Prayer During the Day
Lent
    Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Ash Wednesday
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
All
  hold not your peace at my tears.
   
Psalm 39.13
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
     
    Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.
     
    Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
     
    Your warmth gives life to the dead,
your touch makes sinners righteous.
     
    Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;
in your love and tenderness remake us.
     
    In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us
   
Anselm (1109)
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, Wednesday Psalm 11
     
    (or)
     
    Or, on any day Psalm 51.1-10
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 11

Refrain: The Lord’s throne is in heaven.

1  In the Lord have I taken refuge; 
   how then can you say to me,
      ‘Flee like a bird to the hills,

2  ‘For see how the wicked bend the bow
      and fit their arrows to the string, 
   to shoot from the shadows at the true of heart.

3  ‘When the foundations are destroyed, 
   what can the righteous do?’

4  The Lord is in his holy temple; 
   the Lord’s throne is in heaven.

5  His eyes behold, 
   his eyelids try every mortal being.

6  The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked, 
   but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.

7  Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire
      and burning sulphur; 
   scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.

8  For the Lord is righteous;
      he loves righteous deeds, 
   and those who are upright shall behold his face.

Refrain: The Lord’s throne is in heaven.

God of heaven,
when the foundations are shaken
and there is no escape,
test us, but not to destruction,
look on the face of your anointed
and heal us in Jesus Christ your Son.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 51.1-10

Refrain: The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.

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

2  Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness 
   and cleanse me from my sin.

3  For I acknowledge my faults 
   and my sin is ever before me.

4  Against you only have I sinned 
   and done what is evil in your sight,

5  So that you are justified in your sentence 
   and righteous in your judgement.

6  I have been wicked even from my birth, 
   a sinner when my mother conceived me.

7  Behold, you desire truth deep within me 
   and shall make me understand wisdom
      in the depths of my heart.

8  Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; 
   wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

9  Make me hear of joy and gladness, 
   that the bones you have broken may rejoice.

10  Turn your face from my sins 
   and blot out all my misdeeds.

Refrain: The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.

Take away, good Lord, the sin that corrupts us;
give us the sorrow that heals
and the joy that praises
and restore by grace your own image within us,
that we may take our place among your people;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

    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, Wednesday
    I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
   
Romans 7.21-25a
     
    Or, on any day in Lent
    Jesus said, ‘There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.’
   
Luke 15.7
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Blessed are the merciful,
All
  for they will receive mercy.
   
Matthew 5.7
     
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    Those preparing for baptism and confirmation
    Those serving through leadership
    Those looking for forgiveness
    Those misled by the false gods of this present age
    All who are hungry
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to seek for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.
All
  Amen.
     
   
Ignatius of Loyola (1556)
     
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    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 your Son our Lord,
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 God bless us and show us compassion and mercy.
All
  Amen.