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Prayer for the Evening

Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Sing to God, praise the Lord!

 

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!

 

Hymn

 

Thy kingdom come! on bended knee

The passing ages pray;

And faithful souls have yearned to see

On earth that kingdom’s day.

 

But the slow watches of the night

Not less to God belong;

And for the everlasting right

The silent stars are strong.

 

And lo, already on the hills

The flags of dawn appear;

Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,

Proclaim the day is near.

 

The day in whose clear shining light

All wrong shall stand revealed,

When justice shall be throned in might,

And every hurt be healed.

 

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,

Shall walk the earth abroad;

The day of perfect righteousness,

The promised day of God.

 

Psalm 89:20-22, 25-30

 

In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. (Jer 33:15)

During the first part of Advent, we look not backward toward Jesus’ first coming in Bethlehem but forward to Christ’s return at the end of time in glory.

 

Of old you spoke in a vision.

To your friends the prophets you said:

“I have set the crown on a warrior,

[I have] exalted one chosen from the people.

 

I have found David my servant

and with my holy oil anointed him.

My hand shall always be with him

and my arm shall make him strong.

 

My truth and my love shall be with him;

by my name, his might shall be exalted.

I will stretch out his hand to the Sea

and his right hand as far as the River.

 

He will say to me: ‘You are my father,

my God, the rock who saves me.’

And I will make him my first-born,

the highest of the kings of the earth.

 

I will keep my love for him always;

with him my covenant shall last.

I will establish his dynasty for ever,

make his throne endure as the heavens.”

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God. Jeremiah 23:5-6

 

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,/ when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;/ As king he shall reign and govern wisely,/ he shall do what is just and right in the land./ In his days Judah shall be saved,/ Israel shall dwell in security./ This is the name they give him:/ “The Lord our justice.”

In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem

shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her:

“The Lord our justice.” (Jer 33:16)

 

Canticle of Mary

 

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:/ “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;/ he will prepare your way.” (Mk 1:2)

 

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

 

Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom:

R/Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your

salvation!

Lord, you keep the promises you have made:

– establish your reign of justice and right over all the earth. R/

Lord, you have raised up for us a savior:

– deepen our faith and our hope in him. R/

Lord, you have delivered us from the hands of our great enemy, death:

– bring our beloved dead to dwell in safety and security in your presence for ever. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the Lord strengthen our hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen. (cf. 1 Thes 3:13)

 

Marian Antiphon

 

Medieval Antiphon

 

Rejoice, O Mother of God, O Virgin Immaculate;

[rejoice], you who received joy from an angel;

rejoice, you who bore the glory of the light everlasting;

[rejoice], O Mother, rejoice,

O holy Virgin Mother of God;

you alone a maiden Mother,

all creation praises you, the Mother of light;

may you be for us, we beseech you,

a perpetual intercessor.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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