Prayer for the Evening
Praised be the name of 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!
Behold th’amazing gift of love
The Father has bestowed
On us, the sinful sons of men,
To call us sons of God!
Concealed as yet this honor lies,
By this dark world unknown,
A world that knew not when he came,
E’en God’s eternal Son.
Our souls, we know, when he appears
Shall bear his image bright;
For all his glory full disclosed
Shall open to our sight.
Canticle of Sirach 36:1-5, 10-13
Raise a glad cry, you barren one who did not bear,/ break forth in jubilant song, you who were not in labor. (Is 54:1)
By the mercy of God, she who was childless gave birth to the first-born of our race!
Come to our aid, O God of the universe,
and put all the nations in dread of you!
Raise your hand against the heathen,
that they may realize your power.
As you have used us to show them your holiness,
so now use them to show us your glory.
Thus they will know, as we know,
that there is no God but you.
Give new signs and work new wonders;
show forth the splendor of your right hand and arm.
Gather all the tribes of Jacob,
that they may inherit the land as of old.
Show mercy to the people called by your name;
Israel, whom you named your first-born.
Take pity on your holy city,
Jerusalem, your dwelling place.
Fill Zion with your majesty,
your temple with your glory.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Romans 8:29-30
Those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.
He is the head of the body, the church./
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. (Col 1:18)
Canticle of Mary
He is the image of the invisible God,/ the firstborn of all creation. (Col 1:15)
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…
With enduring love, God has compassion on us. Children of the promise, let us turn and pray:
R/Father, hear your children’s prayer!
We are servants made heirs in Christ:
– raise us up as faithful children of your household. R/
We are the fruit of your compassion:
– make us compassionate toward all who feel unwanted and abandoned. R/
We are those who hope in you:
– bring us to the home you have prepared for us. R/
May the Lord be kind and faithful to us. Amen. (cf. 2 Sm 2:6)
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, 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,
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.