Readings / Prayers

Prayer During the Day During Lent

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

        Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;

All     hold not your peace at my tears.

Praise

A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or

Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;

you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.  

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;

through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead,

your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;

in your love and tenderness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,

for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us

St Anselm

The Word of God

A psalm, and one or more Bible readings begin on page 4

Response

Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as

     Blessed are the merciful,

All     for they will receive mercy.

Prayers

Prayers may include these concerns

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father
and ask for his mercy and grace.

For your holy people,
that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For candidates for baptism and confirmation,
that they may live by every word that proceeds from your mouth,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the leaders of the nations,
that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the needy, that they may not be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the sick in body, mind and spirit,
that they may know your power to heal,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the poor in spirit, that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven and see you face to face,
we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered,
to the mercy and protection of God.

The Collect of the day or the following prayer is said

        Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost;

to fight and not to heed the wounds;

to toil and not to seek for rest;

to labour and not to seek for any reward,

save that of knowing that we do your will.

Amen

Ignatius of Loyola (1556)

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God, as our Saviour taught us, so we prayTrusting in the compassion of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
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.
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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.

The Conclusion

May God bless us and show us compassion and mercy.

All     Amen.

Psalm and Readings

On Ash Wednesday (17th February 2021) only

Psalm 51: 1 – 10

1       Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; *

        according to the abundance of your compassion

        blot out my offences.

2       Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness *

        and cleanse me from my sin.

3       For I acknowledge my faults *

        and my sin is ever before me.

4       Against you only have I sinned *

        and done what is evil in your sight,

5       So that you are justified in your sentence *

        and righteous in your judgement.

6       I have been wicked even from my birth, *

        a sinner when my mother conceived me.

7       Behold, you desire truth deep within me *

        and shall make me understand wisdom in the depths of my heart.

8       Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; *

        wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

9       Make me hear of joy and gladness, *

        that the bones you have broken may rejoice.

10     Turn your face from my sins *

        and blot out all my misdeeds.

Take away, O Lord, the sin that corrupts us;

restore by grace your own image within us;

give us the sorrow that heals and the joy that praises,

that we may take our place among your people,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 15: 7

7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

Sunday

Psalm 51: 11- end

11     Make me a clean heart, O God, *

        and renew a right spirit within me.

12     Cast me not away from your presence *

        and take not your holy spirit from me.

13     Give me again the joy of your salvation *

        and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

14     Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked *

        and sinners shall return to you.

15     Deliver me from my guilt, O God, the God of my salvation, *

        and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

16     O Lord, open my lips *

        and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

17     For you desire no sacrifice, else I would give it; *

        you take no delight in burnt offerings.

18     The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; *

        a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

19     O be favourable and gracious to Zion; *

        build up the walls of Jerusalem.

20     Then you will accept sacrifices offered in righteousness,

        the burnt offerings and oblations; *

        then shall they offer up bulls on your altar.  

Take away, O Lord, the sin that corrupts us;

restore by grace your own image within us;

give us the sorrow that heals and the joy that praises,

that we may take our place among your people,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6: 3 – 5

3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.