Prayer During the Day
from Ascension Day
until the Day of Pentecost
    Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877 [Commemoration]
     
     
      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, Wednesday Psalm 46
     
    (or)
     
    Or, on any day Psalm 47
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 46

1  God is our refuge and strength, 
   a very present help in trouble;

2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, 
   and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;

3  Though the waters rage and swell, 
   and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.

4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
   the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.

5  God is in the midst of her;
      therefore shall she not be removed; 
   God shall help her at the break of day.

6  The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, 
   but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.

7  The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

8  Come and behold the works of the Lord, 
   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.

9  He makes wars to cease in all the world; 
   he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
      and burns the chariots in the fire.

10  ‘Be still, and know that I am God; 
   I will be exalted among the nations;
      I will be exalted in the earth.’

11  The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

God of Jacob,
when the earth shakes
and the nations are in uproar,
speak, and let the storm be still;
through 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 Wednesday
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
   
Joel 2.28,29
     
    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
  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.