Daily Prayer

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King’s Lynn Minster
Sunday 29th March 2020
The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Priest:  In the name of the Father and of the Son
            and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

           The Lord be with you
All:     and also with you.

Thank you for joining in this service from your homes. Although physical separation is forced on us because of the risks of the corona virus, covid-19, we are spiritually united with one another as the people of God, the Body of Christ. We are part of the Communion of Saints on earth and in heaven united in worship through the Holy Spirit.

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent, often called Passion Sunday, and we are beginning the time to remember carefully and prayerfully the suffering and death of Jesus. It is the special time to call to mind the events that manifest the love of God for each of us revealed in Jesus.

And so we prepare ourselves by confessing our sins – our share in the sinfulness of all human beings that led to the suffering and death of Jesus; the cost of his love for all humanity.

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour,
in what we have thought,
in what we have said and done,
through ignorance, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.
We are sorry and ashamed
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and lead us out from darkness
to walk as children of light. Amen.

The Priest says the prayer of absolution.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect:

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter 37 verses 1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and given him the name that is above every name.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

The  Gospel: John 11.1-45

          The Lord be with you
          and also with you
         
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
          according to John
          Glory to you O, Lord.

A certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon

The Creed

          Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
     and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
     under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is
     worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
     and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith. Strengthen and encourage your Church throughout the world, especially where she is seeking ways to speak your word and do your will, amid the constraints and fear caused by the Coronavirus. Let your love cast out our fear and equip us to show wisely and effectively, your love to all our neighbours. Give to the leaders of your Church the grace and wisdom to guide us through the perils that face us that we may come through this time renewed in faith and effectiveness as people of Good News for all humanity.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

As the leaders of nations are called to deal with great problems but have little certainty of outcome, give them the wisdom, discernment and stamina to make wise decisions, and pursue right courses to lead the world through this time of crisis. We pray for generous hearts, committed to seeking the common good of all humanity, and that you will turn the hearts of leaders and peoples away from the corrupting paths of fear and greed and selfishness.

     Lord in your mercy
     Hear our prayer

Be close to our families and friends, to all whom you give us to care for, and to all who are entrusted to our care. Let your peace fill the homes of our neighbourhoods that all who face particular challenges may find your protection and encouragement in all that they face. Keep safe all who are working to keep society functioning and to protect the vulnerable.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We hold before you all who are suffering: the sick and those afraid of illness; those losing livelihoods and facing hardship; those who are fragile or desperate; those who are vulnerable or bewildered.

Inspire those researching the way to deal with the threat of infection and the treatment of the sick, and grant insight to those responsible for the public health.

We are truly grateful for all who are risking their own safety for the benefit of others; those caring for the sick, in hospital or in the community. We pray you keep them safe from all harm and give them serenity in the work they are doing.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We commend to your eternal care all who have died, especially those of our community. Give peace to all who are bereaved; especially to those whose bereavement has been traumatic and to those denied the opportunity adequately to express their grief.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Be with us and with all whom we love, this day and every day. Lead us in the way of Christ that leads to the fullness of eternal life.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near
          through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

          The Peace of the Lord be always with you
          and also with you.

The prayer over the gifts.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
through your goodness we have this bread to offer,
which earth has given and human hands have made.
It will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
through your goodness we have this wine to offer,
fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
It will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God for ever.

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,
ever giving yourself that the world might live,
let us share your death and passion:
make us perfect in your love. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

     The Lord be with you
     and also with you.

     Lift up your hearts.
     We lift them to the Lord.

     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
     It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near
the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.
The power of the life-giving cross
reveals the judgement that has come upon the world
and the triumph of Christ crucified.
He is the victim who dies no more,
the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,
our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,
exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

     We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
     Though we are many, we are one body,
     because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei.

Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

The invitation to Communion

Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world,
blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Prayers after Communion:

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us that what we do
for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ. 
Through him we offer you
our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing:

          The Lord be with you
          and also with you.

Christ crucified draw you to himself,
to find in him a sure ground for faith,
a firm support for hope,
and the assurance of sins forgiven;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

          Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
          In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Morning Prayer (Passiontide)
Monday 30th March

Preparation

                    O Lord, open our lips
All                and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

                   Let your ways be known upon earth,
All               your saving power among the nations.

Prayer of thanksgiving 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All                Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Lamentation

1                 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? ♦
                   Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

2                 Which was brought upon me, ♦
                   which the Lord inflicted
                        on the day of his fierce anger.

3                 For these things I weep;
                   my eyes flow with tears; ♦
                   for a comforter is far from me,
                   one to revive my courage.

