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


Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.


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.



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 shall be for ever. Amen.

Perpetua, Felicity and Companions, 203


The moving, contemporary account of these early third-century African martyrs proved to be of great significance in the life of the early Church. Vibia Perpetua was a young, married noblewoman of Carthage and Felicity was her personal slave. Saturus was possibly a priest and there were two other men, Saturninus and Revocatus, the latter also a slave. Felicity was pregnant. It seems most of them were catechumens when arrested and only baptized later in prison, where Perpetua had a vision in which she climbed a great ladder into paradise. They were condemned as Christians by the Roman authorities and dispatched to the public arena, there to be mauled by wild animals. They all survived and were then taken to be executed by the sword. Before this, they exchanged the Kiss of Peace and affirmed their faith in Christ, the Son of God. The account of their martyrdom was widely circulated in secret throughout the Christian congregations and proved both to give renown to their courage and to give encouragement to their fellow Christians in the face of adversity. They were martyred for their faith on this day in the year 203.

Psalm 11

The Lord’s throne is in heaven.


In the Lord have I taken refuge; ♦
how then can you say to me,
‘Flee like a bird to the hills,


‘For see how the wicked bend the bow
and fit their arrows to the string, ♦
to shoot from the shadows at the true of heart.


‘When the foundations are destroyed, ♦
what can the righteous do?’ R


The Lord is in his holy temple; ♦
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.


His eyes behold, ♦
his eyelids try every mortal being.


The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked, ♦
but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.


Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire
and burning sulphur; ♦
scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.


For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds, ♦
and those who are upright shall behold his face.


The Lord’s throne is in heaven.



God of heaven,
when the foundations are shaken
and there is no escape,
test us, but not to destruction,
look on the face of your anointed
and heal us in Jesus Christ your Son.

Bible Reading


Whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 4:7-8

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

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


For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

I commend my spirit.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

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

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me under the shadow of your wings.


Gospel Canticle

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said.


Christ died for us,
so that, whether we wake or sleep,
we might live with him.


Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦

your word has been fulfilled.


My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;


A light to reveal you to the nations ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.


Luke 2.29-32


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.


Christ died for us,
so that, whether we wake or sleep,
we might live with him.


Prayer of St Edmund of Abingdon


Lord, into your hands

and into the hands of your holy angels,

I entrust this day:

my life, my relatives, my benefactors,

my friends and my enemies,

and all your people.


Enlighten my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit;

grant that I may ever be obedient to your commandments,

never let me be separated from you,

who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

God, now and for ever.


A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


For the world

With faith and love and in union with Christ,
let us offer our prayer before the throne of grace.

Have mercy on your people,
for whom your Son laid down his life: 

Bring healing and wholeness to people and nations,
and have pity on those torn apart by division: 

Strengthen all who are persecuted for your name’s sake,
and deliver them from evil: 

Look in mercy upon all who suffer,
and hear those who cry out in pain and desolation: 

Bring comfort to the dying,
and gladden their hearts with the vision of your glory: 

Give rest to the departed
and bring them, with your saints, to glory everlasting: 

Let us commend the world, for which Christ died,
to the mercy and protection of God.



Eternal God,
give us insight
to discern your will for us,
to give up what harms us,
and to seek the perfection we are promised
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.

May God bless us,
that in us may be found love and humility,
obedience and thanksgiving,
discipline, gentleness and peace.


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