Prayer for the Evening
Let us ask one thing of the Lord: that we may see!
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!
Upon this day Teresa’s soul
Like gentle dove, no more to roam,
Found peace within the mansions blest
Of our eternal Father’s home.
At last she heard the Bridegroom’s voice:
“My loved one, come from Carmel’s height,
The spotless Lamb awaits his bride,
Receive your crown in glory’s light.”
O Jesus, Spouse of virgins pure,
Their happy ranks your praises sing
For ever, with that melody
Known but to virgins and their King.
PSALM 27:4-5, 7-8
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy. (1 Pt 1:8)
However deep her prayer became, Saint Teresa sought always to know Christ more and more profoundly in prayer and in obedience, in love and in humility, in penance and in the joyful laughter which she often called forth by her lively sense of humor.
There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
to savor the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.
For there he keeps me safe in his tent
in the day of evil.
He hides me in the shelter of his tent,
on a rock he sets me safe.
O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
“Seek his face.”
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Philippians 3:7, 12)
Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.
It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus].
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
CANTICLE OF MARY
When I found him whom my heart loves,/ I took hold of him and would not let him go. (cf. Sg 3:4)
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…
For us, Christ is life. With longing confidence, we pray:
R/We hope in you, O Lord.
You have promised to be with us always:
– may we know your presence and spread your Good News. R/
You have called us to seek you above all things and in all things:
– may we who seek you find you. R/
You await us in your heavenly dwelling place:
– may we come to dwell with you for ever. R/
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. (cf. Phil 4:7)
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.