All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

Order of Service For Maundy Thursday 2021


The Gathering

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with you

and also with you.


Words of welcome or introduction may be said.

Prayers of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:

‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’

‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’

Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love,

and ask him to cleanse us.

Silence is kept.

Have mercy on us, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out our offences.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Against you only have we sinned

and done what is evil in your sight.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Purge us from our sin and we shall be clean;

wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit

all our days. Amen.


Gloria in Excelsis

       Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.


The Collect

Let us pray that we may love one another as Christ has loved us.


God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: may he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word

Readings   The New Testament Reading

1 Corinthians 11.23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

This is the word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:

Love one another as I have loved you.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.


John 13.1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Praise to you, O Christ.


Sermon

Tonight, we remember the events that occurred on Thursday of what the church calls Holy Week, the last week in the earthly life of Jesus. Perhaps this week in the year around AD 29 is the most talked about week in the history of humankind

It has been estimated that about a third of all the events that we have recorded in Scripture about Jesus’ life occurred during this week: so significant are the events that happened between Palm Sunday (as we know it) and Easter day.

As we heard in our Gospel reading a few minutes ago, on that Thursday, the disciples have gathered in a home, whose home we are not sure, but we do know that it had a furnished second floor. Tradition has it that it was the house of John Mark’s mother – John Mark being the author of Mark’s Gospel

As they gathered, they were taking part in the Seder meal, which is one of the highlights of the Passover week. As I am sure you know, the Passover is fundamental in Jewish Life, faith and tradition, The Passover festival, was and still is ingrained in the life of the Jewish nation. It commemorated that time when the Jews were in slavery in Egypt. Moses had warned Pharaoh to let his people go, but Pharaoh refused. So God sent one plague after another upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

Pharaoh was not moved until God sent the tenth and final plague – known as the death of the firstborns in Egypt. However this death passed over the homes of the Jews in Goshen so the feast of Passover was ordered by God as a commemoration of the Jewish nation’s deliverance by God.

The meal itself was a symbolic one reminding the Jews of the sufferings of their forefathers and the power of God’s deliverance.

The foods that were eaten were symbols to remind the Jews of their captivity in Egypt.

1. Lamb The word ’pesach’ (pasch, passover) applies to the Lamb of sacrifice as well as to the deliverance from Egypt and to the feast itself.

2. Unleavened bread (Matzoh) called "bread of affliction" because it recalls the unleavened bread prepared for the hasty flight by night from Egypt. Three large matzohs are broken and consumed during the ceremony.

3. Bitter herbs (Moror) is a reminder of the bitterness of slavery and suffering in Egypt.

4. Green herbs to be dipped in salt water. Salt water represents tears of sorrow shed during the captivity of the Lord’s people.

5. Haroseth (or ’haroses’) - a mixture of chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine represents the mortar used by Jews in building palaces and pyramids of Egypt during their slavery.

6. Wine which is dipped from a common bowl.

In our previous parish Christine and I have been fortunate to have shared the Seder meal as part of our Maundy Thursday worship – It is the most moving, sobering, though provoking experience which perhaps we could try here one year – COVID and social distancing permitting of course!!

It was this Seder Meal that Jesus and the disciples were celebrating in the upper room that night and it was at the conclusion of that meal that Jesus himself gave two of the symbols of the Seder meal fresh significance

He took a loaf and broke it and gave it to his disciples saying: Take eat, this is my body which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of me.

Then he took a cup with wine. He drank from it and gave it to his disciples saying, “Drink ye all of this, for this is my blood which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin.”

And of course, from it was born one of the two Sacraments of the Church of England – the Holy Communion.

It is significant that Jesus took the elements for the Holy Communion from the Passover festival because in Passover, the children of God celebrated God’s Salvation, a salvation which resulted in the Hebrew people, the Israelites being released from the slavery of Egypt

So, in Holy Communion we, the children of God celebrate our salvation through his sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the Cross. Indeed the salvation Jesus offers has resulted in all humankind having the capability of being freed from the slavery of sin.

In other words, the first Passover is an Old Testament prefiguring of Jesus’ vicarious death of the Cross – the Salvation of God;

It is significant that Jesus died at Passover for it reminds us of what God has done, through Jesus. As St. John put it "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” or as St Paul says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

So today, let us give thanks for that wonderful gift of God – our salvation – eternal life that cost Jesus dearly – as we recall tomorrow on Good Friday. Amen



The Washing of hands

This year we are restricted again in what we can do safely in our acts of worship, so washing of each other’s feet is not possible – I invite you now to go with a member of your household, or if alone by yourself and spend a minute washing their/your hands whilst reflecting on Jesus act of service, before gently drying them as he dried the feet of his disciples.


