Prayer for the Evening (Wednesday, December 22)
Prayer for the Evening
Jesus Christ is the ruler of the world:
come, let us adore 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!
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid thou our sad divisions cease,
And be thyself our King of Peace.
R/Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
He shall be peace. (Mi 5:4)
In a world divided by the rule of sin and death, we place our hope in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose coming we prepare to celebrate with joy.
O God, give your judgment to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgment.
May the mountains bring forth peace for the people
and the hills, justice.
May he defend the poor of the people
and save the children of the needy
and crush the oppressor.
He shall endure like the sun and the moon
from age to age.
He shall descend like rain on the meadow,
like raindrops on the earth.
In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Baruch 5:2-4
Wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,/ bear on your head the mitre/ that displays the glory of the eternal name./ For God will show all the earth your splendor:/ you will be named by God forever/ the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.
He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh,
“King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rv 19:16)
Canticle of Mary
O King of the nations and their Desire, the Cornerstone who binds two into one: come and save mankind, whom you fashioned from clay. (Traditional O Antiphon)
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…
Amid the world’s divisions, we stand and pray in hope to the One whose rule is peace:
R/Come, Lord Jesus!
You united warring enemies into your one Body, the new humanity:
– bring your people to new birth by your coming. R/
You died upon the mountain of Calvary to bring justice and peace to all:
– deepen our zeal to overcome the forces that impoverish and divide through the economic pressures of this season. R/
You promise refreshment, light, and peace to those who pass through the gates of death:
– bring into your presence all those who have died in your mercy. R/
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. (cf. Phil 4:7)
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.
Powerful daily psalms to pray before bed