Holy Tuesday Vespers

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages. Amen


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God;
The vain delights that charm me most:
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet
What grief and love flow mingling down;
Did e’er such Love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were all the realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Opening Sentence
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. -1 Corinthians 1:27-30

Examination of Conscience and Confession of Sins

Psalm 51
Invitatory. Christ suffered and died for us. Come, let us adore him.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your loving-kindness;*
in your great compassion blot out my offences.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness*
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,*
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned*
and done what is evil in your sight.
5 And so you are justified when you speak*
and upright in your judgement.
[6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,*
a sinner from my mother's womb.
7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me,*
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8 Purge me from my sin and I shall be pure;*
wash me and I shall be clean indeed.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness,*
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10 Hide your face from my sins*
and blot out all my iniquities.]
11 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*
and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Cast me not away from your presence*
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13 Give me the joy of your saving help again*
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
14 I shall teach your ways to the wicked,*
and sinners shall return to you.
15 Deliver me from death, O God,*
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
O God of my salvation.
16 Open my lips, O Lord,*
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
17 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,*
but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.
18 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;*
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Invitatory. Christ suffered and died for us. Come, let us adore him.

Deus ultio

O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.

Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.

How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?

They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.

They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.

They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.

Yet they say, "The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice."

Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?

He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *
he that formed the eye, does he not see?

He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *
he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?

The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.

Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;

To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.

For the LORD will not abandon his people, *
nor will he forsake his own.

For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.

Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?

If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.

As often as I said, "My foot has slipped," *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.

When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.

Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?

They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.

But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.

He will turn their wickedness back upon them
and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

First Reading

Isaiah 52:13-15

See, my servant will act wisely;
  he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

Just as there were many who were appalled at him —
  his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
  and his form marred beyond human likeness—

so will he sprinkle many nations,
  and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
  For what they were not told, they will see,
  and what they have not heard, they will understand.


1 Who is this that comes from Edom,*
coming from Bozrah, his garments stained crimson?
2 Who is this, in glorious apparel,*
marching in the greatness of his strength?
3 'It is I, who announce that right has won the day,*
it is I', says the Lord, 'for I am mighty to save.'
4 Why are your robes all red, O Lord,*
and your garments like theirs who tread the winepress?
5 'I have trodden the winepress alone,*
and from the peoples no one was with me.'
6 I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,*
the praises of the Most High;
7 All that God has done for us in his mercy,*
by his many acts of love.
8 For God said, 'Surely, they are my people,
my children who will not deal falsely',*
and he became their Saviour in all their distress.
9 So God saved us by his love and pity;*
he lifted us up and carried us
through all the days of old.
Glory . . . Isaiah 63. 1-3a, 7-9

Second Reading

Mark 11:27-33

They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you authority to do this?"

Jesus replied, "I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30John's baptism—was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!"

They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'...." (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

So they answered Jesus, "We don't know."

Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
we praise you.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Antiphon: I have the power to lay down my life, and I have the power to take it up again.
Antiphon: I have the power to lay down my life, and I have the power to take it up again.

Collects and Prayers

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The savior of mankind by dying destroyed death and by rising restored life. Let us humbly ask him:
Sanctify your people, redeemed by your blood.

Redeemer of the world, give us a greater share of your passion through a deeper spirit of repentance,
so that we may share the glory of your resurrection. (R.)
May your Mother, comfort of the afflicted, protect us,
may we console others as you console us. (R.)
In their trials enable your faithful people to share in your passion,
and so reveal in their livews your saving power. (R.)
You humbled yourself by being obedient even to accepting death, death on a cross,
give all who serve you the gifts of obedience and patient endurance. (R.)
Transform the bodies of the dead to be like your own in glory,
and bring us at last into their fellowship. (R.)

Lord's Prayer

Father, may we receive your forgiveness and mercy as we celebrate the passion and death of the Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Bow down before the Lord.

May the life-giving cross
be the source of all our joy and peace. Amen.


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