Prayer for the Evening


Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent


God hears the prayer of the poor:

come, let us pray!


Glory to the Father…. Amen.




Before the fruit is ripened by the sun,

Before the petals or the leaves uncoil,

Before the first fine silken root is spun,

A seed is dropped and buried in the soil.


Before we gain the grace that comes through loss,

Before we live by more than bread and breath,

Before we lift with joy an empty cross,

We face with Christ the seed’s renewing death.


Canticle of Isaiah 38:12-14, 17b, 20


Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (Jn 12:24)

The image of the seed sown appeals to the imagination, but Sunday’s readings remind us that Christ, the seed of life, will suffer profoundly to bring forth fruit. As he has done, so must his followers also do.


My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent,

is struck down and borne away from me;

you have folded up my life, like a weaver

who severs the last thread.


Day and night you give me over to torment;

I cry out until the dawn.

Like a lion he breaks all my bones;

day and night you give me over to torment.


Like a swallow I utter shrill cries;

I moan like a dove.

My eyes grow weak, gazing heaven-ward:

O Lord, I am in straits; be my surety!


You have preserved my life

from the pit of destruction,

when you cast behind your back

all my sins.


The Lord is our savior;

we shall sing to stringed instruments

in the house of the Lord

all the days of our life.


Glory to the Father….


Word of God. Philippians 3:8-11


More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his Resurrection and [the] sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.


Whoever serves me must follow me,

and where I am, there also will my servant be.

(Jn 12:26)


Canticle of Mary


I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? “Father, save me from this hour”? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. (Jn 12:27)


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…




Putting our trust in the power of the cross, we pray:


R/Where you are, may we also be!


You suffer in the poor and afflicted of every kind:

– grant that we may seek and serve you there. R/


You suffer in the ignorant, the hungry, the abandoned:

– grant that we may seek and serve you there. R/


You suffer in all those who bear the heavy burden of the cross:

– grant that we may seek and serve you there. R/


Personal intentions


Our Father….


May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in ­believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (cf. Rom 15:13)


Marian Antiphon


Antiphon for the Solemnity

of the Annunciation of the Lord,

March 25


How shall this happen, O angel of God,

since I do not know man?

Hear, O Virgin Mary:

the Holy Spirit shall come upon you,

and the power of the Most High

shall overshadow you.

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