Prayer for the Evening
Let us praise the Lord in all his saints!
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!
Courageous leader in the fight,
Ignatius merits earnest praise,
Raised up by God in time of need,
In troubled and in warlike days.
Once conquered by the love of God,
He found security and peace
In working for high heaven’s King,
His greater glory to increase.
The ardor of his little band
No dangers and no threats could quell,
To vindicate the law of Christ
And error’s darkness to dispel.
The Holy Spirit’s gifts of grace
Much penance and long hours of prayer
Made him a wise and prudent guide
For souls who came beneath his care.
To every corner of the earth
His eager sons will gladly go,
To bring all nations to the Church
That Christ’s sweet message they may know.
Every house is founded by someone, but the founder of all is God. (Heb 3:4)
At God’s bidding and with God’s help, Saint Ignatius founded a religious order of immense influence and peopled it with many spiritual sons. All of us are given a spiritual “house” to build, to live in, and to hand on to future generations: what will yours look like?
If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.
In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat:
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.
Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
O the happiness of the man
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)
According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.
See, I am laying a stone in Zion,/
a stone that has been tested,/
A precious cornerstone as a sure foundation;/
he who puts his faith in it shall not be shaken.
CANTICLE OF MARY
We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. (2 Cor 5:1)
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…
The Scriptures paint a portrait of God as designer and builder of a home for all peoples, and of Jesus as carpenter. Through the intercession of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us pray:
R/Build up your house, O Lord.
You have called us to encourage one another and build one another up:
– make us skilled laborers in the art of mutual
You have granted us different gifts for the upbuilding
of your body, the Church, in love:
– give us generous hearts for the works of mutual service. R/
You have gone before us to prepare a place for us among the many dwellings that make up your
– keep us strong in hope and fidelity as we await your return in glory. R/
You have given us a vision of the great city to come:
– bring our dead to dwell with you in glory. R/
May the all-powerful God protect us from all evil and bring us to life everlasting! Amen.
Antiphon for the Memorial of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16,
from the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Your head is like Carmel,
and the hairs of your head,
bound in tresses,
even as royal purple, alleluia.
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.