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Prayer for the Evening

  Christ is our peace: let us give thanks and praise!   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!  


  Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.   O may this gracious God through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; Preserve us in his grace, and guide us in distress; And free us from all sin, till heaven we possess.   All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given; The Son and Spirit blest who reigns in highest heaven; Eternal, Triune God, whom earth and heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.  

PSALM 72:1-4, 7, 12-14, 18-19

  I will appoint peace your governor,/ and justice your ruler. (Is 60:17)   When we pray “Thy kingdom come,” we commit ourselves to serve its coming by living in peace and by seeking peace and justice for all who suffer in our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our world.   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.   In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.   For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor. From oppression he will rescue their lives, to him their blood is dear.   Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel, who alone works wonders, ever blessed his glorious name. Let his glory fill the earth.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (Ephesians 2:13-14, 15b-16)

  Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.   For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,… that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.   He shall be peace. (Mi 5:4)  


  Blessed are the peacemakers,/ for they will be called children of God. (Mt 5:9)   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…  


  Ours were the sufferings Christ bore; by his death we are healed. Trusting in his love, we pray:   R/Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.   In the name of the poor, we pray: R/   In the name of the children of the needy, we pray: R/   In the name of the weak and oppressed, we pray: R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. (cf. Phil 4:7)  


  Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15   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.


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Written by Raphael Benedict