Night Prayer

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

Amen.

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.

 

In your resurrection, O Christ,
let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

 

Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

 

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Augustine was prior of the monastery of St Andrew in Rome. In 596, at the instigation of Pope Gregory the Great, he was dispatched as the leader of a group of forty monks to re-evangelize the English Church. Augustine appears not to have been a particularly confident person and, in Gaul, he wanted to turn back, but Pope Gregory’s firm resolution held the group to their mission. The monks finally landed in Kent in the summer of 597 where they were well received by King Ethelbert whose wife, Bertha, was a Christian. Once established, Augustine returned temporarily to Gaul to receive ordination as a bishop. Pope Gregory would have preferred London to have become the primatial see, but in the event Canterbury was chosen and thus Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He died in either 604 or 605.

 

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 98

The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sing to the Lord a new song, ♦
for he has done marvellous things.

His own right hand and his holy arm ♦
have won for him the victory.

The Lord has made known his salvation; ♦
his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.

He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
towards the house of Israel, ♦
and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  R

The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth; ♦
break into singing and make music.

Make music to the Lord with the lyre, ♦
with the lyre and the voice of melody.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn ♦
sound praises before the Lord, the King. R

The Lord has made known his salvation.

Let the sea thunder and all that fills it, ♦
the world and all that dwell upon it.

Let the rivers clap their hands ♦
and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.

In righteousness shall he judge the world ♦
and the peoples with equity.

The Lord has made known his salvation.

 

Lord God, just and true,
you make your salvation known in the sight of the nations;
tune the song of our hearts to the music of creation
as you come among us to judge the earth;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Scripture Reading

22 Thus says the Lord God:
I will soon lift up my hand to the nations,
   and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
   and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 Kings shall be your foster-fathers,
   and their queens your nursing-mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
   and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
   those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.

24 Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
   or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?
25 But thus says the Lord:
Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
   and the prey of the tyrant be rescued;
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
   and I will save your children.

 

The following responsory is said

The Lord is my strength and my song:
he has become my salvation.
The Lord is my strength and my song:
he has become my salvation.


I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.
He has become my salvation.


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my strength and my song:
he has become my salvation.

 

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said

 

Alleluia. The Lord is risen, 
as he promised to you. Alleluia

 

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

 

My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

 

A light to reveal you to the nations ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

 

Luke 2.29-32

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Alleluia. The Lord is risen, 
as he promised to you. Alleluia

 

Prayers

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.


Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

The Collect

Almighty God,
whose servant Augustine was sent as the apostle
   of the English people:
grant that as he laboured in the Spirit
   to preach Christ’s gospel in this land,
so all who hear the good news
may strive to make your truth known in all the world;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

 

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 

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

 

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.

May the risen Lord Jesus bless us.
May he watch over us and renew us
as he renews the whole of creation.
May our hearts and lives echo his love.
Amen.

 

 


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