Prayer for the Evening
Strong is God’s love for us;/ he is faithful for ever:
come, let us give thanks and praise! (cf. Ps 117:2)
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!
O King for ever glorious,
O Son for sinners slain,
O Christ who died victorious
to rise and rule and reign:
the hosts on high enthrone you
at God the Father’s hand;
and wide, to those who own you,
the gates of heaven stand.
In mercy, Lord, behold us,
our God to whom we pray;
let Jesus’ love enfold us
against that final day;
no tale of sin confound us
before the judgment throne;
his righteousness surround us,
who trust in God alone.
How shall the young remain sinless?/ By obeying your word. (Ps 119:9)
If you are young, look forward to God’s fidelity to you throughout your life; if you are older, look back on God’s fidelity to you through all that is past. Whatever your age, know that God’s love is the foundation upon which all our hope stands firm.
The Lord guides the steps of a man
and makes safe the path of one he loves.
Though he stumble he shall never fall
for the Lord holds him by the hand.
I was young and now I am old,
but I have never seen the just man forsaken
nor his children begging for bread.
All the day he is generous and lends
and his children become a blessing.
Then turn away from evil and do good
and you shall have a home for ever;
for the Lord loves justice
and will never forsake his friends.
The unjust shall be wiped out for ever
and the children of the wicked destroyed.
The just shall inherit the land;
there they shall live for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Understand, then, that the Lord, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments.
Faithful is God, faithful and true!
CANTICLE OF MARY
I will ever praise your name/ and be constant in my prayers to you. (Sir 51:11)
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…
Lord Jesus, you died and rose in fulfillment of God’s promise of life to all people. Remember all your people as we pray:
R/Come to us, O risen Savior!
You are the faithful physician of our bodies and our souls:
– grant relief to the sick and aging who suffer. R/
You are the faithful help of all the oppressed:
– sustain those who suffer injustice or failure. R/
You are the faithful companion of those who are alone:
– abide with those who suffer trial or bereavement. R/
May the word of Christ dwell in us richly, and bring us to life everlasting! Amen. (cf. Col 3:16)
Antiphon for the Feast of the Nativity
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
With joy let us celebrate the nativity of blessed Mary,
that she may intercede for us
before the Lord Jesus Christ.
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.