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Prayer for the Evening

 

O sing to the Lord, giving thanks!

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

HYMN

 

From north and south, from east to west,

All praise and honor be addressed

To God most holy, by whose grace

God’s people dwell in Love’s embrace.

 

The poor, the rich stand side by side.

To all, God’s arms are opened wide.

God beckons us to come, draw near,

Then comforts us and dries our tears.

 

And we, in turn, must show God’s care

To all in need or in despair.

That when our earthly course is run,

We hear these words of God’s own Son:

 

“The least, to whom you gave your hand,

Will walk with you to God’s own land.

By serving others and your Lord,

You’ve gained your life and your reward!”

 

PSALM 116:5-6, 12-19

 

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. (Jn 13:15)

 

The immensity of God’s compassion for us is the measure of the compassion God asks us to show to one another in our exiles, our brokenness of heart, our wounds, and our lowliness. How can we possibly show compassion as great as God’s? Not alone, but in Jesus Christ, whose Body we are.

 

How gracious is the Lord, and just;

our God has compassion.

The Lord protects the simple hearts;

I was helpless so he saved me.

 

How can I repay the Lord

for his goodness to me?

The cup of salvation I will raise;

I will call on the Lord’s name.

 

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill

before all his people.

O precious in the eyes of the Lord

is the death of his faithful.

 

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;

you have loosened my bonds.

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:

I will call on the Lord’s name.

 

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill

before all his people,

in the courts of the house of the Lord,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14, 26-27)

 

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

 

Now the body is not a single part, but many. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

 

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.

 

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of

these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Mt 25:40)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY 

 

Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come, share your master’s joy. (cf. Mt 25:21)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

Let us pray for the world’s needs with compassion of heart, saying:

 

R/Hear our prayer, loving God!

 

For all who call out for our compassion and whom we fail to hear:

– have mercy on them, we pray: R/

 

For all who care for others without concern for the cost to themselves:

– grant them strength and perseverance, we pray: R/

 

For all who have died and stand in need of our prayers:

– grant them life eternal, we pray: R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of our life. Amen. (cf. Eph 3:17)

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon of the Divine Office

 

My soul magnifies the Lord,

for God has regarded my humility.

 

 

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.

 

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli

porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,

surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,

natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore

sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

 

 

Loving mother of the Redeemer,

gate of heaven, star of the sea,

assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us, poor sinners.

 

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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