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Prayer for the Evening


Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Christ is the hope of our calling:

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!




Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult

Of our life’s wild, restless sea,

Day by day his sweet voice sounding,

Saying, “Christian, follow me.”


Jesus calls us from the worship

Of the vain world’s golden store,

From each idol that would keep us,

Saying, “Christian, love me more.”


In our joys and in our sorrows,

Days of toil and hours of ease,

Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,

“Christian, love me more than these.”


Jesus calls us: by your mercies,

Savior, may we hear your call,

Give our hearts to your obedience,

Serve and love you best of all.


CANTICLE (Daniel 3:26-27, 29, 34, 39-41)


Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mk 1:17)

To accept Jesus’ call is to reject other options, with all their joys and sorrows. The first disciples grew slowly into their call and its price tag as they left behind families, jobs, home, country, and finally life itself. They counted the choice worth the cost. And so may we.


Blessed are you, and praiseworthy,

O Lord, the God of our fathers,

and glorious forever is your name.


For you are just in all you have done;

all your deeds are faultless, all your ways right,

and all your judgments proper.


For we have sinned and transgressed

by departing from you,

and we have done every kind of evil.


For your name’s sake, do not deliver us up forever,

or make void your covenant.


But with contrite heart and humble spirit

let us be received;

as though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks,

or thousands of fat lambs,


So let our sacrifice be in your presence today

as we follow you unreservedly;

for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.


And now we follow you with our whole heart,

we fear you and we pray to you.


Glory to the Father….


Word of God (Mark 8:34-36)


He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”


Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. (Mk 1:20)




Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Mt 5:12)


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…




Christ has called us to follow him. In trust let us pray:


R/You are our hope!


Christ, living Word of God, you have chosen us to follow you:

– grant us freedom of heart. R/


Christ, living Word of God, you have called each of us to a particular way of life and service:

– grant us discernment and fidelity, that we may know and do your will. R/


Christ, living Word of God, you have need of many servants:

– grant the Church many vocations to every form of Gospel life. R/


(Personal intentions)


Our Father….


May the Lord, our God, bless us in all that we undertake. Amen. (cf. Dt 14:29)




Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, January 1


The root of Jesse has budded,

a star has arisen from Jacob;

a Virgin has brought forth the Savior;

we praise you, our God.



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.


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.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed

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