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Prayer for the Evening

 

Come, let us seek the Lord while he may be found,/

and call him while he is near! (cf. Is 55:6)

 

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

 

Receive, O Lord, in heaven above

Our prayers and supplications pure;

Give us a heart all full of love

And steady courage to endure.

 

Thy holy name our mouths confess,

Our tongues are harps to praise thy grace;

Forgive our sins and wickedness,

Who in this vigil seek thy face.

 

Let not our song become a sigh,

A wail of anguish and despair;

In loving-kindness, Lord most high,

Receive tonight our evening prayer.

 

O raise us in that day, that we

May sing, where all thy saints adore,

Praise to thy Father, and to thee,

And to thy Spirit, evermore.

 

PSALM 27:1, 4-5, 6b-9a, 11a, 13-14

 

Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. (cf. Mt 17:2)

 

For the Psalmist, God’s “face” was his mysterious presence in the luminous cloud that led the people through the desert and filled the meeting tent, the forerunner of the Temple. Jesus Christ is for us God’s human face, the visible sign of his presence and of his faithful, protective love.

 

The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?

 

There is one thing I ask of the Lord,

for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord,

all the days of my life,

to savor the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple.

 

For there he keeps me safe in his tent

in the day of evil.

He hides me in the shelter of his tent,

on a rock he sets me safe,

and I shall offer within his tent

a sacrifice of joy.

 

I will sing and make music for the Lord.

 

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;

have mercy and answer.

Of you my heart has spoken:

“Seek his face.”

 

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;

hide not your face.

Instruct me, Lord, in your way;

on an even path lead me.

 

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living.

Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord!

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:6)

 

All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.

 

For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.

 

We seek your face, O Lord!

 

CANTICLE OF MARY

 

Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light ­produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. (Eph 5:8-9)

 

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

 

The Lord is our light and our help. Whom shall we fear? Let us lay our concerns before him in faith.

 

R/On an even path lead us, O Lord.

 

You are the stronghold of your people’s life:

– protect those who live in fear of violence, loss, and pain. R/

 

You keep your people safe in your tent:

– draw all to dwell with you in love. R/

 

You invite your people to call upon you in hope:

– increase our confidence in your saving love. R/

 

You have blessed your people with a rich life of prayer in the Church:

– teach us the many ways in which we may offer to you our sacrifice of praise. R/

 

(Personal intentions)

 

Our Father….

 

Grace, mercy, and peace be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love. Amen. (cf. 2 Jn 3)

 

MARIAN ANTIPHON

 

Antiphon for the Memorial of

Our Lady of the Rosary,

October 7

 

The daughters of Zion saw her flourishing

in blossoms of roses,

and pronounced her most blessed.

 

 

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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