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PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SATURDAY, JUNE 27)

Today, we pray for the end of COVID-19 and for our own personal intentions.

As this deadly virus, COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the world, let us pause and pray to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for her intercession to end the pandemic. Let us also pray for the quick recovery of those who are already affected, may God grant them healing.

Prayer for the Evening

  Vigil of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   The Lord calls us to follow him to eternal 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

  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 OF MATTATHIAS (1 Mc 2:51-53, 57-61)

  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) Our forefathers in faith made great sacrifices to follow God. Putting him first in our lives and taking up our crosses is no small task, but the Lord desires to reward us greatly for following him whole­heartedly.   Remember the deeds that our fathers did in their times, and you shall win great glory and an everlasting name.   Was not Abraham found faithful in trial, and it was reputed to him as uprightness? Joseph, when in distress, kept the commandment, and he became master of Egypt.   David, for his piety, received as a heritage a throne of everlasting royalty. Elijah, for his burning zeal for the law, was taken up to heaven.   Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, for their faith, were saved from the fire. Daniel, for his innocence, was delivered from the jaws of lions.   And so, consider this from generation to generation, that none who hope in him shall fail in strength.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

  This saying is trustworthy:/ If we have died with him/ we shall also live with him;/ if we persevere/ we shall also reign with him./ But if we deny him/ he will deny us./ If we are unfaithful/ he remains faithful,/ for he cannot deny himself.   I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (Jn 8:12)  

CANTICLE OF MARY 

  They are happy whose life is blameless,/ who follow God’s law! (Ps 119:1)   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 humility, we pray:   R/Make us faithful as you are faithful.   When what you ask of us is more difficult than our own plans, – help us to trust in your providence: R/   When the people you’ve put in our lives are hard to love, – help us to see your face in them: R/   When stresses and anxieties threaten to rob life of its joys, – help us to rest in your saving love: R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   May God draw our hearts to himself, that we may ­follow him in everything and keep the commands, statutes, and ordinances which he enjoined on our fathers. Amen. (cf. 1 Kgs 8:58)  

MARIAN ANTIPHON 

  Mary is the immaculate lily, who brought forth Christ the imperishable rose. O holy Mother of God, immaculate sheep, who gave birth to Christ the Lamb, the Word incarnate from you; O most holy Virgin, who have astonished the hosts of angels; stupendous is the miracle in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun carrying in her arms the Light.     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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