4                 Remember my affliction and my bitterness, ♦
                   the wormwood and the gall!

5                 But this I call to mind, ♦
                  and therefore I have hope:

6                 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, ♦
                   his mercies never come to an end;

7                 They are new every morning; ♦
                   great is your faithfulness.

8‘                The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ♦
                   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

9                 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, ♦
                   to the soul that seeks him.

10               It is good that we should wait quietly ♦
                   for the salvation of the Lord.

11               For the Lord will not reject for ever; ♦
                   though he causes grief, he will have compassion,

12               According to the abundance of his steadfast love; ♦
                   for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

                                                            Lamentations 1.12, 16a,b; 3.19, 21-26, 31-33

All                Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All                Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 73

1                 Truly, God is loving to Israel, ♦
                   to those who are pure in heart.

2                 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone; ♦
                   my steps had well-nigh slipped.

3                 For I was envious of the proud; ♦
                   I saw the wicked in such prosperity;

4                 For they suffer no pains ♦
                   and their bodies are sleek and sound;

5                 They come to no misfortune like other folk; ♦
                   nor are they plagued as others are;

6                 Therefore pride is their necklace ♦
                   and violence wraps them like a cloak.

7                 Their iniquity comes from within; ♦
                   the conceits of their hearts overflow. 

8                 They scoff, and speak only of evil; ♦
                   they talk of oppression from on high.

9                 They set their mouth against the heavens, ♦
                   and their tongue ranges round the earth;

10               And so the people turn to them ♦
                   and find in them no fault.

11               They say, ‘How should God know? ♦
                   Is there knowledge in the Most High?’

12               Behold, these are the wicked; ♦
                  ever at ease, they increase their wealth.

13               Is it in vain that I cleansed my heart ♦
                   and washed my hands in innocence?

14               All day long have I been stricken ♦
                   and chastened every morning.

15               If I had said, ‘I will speak as they do,’ ♦
                   I should have betrayed the generation of your children.

16               Then thought I to understand this, ♦
                   but it was too hard for me,

17               Until I entered the sanctuary of God ♦
                   and understood the end of the wicked:

18               How you set them in slippery places; ♦
                   you cast them down to destruction.

19               How suddenly do they come to destruction, ♦
                   perish and come to a fearful end!

20               As with a dream when one awakes, ♦
                  so, Lord, when you arise you will despise their image.

21               When my heart became embittered ♦
                  and I was pierced to the quick,

22               I was but foolish and ignorant; ♦
                   I was like a brute beast in your presence. 

23               Yet I am always with you; ♦
                   you hold me by my right hand.

24               You will guide me with your counsel ♦
                   and afterwards receive me with glory.

25               Whom have I in heaven but you? ♦
                   And there is nothing upon earth that I desire
                         in comparison with you.

26               Though my flesh and my heart fail me, ♦
                   God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27               Truly, those who forsake you will perish; ♦
                   you will put to silence the faithless who betray you.

28               But it is good for me to draw near to God; ♦
                   in the Lord God have I made my refuge,
                       that I may tell of all your works.

All              Glory to the Father and to the Son
                 and to the Holy Spirit;
                 as it was in the beginning is now:
                  and shall be for ever. Amen.

Exodus 8.1-19

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 2If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. 3The river shall swarm with frogs; they shall come up into your palace, into your bedchamber and your bed, and into the houses of your officials and of your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 4The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your officials.” ’ 5And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, the canals, and the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.” ’ 6So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. 7But the magicians did the same by their secret arts, and brought frogs up on the land of Egypt.

8Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Pray to the Lord to take away the frogs from me and my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 9Moses said to Pharaoh, ‘Kindly tell me when I am to pray for you and for your officials and for your people, that the frogs may be removed from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.’ 10And he said, ‘Tomorrow.’ Moses said, ‘As you say! So that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God, 11the frogs shall leave you and your houses and your officials and your people; they shall be left only in the Nile.’ 12Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses cried out to the Lord concerning the frogs that he had brought upon Pharaoh. 13And the Lord did as Moses requested: the frogs died in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. 14And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart, and would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

16Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats throughout the whole land of Egypt.” ’ 17And they did so; Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and gnats came on humans and animals alike; all the dust of the earth turned into gnats throughout the whole land of Egypt. 18The magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, but they could not. There were gnats on both humans and animals. 19And the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God!’ But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

Canticle

All                I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praises of the Most High.

1                 Who is this that comes from Edom, ♦
                   coming from Bozrah, his garments stained crimson?

2                 Who is this in glorious apparel, ♦
                  marching in the greatness of his strength?

3                 ‘It is I, who announce that right has won the day, ♦
                    it is I,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am mighty to save.’

4                 Why are your robes all red, O Lord, ♦
                   and your garments like theirs who tread the winepress?

5                 ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, ♦
                   and from the peoples no one was with me.’

