Prayer for the Evening
We have seen his glory:
come, let us worship before 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.
Dawn-star of the world’s redemption
Lo! we hail thee “full of grace”!
Destined mother of the Savior
Promised to our fallen race,
Kings and prophets have foretold thee
And desired to see thy face.
Called by God’s divine election
To a wondrous destiny
And preserved by his protection
From all sin and evil free,
Mother of his Son Incarnate
Yet a virgin still to be.
Sorrow, pain and deep affliction
Marked thy pathway here on earth
From the moment of thy “Fiat”
To the day which saw his birth
And the dreadful consummation
In the mystery of his death.
But when he achieved our ransom
Raised aloft on Calvary,
Mother of mankind he named thee,
Of the souls he had redeemed,
A new Eve to guard the Eden
Of the Church’s mystery.
Canticle (Colossians 1:12-14, 19-20)
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus. (Phil 2:5)
In the Incarnation of the Word is the foundation laid for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the fiat of the Virgin is laid the foundation for the obedient “yes” through which all the redeemed participate in the life, Death, and Resurrection of him who is both Son of God and Son of Mary.
Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints
He rescued us
from the power of darkness
and brought us
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.
It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens,
making peace through the blood of his cross.
Word of God (1 John 1:1-2)
What was from the beginning,/ what we have heard,/ what we have seen with our eyes,/ what we looked upon/ and touched with our hands/ concerns the Word of life—/ for the life was made visible;/ we have seen it and testify to it/ and proclaim to you the eternal life/ that was with the Father and was made visible to us.
In him is the light of life.
(cf. Jn 1:4)
In the beginning was the Word,/ and the Word was with God,/ and the Word was God. (Jn 1:1)
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.
We bring our words in faith to the Word, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
R/Hear your Mother’s plea!
Christ, heavenly way, lead us out of darkness and death into the Kingdom of your Father;
– Mary, the gate, pray for us. R/
Christ, the temple’s Lord, teach us true worship;
– Mary, the temple, pray for us. R/
Christ, restful haven, bring all our beloved dead into eternal light and peace;
– Mary, the beacon, pray for us. R/
May mercy, peace, and love be ours in abundance. Amen. (cf. Jude 2)
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Annunciation of the Lord,
How shall this happen, O angel of God,
since I do not know man?
Hear, O Virgin Mary:
the Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
shall overshadow you.