Prayer for the Evening
Come, let us give thanks to the Father of lights!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
All praise for Clare our sister,
Your saint and servant true,
Whose rule of life and order
Still points the way to you.
Free us, Lord, from corruption,
Fit us for your embrace,
And make us poor in spirit
But rich in Love’s own grace.
CANTICLE OF ISAIAH 33:2-3, 5-6
I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. (Jn 12:46)
The name “Clare” means light. By the holiness of her life and the depth of her love for Christ, Saint Clare is a mirror in which we see the light of his face.
O Lord, have pity on us, for you we wait.
Be our strength every morning,
our salvation in time of trouble!
At the roaring sound, peoples flee;
when you rise in your majesty, nations are scattered.
The Lord is exalted, enthroned on high;
he fills Zion with right and justice.
That which makes her seasons lasting,
the riches that save her, are wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is her treasure.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Matthew 5:14-16)
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Christ will give you light! (cf. Eph 5:14)
CANTICLE OF MARY
Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. (Jn 3:21)
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…
To Jesus Christ, image of the invisible God, we turn in prayer and say:
R/O Christ, give us light!
You have called us to share the lot of the saints in light:
– rid our hearts of all dark thoughts. R/
Through you we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
– make us holy by the prayers and example of your saints. R/
You are the head of the body, the Church:
– make your people a living sacrament of the mystery of salvation. R/
May God be our light and our salvation! Amen. (cf. Ps 27:1)
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Virgin most prudent, where do you go forth,
shining exceedingly as the dawn?
Daughter of Zion, you are all beautiful and gracious,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun.
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.