Prayer for the Evening
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Glory to the Father…. Amen.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;/ of the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults. (Sir 28:7)
If the Lord rescues me from the snare of my faults, should I not extend the same hand of rescue to my neighbor? Resentment, grudges, retaliation do not help the one who offends me. They merely confirm the breach between us. Bridge-building is costly, as the cross demonstrates, but the people stranded on both banks are freed by the bridge.
The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;
to them he reveals his covenant.
My eyes are always on the Lord;
for he rescues my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and have mercy
for I am lonely and poor.
Relieve the anguish of my heart
and set me free from my distress.
See my affliction and my toil
and take all my sins away.
See how many are my foes;
how violent their hatred for me.
Preserve my life and rescue me.
Do not disappoint me, you are my refuge.
May innocence and uprightness protect me:
for my hope is in you, O Lord.
Redeem Israel, O God, from all its distress.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Colossians 3:12-14)
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
Canticle of Mary
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (Jn 13:34)
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…
The world is rent asunder by our refusal to forgive. In repentance we pray:
R/Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
For the hardness of heart we have shown toward those who have hurt us,
– we pray: R/
For the breaches in relationships we have allowed to live and grow,
– we pray: R/
For the resentments we have accumulated,
– we pray: R/
May the Lord, our God, bless us in all our works and undertakings. Amen. (cf. Dt 15:10)
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.