Prayer for the Evening
The Lord is great and worthy to be praised
in the city of our God: come, let us adore!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Mary of Carmel, crowned with heaven’s glory,
Look on us, Mother, as we sing your praises;
Be with us always, joy of saints and angels,
Joy of creation.
Come to God’s mountain, all who serve our Lady:
Sing to God’s glory, young and old together,
Full hearts outpouring Mary’s song of worship,
Thanking her Maker.
Sing to the Father, who exalts his handmaid,
Sing to God’s Wisdom, Son who chose his mother,
Sing to their Spirit, Love that overshadowed
Mary, chaste Virgin.
PSALM 48:2-4, 10-12
You shall know that I, the Lord, am your God,/ dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;/ Jerusalem shall be holy. (Jl 4:17)
Mount Zion, and the city of Jerusalem, the place where God dwelt among his people in the Temple, is often used in the liturgy as an image of Mary, in whom God’s Word became flesh in our midst. The title “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” is another expression of this devotion to Mary as the beautiful and holy place of God’s dwelling among us.
The Lord is great and worthy to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain rises in beauty,
the joy of all the earth.
Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,
the Great King’s city!
God, in the midst of its citadels,
has shown himself its stronghold.
O God, we ponder your love
within your temple.
Your praise, O God, like your name
reaches the ends of the earth.
With justice your right hand is filled.
Mount Zion rejoices;
the people of Judah rejoice
at the sight of your judgments.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 35:1-2)
The desert and the parched land will exult;/ the steppe will rejoice and bloom./ They will bloom with abundant flowers,/ and rejoice with joyful song./ The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,/ the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;/ They will see the glory of the Lord,/ the splendor of our God.
Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?/
Who shall stand in his holy place? (Ps 24:3)
CANTICLE OF MARY
I will dwell within Jerusalem;/ Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,/ and the mountain of the Lord of hosts,/ the holy mountain. (Zec 8:3)
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…
With joy let us pray:
R/O God, we ponder your love!
In the beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary: R/
In the holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary: R/
In your presence through the Blessed Virgin Mary: R/
The Lord bless us and keep us!/ The Lord let his face shine upon us, and be gracious to us!/ The Lord look upon us kindly and give us peace! Amen. (cf. Nm 6:24-26)
Antiphon for the Memorial of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16,
from the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Your head is like Carmel,
and the hairs of your head,
bound in tresses,
even as royal purple, alleluia.
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.