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

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan's tyranny;

From depths of hell Thy people save,

And give them victory o'er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,

And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Sion, shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem, 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.

 

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Sion, shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem, alleluia.

 

 

 

Psalm 144 (145)

 

Christ our King will come.  He is the Lamb that John announced.

 

I will give you glory, O God my King,

  I will bless your name for ever.

 

I will bless you day after day

  and praise your name for ever.

The Lord is great, highly to be praised,

  his greatness cannot be measured.

 

Age to age shall proclaim your works,

  shall declare your mighty deeds,

shall speak of your splendour and glory,

  tell the tale of your wonderful works.

 

They will speak of your terrible deeds,

  recount your greatness and might.

They will recall your abundant goodness;

  age to age shall ring out your justice.

 

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,

  slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,

  compassionate to all his creatures.

 

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

  and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

  and declare your might, O God,

 

to make known to men your mighty deeds

  and the glorious splendour of your reign.

Yours is an everlasting kingdom;

  your rule lasts from age to age.

 

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.

 

Christ our King will come.  He is the Lamb that John announced.

 

 

Canticle - Apocalypse 19

 

Behold I am coming soon to reward every man according to his deeds, says the Lord.

 

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.

 

Behold I am coming soon to reward every man according to his deeds, says the Lord.

 

 

Short Reading

Romans 13:11-12

It is full time now for you to wake from sleep.  For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand.  Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.

 

 

 

Short Responsory

 

Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
And grant us your salvation.
– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– Show us, Lord, your steadfast love.

 

 

The Magnificat

 

Come, Lord, and bring us peace.  Let us rejoice before you with sincere hearts.

 
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.

 

Come, Lord, and bring us peace.  Let us rejoice before you with sincere hearts.

 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

 

We pray to our Lord, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Come, and remain with us, Lord.
 
Gabriel announced your coming to the Virgin Mary:
  Son of the most High, come to claim your kingdom.
Come, and remain with us, Lord.
 
John the Baptist rejoiced to see your day:
  come, bring us your salvation.
Come, and remain with us, Lord.
 
Simeon acknowledged you, Light of the World:
  bring your light to all men of goodwill.
Come, and remain with us, Lord.
 
We look for you as watchmen look for the dawn:
  you are the sun that will wake the dead to new life.
Come, and remain with us, Lord.

 

 

Our Father

 

 

Grant, almighty Father,

that when Christ comes again we may go out to meet him

  bearing the harvest of good works achieved by your grace.

We pray that he will receive us into the company of the saints

  and call us into the kingdom of heaven.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Anthem to Our Lady

 

Mother of Christ! hear thou thy people’s cry,

Star of the deep, and Portal of the sky!

Mother of Him who thee from nothing made,

Sinking we strive, and call to thee for aid:

Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,

Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.

 

 

 Final Hymn

When creation was begun,
God had chosen you to be
Mother of his blessed Son,
Holy Mary full of grace.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

 

When creation was restored,
You were there beside the Lord
Whom you cherished and adored,
Holy Mary, full of grace.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

 

Praise the Father, praise the Son
and the Spirit, three-in-one;
as it was when time began,
Holy Mary, full of grace.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.