Prayer for the Evening
Mighty is the Lord to save: come, let us adore!
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.
Good Jesus, for the love of souls,
Decreed a time of penitence
And placed within the yearly round
The fast of Lenten abstinence,
That those who fell from virtue’s peak
Through wiles of worldly appetite
May by stern discipline and fast
Be brought again to heaven’s height.
Be mindful now of Holy Church,
And of her penitents sincere
Who beg with humble abstinence
Their sinful souls be scoured clear.
Forgive the sins that have been done,
Offenses of the past repair,
And in the future, Lord, we pray,
Sustain us with your steadfast care,
That when our fasting time is done
And Lenten abstinence complete,
We may approach the Easter feast
With guiltless joy and gladness sweet.
The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. (Mt 22:2)
The Lenten fast or other penance purifies our hearts of sin so that we will be prepared to celebrate with joy the Easter feast, when “heaven is wedded to earth,” as Christ, the anointed king and bridegroom, rises in triumph.
O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh;
in splendor and state, ride on in triumph
for the cause of truth and goodness and right.
Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand.
Your arrows are sharp: peoples fall beneath you.
The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.
Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.
A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom.
Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness above other kings:
your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.
From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.
The daughters of kings are among your loved ones.
On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Jeremiah 33:10b-11)
There shall yet be heard the cry of joy, the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride, the sound of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, singing, “Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; his mercy endures forever.” For I will restore this country as of old, says the Lord.
Go out to meet Christ the Lord!
Canticle of Mary
Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. (Lk 12:36)
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…
As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, let us pray to him:
R/Hear your servants, O Lord!
For the Church:
– prepare us through this season of Lent to live the life of Easter to the full. R/
For our pastors and teachers:
– deepen their desire to lead your people to holiness. R/
For all those who have gone before us in death:
– raise them to the Easter joy you desire for all your people. R/
May the Lord, our God, bless us in all that we undertake. Amen. (cf. Dt 14:29)
Antiphon for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2
Today the Blessed Virgin Mary
presented the Child Jesus in the Temple;
and Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit,
took him into his arms,
and blessed God forever.
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.
Ave, Regina caelorum,
Ave, Domina angelorum,
Salve, radix, salve, porta,
Ex qua mundo lux est orta.
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa;
Vale, O valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.
Hail, O Queen of heaven enthroned.
Hail, by angels mistress owned.
Root of Jesse, Gate of morn
Whence the world’s true light was born:
Glorious Virgin, joy to thee,
Loveliest whom in heaven they see;
Fairest thou, where all are fair,
Plead with Christ our souls to spare.