Welcome back to Girton’s ‘virtual chapel’ Evensong page. After the two big feasts of Ascension and Pentecost we are returning to our termly theme, which is a deep dive into The Lord’s Prayer. As we have missed a couple of Sundays and are coming towards the end of term we are going to look at two petitions from the prayer today, ‘Forgive us our trespasses’ and ‘Lead us not into temptation’, or as another translation puts it, ‘ do not bring us to the time of trial’, but as there are deep links between these two parts of the prayer I hope it will be helpful to handle them together.
As always, our readings, music, and reflections develop our theme in different ways. The choir, once more accompanied by the Conservatoires’ Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble directed by Jeremy West, will bring us music from Ingegneri and from our own Gareth Wilson, and Once more we will enjoy responses and prayers set for us by up and coming composer Rhiannon Randle, ! (You can find the choir’s CDs Here)
So we will begin with the opening responses:
V:O Lord, open thou our lips.
R:And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
V:O God, make speed to save us.
R:O Lord, make haste to help us.
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R: .As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
V: Praise ye the Lord.
R:The Lord’s Name be praised.
Since our reading and sermons this week touch upon the passion, let us read psalm 22 together. You may like to read this psalm ‘antiphonally with someone else in your household:
- MY GOD, my God, look upon me; why hast thou forsaken me: and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint?
- O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not: and in the night-season also I take no rest.
- And thou continuest holy: O thou worship of Israel.
- Our fathers hoped in thee: they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them.
- They called upon thee, and were holpen: they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.
- But as for me, I am a worm, and no man: a very scorn of men, and the outcast of the people.
- All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot our their lips, and shake their heads, saying,
- He trusted in God, that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, if he will have him.
- But thou art he that took me out of my mother’s womb: thou wast my hope, when I hanged yet upon my mother’s breasts.
- I have been left unto thee ever since I was born: thou art my God, even from my mother’s womb.
- O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand: and there is none to help me.
- Many oxen are come about me: fat bulls of Basan close me in on every side.
- They gape upon me with their mouths: as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.
- I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.
- My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums: and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.
- For many dogs are come about me: and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me.
- They pierced my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones: they stand staring and looking upon me.
- They part my garments among them: and casts lots upon my vesture.
- But be not thou far from me, O Lord: thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.
- Deliver my soul from the sword: my darling from the power of the dog.
- Save me from the lion’s mouth: thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns.
- I will declare thy Name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
- O praise the Lord, ye that fear him: magnify him, all ye of the seed of Jacob, and fear him, all ye seed of Israel.
- For he hath not despised, nor abhorred, the low estate of the poor: he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him he heard him.
- My praise is of thee in the great congregation: my vows will I perform in the sight of them that fear him.
- The poor shall eat and be satisfied: they that seek after the Lord shall praise him; your heart shall live for ever.
- All the ends of the world shall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.
- For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the Governor among the people.
- All such as be fat upon earth: have eaten and worshipped.
- All they that go down into the dust shall kneel before him: and no man hath quickened his own soul.
- My seed shall serve him: they shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.
- They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness: unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.