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 Choral Evensong for Candlemas – Sunday 4th February 2024

Service will be livestreamed at 6.25pm Sunday 4th February from


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N3MKtD-lLY

Introit: O Nata Lux (Tallis)

O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the world, with loving-kindness

deign to receive suppliant praise and prayer.

Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost,

grant us to be members of thy blessed body. 

 

CONFESSION (please sit or kneel)

(this or another introduction may be used)

Dearly beloved brethren, I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me:

Almighty and most merciful Father

We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done, And there is no health in us: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults, Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord: And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

ABSOLUTION

May Almighty God pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to life everlasting Amen.

 

Preces (Smith)

O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord's Name be praised.

OFFICE HYMN

Hail to the Lord who comes,

Comes to his temple gate!

Not with his angel host,

Not in his kingly state;

No shouts proclaim him nigh,

No crowds his coming wait;

 

There Joseph at her side

In reverent wonder stands;

And, filled with holy joy,

Old Simeon in his hands

Takes up the promised Child,

The glory of all lands.

 

Hail to the great First-born

Whose ransom-price they pay!

The Son before all worlds,

The Child of man to-day,

That he might ransom us

Who still in bondage lay.

 

O Light of all the earth,

Thy children wait for thee!

Come to thy temples here,

That we, from sin set free,

Before thy Father's face

May all presented be! 

 

Psalm: 84 (Parry in E)

O how amiable are thy dwellings * thou Lord of hosts!

My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the

Lord * my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest

where she may lay her young * even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my

King and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house * they will be alway praising

thee.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee *in whose heart are thy

ways.

Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well *and the pools

are filled with water.

They will go from strength to strength * and unto the God of gods

appeareth every one of them in Sion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer * hearken, O God of Jacob.

Behold, O God our defender * and look upon the face of thine

Anointed.

For one day in thy courts * is better than a thousand.

I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God * than to dwell

in the tents of ungodliness.

For the Lord God is a light and defence * the Lord will give grace and

worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a

godly life.

O Lord God of hosts * blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

Glory be to the Father : and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As

it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without

end, Amen.

 

FIRST READING

MAGNIFICAT: Magnificat: Dyson in F

My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth :

          all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me :

          and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him :

          throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm :  

          he hath scattered the proud

                   in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat :

          and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things :

          and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :

as he promised to our forefathers,

 Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

          and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

          world without end. Amen

 

SECOND READING:

 NUNC DIMITTIS: Dyson in F

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen:  thy salvation;

Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

          and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :

          and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :

             world without end. Amen.

 

THE APOSTLES CREED 

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried:

He descended into hell;

The third day he rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand

 of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge

 the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

The holy Catholic Church; 

The Communion of Saints;

The Forgiveness of sins;

The Resurrection of the body,

And the Life everlasting. 

Amen.

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES (please sit or kneel)

Let us pray:

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, save the State.
And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
And make thy chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save thy people.
And bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

 

COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

COLLECT FOR PEACE

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour:

 

COLLECT AGAINST ALL PERILS

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of the night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Anthem: When to the temple Mary went (Eccard)

 

When to the temple Mary went, and brought the Holy Child,

Him did the aged Simeon see, as it had been revealed.

He took up Jesus in his arms and blessing God he said:

In peace I now depart, my Saviour having seen,

the Hope of Israel, the Light of men.

Help now thy servants, gracious Lord, that we may ever be

As once the faithful Simeon was, rejoicing but in Thee;

And when we must from earth departure take,

May gently fall asleep and with Thee wake.

 

THE PRAYERS (Please sit/kneel)

including:

A PRAYER FOR THE KING'S MAJESTY

O Lord of our fathers, who rulest the nations of the earth; Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to bless our Sovereign Lord, King Charles, his ministers and parliaments, and all who are set in authority throughout his dominions and the world; that they may order all things in wisdom and righteousness, to the honour of thy Holy Name and the good of all thy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

A PRAYER OF ST JOHN CHYSOSTOM

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

HYMN

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;

With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,

Kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

 

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,

High on his heart he will bear it for thee,

Comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,

Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

 

Fear not to enter His courts in the slenderness

Of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:

Truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,

These are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

 

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,

He will accept for the name that is dear;

Mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,

Trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;

With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,

Kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

 

Voluntary: Praeludium in C (Buxtehude)

Choral Evensong for Candlemas – Sunday 4th February 2024

Service will be livestreamed at 6.25pm Sunday 4th February from

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N3MKtD-lLY

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