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Prayer for the Evening

Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord

 

Praised be the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

Hymn

 

When John baptized by Jordan’s river

In faith and hope the people came,

That John and Jordan might deliver

Their troubled souls from sin and shame.

They came to seek a new beginning,

The human spirit’s ageless quest,

Repentance, and an end of sinning,

Renouncing every wrong confessed.

 

There as the Lord, baptized and praying,

Rose from the stream, the sinless one,

A voice was heard from heaven saying,

“This is my own beloved Son.”

There as the Father’s word was spoken,

Not in the power of wind and flame,

But of his love and peace the token,

Seen as a dove, the Spirit came.

 

O Son of Man, our nature sharing,

In whose obedience all are blest,

Savior, our sins and sorrows bearing,

Hear us and grant us this request:

Daily to grow, by grace defended,

Filled with the Spirit from above;

In Christ baptized, beloved, befriended,

Children of God in peace and love.

 

Canticle. Ephesians 1:3-6

 

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8:16)

In Jesus Christ, we are chosen as beloved children in the beloved Son. As we prepare to leave the season of Christmas and Epiphany behind us and resume the life of Ordinary Time, let us pray that we may grow into what God desires for us.

 

Praised be the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has bestowed on us in Christ

every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

 

God chose us in him

before the world began

to be holy

and blameless in his sight.

 

He predestined us

to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,

such was his will and pleasure,

that all might praise the glorious favor

he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

 

Word of God. Ephesians 1:11-14

 

In [Christ] we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things ­according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Through faith you are all children of God

in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:26)

 

Canticle of Mary

 

So be imitators of God, as beloved children. (Eph 5:1)

 

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…

 

Intercessions

 

With trust in the love the Father has for us, let us pray:

R/Father, hear your children.

You have chosen us to be your adopted sons and ­daughters:

– in Christ, lead us to honor one another as members of one family. R/

You have chosen us to be members of the living Christ:

– in Christ, lead us to live the Gospel he proclaimed. R/

You have chosen us to be the sign of your redemptive love:

– in Christ, lead us to live the love we proclaim. R/

(Personal intentions)

Our Father….

May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of our life. Amen. (cf. Eph 3:17)

 

Marian Antiphon

 

Blessed Mother of God, Mary, perpetual Virgin,

temple of the Lord, shrine of the Holy Spirit,

you alone without compare were pleasing

to the Lord Jesus Christ;

pray for the people, intervene for the clergy;

intercede for devout women.

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli

porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,

surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,

natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore

sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

 

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.

 

V/ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Salve Regina

 

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, 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.

 

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