Prayer for the Evening
Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Lord is our source of joy. Let us praise him!
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!
Light of the anxious heart,
Jesus, thou dost appear,
To bid the gloom of guilt depart,
And shed thy sweetness here.
Joyous is he, with whom,
God’s Word, thou dost abide;
Sweet Light of our eternal home,
To fleshly sense denied.
Brightness of God above!
Thy presence be a fount of love
Within thy chosen place.
For I will refresh the weary soul; every soul that languishes I will replenish. (Jer 31:25)
God has the amazing ability to turn our most painful and tragic moments into opportunities for transformation and growth. If we take what God sends us in a spirit of joy and acceptance, even when we don’t feel joyful, we will grow closer and closer to God’s love. That is what living the beatitudes is all about.
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.
The heathens themselves said: “What marvels
the Lord worked for them!”
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.
Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.
They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Luke 6:21-23
Blessed are you who are now hungry,/ for you will be satisfied./ Blessed are you who are now weeping,/ for you will laugh./ Blessed are you when people hate you,/ and when they exclude and insult you,/ and denounce your name as evil/ on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
They will not hunger or thirst anymore,/
nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
Canticle of Mary
Praise and joy are in his holy place. (1 Chr 16:27)
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…
The heart of Christ is a place of joy, and he earnestly wishes us to enter into it. Let us pray for this transformation and say:
R/Turn our sorrows into joy.
When our situation seems hopeless: R/
When we are misunderstood or treated unfairly: R/
When we are hurt by those we love: R/
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance. Amen. (cf. Jude 2)
Your praise, O Virgin Mary, shall not recede
from the mouths of men,
who have ever been mindful of the power of the Lord,
for whom you did not spare your life.
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos
ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, O most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V/ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.