December 22, 2016 – vespers



monk INTRODUCTION
HYMN—O God Most Holy
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. The Lord is my stronghold and my savior, alleluia.
Psalm 144
Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues the peoples under me.
O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
mere mortals that you should think of us?
We are like a puff of wind; *
our days are like a passing shadow.
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
shoot out your arrows and rout them.
Stretch out your hand from on high; *
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters,
from the hand of foreign peoples,
Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
You give victory to kings *
and have rescued David your servant.
Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands;
may our cattle be fat and sleek.
May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, –
no wailing in the public squares.
Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

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

Lord, God of strength, you gave your Son victory over death. Direct your Church’s fight against evil in the world. Clothe us with the weapons of light and unite us under the one banner of love, that we may receive our eternal reward after the battle of earthly life.

Ant. 1. The Lord is my stronghold and my savior, alleluia.
Ant. 2. Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.
Canticle: Revelation 11
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is, and who was, and who is to come.

For you have taken your great power,
and you have reigned.

And the nations became angry,
but your wrath arrived, and the time for the dead to be judged,
and to render a reward to your servants the prophets,
and to the saints,
and to those who fear your name, small and great.

Now have arrived salvation and virtue
and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ.

For the accuser of our brothers has been cast down,
he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of his testimony.

And they loved not their own lives,
even unto death.

Ant. 2. Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.
READING
James 5:7-8, 9b
Therefore, be patient, brothers, until the advent of the Lord. Consider that the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently, until he receives the early and the late rains. Therefore, you too should be patient and should strengthen your hearts. For the advent of the Lord draws near.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. 3. I am the shepherd of my sheep. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly, alleluia.
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. I am the shepherd of my sheep. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly, alleluia.
INTERCESSIONS
To Christ our Lord, who humbled himself for our sake, we joyfully say:
Come, Lord Jesus!

Lord Jesus, by your coming you rescued the world from sin,
– cleanse our souls and bodies from guilt.
Come, Lord Jesus!

By the mystery of your incarnation we are made your brothers and sisters,
– do not let us become estranged from you.
Come, Lord Jesus!

Do not judge harshly,
– those you redeemed with such great cost.
Come, Lord Jesus!

No age, O Christ, is without your goodness and holy riches,
– enable us to merit the enduring crown of your glory.
Come, Lord Jesus!

Lord, to you we commend the souls of your departed servants,
– having died to the world, may they be alive in you for ever.
Come, Lord Jesus!

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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