Prayer for the Evening
Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus Christ is the mercy of God: come, let us adore!
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, your mercies are untold
Through each returning day;
Your love exceeds a thousandfold
Whatever we can say.
That love which in your passion drained
For us your precious blood;
That love whereby the saints have gained
The vision of their God.
Lord, you have loved us from the womb,
Pure Source of all our bliss,
Our only hope of life to come,
Our happiness in this.
Lord, grant us, while on earth we stay,
Your love to feel and know;
And, when from hence we pass away,
To us your glory show.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions. (Mt 6:14-15)
As Christ has loved us, so must we love one another. As Christ has obtained peace for us through the forgiveness of our sins, so must we offer peace to one another by forgiving one another. Then we show ourselves to be the community of peace which Christ creates and sustains through the Eucharist, fulfilling his Father’s desire for us.
How good and how pleasant it is,
when brothers live in unity!
It is like precious oil upon the head
running down upon the beard,
running down upon Aaron’s beard
upon the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon which falls
on the heights of Zion.
For there the Lord gives his blessing,
life for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Jeremiah 33:8-9)
I will cleanse them of all the guilt they incurred by sinning against me; all their offenses by which they sinned and rebelled against me, I will forgive. Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do among them. They shall be in fear and trembling over all the peaceful benefits I will give her.
Blessed are the merciful,/
for they will be shown mercy. (Mt 5:7)
CANTICLE OF MARY
When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions. (Mk 11:25)
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…
As members of the body of Christ, joined together in love through the Death and Resurrection by which he obtains the forgiveness of our sins, let us pray:
R/God of mercy, show us your compassion!
For a spirit of true forgiveness in our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our world, we pray: R/
For the courage to forgive as we have been forgiven, we pray: R/
For those servants of mercy who have died at the hands of those they were sent to serve, we pray: R/
May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard our hearts in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. (cf. Phil 4:7)
Antiphon for the Feast of the Nativity
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
With joy let us celebrate the nativity of blessed Mary,
that she may intercede for us
before the Lord Jesus 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.