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Prayer for the Evening

 

Blessed be God 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!

 

HYMN

 

Great saint of God, Bartholomew,

Apostle now enthroned above,

Our lowly supplications hear,

Accept our hymn of praise and love.

 

With tender eyes Christ welcomed you.

Among his Twelve you would have part;

You wondered as he greatly praised

Your deep sincerity of heart.

 

He whom the prophets had foretold,

Foreshadowed, too, in many ways,

The great Messiah, come at last,

Smiled back to greet your joyous gaze.

 

Heart spoke to heart, and from that day,

Your faith and love in strength would gain,

For you would follow him in death

And then for ever with him reign.

 

Apostle and close friend of Christ

Who rules beyond the chain of time,

You share in joy your Master’s life,

And help us from that fount sublime.

 

PSALM 78:1-7

 

We heard with our own ears, O God,/ our fathers have told us the story/ of the things you did in their days,/ you yourself, in days long ago. (Ps 44:2)

 

The Apostles are our living link to the exciting moment when the long history of God’s mighty deeds reached its climax in the great deeds of the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through them, and through the communities of believers they served, the Good News continues to spread to all generations.

 

Give heed, my people, to my teaching;

turn your ear to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable

and reveal hidden lessons of the past.

 

The things we have heard and understood,

the things our fathers have told us,

these we will not hide from their children

but will tell them to the next generation:

 

the glories of the Lord and his might

and the marvelous deeds he has done,

the witness he gave to Jacob,

the law he established in Israel.

 

He gave a command to our fathers

to make it known to their children

that the next generation might know it,

the children yet to be born.

 

They too should arise and tell their sons

that they too should set their hope in God

and never forget God’s deeds

but keep every one of his commands.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Acts 13:32-33)

 

We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought to fulfillment for us, [their] children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, “You are my son; this day I have begotten you.”

 

The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly.

(Acts 6:7)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

The word of God continued to spread and grow. (Acts 12:24)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSION

 

On the feast of Saint Bartholomew, let us draw strength from the faith that comes to us from the Apostles, and let us pray to God for his holy people:

 

R/Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

 

You sent your Son to preach the Good News to the poor:

– give us the grace to proclaim the Gospel. R/

 

You sent your Son to sow the word through all the world:

– send workers into the harvest. R/

 

You seated your Son at your right hand in glory:

– gather our beloved dead into the joy of your
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Kingdom. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the teaching of the Apostles strengthen our faith and lead us to our true and eternal home. Amen.

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon for the Solemnity

of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

August 15

 

Virgin most prudent, where do you go forth,

shining exceedingly as the dawn?

Daughter of Zion, you are all beautiful and gracious,

fair as the moon, bright as the sun.

 

 

 

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.

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