Prayer for the Evening
God hears a cause that is just: come, let us pray.
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Call on God, your one salvation,
Rest beneath th’Almighty’s shade;
In his hidden habitation
Dwell, and never be dismayed.
God shall charge his angel legions
Over you their care to keep,
Though you walk through hostile regions,
Though in desert wilds you sleep.
Since, with pure and firm affection,
You have set on God your love,
With the wings of his protection
He will shield you from above.
When you call on him in trouble,
He will hearken, he will save;
Here for grief reward you double,
Crown with life beyond the grave.
PSALM 17:1-3a, 6-9a
In the shadow of your wings I take refuge/ till the storms of destruction pass by. (Ps 57:2b)
Powerful carved cherubim spread their wings over the ark of the covenant, where God sat “enthroned” in luminous cloud in the Temple’s inner chamber. In the psalms, the “shadow of God’s wings” came to mean the holy place where one could find safe refuge in the divine presence.
Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.
From you may my judgment come forth.
Your eyes discern the truth.
You search my heart, you visit me by night.
I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my words.
Display your great love, you whose right hand saves
your friends from those who rebel against them.
Guard me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the violent attack of the wicked.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (John 17:11b-12)
Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled.
By the power of God you are safeguarded
through faith! (cf. 1 Pt 1:5)
CANTICLE OF MARY
Jesus prayed, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.” (cf. Jn 17:15)
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…
Let us pray in the name of all who are suffering in our day the pain of the cross:
R/Turn your ear to us; hear our words!
Lord, you are the justice of God, but you were condemned as a criminal:
– strengthen in forgiveness those who are unjustly condemned. R/
Lord, you are the truth of God:
– deliver from harm all those who are threatened by
Lord, you are the love of God made visible:
– save all those who are menaced by hatred, cruelty, and abuse. R/
May the Lord rescue us from every evil threat and bring us safe to his heavenly kingdom. Amen. (cf. 2 Tm 4:18)
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.