Prayer During the Day
from Ascension Day
until the Day of Pentecost
    Sunday, 24 May 2020
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
(Sunday after Ascension Day)
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Gladden the soul of your servant,
All   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
   
Psalm 86.4
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle , extempore praise or
     
    Blessed are you, the God of our ancestors,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed is your holy and glorious name,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed are you, in your holy and glorious temple,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed are you who look into the depths,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed are you, enthroned on the cherubim,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
     
    Blessed are you in the heights of heaven,
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
   
The Song of the Three 29-34
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, Sunday Psalm 104.26-32
     
    (or)
     
    Or, on any day Psalm 47
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 104.26-32

Refrain: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

26  O Lord, how manifold are your works! 
   In wisdom you have made them all;
      the earth is full of your creatures.

27  There is the sea, spread far and wide, 
   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.

28  There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan 
   which you have made to play in the deep.

29  All of these look to you 
   to give them their food in due season.

30  When you give it them, they gather it; 
   you open your hand and they are filled with good.

31  When you hide your face they are troubled; 
   when you take away their breath,
      they die and return again to the dust.

32  When you send forth your spirit, they are created, 
   and you renew the face of the earth.

Refrain: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

Creator God,
send your Holy Spirit to renew this living world,
that the whole creation,
in its groaning and striving,
may know your loving purpose
and come to reflect your glory;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 47

Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.

1  Clap your hands together, all you peoples; 
   O sing to God with shouts of joy.

2  For the Lord Most High is to be feared; 
   he is the great King over all the earth.

3  He subdued the peoples under us 
   and the nations under our feet.

4  He has chosen our heritage for us, 
   the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.

5  God has gone up with a merry noise, 
   the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

6  O sing praises to God, sing praises; 
   sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7  For God is the King of all the earth; 
   sing praises with all your skill.

8  God reigns over the nations; 
   God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.

9  The nobles of the peoples are gathered together 
   with the people of the God of Abraham.

10  For the powers of the earth belong to God 
   and he is very highly exalted.

Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.

As Christ was raised by your glory, O Father,
so may we be raised to new life
and rejoice to be called your children,
both now and for ever.

    Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
     
All
  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.
     
   
Short readings
 
     
    Either, on Sunday after Ascension Day
    On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive.
   
John 7.37-39a
     
    Or, on any day after Ascension
    Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
   
Hebrews 9.24
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Blessed are those who mourn,
All
  for they will be comforted.
   
Matthew 5.4
     
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    God’s royal priesthood, that it may be empowered by the Spirit
    Those who wait on God, that they may find renewal
    All people, that they may acknowledge the kingdom of the ascended Christ
    The earth, for productivity and for fruitful harvests
    All who are struggling with broken relationships
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    O King enthroned on high,
Comforter and Spirit of truth,
you that are in all places and fill all things,
the treasury of blessings and the giver of life,
come and dwell with us,
cleanse us from every stain
and save our souls, O gracious one.
All
  Amen.
   
an Orthodox prayer
     
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.
     
    The Lord’s Prayer is said.
     
    (Either)
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
     
All
  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.
     
    (or)
     
    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.
     
   
The Conclusion
 
     
    May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts and minds.
All
  Amen.