Pray With Us

 

 

Leader:        O God, come to our aid

All:          O Lord. make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning. is now and ever shall be,

world without end.  Amen. Alleluia!

 

Please sit and join in with or listen to the Taizé call to prayer – O Lord hear our prayer. (Taize – O Lord Hear my Prayer 1.1.)

 

 

 

Please speak psalm 135 with different readers taking sections as indicated.

All:             Give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

 

All:             We give you thanks, O God, for your goodness, for your mercies endure for ever.  By solemn promise you are bound to us, source of grace for ever & ever.

Reader 1:   You are the God beyond gods, a mystery too profound for our thoughts.  In the shadows of the light we discern you, we are struck by your dazzling darkness.

Reader 2:   You reveal the marvels of the universe to those who listen & patiently look – from atoms & genes hidden from our eyes to the shafts of light from long dead stars.

Reader 1:    For the beauty of forms ever-changing, for the slow turning of the sun & the seasons, for the miracle of the newly born child, for the rising of our daily bread.

All:               At the turning points of our lives you are with us, through times of bewildering change.  At the crossing of the boundaries of the known by strangers & dreams you encourage us.

Reader 2:    You rescue us from strangers & exile, you are with us on our desert journey, you give us a place you can cherish, where the vulnerable find their protection.

All:              You have given us our parts in the story, from our ancestors whose names are forgotten to our descendants whose names are not known, to each a new name in your presence.

All:              Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning. is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

All:   Give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end

 

Please sing the canticle as indicated

 

Cantor:       God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted children

Cantor:       Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ

With every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

All:             He chose us in him before the foundation of the world,

                  That we should be holy and blameless before him.

Cantor:       He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, According to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestows on us in the beloved.

All:             In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us .

Cantor:       He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will,

According to his purpose which he set forth in Christ .

All:            His purpose he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time,

                  To unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

All:           Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

 

All:           God chose us in his Son and made us his adopted children

 

Reading:     Romans 8 28-30

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also pre-destined to be conformed to the likeness of his son, that he might be the first-born among many brothers & sisters.  And those he predestined he also called; those he called he also justified; those he justified he also glorified.

 

Cantor:    The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

All:          The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

Cantor:    His face is turned towards the upright

All:          The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

Cantor:    Glory be to the Father & to the Son, & to the Holy Spirit

All:          The Lord is good; he loves good deeds.

 

(Please stand for the Magnificat and sing the canticle from side to side after the cantor has sung the antiphon.)

 

Cantor:     The Lord is all I have; the Lord is good to the soul that seeks him.

A:      My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

B:     for he has looked with favour on his lowly handmaid

         And from this day all generations will call me blessed

A:      The Almighty has done great things for me

Holy is his name.

B:     He has mercy on those who fear him

         In every generation

A:      He has shown the strength of his arm

He has scattered the proud in their conceit

B:     He has cast down the mighty from their thrones

         And has lifted up the lowly

A:      He has filled the hungry with good things

And has sent the rich away empty

B:     He has come to the help of his servant Israel

         For he has remembered his promise of mercy

A:      the promise he made to our fathers,

To Abraham and his children for ever .

All:   Give praise to the Father Almighty

         to his Son Jesus Christ our Lord

         to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts

         both now and for ever, Amen.

 

All:   The Lord is all I have; the Lord is good to the soul that seeks him.     

 

Intercessions:

Leader:    Lord Jesus, grant that the whole world may be saved:

All:          Bring all people to the knowledge of your truth

Leader:    Lord, in your kindness, be with people who are poor and weak:

All:          Bring them the help of your comfort

Leader:    Lord, bring your healing to people who are sick:

All:          Bring them your strength and courage

Leader:   Give food to people who are hungry and thirsty;

All:          Teach us to share our resources more justly

Leader:   We pray particularly for the people of Barking tonight who have a special association with the saints we are honouring:

All:          Bring them your strength, peace and courage

Leader:   We pray for people who have died today and for those whose anniversaries occur tomorrow, remembering especially:

 

Pause for people to add silently or aloud any intentions they have.

 

Leader begins the Our Father .

 

Leader:    Grant us in full measure, Lord, that spirit of knowledge & love of you, which you gave so abundantly to your saints whom we remember today.  May their prayers support our efforts to lead fully Christian lives.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All:          Amen

 

Leader:    May Almighty God bless us – the Father Son and Holy Spirit

 All:         Amen