Prayer for the Evening
Let us rejoice and sing psalms to our God!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Lord, teach us how to pray aright
With reverence and fear;
Though dust and ashes in your sight,
We may, we must draw near.
Give deep humility; the sense
Of godly sorrow give;
A strong, desiring confidence
To hear your voice and live.
Psalm 75:2-8, 10-11
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23:12)
Truly humble people are centers of peace because they fear neither their own failure nor others’ success. Let us pray for the wisdom to judge as God judges: to look at our own and others’ achievements from God’s perspective.
We give thanks to you, O God,
we give thanks and call upon your name.
We recount your wonderful deeds.
“When I reach the appointed time,
then I will judge with justice.
Though the earth and all who dwell in it may rock,
it is I who uphold its pillars.
To the boastful I say: ‘Do not boast,’
to the wicked: ‘Do not flaunt your strength,
do not flaunt your strength on high.
Do not speak with insolent pride.’”
For neither from the east nor from the west,
nor from desert or mountains comes judgment,
but God himself is the judge.
One he humbles, another he exalts.
As for me, I will rejoice for ever
and sing psalms to Jacob’s God.
He shall break the power of the wicked,
while the strength of the just shall be exalted.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Ephesians 4:1-6
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you. (Jas 4:10)
Canticle of Mary
Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord. (2 Cor 10:17)
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…
Let us pray with confidence to God our strength:
R/We call upon your name!
Your deeds are wonderful:
– teach us to boast of your love rather than of our accomplishments. R/
You are the rock upon which the world stands firm:
– grant us faith to depend on you rather than on our own achievements. R/
You are the true judge of all things:
– open our eyes to see as you see. R/
You have broken the power of sin and death:
– raise our beloved dead to eternal life. R/
May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us and remain with us always. Amen.
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.