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Prayer for the Evening

 

Vigil of Christmas

 

The Lord is near: come, let us adore him, alleluia!

 

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!

 

Hymn

 

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

From tender stem hath sprung!

Of Jesse’s lineage coming,

As men of old have sung.

It came, a floweret bright,

Amid the cold of winter,

When half spent was the night.

 

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,

The Rose I have in mind;

With Mary we behold it,

The virgin mother kind.

To show God’s love aright,

She bore to them a Savior,

When half spent was the night.

 

Psalm 98:5-9

 

In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord. (Ex 16:7)

The long silence of Advent’s waiting begins to break slowly, hesitantly into song as we listen for the first proclamation of the Good News: to you is born a Savior!

 

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp

with the sound of music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

acclaim the King, the Lord.

 

Let the sea and all within it thunder;

the world, and all its peoples.

Let the rivers clap their hands

and the hills ring out their joy.

 

Rejoice at the presence of the Lord,

for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice

and the peoples with fairness.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God. Wisdom 18:14-15, 16b

 

When peaceful stillness compassed everything/ and the night in its swift course was half spent,/ Your all-powerful word from heaven’s royal throne/ ­bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land./ And as he alighted […],/ he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.

 

Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer. (Ps 50:3)

 

Te Deum

 

And the Word became flesh/ and made his dwelling among us. (Jn 1:14)

 

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.

 

Intercessions

 

To Christ the Savior we pray:

 

R/O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

 

Descend, O Truth from above,

– as dew from heaven upon our parched earth. R/

 

Rise up, O Faithful One and true,

– as our race’s redeemer, born in our midst. R/

 

Shine forth, O Light from light,

– as the glory of God in human flesh, upon this humble earth. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

May the glory of the Lord shine upon us now and for ever! Amen.

 

Marian Antiphon

 

Antiphon for the Solemnity of Christmas, December 25

 

This day a Virgin inviolate

has brought forth God for us,

clothed in tender members,

whom she was found worthy to suckle;

let us all adore him,

who has come to save us.

 

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli

porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,

surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,

natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore

sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

 

 

Loving mother of the Redeemer,

gate of heaven, star of the sea,

assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us, poor sinners.

 

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

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