Words for Evening Prayer in Lent

Published by David Penny on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00
Spiritual

Evening Prayer in Lent 

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

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O Lord, make haste to help us.

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

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according to your judgement give us life.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be glory and praise for ever.

In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts

to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God

in the face of Jesus Christ.

Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence,

that freed from the misery of sin and shame

we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All

Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Entreaty (page 568), the following or another suitable hymn

Lord Jesus, think on me,

and purge away my sin;

from earthborn passions set me free,

and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me

with many a care opprest;

let me thy loving servant be,

and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,

nor let me go astray;

through darkness and perplexity

point thou the heavenly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,

that, when the flood is past,

I may the eternal brightness see,

and share thy joy at last.

George the Sinner, tr: A W Chatfield

(Tune: SM)

This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever.

All

Amen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Refrain:

With you, O God, is the well of life.

1

Sin whispers to the wicked, in the depths of their heart; ♦

there is no fear of God before their eyes.

2

They flatter themselves in their own eyes ♦

that their abominable sin will not be found out.

3

The words of their mouth are unrighteous and full of deceit; ♦

they have ceased to act wisely and to do good.

4

They think out mischief upon their beds

and have set themselves in no good way; ♦ nor do they abhor that which is evil. R

5

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens ♦

and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6

Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,

your justice like the great deep; ♦ you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

7

How precious is your loving mercy, O God! ♦

All mortal flesh shall take refuge

under the shadow of your wings.

8

They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house; ♦

they shall drink from the river of your delights.

9

For with you is the well of life ♦

and in your light shall we see light. R

10

O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you ♦

and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

11

Let not the foot of pride come against me, ♦

nor the hand of the ungodly thrust me away.

12

There are they fallen, all who work wickedness. ♦

They are cast down and shall not be able to stand.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

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Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen. 

Canticle

A Song of Christ the Servant, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 61 (page 619) or number 67 (page 625), may be said

Refrain:

All

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

1

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, ♦

that you should follow in his steps.

2

He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips, ♦

when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

3

When he suffered, he did not threaten, ♦

but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

4

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, ♦

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

5

By his wounds, you have been healed,

for you were straying like sheep, ♦

but have now returned

to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2.21b-25

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Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

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Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

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Be not far from me, O my God.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

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Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

from Psalm 38

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,

Refrain:

All

Come, let us return to the Lord,

for our God will richly pardon.

1

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; ♦

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2

From this day all generations will call me blessed; ♦

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

3

He has mercy on those who fear him, ♦

from generation to generation.

4

He has shown strength with his arm ♦

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5

Casting down the mighty from their thrones ♦

and lifting up the lowly.

6

He has filled the hungry with good things ♦

and sent the rich away empty.

7

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, ♦

to remember his promise of mercy,

8

The promise made to our ancestors, ♦

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

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Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Refrain:

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Come, let us return to the Lord,

for our God will richly pardon.

Prayers

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.

Intercessions are offered

for peace

for individuals and their needs

Those preparing for baptism and confirmation

Those serving through leadership

Those looking for forgiveness

Those misled by the false gods of this present age

All who are hungry

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

All

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God,

as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

(or)

Trusting in the compassion of God,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Conclusion

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

All

Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. 

All

Thanks be to God.

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