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Prayer for the Evening

 

Let us exult and rejoice in the Lord

all the days of our life!

 

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

HYMN

 

Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord,

My Savior and my Head;

I trust in you, whose powerful Word

Has raised him from the dead.

 

To you the glory of your power

And faithfulness I give;

I shall in Christ, at that glad hour,

And Christ in me shall live.

 

PSALM 90:1-6, 14-15

 

Make us know the shortness of our life/ that we may gain wisdom of heart. (Ps 90:12)

 

All humanity is bound together by the common mortality in which Christ Jesus came to share. With us he died, so that in him we might rise to everlasting life. Let us learn from those who have gone before us how to live well so that we may die well, and let us accompany them on their journey with our love and prayer.

 

O Lord, you have been our refuge

from one generation to the next.

Before the mountains were born

or the earth or the world brought forth,

you are God, without beginning or end.

 

You turn men back to dust

and say: “Go back, sons of men.”

To your eyes a thousand years

are like yesterday, come and gone,

no more than a watch in the night.

 

You sweep men away like a dream,

like grass which springs up in the morning.

In the morning it springs up and flowers:

by evening it withers and fades.

 

In the morning, fill us with your love;

we shall exult and rejoice all our days.

Give us joy to balance our affliction

for the years when we knew misfortune.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (John 6:39-40)

 

“This is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day.”

 

I am the resurrection and the life;

whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live. (Jn 11:25)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

If we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. (Rom 6:5)

 

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

 

Through Christ, who became like us in all things but sin, let us pray for those who have died:

 

R/Give them joy, O Lord!

 

You were born into the world of death so that you might bring abundant life:

– raise to new life all those who have died in poverty and pain. R/

 

You took on our flesh, subject to death, so that we might take on new life in you:

– raise to new life those who have died in illness, ­violence, and deprivation. R/

 

You died on the cross, that we might rise from the grave:

– raise to new life those who have been tortured, ­murdered, or executed. R/

 

Your Mother endured the sorrow of your death, that we might know the gladness of your rising:

– raise up all those who are bowed down under the ­sorrow of bereavement. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the angels lead us into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome us and lead us into the holy city Jerusalem. Amen. (In Paradisum)

 

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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