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Prayer for the Evening

 

Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Christ is the image of the invisible God:

come, let us adore!

 

Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!

 

HYMN

 

Baited, the question rose

From somewhere in the crowd:

“Teacher, you truly know God’s way;

Is paying tax allowed?”

Jesus perceived their trap:

“Why do you test me so?

Bring here the coin the tax requires,

And see what it will show.”

 

“Whose image does it bear,

Whose name and titles tell?”

“Caesar’s, of course,” they smugly said,

And thought they answered well.

“Give Caesar what is his;

God, what is God’s alone.”

Strong words, convincing and profound,

Like truth already known.

 

May we discern, O God,

Your daily gifts of grace;

Show us your image freshly coined

In every heart and face.

Help us fit tribute yield

Through prayers and hymns we raise,

But most of all by deeds of love

To give you thanks and praise.

 

CANTICLE (Colossians 1:12-18)

 

Whose image is this? (Mt 22:20)

 

What bears God’s image belongs to God. We are all made in the image and likeness of God. That image is Jesus Christ, through whom and for whom we were created.

 

Let us give thanks to the Father

for having made you worthy

to share the lot of the saints

in light.

 

He rescued us

from the power of darkness

and brought us

into the kingdom of his beloved Son.

Through him we have redemption,

the forgiveness of our sins.

 

He is the image of the invisible God,

the first-born of all creatures.

In him everything in heaven and on earth was created,

things visible and invisible.

 

All were created through him;

all were created for him.

He is before all else that is.

In him everything continues in being.

 

It is he who is head of the body, the church!

he who is the beginning,

the first-born of the dead,

so that primacy may be his in everything.

 

Word of God (Colossians 3:9-10)

 

Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.

For in the image of God/ has man been made. (Gn 9:6)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gn 1:26)

 

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

 

As children of God, created in his image, let us pray:

 

R/Rescue us from the power of darkness!

 

You have made us in your likeness:

– may we repay you with lives lived after the pattern of Jesus Christ: R/

 

You have made us your children:

– may we honor you with our loving obedience to your will: R/

 

You have purchased our lives with the Blood of Christ:

– may we offer you always the living coin of our gratitude: R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May Jesus Christ be always our way, our truth, and our life! Amen. (cf. Jn 14:6)

 

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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