Sunday Devotions 

 

Please find below the order of service for Sunday Vespers (the official evening prayer of the Church) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Vespers and Benediction will be available to watch on our webcam at 4pm on Sunday.

 

Sunday Vespers 

 

O God, come to our aid.

  O Lord, make haste to help us.

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. Alleluia.

 

 

Hymn

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In deeper reverence, praise.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!

Interpreted by love!

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

O still, small voice of calm.

 

 

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

The Lord’s revelation to my Master: ‘Sit on my right.’ Alleluia.
 
The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
  ‘Sit on my right:
  your foes I will put beneath your feet.’
 
The Lord will wield from Sion
  your sceptre of power:
  rule in the midst of all your foes.
 
A prince from the day of your birth
  on the holy mountains;
  from the womb before the dawn I begot you.
 
The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
  ‘You are a priest for ever,
  a priest like Melchizedek of old.’
 
The Master standing at your right hand
  will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
  and therefore he shall lift up his head.
 
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.
 
The Lord’s revelation to my Master: ‘Sit on my right.’ Alleluia.
 

 

 

Psalm 110 (111)

 

The Lord is full of merciful love: he makes us remember his wonders. Alleluia.
 
I will thank the Lord with all my heart
  in the meeting of the just and their assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord,
  to be pondered by all who love them.
 
Majestic and glorious his work,
  his justice stands firm for ever.
He makes us remember his wonders.
  The Lord is compassion and love.
 
He gives food to those who fear him;
  keeps his covenant ever in mind.
He has shown his might to his people
  by giving them the lands of the nations.
 
His works are justice and truth,
  his precepts are all of them sure,
standing firm for ever and ever;
  they are made in uprightness and truth.
 
He has sent deliverance to his people
  and established his covenant for ever.
  Holy his name, to be feared.
 
To fear the Lord is the first stage of wisdom;
  all who do so prove themselves wise.
His praise shall last 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.
 
The Lord is full of merciful love: he makes us remember his wonders. Alleluia.
 

 

Canticle - Apocalypse 19

 

The Lord our God Almighty is king, alleluia.
 
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, alleluia.
  his judgements are true and just.  Alleluia, alleluia.
 
Praise our God, all you his servants, alleluia.
  you who fear him, small and great.  Alleluia, alleluia.
 
The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns, alleluia.
  let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory. Alleluia, alleluia.
 
The marriage of the Lamb has come, alleluia.
  and his bride has made herself ready.  Alleluia, alleluia.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, alleluia
  and to the Holy Spirit.  Alleluia, alleluia.
 
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, alleluia.
  world without end, Amen.  Alleluia, alleluia.
 
The Lord our God Almighty is king, alleluia.
 

 

Short Reading

1 Peter 1:3-5

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time.

 

 

 

Short Responsory

 

Great is our Lord; great is his might.
Great is our Lord; great is his might.
His wisdom can never be measured.
Great is our Lord; great is his might.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Great is our Lord; great is his might

 

 

The Magnificat

 

‘Lord, tell me to come to you across the water.’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held Peter and said to him, ‘Man of little faith, why did you doubt?’

 

My soul glorifies the Lord,

  my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness;

  henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

 

The Almighty works marvels for me.

  Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,

  on those who fear him.

 

He puts forth his arm in strength

  and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

  and raises the lowly.

 

He fills the starving with good things,

  sends the rich away empty.

 

He protects Israel, his servant,

  remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

  to Abraham and his sons 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.

 

‘Lord, tell me to come to you across the water.’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held Peter and said to him, ‘Man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

 

God is ever creative. His love renews all things and is the source of our hope. Let us turn to him in confidence:
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.
 
We give thanks for the order of created things:
  you have blessed us with the resources of the earth and the gift of human life.
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.
 
We give thanks for humanity’s share in your continuing work of creation:
  we praise you for your gifts to him of inventive skill and creative vision.
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.
 
We pray for all the nations of the world:
  may those in authority work for peace and goodwill.
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.
 
We pray for all who are homeless today:
  we pray for families searching for a place to live, and for refugees driven from their homeland.
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.
 
Life was your first gift to us:
  may those who have died come to its fullness in you.
Lord, accept our thanks and our prayers.

 

 

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.

 

 

We recognize with joy
  that you, Lord, created us,
  and that you guide us by your providence.
In your unfailing kindness, support us in our prayer:
  renew your life within us,
  guard it and make it bear fruit for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

Tantum ergo Sacramentum

Veneremur cernui:

Et antiquum documentum

Novo cedat ritui:

Praestet fides supplementum

Sensuum defectui.

 

Genitori, Genitoque

Laus et iubilatio,

Salus, honor, virtus quoque

Sit et benedictio:

Procedenti ab utroque

Compar sit laudatio.

Amen.

 

V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis, alleluia.

R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem, alleluia.

 

 

THE DIVINE PRAISES

Blessed be God. 

Blessed be His Holy Name. 

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. 

Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.

Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.

  

 

Closing Hymn

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and rest;
lay down, O weary one, lay down
your head upon my breast."
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary and worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.