I open my heart to you,
that is my sacrifice.
Lord, accept it.

In your mercy be good to Zion,
build Jerusalem up again.
Then you will again be pleased with our gifts,
bulls will be offered and burnt on your altar.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 9:57-62 First Week & Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call; my rock be not deaf to me,
lest if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my supplication,
as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Take me not off with the wicked,
with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours
while mischief is in their hearts.
Requite them according to their work,
and according to the evil of their deeds.
Requite them according to the work of their hands,
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord!
for he has heard the voice of my supplications.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

Psalm 142

I am crying out, I cry to God -
O God, I implore you and beg for mercy.

I pour out my troubles before his eyes,
I pour out my whole heart to him.

I can go no further, I am out of breath -
but you, you know a way out for me.
They have set traps and snares on my way,
whichever way I turn, no friend,
no friend for me, no refuge any more,
no one who cares for me in the least.

I cried out to you, O God, I called:
my refuge, you, my all in this life.

But listen then, I am almost dead,
save me then, they are after me, they are too much for me.
They are hemming me in,
God, get me out of this,
and I will show you how grateful I am.
And all your friends will wish me joy,
because you have been good to me.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 14: 7-11 First Week
Luke 14:25-27 Second Week

Psalm 62
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be greatly moved.

How long will you set upon a man to shatter him, all of you,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his eminence.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people,
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.

Men of low estate are but a breath,
men of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion,
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God;
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you requite a man according to his work.

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

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Let us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 65

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who hear prayer!
To you shall all flesh come on account of sins.
When our transgressions prevail over us, you forgive them.
Blessed is he whom you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple!

By dread deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation,
who are the hope of all the ends of the earth,
and of the farthest seas;
who by your strength have established the mountains,
being girded with might;
who still the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples;
so that those who dwell at earth's farthest bounds
are afraid at your signs;
you make the outgoings of the morning
and the evening to shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges,
softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty;
the tracks of your chariot drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 84

I am eaten up with the love of your house,
O God of all the powers.
I am longing heart and soul
for the forecourts of the Lord,
my whole body is crying and yearning
for the living God.

Every bird will find a home -
even the swallow builds a nest
in the shadow of your altar,
where she may lay down her young
close to you, Lord of all the powers,
to you, my king, my God.

And happy is the man
who may live under your roof -
he will praise you day by day.
Happy are those people,
who will find their strength in you -
your ways are in their hearts.

Are they to pass through a barren valley,
they will make it a valley of springs.
Spring showers will bless the land.
And so they go on as if they had wings,
to find you in your holy city.

Lord of the powers, hear my prayer,
God of Jacob, listen to me:
protect the people whom you have called,
bless us - we are here before you.

One day in your courts is better
than a thousand days outside.
And to wait upon the threshold
of the house of our Lord God,
is far better than to waste away
my life in the tents of sin.

The Lord is a sun, the Lord is a shield.
He makes us respected, he makes us loved.
The man who goes on the path of life
upright, without lies, will find mercy in the eyes of God.

Happy is the man
who will put his trust in you,
O Lord God of all the powers.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 85

Again and again you have favoured your land,
O God, and changed our lives for the better.
You have covered all our sins,
taken away all guilt from your people;
again and again revoked your threats
and quenched the burning fire of your anger.

Now be merciful to us again and no longer
embittered, or would you be angry for ever
with us, throughout all generations?
Would you not rather see us alive
so that we might be glad in you?
Give us a sign of your covenant, then,
God of love, restore us to honour.

I want to hear the word of the Lord.
Peace - that is the word of the Lord.
For his people, for his followers,
for whoever turns back to him,
the Lord holds out a word of peace.
Yes, his rescue is close for them,
his glory will be at home in their land.

Mercy and faithful love will meet,
truth and peace will embrace one another.
Faithfulness sprouts like a seed in the earth,
truth is like a sun in the sky.
Our Lord God will lavish blessing,
and the land will bear its fruit.
Truth like a messenger, runs on ahead of him,
peace follows him wherever he goes.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 90

You have been a safe place to live in,
for us, O Lord, throughout all generations.
Even before the mountains were born
and the whole of this world was brought forth,
within living memory you are God,
and in all ages to come.

