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Saint Patrick

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

17th March 2018

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Saint Patrick

Collect One

O almighty God,
who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick
to be the apostle of the Irish people,
that he might bring those
who were wandering in darkness and error
to the true light and knowledge of thee;
Grant us so to walk in that light,
that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life;
through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
in your providence you chose your servant Patrick
to be the apostle of the Irish people,
to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error
to the true light and knowledge of your Word:
Grant that walking in that light
we may come at last to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lent Collect

Almighty God,
in your providence you chose your servant Patrick
to be the apostle of the Irish people,
to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error
to the true light and knowledge of your Word:
Grant that walking in that light
we may come at last to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Tobit 13: 1b–7 or Deuteronomy 32: 1–9

The Psalm

Psalm 145: 1–13

The Second Reading

2 Corinthians 4: 1–12

The Gospel Reading

John 4: 31–38

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Post Communion Prayer

Hear us,most merciful God,
for that part of the Church
which through your servant Patrick you planted in our land;
that it may hold fast the faith entrusted to the saints
and in the end bear much fruit to eternal life:
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Tobit 13: 1b–7
No suggested hymns

Alternative Deuteronomy 32: 1–9
1st Reading 668* God is our fortress and our rock
539 Rejoice, O land, in God thy might
540* To thee, our God, we fly (vv. 1–3, 7)

Psalm Psalm 145: 1–13
24* All creatures of our God and King
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
321* Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty
358* King of glory, King of peace
360* Let all the world in every corner sing
104* O for a thousand tongues to sing
365* Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the King of creation
368 Sing of the Lord’s goodness
73* The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
374* When all thy mercies, O my God
492* Ye servants of God, your master proclaim

2nd Reading 2 Corinthians 4: 1–12
52* Christ, whose glory fills the skies
613* Eternal light, shine in my heart
481* God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
324* God, whose almighty word
569* Hark, my soul, it is the Lord
96* Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
228* Meekness and majesty
341* Spirit divine, attend our prayers

The Gospel John 4: 31–38 [Ember]
305 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us
46 Tá an fómhar seo go haerach, céad buíochas le hÍosa
(The harvest is bright, all thanks be to Jesus)
141 These are the days of Elijah


Also suitable
611* Christ be beside me
459* For all the saints who from their labours rest
461* For all thy saints, O Lord
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest (vv. 1, 2c & 3)
464 God, whose city’s sure foundation
322 I bind unto myself today
322* I bind unto myself today (vv. 1, 2, 8 & 9)
536* Lord, while for all the world we pray
471 Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days
473 Síormholadh is glóir duit, a Athair shíorai
(All glory and praise to you, Father above)

Daily Prayer

Preparation

Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

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

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

Psalm 90

Psalm 90

Psalm 90

A Canticle

Which may be said here or between the readings

The Song of Wisdom

1 Wisdom is the brightness of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of God’s power at work,
the image of God’s goodness.

2 Wisdom is but one, yet she can do all things;
herself unchanging, she makes all things new.

3 Age after age, she enters holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets,
beloved of God as her companions.

4 Wisdom is more beautiful than the sun,
surpassing every constellation of the stars.

5 Her radiance is greater than the light of day;
for day’s light is followed by the night.

6 Against wisdom no evil can prevail;
she reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and orders all things well.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

One or two readings

The Gospel Canticle

Benedictus

1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed

Prayer

Kneel

Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings

Consummation in Christ: The Fulfilment of the Divine Purpose

Eternal God,
you have declared in Christ
the completion of all your purpose of love.

Intercession

We pray for [People In Need]
those who are tempted
those in despair ...
those who are sick
those with disabilities or who have special needs ...
those who are enslaved by addictions ...
the elderly and the dying ...
those who mourn ...
all ministries of care and healing ...

Thanksgiving

Eternal God, we give thanks
for the triumphs of the gospel that herald your salvation,
the signs of renewal that declare the coming of your kingdom,
the examples of human lives that reveal your work of grace ...
for all those who have died in the faith of Christ ...
for the unceasing praise of the company of heaven,
the promise to those who mourn that all tears shall be wiped away,
the pledge of death destroyed and victory won ...
for our foretaste of eternal life
through baptism and eucharist,
our hope in the Spirit,
the communion of saints ...

Concluding Prayer

May we live by faith,
walk in hope and be renewed in love,
until the world reflects your glory
and you are all in all.
Even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
Strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen

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