Prayer for the Evening
God is merciful and forgiving:
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!
Lord Jesus, as we turn from sin
With strength and hope restored,
Receive the homage that we bring
To you, our risen Lord.
We call on you whose living word
Has made the Father known,
O Shepherd, we have wandered far,
Find us and lead us home.
Your glance at Peter helped him know
The love he had denied,
Now gaze on us and heal us, Lord,
Of selfishness and pride.
Reach out and touch with healing pow’r
The wounds we have received,
That in forgiveness we may love
And may no longer grieve.
Then stay with us when evening comes
And darkness makes us blind,
O stay until the light of dawn
May fill both heart and mind.
Who then are you to judge your neighbor? (Jas 4:12b)
Because we have been forgiven, we know the way of forgiveness; because we have been healed, we know the way of healing; because we have known God, we know the way of God. The gifts given to us are gifts for us to give.
Show me, Lord, your way
so that I may walk in your truth.
Guide my heart to fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart
and glorify your name for ever;
for your love to me has been great:
you have saved me from the depths of the grave.
The proud have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life:
to you they pay no heed.
But you, God of mercy and compassion,
slow to anger, O Lord,
abounding in love and truth,
turn and take pity on me.
O give your strength to your servant
and save your handmaid’s son.
Show me a sign of your favor
that my foes may see to their shame
that you console me and give me your help.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (James 2:12-13)
So speak and so act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom. For the judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
O God of mercy, teach us mercy!
CANTICLE OF MARY
Blessed are the merciful,/ for they will be shown mercy. (Mt 5:7)
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 Lord has commanded us to show to one another the love that he has shown to us. Let us pray earnestly for the gift of charity made real in our daily lives, saying:
R/O God, give us your help.
You have said: do not judge, and you will not be judged;
– grant us the compassion to seek what is good in others as you have sought what is good in us. R/
You have said: do not condemn, and you will not be condemned;
– grant us the mercy to build up others as you have built us up. R/
You have said: pardon and you shall be pardoned;
– grant us the grace to forgive as you have forgiven us. R/
May the God who is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us, bring us to life in Christ when we are dead in sin! Amen. (cf. Eph 2:4-5)
Antiphon for the Memorial of
Our Lady of the Rosary,
The daughters of Zion saw her flourishing
in blossoms of roses,
and pronounced her most blessed.
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.