April 5, 2016 – vespers



monk INTRODUCTION
HYMN – O Filii
PSALMODY
pope INCENSE PSALM
Ant. Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141
O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge;
do not strip me of my life.
Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Ant. Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Ant. 1. Seek the things of heaven, not those that are on the earth, alleluia.
Psalm 49
Hear, this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world,
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
My mouth shall speak of wisdom,
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb
and set forth my riddle upon the harp;
Why should I be afraid in evil days,
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods,
and boast of their great riches?
We can never ransom ourselves,
or deliver to God the price of our life;
For the ransom of our life is so great,
that we should never have enough to pay it,
In order to live for ever and ever,
and never see the grave.
For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation,
though they call the lands after their own names.
Even though honored, they cannot live for ever;
they are like the beasts that perish.
Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves,
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
Death is their shepherd;
they go down straightway to the grave.
Their form shall waste away,
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
But God will ransom my life;
he will snatch me from the grasp of death.
Do not be envious when some become rich,
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
For they will carry nothing away at their death,
nor will their grandeur follow them.
Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived,
and were praised for their success,
They shall join the company of their forebears,
who will never see the light again.
Those who are honored, but have no understanding,
are like the beasts that perish.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Make our mouths speak your wisdom, Lord Jesus, and help us to remember that you became man and redeemed us from death that we might merit the beauty of your light.

Ant. 1. Seek the things of heaven, not those that are on the earth, alleluia.
Ant. 2. Yours, O Lord, is majesty and power, glory and triumph, alleluia.
Canticle: Revelation 4:11; 5-9, 10, 12
You are worthy, our Lord and God, •
to receive glory and honour and power.

For you have created all things, •
and by your will they have their being.

You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain, •
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation.

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God, •
and they will reign with you on earth.

Ant. 2. Yours, O Lord, is majesty and power, glory and triumph, alleluia.
READING
1 Peter 2:4-5
Come to the Lord, a living stone, rejected by men but approved, nonetheless, and precious in God’s eyes. You too are living stones, built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. 3. Do great things for us, O Lord, for you are mighty, and holy is your name.
Luke 1:46-55
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me bless-ed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me; and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Ant. 3. Do great things for us, O Lord, for you are mighty, and holy is your name.
INTERCESSIONS
By his resurrection Christ has given sure hope to his people. Let us ask him with our whole hearts:
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, from your wounded side flowed blood and water,
– make the Church your spotless bride.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

Chief shepherd, after your resurrection you made Peter shepherd of your flock when he professed his love for you,
– increase from day to day the love and devotion of Francis, our Pope.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

You showed your disciples how to make a great catch of fish,
– send others to continue their work as fishers of men.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

At the lakeside you prepared bread and fish for your disciples,
– grant that we may never allow others to die of hunger.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

Jesus, the new Adam and life-giving spirit, transform the dead into your own likeness,
– that the fullness of your joy may be theirs.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever; hear our prayer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
(And now let us pray as the Lord told us:)
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.
CONCLUDING PRAYER
Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ your Son.
May he find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

DISMISSAL
May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
– Amen.
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