VOLUNTARY
Improvisation on Aus der Tiefe
Craig Phillips

INTROIT
Lord, we beseech thee
Adrian Batten
Sung by the choir.

Lord, we beseech thee, we beseech thee give ear unto our prayers;
and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our hearts, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

All stand for the procession.

THE PRECES
Martin Neary
Sung by the officiant and choir.

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.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
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.
All sit.

PSALMS 103
Chant: John Camidge II
Sung by the choir.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
 and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
 and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
 and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
 and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5 He satisfies you with good things, *
 and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6 The LORD executes righteousness *
 and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses *
 and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
 slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not always accuse us, *
 nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
 nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
 so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, *
 so far has he removed our sins from us.
13 As a father cares for his children, *
 so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
 he remembers that we are but dust.
15 Our days are like the grass; *
 we flourish like a flower of the field;
16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
 and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, *
 and his righteousness on children’s children;
18 On those who keep his covenant *
 and remember his commandments and do them.
19 The LORD has set his throne in heaven, *
 and his kingship has dominion over all.
20 Bless the LORD, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
 and hearken to the voice of his word.
21 Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, *
 you ministers of his who do his will.
22 Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion; *
 bless the LORD, O my soul.

All stand.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

All sit.

THE FIRST LESSON
Daniel 9:3-10

Then I turned to the Lord God to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with
fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession,
saying, “Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with
those who love you and keep your commandments, we have sinned and done wrong, acted
wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. We have not
listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and
our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. “Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but
open shame, as at this day, falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have
driven them because of the treachery that they have committed against you. Open shame, O
Lord, falls on us, our kings, our princes, and our ancestors because we have sinned against you.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, but we have rebelled against him 10 and
have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws, which he set before us by
his servants the prophets.

Here ends the Lesson.

All stand.

MAGNIFICAT
Service in g minor
Henry Purcell

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior, for he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

All sit.

THE SECOND LESSON
John 12:44-50

Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

Here ends the lesson.

All stand.

NUNC DIMITTIS
Service in g minor
Henry Purcell
Sung by the choir.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people: To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

All sing in monotone.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

All kneel.

THE RESPONSES
Martin Neary
Sung by the officiant and choir.

V  The Lord be with you.
R  And with thy spirit.
V  Let us pray.
V  Lord have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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 that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
V  O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;
R  And grant us thy salvation.
V  O Lord, save the State;
R  And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V  Endue thy ministers with righteousness;
R  And make thy chosen people joyful.
V  O Lord, save thy people;
R  And bless thine inheritance.
V  Give peace in our time, O Lord;
R  Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
V  O God, make clean our hearts within us;
R  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECT FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR THE PEACE
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of all enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

THE COLLECT FOR FOR THE HUMAN FAMILY
O God, you made us in your own Image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us In bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you In harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All sit.

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ANTHEM
Call to remembrance
Richard Farrant

Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercy and thy loving kindness which have been ever
of old. O remember not the sins and offenses of my youth: but according to thy mercy think
thou on me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

All stand.

A PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

The Officiant chants
Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

THE BLESSING

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.

THE FINAL RESPONSE

Officiant  Let us bless the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

HYMN 150
Forty days and forty nights
Aus der Tiefe

VOLUNTARY
Rhapsody in D flat
Herbert Howells

OFFICIANT
The Reverend Canon Broderick Greer
Canon Precentor

MUSICIANS
Dr. Michael Boney
Director of Music and Organist

Mr. Joseph O’Berry
Associate Director of Music and Organist

Saint John’s Cathedral Choir

LECTORS
Deborah Parker
Jane Carlough-Meline

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