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Prayer for the Evening

  How great is our God through all the earth!   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 faithful saint! Apostle to the West! Founder of missions, striving without rest! With you we sing, Junípero the blest:   R/Siempre adelante! Siempre adelante!   Though suffering illness, violence and fear, You gave his love to those God brought you near; Your footsore journeys spoke the Gospel clear! R/   Come, ring the bell you rang in days of yore, Come, plant the Cross again upon our shore! Bring California to Christ’s heart once more! R/  

PSALM 34:12-19

  I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!” (Is 6:8)   Saint Junípero’s motto—siempre adelante, always go forward—was not merely a personal challenge but a reminder of God’s loving fidelity. May the Lord’s faithful care sustain us, as it carried the infirm Junípero through many years of unforgiving labor, penance, and preaching for God’s people.   Come, children, and hear me that I may teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is he who longs for life and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?   Then keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn aside from evil and do good; seek and strive after peace.   The Lord turns his face against the wicked to destroy their remembrance from the earth. The Lord turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal.   They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save.   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1-2, 5)

  I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. Be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.   Go and proclaim the kingdom of God! (cf. Lk 9:60)  


  Give thanks to the Lord, invoke his name;/ make known among the nations his deeds. (1 Chr 16:8)   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 to Christ, the Good Shepherd, through the intercession of Saint Junípero:   R/Lead your people into your fold, O Lord!   For all those who have not heard the Word of God: – send them pastors and teachers. R/   For all those who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism: – send them pastors and teachers. R/   For all those who have not received the Eucharist: – send them pastors and teachers. R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   The Lord bless us and keep us!/ The Lord let his face shine upon us, and be gracious to us!/ The Lord look upon us kindly and give us peace! Amen. (cf. Nm 6:24-26)  


  Antiphon for the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16, from the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite       Your head is like Carmel, and the hairs of your head, bound in tresses, even as royal purple, alleluia.     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.


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