Prayer for the Evening
Christ is our light: let us give thanks and praise!
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!
Listen to the cloud that brightens
Hearts that stumble in the shade.
Hear the cloud of great believers,
Heed the witness they have made:
Prophets who have raged in judgment,
Martyrs killed by flame and sword,
Bold reformers through the ages,
Common folk who loved the Lord.
Here they made their costly witness,
Here upon this trodden ground
Where the one whose path they followed
With a wreath of thorns was crowned.
Now they call from that dominion
Past the range of mortal sight,
Joined with Christ in one communion
Of eternal song and light.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,/ and every eye will see him. (Rv 1:7)
What Saint Lucy saw with the eyes of her heart, she lived with a courage that shines as a beacon to all who await the good news of salvation. Yet her light is no more than a reflection of the light of Christ’s face, shining upon her in love.
How long, O Lord, will you forget me?[How] long will you hide your face?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
this sorrow in my heart day and night?
How long shall my enemy prevail?
Look at me, answer me, Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,
lest my enemy say: “I have overcome him”;
lest my foes rejoice to see my fall.
As for me, I trust in your merciful love.
Let my heart rejoice in your saving help:
Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,
singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,/ and what has not entered the human heart,/ what God has prepared for those who love him,”
this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
I had heard of you by word of mouth,/
but now my eye has seen you. (Jb 42:5)
Canticle of Mary
I shall deliver you from this people, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. (cf. Acts 26:17-18)
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 for the gift of light for the whole world.
R/Give light to all eyes!
You deliver your martyrs from death to life:
– open the eyes of those who persecute your faithful ones to see the light of your truth. R/
You call your disciples to be light to the world:
– let the fire of your love burn within us and shine forth in deeds of charity. R/
You are the light of life:
– enlighten in joy all those who have passed into the darkness of death. R/
May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to God’s call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Amen. (cf. Eph 1:18)
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.