Prayer for the Evening
Vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
and she conceived by the Holy Spirit:
come, 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.
Nothing is impossible; courage, have no fear.
Something new is happening, for the Lord is near.
Lo, a woman bears a son years beyond her time;
Like the blessèd births of old: prophecy and sign.
John the Baptist leaps for joy in his mother’s womb.
Near is our salvation’s dawn, for the Lord has come.
Mary, humble serving girl of the Trinity,
Bring the Christ Child; bring him soon: be it done to me.
Let me follow Mary’s way, honoring God’s will.
God shall work his ways in me: prophecies fulfill.
Signs appear in heav’n and earth, joyful news they tell:
God has come to be with us: Christ, Emmanuel.
Psalm 40:2, 4, 6-9, 11
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)
From the lips of Mary, the Mother, and Jesus, the Son, we hear the one cry: Not my will, but yours be done!
I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God.
Many shall see and fear
and shall trust in the Lord.
How many, O Lord my God,
are the wonders and designs
that you have worked for us;
you have no equal.
Should I proclaim and speak of them,
they are more than I can tell!
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I.
In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart.
I have not hidden your justice in my heart
but declared your faithful help.
I have not hidden your love and your truth
from the great assembly.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (1 Samuel 15:22)
Does the Lord so delight in holocausts and sacrifices/ as in obedience to the command of the Lord?/ Obedience is better than sacrifice,/ and submission than the fat of rams.
Behold, your mother! (Jn 19:27)
My food is to do the will of the one who sent me. (Jn 4:34)
You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
In the name of all those for whom God sent his Son into the world, we pray:
R/Lord, hear your Mother’s prayer!
In the name of all mothers:
– Holy Mother of God, pray for us. R/
In the name of all virgins and committed celibates:
– Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us. R/
In the name of all expectant women:
– Mother of Christ, pray for us. R/
In the name of all unable to make or keep a commitment:
– Virgin most faithful, pray for us. R/
In the name of all preparing to take on a full Christian life at Easter:
– Help of Christians, pray for us. R/
May the God of peace himself make us perfectly holy and may we entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (cf. 1 Thes 5:23)
Antiphon for the Solemnity
of the Annunciation of the Lord,
How shall this happen, O angel of God,
since I do not know man?
Hear, O Virgin Mary:
the Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
shall overshadow you.