2.17pm on Friday 19 April 2019

Evening Prayer (Evensong) in Contemporary Language


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Evening Prayer
Passiontide
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Easter Eve

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 116

Refrain: Gracious is the Lord and righteous.

1 I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication; 
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.

2 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pains of hell took hold of me; 
by grief and sorrow was I held.

3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: 
‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’

4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; 
our God is full of compassion. R

5 The Lord watches over the simple; 
I was brought very low and he saved me.

6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, 
for the Lord has been gracious to you.

7 For you have delivered my soul from death, 
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.

8 I will walk before the Lord 
in the land of the living. R

9 I believed that I should perish
for I was sorely troubled; 
and I said in my alarm,
‘Everyone is a liar.’

10 How shall I repay the Lord 
for all the benefits he has given to me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation 
and call upon the name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord 
in the presence of all his people. R

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord 
is the death of his faithful servants.

14 O Lord, I am your servant, 
your servant, the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving 
and call upon the name of the Lord.

16 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord 
in the presence of all his people,

17 In the courts of the house of the Lord, 
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Alleluia.

Refrain: Gracious is the Lord and righteous.

As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
may we call upon your name,
raise the cup of salvation,
and so proclaim your death, O Lord,
until you come in glory.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Job 19.21-27


Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
   for the hand of God has touched me!
Why do you, like God, pursue me,
   never satisfied with my flesh?


‘O that my words were written down!
   O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
   they were engraved on a rock for ever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
   and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
   then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
   and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
   My heart faints within me!

Canticle

The following, or another suitable canticle, may be said or sung

Refrain:

AllOur hope is not in vain,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.

1God reckons as righteous those who believe,
who believe in him who raised Jesus from the dead;

2For Christ was handed over to death for our sins,
and raised to life for our justification.

3Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

4Through Christ we have gained access
to the grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in our hope of the glory of God.

5We even exult in our sufferings,
for suffering produces endurance,

6And endurance brings hope,
and our hope is not in vain,

7Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts,
through the Holy Spirit, given to us.

8God proves his love for us:
while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

9Since we have been justified by his death,
how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath.

10Therefore, we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom we have now received our reconciliation.

Romans 4.24, 25; 5.1-5, 8, 9, 11

AllOur hope is not in vain,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

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

1 John 5.5-12

Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or A Song of Praise (page 627) may be said

Refrain:

AllChrist humbled himself for us and, in obedience, accepted death,
      even death on a cross
therefore God raised him to the heights and gave him the name
      which is above all other names.

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.

3He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

4He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.

6He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.

7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,

8The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

Refrain:

AllChrist humbled himself for us and, in obedience, accepted death,
      even death on a cross
therefore God raised him to the heights and gave him the name
      which is above all other names.

Prayers

The Collect of the day is said

Grant, Lord,
that we who are baptized into the death
      of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
      and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
through his merits,
who died and was buried and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur 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)

Standing at the foot of the cross,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur 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.

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