Prayer for the Evening
Let us sing to the Lord for his goodness to us!
Glory to the Father…. Amen.
What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this
that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul;
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul?
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mk 15:34)
Suffering can become a source of salvation when faith and hope allow the sufferers to participate in the mystery of the cross, but it can also give sufferers reason to abandon God, because God appears to have abandoned them.
How long, O Lord, will you forget me?
How long will you hide your face?
How long must I bear grief in my soul,
this sorrow in my heart day and night?
How long shall my enemy prevail?
Look at me, answer me, Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,
lest my enemy say: “I have overcome him”;
lest my foes rejoice to see my fall.
As for me, I trust in your merciful love.
Let my heart rejoice in your saving help:
Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,
singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (James 1:2-4)
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But rejoice to the extent that you share in
the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory
is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.
(1 Pt 4:13)
Canticle of Mary
Sing to the Lord,/ praise the Lord,/ For he has rescued the life of the poor/ from the power of the wicked! (Jer 20:13)
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…
Let us trust in God’s merciful love as we pray:
R/Let our hearts rejoice in your saving help!
For perseverance in faith in times of abandonment: R/
For a deepening of love in times of suffering: R/
For endurance in times of trial: R/
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (cf. Rom 15:5-6)
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Annunciation of the Lord,
How shall this happen, O angel of God,
since I do not know man?
Hear, O Virgin Mary:
the Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
shall overshadow you.