Prayer for the Evening
All God’s ways are holy: come, let us adore!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
The Lamb’s high banquet called to share,
Arrayed in garments white and fair,
The Red Sea past, we now would sing
To Jesus our triumphant King.
Upon the altar of the cross
His body has redeemed our loss;
And, tasting of his precious Blood,
In him we live anew to God.
Now Christ our Passover is slain,
The Lamb of God without a stain;
His flesh, the true unleavened Bread,
For us is freely offerèd.
Christ rises conqu’ror from the grave,
From death returning, strong to save;
With his right hand the tyrant chains,
And paradise for all regains.
By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if it were dry land. (Heb 11:29)
We dwell in wonder before the paradox of God. The all-holy, all-powerful God of mystery and might came down to be with his people enslaved in Egypt and to lead them personally to freedom through the sea. Far more amazing still, this same God came to take our very flesh to lead us through death to life.
Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders.
You showed your power among the peoples.
Your strong arm redeemed your people,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and trembled;
the depths were moved with terror.
The clouds poured down rain,
the skies sent forth their voice;
your arrows flashed to and fro.
Your thunder rolled round the sky,
your flashes lighted up the world.
The earth was moved and trembled
when your way led through the sea,
your path through the mighty waters
and no one saw your footprints.
You guided your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Wisdom 19:7-8)
The cloud overshadowed their camp;/ and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:/ Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,/ and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood./ Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,/ after they beheld stupendous wonders.
What god is great as our God? (Ps 77:14)
CANTICLE OF MARY
He is a deliverer and savior,/ working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth. (Dn 6:28)
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…
God is our deliverer, our Savior. In faith let us pray:
R/You are the God who works wonders!
You rule the wind and storm:
– rule the restlessness of our hearts and save us from all disturbance. R/
You led your people through the sea dry-shod:
– lead us and our loved ones through the unseen dangers of a disbelieving world. R/
You delivered your people from slavery and death:
– deliver us from the subtle destruction of indifference and careless habit. R/
May the Lord deliver us from all evil and bring us to life everlasting! Amen.
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.