Prayer for the Evening
Let us praise the Lord,
we who seek 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!
Word made flesh, your heart inflaming,
Mother’s tears, your own tears claiming,
Showed you God, the good, the true.
Late you loved his ancient splendor,
Late you found in love’s surrender
Beauty old, yet ever new.
Rapt in loving contemplation,
With new eyes you saw creation,
Bathed with glory from above.
Deep you drank from Wisdom’s fountain,
High you climbed the mystic’s mountain
To the vision of God’s love.
You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. (Saint Augustine)
Saint Augustine sought truth and found God, in whom the great saint’s restless, questing heart found peace. In return, Augustine devoted his life to proclaiming in praise the One whose faithfulness had redeemed him.
You are my praise in the great assembly.
My vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.
They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him.
May their hearts live for ever and ever!
All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord,
all families of the nations worship before him
for the kingdom is the Lord’s; he is ruler of the nations.
They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.
And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him.
They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come,
declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn:
“These things the Lord has done.”
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Chronicles 16:8-11)
Give thanks to the Lord, invoke his name;/ make known among the nations his deeds./ Sing to him, sing his praise,/ proclaim all his wondrous deeds./ Glory in his holy name;/ rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord!/ Look to the Lord in his strength;/ seek to serve him constantly.
The favoring hand of our God is
upon all who seek him.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new! (Saint Augustine)
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…
O Lord, you have guided your Church through the minds and hearts of your holy Doctors. With them, we now pray:
R/Make known your ways; teach us your paths.
O Lord, you filled Saint Augustine with the spirit of wisdom and understanding:
– pour out your Spirit on all those you have called to leadership. R/
O Lord, you sent Saint Augustine to teach the wisdom he had learned through prayer and study:
– send us wise teachers in our day. R/
O Lord, you brought Saint Augustine at last to contemplate you in your glory at the right hand of the Father:
– gather into your presence all our dead. R/
May the Lord help us to seek him with all our hearts and to receive what he promises. Amen.
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Virgin most prudent, where do you go forth,
shining exceedingly as the dawn?
Daughter of Zion, you are all beautiful and gracious,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun.
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.