Prayer for the Evening
The Lord feeds us heavenly food.
Let us adore him!
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!
How light the bread of angels
Upon the human tongue!
This precious weight of glory
That binds the Church in one.
The flesh with all its passions
Could never match the bliss
Of mind and heart and mem’ry
Caught up in heaven’s kiss.
How blessed is this banquet,
Christ’s sweet and costly meal.
The love within the Godhead
When God the Son gives glory
To God the Father high,
As God the Holy Spirit
Effects the sacrifice.
Forth from his wounded body,
The water and the blood,
The glad’ning stream of heaven,
Swells to a mighty flood.
It crosses through the ages
And flows into the hearts
Of saints he makes from sinners
With skillful healing arts.
This food, so light, refreshing,
Shall speed our pilgrim way,
Until that happy morning
When dawn turns into day.
Upon the holy mountain,
Within God’s holy hall,
The Father and the Spirit,
And Christ, our all in all.
CANTICLE (Isaiah 49:9b-13)
This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. (Ex 16:15)
As Christians, we are blessed to be able to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is truly amazing that he has given himself to us in such an intimate way. Each time we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, may we be truly thankful and experience the joy of true communion with God.
Along the ways they shall find pasture,
on every bare height shall their pastures be.
They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
For he who pities them leads them
and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all my mountains,
and make my highways level.
See, some shall come from afar,
others from the north and the west,
and some from the land of Syene.
Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
break forth into song, you mountains.
For the Lord comforts his people
and shows mercy to his afflicted.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Genesis 14:18-20)
Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words:/ “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,/ the creator of heaven and earth;/ And blessed be God Most High,/ who delivered your foes into your hand.”/ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Give them some food yourselves. (Mt 14:16)
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…
The Eucharist is the foundation of our lives. So we pray:
R/Give us the bread of life.
We are called to live lives of thanksgiving,
– that we may spread the joy of Christ everywhere. R/
We are called to feed the hungry,
– and give spiritual food to empty hearts. R/
We are called to bring others to Christ,
– and live lives of witness to him. R/
May we be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Amen. (cf. 2 Tm 2:1)
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Virgin most prudent, where do you go forth,
shining exceedingly as the dawn?
Daughter of Zion, you are all beautiful and gracious,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun.
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.