Prayer for the Evening
The Lord is our guard and our shade:
in the shadow of his love, let us give thanks
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
Behold! the mountain of the Lord
In latter days shall rise
On mountain tops above the hills,
And draw the wond’ring eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
All tribes and tongues shall flow;
Up to the hill of God, they’ll say,
And to his house we’ll go.
No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
Disturb those peaceful years;
To ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.
Come then, O house of Jacob! come
To worship at his shrine;
And, walking in the light of God,
With holy beauties shine.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain. (Is 11:9)
Mountains always seem to promise protection. Jerusalem, God’s city, stands upon Mount Zion, its doors open and welcoming, its gates guarded for ever against all suffering and death, the rich wedding feast of the Lamb laid for all God’s people!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.
The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Revelation 21:3-4
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.”
Come, let us drink our fill of love,/ until morning,
let us feast on love! (Prv 7:18)
Canticle of Mary
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb! (Order of Mass)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father…
Let us pray to our compassionate Savior, whose suffering on Mount Calvary will wipe away all suffering and death on the eternal mountain of God:
R/Guard us from evil!
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the bread and wine of life:
– deliver us from the shadow of death. R/
Lord Jesus Christ, you wipe away every tear at your heavenly table:
– abide now with those who suffer grief and loss and give them comfort. R/
Lord Jesus Christ, you neither slumber nor sleep:
– watch with those who cannot rest and grant them peace of heart. R/
May the Lord bless us from Zion,/ he who made both heaven and earth. Amen. (cf. Ps 134:3)
O Mary, ever Virgin, rejoice,
you who were worthy to bear Christ,
the Creator of heaven and earth;
for from your womb
you brought forth the Savior of the world, alleluia.
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quæ pervia cæli
porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
surgere qui curat, populo: tu quæ genuisti,
natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.
Loving mother of the Redeemer
Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
have pity on us, poor sinners.