The washing of hands ends with this prayer

Gracious God ; your Son Jesus Christ girded himself with a towel and washed the feet of his disciples; Give us the will to be the servants of others as he was servant of all; who gave up his life and died for us, yet lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever – Amen


Prayers of Intercession


In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father through Christ the saviour of the world.


Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet. We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.

Lord, hear us    and humble us.


On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one.

We pray for the unity of your Church.

Lord, hear us    and unite us.


On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message. We pray for the mission of your Church.

Lord, hear us    and renew our zeal.


On this night, he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself. We pray for the rejected and unloved.

Lord, hear us    and fill us with your love.


On this night, he reminded his disciples that if the world hated them it hated him first. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.

Lord, hear us    and give us your peace.


On this night, he accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom. We remember those who have died in the peace of Christ.

Lord, hear us    and welcome all your children into paradise.

The Peace

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’

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





The Eucharistic Prayer


The Lord be with you

All   and also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right to give you thanks,

Father most holy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For on this night he girded himself with a towel

and, taking the form of a servant,

washed the feet of his disciples.

He gave us a new commandment

that we should love one another as he has loved us.

Knowing that his hour had come,

in his great love he gave this supper to his disciples

to be a memorial of his passion,

that we might proclaim his death until he comes again,

and feast with him in his kingdom.

Therefore earth unites with heaven

to sing a new song of praise;

we too join with angels and archangels

as they proclaim your glory without end:

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.]

All glory be to you, our heavenly Father,

who, in your tender mercy, gave your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world;

he instituted, and in his holy gospel commanded us to continue,

a perpetual memory of his precious death until he comes again.


Hear us, merciful Father, we humbly pray,

and grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit,

we receiving these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine,

according to your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,

in remembrance of his death and passion,

may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood;

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.

Therefore, Lord and heavenly Father,

in remembrance of the precious death and passion,

the mighty resurrection and glorious ascension

of your dear Son Jesus Christ,

we offer you through him this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.


Grant that by his merits and death,

and through faith in his blood,

we and all your Church may receive forgiveness of our sins

and all other benefits of his passion.

Although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins,

to offer you any sacrifice,

yet we pray that you will accept this

the duty and service that we owe.


Do not weigh our merits, but pardon our offences,

and fill us all who share in this holy communion

with your grace and heavenly blessing;

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.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   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.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread

and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The Agnus Dei may be used as the bread is broken

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.

Giving of Communion

God’s Holy gifts for God’s holy people

Jesus Christ is Holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


The president receives communion.

The body of Christ, Amen.

The blood of Christ. Amen

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament you have given us the memorial of your passion: grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruit of your redemption, for you are alive and reign, now and forever.    Amen.


 Stripping of the Sanctuary

The Organ Plays

Preparing for the Watch

Psalm 88

1    O Lord, God of my salvation,  

I have cried day and night before you.

2    Let my prayer come into your presence;  

incline your ear to my cry.

3    For my soul is full of troubles;  

my life draws near to the land of death.

4    I am counted as one gone down to the Pit;  

I am like one that has no strength,

5    Lost among the dead,  

like the slain who lie in the grave,

6    Whom you remember no more,  

for they are cut off from your hand.

7    You have laid me in the lowest pit,  

in a place of darkness in the abyss.

8    Your anger lies heavy upon me,  

and you have afflicted me with all your waves.

9    You have put my friends far from me  

and made me to be abhorred by them.

10  I am so fast in prison that I cannot get free;  

my eyes fail from all my trouble.

11  Lord, I have called daily upon you;  

I have stretched out my hands to you.

12  Do you work wonders for the dead?  

Will the shades stand up and praise you?

13  Shall your loving-kindness be declared in the grave,  

your faithfulness in the land of destruction?

14  Shall your wonders be known in the dark  

or your righteous deeds in the land where all is forgotten?

15  But as for me, O Lord, I will cry to you;  

early in the morning my prayer shall come before you.

16  Lord, why have you rejected my soul?  

Why have you hidden your face from me?

17  I have been wretched and at the point of death from my youth;  

I suffer your terrors and am no more seen.

18  Your wrath sweeps over me;  

your horrors are come to destroy me;

19  All day long they come about me like water;  

they close me in on every side.

20  Lover and friend have you put far from me  

and hid my companions out of my sight.


