Brothers and Sisters
The Holy Week reflections will commence tonight at 7 pm on our facebook pages for each church and will follow the following format on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the same time.
There will be a very short reflection followed by night prayer which can be accessed via the Church of England Daily Prayer App, or via the link below to the website:
If you prefer the order of service for night prayer is included below the images.
There will be another mailing giving details for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter on Wednesday.
Don’t forget to decorate your front window with a cross or other images to remind people it is Holy Week
(Here are some images from the internet you might like to print one off and pop it in the front window).

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)

Preparation                                                   Holy Week

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All               who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

All              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.

All               O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Hymn

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

From evil dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Tread underfoot our deadly foe
That we no sinful thought may know.

O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;
And Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Our souls are raised to life from death.

The Word of God            Psalm 139

Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.

  1. O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
    you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
  2. You mark out my journeys and my resting place
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
  3. For there is not a word on my tongue,
    but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
  4. You encompass me behind and before
    and lay your hand upon me.
  5. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    so high that I cannot attain it.
  6. Where can I go then from your spirit?
    Or where can I flee from your presence?
  7. If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
    if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
  8. If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
  9. Even there your hand shall lead me,
    your right hand hold me fast.
  10. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me
    and the light around me turn to night,’
  11. Even darkness is no darkness with you;
    the night is as clear as the day;
    darkness and light to you are both alike.
  12. For you yourself created my inmost parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
  13. I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.
  14. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
  15. Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished;
    already in your book were all my members written,
  16. As day by day they were fashioned
    when as yet there was none of them.
  17. How deep are your counsels to me, O God!
    How great is the sum of them!
  18. If I count them, they are more in number than the sand,
    and at the end, I am still in your presence. R

Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.

Scripture Reading

I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.                 Zechariah 12.10

Responsory

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All               Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All               I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All               Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

All               Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Gospel Canticle

                    Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

All              Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,
                    that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

1                 Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.

2                 My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3                 A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.         Luke 2.29-32

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.

All              Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,
                    that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

Almighty God, as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son, help us to see and know your love for us, so that in humility, love and joy we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All               for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All               for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All               so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

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