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Prayer for the Evening


The Lord is close to the broken-hearted:

let us give him thanks and praise.


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!




O Love, who drew from Jesus’ side

One Body freed from Adam’s shame,

One Church sent forth to serve and guide,

One faith confirmed by gifts of flame:

When empty words our hopes assail,

Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.


Round Peter’s chair may all unite;

From blinded eyes the veil withdraw;

The minds of rulers set aright

Who bind your Church beneath their law:

Where faith grows dim and hearts are frail,

Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.


While Christians pray for unity,

Pour forth the light your saints have seen;

Dispel the dark of enmity:

Make known to all what love can mean.

Where brooding minds old wounds bewail,

Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.


Spoiled children, we, so blest with sight,

Redeemed by love surpassing all;

Lest we who glory in your light

Share not our gift, heed not your call:

In Christian hearts that faint and fail,

Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.


PSALM 34:12-19


Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways! (Rom 11:33)


Christ chose to build his Church upon a rock that broke in time of temptation. In healing the broken and repentant shepherd, Christ demonstrated his desire and ability to forgive and mend all the weaknesses that beset and divide the flock even now. Peter is our sign of hope.


Come, children, and hear me

that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who is he who longs for life

and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?


Then keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit.

Turn aside from evil and do good;

seek and strive after peace.


The Lord turns his face against the wicked

to destroy their remembrance from the earth.

The Lord turns his eyes to the just

and his ears to their appeal.


They call and the Lord hears

and rescues them in all their distress.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;

those whose spirit is crushed he will save.


Glory to the Father….


Word of God (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)


Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.


Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

(cf. 1 Cor 1:24)




From Christ and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. (cf. Rom 11:36)


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…




In peace let us pray to the Lord:


R/Hear your people, Lord!


For our holy father and all our bishops:

– make them strong, loving, and wise. R/


For all pastors who grow disheartened with their own failings:

– give them the humble courage of Saint Peter. R/


For all Christians:

– heal our divisions. R/


(Personal intentions)


Our Father….


May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (cf. Rom 15:5-6)




Antiphon for the Solemnity

of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

August 15


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.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed

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