Prayer for the Evening
God is our one salvation:
let us give him thanks and praise.
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Let not fear and wonder
Trouble heart and mind.
God has torn asunder
Chains that bound mankind.
Put away all sadness
Reigning here on earth;
Let our holy gladness
Rise in songs of mirth!
Come and hear the story
Told you from above.
Learn the wondrous glory
Of God’s boundless love:
To redeem creation
He gave up his Son;
God our heav’nly Father
Has our grace begun.
CANTICLE (Ephesians 1:3-8a)
For if by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one person Jesus Christ overflow for the many. (Rom 5:15b)
Here we find the reason to jettison our fears of all but eternal loss: the love God has for us is so great that no power on earth can harm us whom he has redeemed and adopted through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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.
In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed,
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous
is God’s favor to us.
Word of God (Colossians 1:13-14)
He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world so that
we might have life through him. (1 Jn 4:9)
CANTICLE OF MARY
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. (1 Jn 3:1a)
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…
Rejoicing in the love God has for us, we pray:
R/You save us by your love!
When we weaken, you are strong: R/
When we falter, you stand firm: R/
When we die, you are our life: R/
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)
Mary is the immaculate lily,
who brought forth Christ the imperishable rose.
O holy Mother of God,
who gave birth to Christ the Lamb,
the Word incarnate from you;
O most holy Virgin,
who have astonished the hosts of angels;
stupendous is the miracle in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun
carrying in her arms the Light.
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.