Prayer for the Evening
Praised be the Lord,
whom the Apostles served!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Two stalwart trees both rooted
In faith and holy love,
By hope of God united
They reach to heaven above.
One on a cross is martyred,
One by the sword is slain;
Both triumph in their dying,
Both glorious sainthood gain.
The words of Paul assure us
Of Christ’s redeeming word;
The works of Peter show us
How we may serve the Lord.
All glory to the Father,
All glory to the Son,
Who with the Holy Spirit,
Now reign, blest Three in One.
CANTICLE (Revelation 2:7, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21)
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:57)
Christ in glory makes these promises to “the victor,” the one who perseveres in faith to the end, even in the face of suffering and death. Saints Peter and Paul surely stand at the center of the victorious throng and continue to pray for all of us still on the road!
To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life
that is in the garden of God.
To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna;
I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name,
which no one knows except the one who receives it.
To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end,
I will give authority over the nations.
The victor will be dressed in white,
and I will never erase his name from the book of life
but will acknowledge his name
in the presence of my Father and of his angels.
The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God,
and he will never leave it again.
On him I will inscribe the name of my God
and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem,
which comes down out of heaven from my God,
as well as my new name.
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne,
as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.
Word of God (Philippians 2:16-18)
Hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called. (1 Tm 6:12)
They shall receive the splendid crown,/ the beauteous diadem, from the hand of the Lord. (cf. Wis 5:16)
You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
On the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, pillars of the Church, let us pray to Jesus Christ, the Son of God:
R/Stay with your people, Lord!
You made of Simon Peter, the fisherman, a fisher of human souls:
– send new preachers in our day so that the multitudes may hear the word. R/
You gathered the disciples around Peter after your Resurrection:
– gather your people into a single flock, under a single shepherd. R/
You sent your Apostle Paul to preach the Gospel to the pagans:
– send your word to all peoples. R/
You gave to your Church the keys of the Kingdom:
– open the gates of heaven to all those who have put their faith in you. R/
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. (cf. 2 Cor 13:13)
Mary is the immaculate lily,
who brought forth Christ the imperishable rose.
O holy Mother of God,
who gave birth to Christ the Lamb,
the Word incarnate from you;
O most holy Virgin,
who have astonished the hosts of angels;
stupendous is the miracle in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun
carrying in her arms the Light.
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.