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PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (WEDNESDAY, JULY 29)

Prayer for the Evening

  Great are the works of the Lord: come, let us adore!   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 (Meter: LM)

  I know that my Redeemer lives; What joy the blest assurance gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever living Head.   He lives to silence all my fears, He lives to wipe away my tears, He lives to calm my troubled heart, He lives, all blessings to impart.   He lives, all glory to his Name! He lives, transformed yet still the same. Oh, the bright joy this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives!  

PSALM 111

  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. [But] even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” (Jn 11:21-22)   Martha earned the title “disciple of the Lord” by her work of courageous faith in the promise of the Resurrection and in the One who made the promise. She stands now in the great assembly of the just who have been delivered from death to sing his praise for ever.   I will thank the Lord with all my heart in the meeting of the just and their assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; to be pondered by all who love them.   Majestic and glorious his work, his justice stands firm for ever. He makes us remember his wonders. The Lord is compassion and love.   He gives food to those who fear him; keeps his covenant ever in mind. He has shown his might to his people by giving them the lands of the nations.   His works are justice and truth: his precepts are all of them sure, standing firm for ever and ever: they are made in uprightness and truth.   He has sent deliverance to his people and established his covenant for ever. Holy his name, to be feared.   To fear the Lord is the first stage of wisdom; all who do so prove themselves wise. His praise shall last for ever!   Glory to the Father….  

Word of God (John 5:24-25)

  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.   You are the Messiah, the Son of God. (Jn 11:27)  

CANTICLE OF MARY 

  Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” (Jn 11:25)   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

  Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, lives for ever to make intercession for us. With Martha’s trust in his power to obtain whatever he asks on our behalf, let us pray:   R/You are compassion and love!   You loved Martha, Mary, and her brother Lazarus as true friends: – send friends to the lonely, the aging, the abandoned, and the institutionalized. R/   You wept at the news of Lazarus’ death: – console those who mourn the loss of loved ones. R/   You invited Martha to put her faith in you: – grant the gift of faith to those for whom death is a stumbling block to belief. R/   You raised Lazarus from the dead: – raise to glory all our beloved dead. R/   (Personal intentions)   Our Father….   May our faith rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God! Amen. (cf. 1 Cor 2:5)  

MARIAN ANTIPHON

  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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5 Bedtime prayers for a peaceful night

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