Prayer for the Evening
Come, let us praise the Lord our God
on this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
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!
Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Virgin mother undefiled;
Sing of God’s own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother,
God the Lord who came to earth,
Word made flesh, our very brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.
Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labor cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though it drove him from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.
Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain re-echoes
Unto earth’s remotest ends.
PSALM 28:1a, 6-9
I to the Lord will sing my song,/ my hymn to the Lord, the God of Israel. (Jgs 5:3b)
Mary’s entire life, devoted to the Word of God made flesh in her Son, Jesus Christ, is a hymn of praise to God sung in melodies of joy, light, sorrow, and eternal glory.
To you, O Lord, I call,
my rock, hear me.
Blessed be the Lord for he has heard
my cry, my appeal.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts.
I was helped, my heart rejoices
and I praise him with my song.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress where his anointed find salvation.
Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
Be their shepherd and carry them for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Judith 15:9-10)
You are the glory of Jerusalem,/ the surpassing joy of Israel;/ you are the splendid boast of our people./ With your own hand you have done all this;/ You have done good to Israel,/ and God is pleased with what you have wrought./ May you be blessed by the Lord Almighty/ forever and ever!
Give her a reward of her labors,/ and let her works praise her at the city gates. (Prv 31:31)
CANTICLE OF MARY
I will sing the Lord’s renown./ Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God! (cf. Dt 32:3)
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…
In the name of all people we pray:
R/Lord, hear your Mother’s plea!
Mother of God, pray for all people of faith: R/
Mother of our Savior, pray for all those who seek to know and love God: R/
Mother of Sorrows, pray for all those who suffer in spirit, mind, or body: R/
Mother of all the living, pray for all those who have crossed the threshold of death to stand before God: R/
May we be blessed by the Lord Almighty/ for ever and ever! Amen. (cf. Jdt 15:10)
Antiphon for the Memorial of
Our Lady of the Rosary,
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.