In Silence we move to the Reaper Chapel

Your watch is personal to you, listed below are some bible readings and Psalms which may help you in your reflections this evening


Reading One

John Chapter 14


Psalm 115


Reading Two

John Chapter 15


Psalm 116


Reading Three

John Chapter 16


Psalm 117


Reading Four

John Chapter 17


A period of silent reflection


The Gospel of the Watch

Matthew 26: 30-end

Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, “I will strike the shepherd,     and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.’ Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated.  Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’  And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;[e] the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’ At once he came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?’ At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled

 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”’ The high priest stood up and said, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, ‘I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah,[f] the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death.’ Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, ‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah![g] Who is it that struck you?’

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ But he denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’ When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth”.  Again, he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’ After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’ Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know the man!’ At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.


Time for Prayers and reflections – Before Compline in Traditional language


Preparation

   The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All Amen.


   [Brethren & Sisters,] be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,

   as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    whom resist, steadfast in the faith.                            1 Peter 5.8,9

    


But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

All Thanks be to God.

    

   Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who hath made heaven and earth.

     

  A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 All We confess to God almighty,

   the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,

   that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

   through our own grievous fault.

   Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

   Almighty God, have mercy upon us,

   forgive us all our sins and deliver us from all evil,

   confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

   and bring us to life everlasting;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord.         Amen.


   May the almighty and merciful Lord

   grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins,

   time for amendment of life,

   and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

All   Amen.

   O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.


   

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

   and to the Holy Ghost;

All   as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

   world without end. Amen.


    Praise ye the Lord.

All  The Lord's name be praised.

     

The Word of God   

   Psalm 31.1-6

     

1  In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust :

   let me never be put to confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness.


 2  Bow down thine ear to me :

   make haste to deliver me.

3  And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence :

   that thou mayest save me.

   

4  For thou art my strong rock, and my castle :

   be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy name's sake.

     

5  Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me :

   for thou art my strength.

     

6  Into thy hands I commend my spirit :

  for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.


   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.       

 

Scripture Reading

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11.28-30

  All   Thanks be to God.

 Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


   For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.


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

All Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


   Keep me as the apple of an eye.

All  Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.



  Gospel Canticle           The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

 All      Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,

   and guard us while sleeping,

   that awake we may watch with Christ,

   and asleep we may rest in peace.

     

1  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

   according to thy word.

2  For mine eyes have seen :

   thy salvation;

     

3  Which thou hast prepared :

   before the face of all people;

     

4  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :

   and to be the glory of thy people Israel.    Luke 2.29-32

    

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.

     

All Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,

   and guard us while sleeping,

   that awake we may watch with Christ,

   and asleep we may rest in peace.



 Prayers

 

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

All   Christ, have mercy upon us.

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

     

All  Our Father, which art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy name;

   thy kingdom come; thy will be done,

   in earth as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

   And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

   And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

   Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers:

All  to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

     

   Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost:

All  let us praise him and magnify him for ever.


   Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven:

All  to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

     

   The almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

All  Amen.


   [Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;

All  that thy people may rejoice in thee?


   O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;

All  and grant us thy salvation.

     

   Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin;

All  O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

     

   O Lord, hear our prayer;

All  and let our cry come unto thee.]

 

 Let us pray.

    Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place,

   and drive from it all the snares of the enemy;

   let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace;

   and may thy blessing be upon us evermore;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

   and by thy great mercy defend us

    from all perils and dangers of this night;

    for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


   O Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God,

   who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre,

   and didst thereby sanctify the grave

   to be a bed of hope to thy people:

   make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins,

   which were the cause of thy passion,

   that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee;

   who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost,

   one God, world without end. Amen.

   Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne,

   illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness,

   and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

   Be present, O merciful God,

   and protect us through the silent hours of this night,

   so that we who are wearied

   by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,

   may repose upon thy eternal changelessness;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

       

The Conclusion

     

   We will lay us down in peace and take our rest.

All  For it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.

     

   Abide with us, O Lord,

All  for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.

     

   As the watchmen look for the morning,

All  so do we look for thee, O Christ.

     

   [Come with the dawning of the day

All  and make thyself known in the breaking of bread.]

     

   The Lord be with you

All  and with thy spirit.

     

  Let us bless the Lord.

All  Thanks be to God.



    The almighty and merciful Lord,

   the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,

   bless us and preserve us.

All  Amen.


Our service will end in silence as the people depart



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Compline taken from the Book of Common Prayer

CCLI number - 804157