6                 I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, ♦
                   the praises of the Most High;

7                 All that God has done for us in his mercy, ♦
                   by his many acts of love.

8                 For God said, ‘Surely, they are my people,
                              my children who will not deal falsely,’ ♦
                    and he became their Saviour in all their distress.

9                 So God redeemed them by his love and pity; ♦
                   he lifted them up and carried them
                              through all the days of old.

                                                                     Isaiah 63.1-3a, 7-9

All                Glory to the Father and to the Son
                     and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All                I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
                    the praises of the Most High.

Hebrews 11.17-31

17By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18of whom he had been told, ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named after you.’ 19He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, ‘bowing in worship over the top of his staff.’ 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.

23By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

 

                   We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
All                by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                   God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

                   We preach Christ crucified,
                   the power of God and the wisdom of God.
All                By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                   God forbid that I should glory,
                   save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
                   by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                                                                                                              cf 1 Corinthians 1 and Galatians 6

Gospel Canticle

All                The word of the cross is folly
                    to those who are perishing,
                    but to those who are being saved
                    it is the power of God.

1                 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦
                  who has come to his people and set them free.

2                 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦
                   born of the house of his servant David.

3                 Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦
                    to save us from our enemies,
                              from the hands of all that hate us,

4                 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦
                   and to remember his holy covenant.

5                 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ♦
                   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6                 Free to worship him without fear, ♦
                   holy and righteous in his sight
                           all the days of our life.

7                 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ♦
                   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8                 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦
                    by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9                 In the tender compassion of our God ♦
                   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10               To shine on those who dwell in darkness
                            and the shadow of death, ♦
                   and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                                                                                     Luke 1.68-79

All                Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                   and shall be for ever. Amen.

All                The word of the cross is folly
                    to those who are perishing,
                    but to those who are being saved
                    it is the power of God.

Prayers

 Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

The Conclusion

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.

All                Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

 

               Morning Prayer (Passiontide)

               Tuesday 31st March

Preparation

                     O Lord, open our lips
All                and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

                    Let your ways be known upon earth,
All                your saving power among the nations.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All                Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Lamentation

1                 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? ♦
                   Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

2                 Which was brought upon me, ♦
                   which the Lord inflicted
                        on the day of his fierce anger.

3                 For these things I weep;
                       my eyes flow with tears; ♦
                   for a comforter is far from me,
                        one to revive my courage.

4                 Remember my affliction and my bitterness, ♦
                   the wormwood and the gall!

5                 But this I call to mind, ♦
                   and therefore I have hope:

6                 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, ♦
                   his mercies never come to an end;

7                 They are new every morning; ♦
                   great is your faithfulness.

8                 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ♦
                   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

9                 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, ♦
                   to the soul that seeks him.

10               It is good that we should wait quietly ♦
                   for the salvation of the Lord.

11               For the Lord will not reject for ever; ♦
                  though he causes grief, he will have compassion,

12               According to the abundance of his steadfast love; ♦
                   for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

                                                            Lamentations 1.12, 16a,b; 3.19, 21-26, 31-33

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All                Amen.

 

The Word of God

Psalm 35

1                 Contend, O Lord, with those that contend with me; ♦
                   fight against those that fight against me.

2                 Take up shield and buckler ♦
                    and rise up to help me.

3                 Draw the spear and bar the way
                        against those who pursue me; ♦
                   say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’

4                 Let those who seek after my life be shamed and disgraced; ♦
                   let those who plot my ruin fall back and be put to confusion.

5                 Let them be as chaff before the wind, ♦
                  with the angel of the Lord thrusting them down.

6                 Let their way be dark and slippery, ♦
                   with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7                 For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; ♦
                   without any cause they have dug a pit for my soul.

8                 Let ruin come upon them unawares; ♦
                   let them be caught in the net they laid;
                        let them fall in it to their destruction.

9                 Then will my soul be joyful in the Lord ♦
                   and glory in his salvation.

10               My very bones will say, ‘Lord, who is like you? ♦
                   You deliver the poor from those that are too strong for them,
                        the poor and needy from those who would despoil them.’

11               False witnesses rose up against me; ♦
                  they charged me with things I knew not.

12               They rewarded me evil for good, ♦
                   to the desolation of my soul.

13               But as for me, when they were sick I put on sackcloth ♦
                   and humbled myself with fasting;

14               When my prayer returned empty to my bosom, ♦
                   it was as though I grieved for my friend or brother;

15               I behaved as one who mourns for his mother, ♦
                  bowed down and brought very low.

16               But when I stumbled, they gathered in delight;
                        they gathered together against me; ♦
                  as if they were strangers I did not know
                        they tore at me without ceasing.

17               When I fell they mocked me; ♦
                   they gnashed at me with their teeth.

18               O Lord, how long will you look on? ♦
                   Rescue my soul from their ravages,
                       and my poor life from the young lions.

