Prayer for the Evening
Vigil of the Solemnity of All Saints
Come, let us praise the Lord our God
in company with all the holy ones!
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!
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who you by faith before the world confessed,
Your name, O Jesus, be for ever blessed.
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes your rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day:
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on his way.
From earth’s wide bounds,
from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams
in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
CANTICLE OF BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:3-12)
The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship, to possess it for ever and ever. (Dn 7:18)
Saint Gregory of Nyssa says that just as an artist describes what makes a beautiful face, so Christ, the artist, describes in the Beatitudes what makes true human beauty. In this canticle, read as the Gospel tomorrow, we see the portrait of redeemed humanity made up of all the saints, named and unnamed.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Word of God (Romans 8:28-30)
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.
Who [indeed] is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
(1 Jn 5:5)
You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.” (1 Pt 2:9)
You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
To the all-holy God, let us pray through the intercession of all the saints:
R/Grant your blessing, O Lord!
Enrich the poor; comfort the sorrowing; feed the hungry; protect the persecuted:
– through the work of the holy ones inflamed with your divine love, R/
Protect the defenseless on this night, when the vigil of the saints is for some an occasion for violence
– through the service of those who devote their lives to the protection of their neighbors, R/
Protect the gentle against the violence of those for whom the vigil of all the holy ones is an occasion for
evil toward others:
– through the faith of those who seek the goodness and light known by the saints, R/
Make holy the people who bear your name:
– through the prayer and example of all those who serve you with their whole heart, R/
May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Amen. (cf. Eph 1:18)
Antiphon for the Memorial of
Our Lady of the Rosary,
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.