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Prayer for the Evening

 

Christ is our light and guide:

come, 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!

 

HYMN

 

To do your will is my desire,

To live in you, Lord, is my life,

To spread your love through all the earth,

To find in you the joy of life.

 

All of my days, I sing your praise.

Through all my nights, you are my light.

You will shine forth through all my years,

And joyously will bring me home.

 

PSALM 119:1-8

 

If they obey and serve him,/ they spend their days in prosperity,/ their years in happiness. (Jb 36:11)

 

Obedience to God’s law seems an unlikely road to happiness. Indeed, at times it seems to bring us conflict, trial, and great loss. What we lose, though, is far less than what we gain if we do the will of the God who wills nothing less for us than the joy of life everlasting in his presence.

 

They are happy whose life is blameless,

who follow God’s law!

They are happy who do his will,

seeking him with all their hearts,

who never do anything evil

but walk in his ways.

 

You have laid down your precepts

to be obeyed with care.

May my footsteps be firm

to obey your statutes.

Then I shall not be put to shame

as I heed your commands.

 

I will thank you with an upright heart

as I learn your decrees.

I will obey your statutes:

do not forsake me.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (1 Peter 1:22-23)

 

Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a [pure] heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God.

 

All who inhabit the world shall understand/ That nothing is better than the fear of the Lord,/ nothing more salutary than to obey his commandments.

(Sir 23:27)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. (1 Sm 3:9)

 

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

 

In hope of God’s promise, we pray:

 

R/Abide with us always!

 

In our evening activities:

– grant that we may follow your law. R/

 

In the day that lies before us tomorrow:

– grant that we may do your will. R/

 

In the times ahead of us:

– grant that we may never do anything evil. R/

 

In all the moments of our life:

– grant that we may walk in your ways. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the Lord, our God, bless us in all our works and undertakings. Amen. (cf. Dt 15:10)

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon for the Memorial of

Our Lady of the Rosary,

October 7

 

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.

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