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

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;

To His feet thy tribute bring.

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like thee His praise should sing

Praise Him ! Praise Him!

Praise the everlasting King.

 

Praise Him for His grace and favour

To our fathers in distress.

Praise Him still the same for ever,

Slow to chide, and swift to bless

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Glorious in His faithfulness.

 

Father-like He tends and spares us;

Well our feeble frame He knows.

In His hands He gently bears us,

Rescues us from all our foes.

Praise Him ! Praise Him !

Widely as His mercy flows.

 

Angels, help us to adore Him 

Ye behold Him face to face;

Sun and moon, bow down before Him,

Dwellers all in time and space.

Praise Him ! Praise Him !

Praise with us the God of grace.

 

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

Christ the Lord is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. 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.
 
Christ the Lord is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. Alleluia.
 

 

 

Psalm 113b (115)

 

Our God is in heaven; he has power to do whatever he will. Alleluia.
 
Not to us, Lord, not to us,
  but to your name give the glory
for the sake of your love and your truth,
  lest the heathen say: ‘Where is their God?’
 
But our God is in the heavens;
  he does whatever he wills.
Their idols are silver and gold,
  the work of human hands.
 
They have mouths but they cannot speak;
  they have eyes but they cannot see;
they have ears but they cannot hear;
  they have nostrils but they cannot smell.
 
With their hands they cannot feel;
  with their feet they cannot walk.
  (No sound comes from their throats.)
Their makers will come to be like them
  and so will all who trust in them.
 
Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
 
You who fear him, trust in the Lord;
  he is their help and their shield.
He remembers us, and he will bless us;
  he will bless the sons of Israel.
  (He will bless the sons of Aaron.)
 
The Lord will bless those who fear him,
  the little no less than the great:
to you may the Lord grant increase,
  to you and all your children.
 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
  the maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens belong to the Lord
  but the earth he has given to men.
 
The dead shall not praise the Lord,
  nor those who go down into the silence.
But we who live bless the Lord
  now and 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.
 
Our God is in heaven; he has power to do whatever he will. Alleluia.
 
 

Canticle - Apocalypse 15

 

Praise God, all you his servants, both great and small. 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!
 
Praise God, all you his servants, both great and small. Alleluia.
 

 

Short Reading

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

We feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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

 

Andrew met his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah,’ and he took him to Jesus.

 

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.

 

Andrew met his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah,’ and he took him to Jesus.

 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

 

Through the gospel, the Lord Jesus calls us to share in his glory. Let us make our prayer with him to our heavenly Father.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 
We pray for all nations:
  that they may seek the way that leads to peace, that human rights and freedom may be everywhere respected, and that the world’s resources may be generously shared.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 
We pray for the Church:
  that her leaders may be faithful ministers of your word, that all her members may be strong in faith and hope and that you may be recognized in the love she bears to all.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 
We pray for our families, and the community in which we live:
  that we may find you in them.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 
We pray for ourselves:
  that in the coming week we may serve others in our work, and find peace when we rest.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 
We pray for the faithful departed:
  that through your mercy they may rest in peace.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
 

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.

 

 

Almighty God,
  ruler of all things in heaven and on earth,
listen favourably to the prayer of your people,
  and grant us your peace in our day.
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.

  

 

Closing Hymn

 

 

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the ocean Star,

Guide of the wanderer here below,

Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care:

Save us from peril and from woe.

Mother of Christ, star of the sea,

Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

 

O gentle, chaste and spotless Maid,

From sin's domain God kept thee free,

Plead with thy Son, for He has paid

The price of our iniquity.

Virgin most pure, star of the sea,

Pray for the sinner, pray for me.