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

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word,
ye angels of light;
ye heavens, adore him
by whom ye were made,
and worship before him,
in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord,
ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you
his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you
to sing of his love.

O praise ye the Lord!
Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured
all ages along!
For love in creation,
for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation,
O praise ye the Lord!

 

 

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

The Lord will send his mighty sceptre from Sion, and he will rule for ever, 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 will send his mighty sceptre from Sion, and he will rule for ever, alleluia.
 

 

 

Psalm 113a (114)

 

The earth trembled before the Lord, 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.
 
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 earth trembled before the Lord, alleluia.
 
 

Canticle - Apocalypse 19

 

The Lord is King, our God, the Almighty! 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 is King, our God, the Almighty! Alleluia.
 

 

Short Reading

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves.

 

 

 

Short Responsory

 

Blessed are you, O Lord, in the vault of heaven.
Blessed are you, O Lord, in the vault of heaven.
You are exalted and glorified above all else for ever.
Blessed are you, O Lord, in the vault of heaven.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you, O Lord, in the vault of heaven.

 

 

The Magnificat

 

‘Call the workers and pay them their wages,’ says the Lord.

 

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.

 

‘Call the workers and pay them their wages,’ says the Lord.

 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

 

Christ is the Head of his body, the Church, and we are the members of that body; gathered this evening to pray in his name, we say:
Your kingdom come!
 
May your Church be a light to the nations, the sign and source of your power to unite all people:
  may she lead mankind to the mystery of your love.
Your kingdom come!
 
Guide the Pope and all the bishops of your Church:
  grant them the gifts of unity, of love, and of peace.
Your kingdom come!
 
Lord, give peace to our troubled world;
  and give to your children security of mind and freedom from anxiety.
Your kingdom come!
 
Help us to bring your compassion to the poor, the sick, the lonely, the unloved;
  lead us to find you in the coming week.
Your kingdom come!
 
Awaken the dead to a glorious resurrection:
  may we be united with them at the end of time.
Your kingdom come!

 

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.

 

 

Father,
  you summed up the whole law
  as love of you and of our neighbour.
Grant that by keeping this commandment of love,
  we may come to eternal life.
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

 

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.
Triumph, all ye Cherubim;
Sing with us, ye Seraphim.
Heav'n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, Salve, Salve, Regina.

The cause of joy to all below, O Maria.
The spring through which all graces flow, O Maria.
Angels, all your praises bring;
Earth and heaven, with us sing;
All creation echoing:
Salve, Salve, Salve, Regina.

O gentle, loving, holy one, O Maria.
The God of light became your Son, O Maria.
Triumph, all ye Cherubim;
Sing with us, ye Seraphim.
Heav'n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, Salve, Salve, Regina.