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Prayer for the Evening


Christ, the seed that fell into the ground and died,

has borne much fruit: let us give thanks and praise!


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!




Who can tell what wisdom brings,

First of all created things?

One alone is truly wise,

Hidden from our earthbound eyes:

Knowledge lies in him alone—

God, the Lord upon his throne.


Wisdom in his plans he laid,

Planted her in all he made,

Granted her to humankind,

Sowed her truth in every mind;

But with richest wisdom blessed

Those who love him first and best.




Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. (1 Cor 3:7)


By study, prayer, and teaching, Saint Bonaventure planted the seed of God’s Word in the hearts of many. Through his writings and his intercession, with God’s blessing, may our earth continue to yield a rich harvest of faith, hope, charity, and zeal for the Gospel.


O God, be gracious and bless us

and let your face shed its light upon us.

So will your ways be known upon earth

and all nations learn your saving help.


Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


Let the nations be glad and exult

for you rule the world with justice.

With fairness you rule the peoples,

you guide the nations on earth.


Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


The earth has yielded its fruit

for God, our God, has blessed us.

May God still give us his blessing

till the ends of the earth revere him.


Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


Glory to the Father….


Word of God (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)


Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.


The desire for Wisdom leads up to a kingdom!




I prayed, and prudence was given me;/ I pleaded, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. (Wis 7:7)


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…




O Lord, you have guided your Church through the minds and hearts of your holy Doctors. With them, we now pray:


R/Make known your ways; teach me your paths.


O Lord, you filled Saint Bonaventure with the spirit of wisdom and understanding:

– pour out your Spirit on all those you have called to leadership. R/


O Lord, you drew Saint Bonaventure to ponder your hidden mysteries in his heart:

– deepen in all your people the desire to pray. R/


O Lord, you sent Saint Bonaventure to teach the ­wisdom he had learned through prayer and study:

– send us wise teachers in our day. R/


O Lord, you brought Saint Bonaventure at last to ­contemplate you in your glory at the right hand of the Father:

– gather into your presence all our dead. R/


(Personal intentions)


Our Father….


May God still give us his blessing! Amen. (cf. Ps 67:8)




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.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed

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