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CHORAL EVENSONG FOR JULY 7th  

Service will be livestreamed and available on our YouTube channel  from 6.25pm Sunday 7th July at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTTBHaEyhWU

Prelude:

 

 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 - 

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

Before the ending of the day
Creator of the world, we pray
That with thy wonted favour thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now

From all ill dreams defend our eyes
From nightly fears and fantasies
Tread under foot our ghostly foe
That no pollution we may know

O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ thine only son
Who with the Holy Ghost and thee
Doth live and reign eternally
Amen

 

Psalm:   97 (Smart in D)

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof :

yea, the multitude of the isles • may be glad thereof.

 

Clouds and darkness are round about him :

righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.

 

There shall go a fire before him :

and burn up his enemies • on every side.

 

His lightnings gave shine unto the world :

the earth saw it • and was afraid.

 

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord :

at the presence of the Lord • of the whole earth.

 

The heav’ns have declar’d his righteousness :

and all the people • have seen his glory.

 

FIRST READING

MAGNIFICAT:   Stanford in Bb

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:    Stanford in Bb

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: Ayleward

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 :   Holy is the True Light (Harris)

Holy is the True Light, and passing wonderful,

lending radiance to them that endured in the heat of the conflict,

from Christ they inherit a home of unfading splendour,

wherein they rejoice with gladness evermore. Alleluia!

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

1.   Christ is the King! O friends, rejoice;
brothers and sisters, with one voice
let the world know he is your choice.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

2. Oh magnify the Lord, and raise
anthems of joy and holy praise
for Christ's brave saints of ancient days.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

3. They with a faith forever new
followed the King, and round him drew
thousands of faithful servants true.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

4. O Christian women, Christian men,
all the world over, seek again
the way disciples followed then.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!


5. So shall God's will on earth be done,
new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,
and the whole church at last be one.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

 

BLESSING

Voluntary    Postlude in D minor (Stanford)

 

 

 

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

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

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