19               I will give you thanks in the great congregation; ♦
                   I will praise you in the mighty throng.

20               Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, ♦
                   or those who hate me without a cause
                       mock me with their glances.

21               For they do not speak of peace, ♦
                    but invent deceitful schemes against those
                        that are quiet in the land.

22               They opened wide their mouths and derided me, saying ♦
                  ‘We have seen it with our very eyes.’

23               This you have seen, O Lord; do not keep silent; ♦
                    go not far from me, O Lord.

24               Awake, arise, to my cause, ♦
                   to my defence, my God and my Lord!

25               Give me justice, O Lord my God,
                        according to your righteousness; ♦
                    let them not triumph over me. 

26               Let them not say to themselves,
                        ‘Our heart’s desire!’ ♦
                   Let them not say, ‘We have swallowed him up.’

27               Let all who rejoice at my trouble be put to shame and confusion; ♦
                   let those who boast against me
                        be clothed with shame and dishonour.

28               Let those who favour my cause rejoice and be glad; ♦
                    let them say always,
                       ‘Great is the Lord, who delights in his servant’s well-being.’

29               So shall my tongue be talking of your righteousness ♦
                    and of your praise all the day long.

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                   as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

Exodus 8.20-end

20Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 21For if you will not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you, your officials, and your people, and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies; so also the land where they live. 22But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people live, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I the Lord am in this land. 23Thus I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign shall appear tomorrow.” ’ 24The Lord did so, and great swarms of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his officials’ houses; in all of Egypt the land was ruined because of the flies.

25Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.’ 26But Moses said, ‘It would not be right to do so; for the sacrifices that we offer to the Lord our God are offensive to the Egyptians. If we offer in the sight of the Egyptians sacrifices that are offensive to them, will they not stone us? 27We must go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as he commands us.’ 28So Pharaoh said, ‘I will let you go to sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness, provided you do not go very far away. Pray for me.’ 29Then Moses said, ‘As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his officials, and from his people; only do not let Pharaoh again deal falsely by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.’

30So Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 31And the Lord did as Moses asked: he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his officials, and from his people; not one remained. 32But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and would not let the people go.

Canticle

All               I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
                    the praises of the Most High.

1                 Who is this that comes from Edom, ♦
                    coming from Bozrah, his garments stained crimson?

2                 Who is this in glorious apparel, ♦
                   marching in the greatness of his strength?

3                 ‘It is I, who announce that right has won the day, ♦
                    it is I,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am mighty to save.’

4                 Why are your robes all red, O Lord, ♦
                   and your garments like theirs who tread the winepress?

5                 ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, ♦
                    and from the peoples no one was with me.’

6                 I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, ♦
                   the praises of the Most High;

7                 All that God has done for us in his mercy, ♦
                   by his many acts of love.

8                 For God said, ‘Surely, they are my people,
                        my children who will not deal falsely,’ ♦
                   and he became their Saviour in all their distress.

9                 So God redeemed them by his love and pity; ♦
                   he lifted them up and carried them
                        through all the days of old.

                                                                        Isaiah 63.1-3a, 7-9

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                   and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
                    the praises of the Most High.

Hebrews 11.32-12.2

32What more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets – 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented – 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

                 

                     We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
All                by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                    God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

                     We preach Christ crucified,
                     the power of God and the wisdom of God.
All                By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                    God forbid that I should glory,
                    save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
                     by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

cf 1 Corinthians 1 and Galatians 6   

Gospel Canticle

All              The word of the cross is folly
                   to those who are perishing,
                   but to those who are being saved
                   it is the power of God.

1                 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦
                   who has come to his people and set them free.

2                 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦
                   born of the house of his servant David.

3                 Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦
                    to save us from our enemies,
                        from the hands of all that hate us,

4                 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦
                    and to remember his holy covenant.

5                 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ♦
                   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6                 Free to worship him without fear, ♦
                   holy and righteous in his sight
                       all the days of our life.

7                 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ♦
                   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8                 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦
                   by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9                 In the tender compassion of our God ♦
                   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10               To shine on those who dwell in darkness
                        and the shadow of death, ♦
                    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                                                                                 Luke 1.68-79

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               The word of the cross is folly
                    to those who are perishing,
                    but to those who are being saved
                    it is the power of God.

Prayers

                   Lord, in your mercy
                   hear our prayer

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All               Our Father in heaven,
                    hallowed be your name,
                    your kingdom come,
                    your will be done,
                   on earth as in heaven.
                   Give us today our daily bread.
                   Forgive us our sins
                   as we forgive those who sin against us.
                   Lead us not into temptation
                   but deliver us from evil.
                   For the kingdom, the power,
                   and the glory are yours
                  now and for ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.

All               Amen.

                     Let us bless the Lord.

All               Thanks be to God.