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

Evening Prayer of the Church 

 

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

At the Lamb's high feast we sing

praise to our victorious King,

who has washed us in the tide

flowing from his pierce-d side;

praise we him whose love divine

gives his sacred blood for wine,

gives his body for the feast,

Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

 

Mighty victim from the sky,

pow'rs of hell beneath thee lie;

death is conquered in the fight,

thou hast brought us life and light:

hymns of glory, songs of praise,

risen Lord, to thee we raise;

holy Father, praise to thee,

with the Spirit, ever be.

 

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

Mary Magdalen came with the other Mary to see the tomb where the Lord had been laid, 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.

 

Mary Magdalen came with the other Mary to see the tomb where the Lord had been laid, alleluia.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 113a (114)

 

 Come and see where the Lord was laid, alleluia.

 

When Israel came forth from Egypt,

  Jacob’s sons from an alien people,

Judah became the Lord’s temple,

  Israel became his kingdom.

 

The sea fled at the sight:

  the Jordan turned back on its course,

the mountains leapt like rams

  and the hills like yearling sheep.

 

Why was it, sea, that you fled,

  that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?

Mountains, that you leapt like rams;

  hills, like yearling sheep?

 

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,

  in the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turns the rock into a pool

  and flint into a spring of water.

 

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.

 

 Come and see where the Lord was laid, alleluia.

 

 

Canticle - Apocalypse 19

 

 Jesus said: ‘Do not fear. Go, and tell my brethren that they are to leave for Galilee: they will see me there.’ 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.

 

 Jesus said: ‘Do not fear. Go, and tell my brethren that they are to leave for Galilee: they will see me there.’ Alleluia. 

 

 

Short Reading

Hebrews 10:12-14

Christ has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.

 

 

 

Short Responsory

This is the day which was made by the Lord: 

let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.

 

 

The Magnificat

 

You believe because you have seen me, Thomas. Blessed are those who have never seen me and yet believe.

 

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. Amen.

 

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.

 

You believe because you have seen me, Thomas. Blessed are those who have never seen me and yet believe.

 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

Let us pray to God the Father, who raised Jesus to life and exalted him at his own right hand.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
 
Father, through the victory of the cross you have lifted up Jesus from the earth;
  may he draw all people to himself.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
 
Through the exaltation of Christ send your Spirit into the Church;
  make her the sign of unity for the whole human family.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
 
You have become the Father of humanity through water and the Spirit;
  keep us faithful to our baptism until we enter eternal life.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
 
Through the exaltation of your Son raise up the sorrowful, set prisoners free, heal the sick;
  may the whole world rejoice in your wonderful gifts.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.
 
You nourished the faithful departed with Christ’s body and blood;
  let them share in his glory on the day of resurrection.
Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

 

Our Father…

 

 

God of eternal compassion,
  each Easter you rekindle the faith of your consecrated people.
Give them still greater grace, so that all may truly understand
  the waters in which they were cleansed,
  the Spirit by which they were reborn,
  the blood by which they were redeemed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

 

O salutaris Hostia

Quae caeli pandis ostium:

Bella premunt hostilia,

Da robur, fer auxilium.

 

Uni trinoque Domino

Sit sempiterna gloria,

Qui vitam sine termino

Nobis donet in patria. Amen.

 

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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.

  

 

Easter Anthem to Our Lady

 

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia;
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.