Prayer for the Evening
God will deliver our souls in peace:
let us give 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!
At midnight, so the sages tell,
When David slept profound,
A harp suspended o’er his couch
Gave forth a trembling sound.
Up sprang the royal bard, inspired;
His fingers touched the chord,
And with strange gladness in his soul,
In psalms he praised the Lord.
At midnight, when dark doubts assail,
And anxious fears surround,
O soul of mine, amid the gloom
Give forth a joyous sound.
O bid me seize the harp of faith
And sing a holy strain
Until each day my life and thought
Resound in glad refrain.
PSALM 55:2-4, 17-18b, 23, 24d
Cast all your worries upon God because he cares for you. (cf. 1 Pt 5:7)
Anxiety focuses our attention on ourselves. Saint Paul proposes that we drive it out by turning to God in prayer “in all things.” Then we will be ruled by the peace that frees us to bear good fruit through love for God and our neighbor.
O God, listen to my prayer,
do not hide from my pleading,
attend to me and reply;
with my cares, I cannot rest.
I tremble at the shouts of the foe,
at the cries of the wicked;
for they bring down evil upon me.
They assail me with fury.
As for me, I will cry to God
and the Lord will save me.
Evening, morning and at noon
I will cry and lament.
He will deliver my soul in peace
in the attack against me:
for those who fight me are many,
but he hears my voice.
Entrust your cares to the Lord
and he will support you.
He will never allow
the just man to stumble.
O Lord, I will trust in you.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18)
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer. (Rom 12:12)
CANTICLE OF MARY
May the Lord be blessed day after day./ He bears our burdens, God our savior. (Ps 68:20)
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:
R/May the peace of God guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
When anxiety afflicts us,
– may we turn to you in prayer: R/
When fear assails us,
– may we put our trust in you: R/
When the shadow of death falls upon us,
– may we entrust our lives to you: R/
May the God of peace himself make us perfectly holy and may we entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (cf. 1 Thes 5:23)
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.