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PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SATURDAY, AUGUST 1)

Prayer for the Evening

  Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   God gives us the water of life. Let us give him 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

  Come to me, all pilgrims thirsty, Drink the water I will give. If you knew what gift I offer, You would come to me and live. Jesus, ever-flowing fountain, Give us water from your well. In the gracious gift you offer There is joy no tongue can tell.   Come to me, all trav’lers weary, Come that I may give you rest. Drink the cup of life I offer; At this table be my guest. Jesus, ever-flowing fountain, Give us water from your well. In the gracious gift you offer There is joy no tongue can tell.  

PSALM 42:2-3, 8-9

  God gives rain upon the earth/ and sends water upon the fields. (cf. Jb 5:10)   God’s grace is like cool water quenching our thirst. We don’t often think of the importance of good water for sustaining our lives. We can also forget how grace sustains our spiritual lives in such a wonderful way. Let us always give thanks for the health of our bodies and souls and not forget to drink of God’s spiritual fountain of grace.   Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God.   My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God?   Deep is calling on deep, in the roar of waters: your torrents and all your waves swept over me.   By day the Lord will send his loving kindness; by night I will sing to him, praise the God of my life.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (John 4:13-14)

  Jesus […] said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”   I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground,/ and streams upon the dry land;/ I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring,/ and my blessing upon your descendants. (Is 44:3)  

CANTICLE OF MARY 

  To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water. (Rv 21:6b)   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

  We are thirsty for God’s love. So we pray:   R/Give us the water of life!   When the journey seems long and we grow weary: R/   When we seek to help our brothers and sisters: R/   When we thirst for your love: R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   May the Lord be kind and faithful to us. Amen. (cf. 2 Sm 2:6)  

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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