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Prayer for the Evening

 

In God let our hearts rejoice;

he is our help and our shield.

 

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!

 

HYMN

 

Around the throne a glorious band,

The saints in countless numbers stand,

Of ev’ry tongue, redeemed to God,

Arrayed in garments washed in blood.

 

Through tribulation great they came;

They bore the cross, despised the shame;

From all their labors now they rest

In God’s eternal glory blest.

 

PSALM 33:8-9, 12-13, 18-22

 

My portion is the Lord, says my soul;/ therefore will I hope in him. (Lam 3:24)

 

The martyrs’ portion is the Lord. For them, that is reward enough. Is it reward enough for us to bear with love the small burdens of the day?

 

Let all the earth fear the Lord,

all who live in the world revere him.

He spoke; and it came to be.

He commanded; it sprang into being.

 

They are happy, whose God is the Lord,

the people he has chosen as his own.

From the heavens the Lord looks forth,

he sees all the children of men.

 

The Lord looks on those who revere him,

on those who hope in his love,

to rescue their souls from death,

to keep them alive in famine.

 

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

The Lord is our help and our shield.

In him do our hearts find joy.

We trust in his holy name.

 

May your love be upon us, O Lord,

as we place all our hope in you.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (Philippians 3:8-9a, 9c-11)

 

I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him,…depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and [the] sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

 

Bear your share of hardship for the gospel

with the strength that comes from God. (2 Tm 1:8)

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

To me life is Christ, and death is gain. (Phil 1:21)

 

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…

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

Strengthened by the faith of the martyrs, let us pray:

 

R/Hear us, O Lord.

 

You delivered the disciples imprisoned for preaching without fear in your name:

– deliver all those imprisoned in infidelity by fear of ­displeasing others. R/

 

You kept your martyrs steadfast in the face of every threat:

– make steadfast those tempted to compromise their discipleship for fear of consequences. R/

 

You raised to life the martyrs who chose death rather than faithlessness:

– raise all those who have died. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

May the God of peace be with us all. Amen. (cf. Rom 15:33)

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon of the Divine Office

 

My soul magnifies the Lord,

for God has regarded my humility.

 

 

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.

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli

porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,

surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti,

natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore

sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.

 

 

Loving mother of the Redeemer,

gate of heaven, star of the sea,

assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us, poor sinners.

 

V/ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict

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