St Aloysius, Garnethill, Glasgow

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Monday 10th March 2013 7.00

A Vespers of St John Ogilvie

Bishop-elect John Keenan presiding and music with the St Mungo Singers.
All welcome.

Vespers is the name given to the Church’s Evening Prayer.
It is often preceded by a little Service of Light during which
a short hymn is sung as candles are lit, and it consists ordinarily
of two sung psalms and a Canticle, followed by a short passage from scripture.
The reading is followed by a brief silence or a short reflection; sometimes there
is some gentle music and/or a sung responsory. The Magnificat, or Song
of Our Lady is sung, and then some intercessions with the Lord’s Prayer,
a Marian antiphon – such as the Salve Regina – and often a final hymn.

To restore Vespers in parishes it is useful to keep in mind that we can
only use the resources that we actually have available, and so we should
begin modestly – perhaps one sung (even responsorial) psalm and a hymn form
of the Magnificat, with a short reading and intercessions, completed with a well
known hymn..

To access the congregational leaflet for the Vespers of St John Ogilvie in Glasgow
2014 please click on the file below:
leaflet

The Intercessions

We pray for our country : may it be a home in which all its people feel at ease, where the rights of everyone are respected, and the aspirations of everyone supported.
Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

We pray for our civic and political leaders that, they may be given wisdom and strength to care for the common good and to lead the country in integrity and justice.
Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

We pray for the churches and for our spiritual leaders: that they may feel the support of the community, may feel encouraged by their faith, and strengthened by the example and courage of St John Ogilvie. Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

St John died for his loyalty to his faith, outstanding among others in Scotland in that age who died in faithfulness to theirs. May we follow their example in cherishing the faith with which we have been blessed. Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

We pray for people everywhere who suffer persecution for their faith.
Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and those who care for them. We remember our dead with gratitude and respect.
May they be at peace in the Kingdom of God.
Almighty ever living God, hear our prayer.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, as we honour St John Ogilvie,
we offer these prayers to you, confident that you hear them.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.