You make people crumble into dust,
You say: its all over, ah children of Adam.
In your sight, a thousand years
are like yesterday, a day that has passed,
are like an hour of watching by night.
You sweep us out like a dream in the morning,
we are like the vigorous grass that grows -
it comes up at daybreak and flourishes,
at dusk it is mown down and dead.

Yes, we are perishing with your rage,
eaten up with anxiety when you are angry.
For you remember all our sins,
our innermost secrets are before your eyes -
that is why our days are so trivial,
our years as fleeting as a sigh.

The life of a man lasts seventy years,
or eighty, if we are strong.
Most of that is hardship and sorrow -
all at once it is over and we are gone.
Who can fathom the power of your rage,
and who is aware how fearful you are?
Teach us, then, so to value our days
that we may learn to cherish wisdom.

How long must we still wait for you?
O God, come back, and make peace with us.
Do not hold back your grace any longer
and we will from now on be glad in you.
And give us as many happy days
as we have suffered days of misery.

Show us that you are at work for us,
and let our children see your glory.
Be all around us with your mildness, O Lord,
and let the work of our hands be lasting,
let the work of our hands be lasting.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 91

Whoever lives in the shelter of the most high God
and spends the night in the shadow of God almighty -
he says to the Lord: my refuge, my stronghold,
my God, in you I put all my trust.

He sets you free from the net of the bird-catcher,
he keeps the plague of evil from you,
he will cover you with his feathers,
under his wings you will find safety.

In the dead of night you have nothing to fear;
neither dread in the daytime a stab in the back,
nor fear the plague that stalks in the darkness -
no fever will ruin you in the heat of day.

Although a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand go down before your eyes,
it will not touch you, your God is faithful,
he is a shield, a wall round about you.

You have only to lift up your eyes
to see how wickedness is avenged.
Then you say:"The Most High is my refuge",
and you will be at home with him.

No disasters will happen to you,
no pestilence will come close to your tent.
He has sent his angels out,
to guard you at every step you take.

They will bear you up on their hands -
no stone will hurt your feet on your way.
You plant your foot on the head of the lion,
you will trample on the snake,
you will kill the dragon.

"Yes, if he clings to me I will rescue him,
I will make him great, for he holds on to my Name.
If he calls, I will answer. In anguish and need:
I with him, I will make him free
and clothe him with glory.

He shall live to be full of years.
He shall live to see my rescue."

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
The dull man cannot know,
the stupid cannot understand this:
that, though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever,
but you, O Lord, are on high for ever.
For lo, your enemies shall perish,
all evildoers shall be scattered.

But you have exalted my horn
like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies,
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord,
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bring forth fruit in old age,
they are ever full of sap and green,
to show that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

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.


(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.

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

O God make speed to save me.
O Lord make haste to help me.

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

Psalm 4

Give me an answer,
God, when I call to you.
You are my truth,
you give me freedom
when I am oppressed -
have mercy on me,
hear my prayer.

Man how long
will your heart remain hardened,
will you go for appearances
and run after lies?
Do you not know
that God has a friend,
that he makes him great,
and so - that he listens
if I call to him?

Admit defeat
and sin no more,
brand it on your mind
before you sleep,
come to yourself.
Bring your gifts
just as you are,
put your trust
in our God.

Many are asking:
"Who makes us happy?"
Bless us with
the light of your eyes,
Lord our God.
You have given me
greater joy
than all those others
with their riches,
wheat and wine.

In peace I lie down
and I sleep at once.
You make me live
safe and sound, Lord God,
you alone.

Psalm 134

Come bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord. * Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion, * he who made heaven and earth.
Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit, * as it as in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Silent prayer


Thanks be to God.

Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of the eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

We praise you, Father, for your gift
Of dusk and nightfall over earth,
Foreshadowing the mystery
Of death that leads to endless day.

Within your hands we rest secure;
In quiet sleep our strength renew:
Yet give your people hearts that wake
In love to you, unsleeping Lord.

Your glory may we ever seek
In rest as in activity,
Until its fulness is revealed,
O source of life, O Trinity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the almighty and merciful Lord,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and keep us.