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Prayer for the Evening

 

God is our stronghold, the God who shows us love:

come, let us give thanks!

 

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!

 

HYMN

 

Jesus, your mercies are untold

Through each returning day;

Your love exceeds a thousandfold

Whatever we can say.

 

That love which in your passion drained

For us your precious blood;

That love whereby the saints have gained

The vision of their God.

 

Lord, you have loved us from the womb,

Pure Source of all our bliss,

Our only hope of life to come,

Our happiness in this.

 

Lord, grant us, while on earth we stay,

Your love to feel and know;

And, when from hence we pass away,

To us your glory show.

PSALM 125

 

The Lord of hosts/ shall shield his people,/ To protect and deliver,/ to spare and rescue them. (cf. Is 31:5)

Strong is God’s love for us, faithful his care. Let us fear no evil but put our trust in him.

 

Those who put their trust in the Lord

are like Mount Zion, that cannot be shaken,

that stands for ever.

 

Jerusalem! The mountains surround her,

so the Lord surrounds his people

both now and for ever.

 

For the scepter of the wicked shall not rest

over the land of the just

for fear that the hands of the just

should turn to evil.

 

Do good, Lord, to those who are good,

to the upright of heart;

 

but the crooked and those who do evil,

drive them away!

 

On Israel, peace!

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Isaiah 65:24-25)

 

Before [my people] call, I will answer;/ while they are yet speaking, I will hearken to them./ The wolf and the lamb shall graze alike,/ and the lion shall eat hay like the ox/ [but the serpent’s food shall be dust]./ None shall hurt or destroy/ on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

 

God is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

(cf. Prv 30:5)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

I will be for them an encircling wall of fire, says the Lord, and I will be the glory in their midst. (cf. Zec 2:9)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

God is our shield and defender. Let us put our trust in him, as we pray:

 

R/O God our strength, to you we turn.

 

O God, those who put their trust in you cannot be ­shaken:

– strengthen in faith those who are afraid. R/

 

O God, you surround your people with your all-powerful love:

– open the eyes of faith to see your presence. R/

 

O God, all authority in heaven and earth is from you:

– may a culture of life and true justice flourish in our land. R/

 

O God, you drive away crookedness and evil:

– drive the moneychangers from the temples of our hearts. R/

 

O God, your peace dwells all around your people:

– let those who have died live on in your peace. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the Lord guard our going and coming/ both now and for ever. Amen. (cf. Ps 121:8)

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, January 1

 

The root of Jesse has budded,

a star has arisen from Jacob;

a Virgin has brought forth the Savior;

we praise you, our God.

 

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli

porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,

surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,

natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore

sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

 

 

Loving mother of the Redeemer,

gate of heaven, star of the sea,

assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us, poor sinners.

 

V/ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

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.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict

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