Prayer for the Evening
Let us greet the Lord with joy!
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!
O Jesus, crown of virgins good,
Born of the virgin motherhood—
Unique, the Virgin who conceived—
O let our vows be well-received.
Among the lilies, virgin Spouse,
In splendid clothing, graze and browse,
Send to your spouses, virgins wise,
Who ring you round, give them the prize.
The virgins go where’er you go.
They follow, running to and fro,
Continually they sing your praise
And sweetest hymns they loudly raise.
We ask you, help our minds to grow
That we may never come to know
Corruption’s evil influence;
Preserve us, Lord, in innocence.
O Jesus, Virgin-born, to you
Is glory now and ever due,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Spirit blest forevermore.
I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (cf. Rv 21:2)
We rejoice in the love Christ has for his bride, the Church, made holy by his death and destined for the wedding feast of the heavenly Jerusalem.
Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:
forget your own people and your father’s house.
So will the king desire your beauty:
He is your lord, pay homage to him.
And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts,
the richest of the people shall seek your favor.
The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor,
her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.
She is led to the king with her maiden companions.
They are escorted amid gladness and joy;
they pass within the palace of the king.
Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers:
you will make them princes over all the earth.
May this song make your name for ever remembered.
May the peoples praise you from age to age.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Hosea 2:21-22)
I will espouse you to me forever:/ I will espouse you in right and in justice,/ in love and in mercy;/ I will espouse you in fidelity,/ and you shall know the Lord.
I love you, Lord, my strength,/
my rock, my fortress, my savior.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Scholastica, wise virgin, has gone to meet Christ the Lord. (Traditional Antiphon)
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…
Christ has bound himself to the Church in love. Through the loving prayer of Saint Scholastica, we pray:
R/Heed your people’s prayer.
You call consecrated women to a life of holiness:
– keep your Church in holiness, we pray. R/
You were faithful even unto death:
– grant to all religious perseverance in the life they have vowed, we pray. R/
Your love for the Church is limitless:
– unite all married couples in ever deeper love,
we pray. R/
You granted Saint Scholastica a holy death in reward for her holy life:
– bring all our departed into the joy of the heavenly Jerusalem, we pray. R/
May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of our life. Amen. (cf. Eph 3:17)
Antiphon for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2
Today the Blessed Virgin Mary
presented the Child Jesus in the Temple;
and Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit,
took him into his arms,
and blessed God forever.
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.
Ave, Regina caelorum,
Ave, Domina angelorum,
Salve, radix, salve, porta,
Ex qua mundo lux est orta.
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa;
Vale, O valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.
Hail, O Queen of heaven enthroned.
Hail, by angels mistress owned.
Root of Jesse, Gate of morn
Whence the world’s true light was born:
Glorious Virgin, joy to thee,
Loveliest whom in heaven they see;
Fairest thou, where all are fair,
Plead with Christ our souls to spare.