Breviary

Evening Prayer

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!

“For know a blessed Mother you shall be,
All generations praise continually,
Your Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold.
Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
“To me be as it pleases God!” she said.
“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”
“Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn;
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
“Most highly favored lady!” Gloria!

Tune: Gabriel’s Message 10.10.12.10
Music: Traditional Basque Carol
Text: Birjina gaztettobat zegoen
Translation: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924


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Or:

Come, Lord, and tarry not!
Bring the long looked-for day!
Oh, why these years of waiting here,
These ages of delay?

Come, for your saints still wait;
Daily ascends their sigh;
The Spirit and the Bride say “Come!”
Do you not hear the cry?

Come, for creation longs,
Impatient of delay,
And yearns for endless years of good,
Bright ages of your stay.

Come, and make all things new,
Come, save this longing earth;
Transform all creatures in your love,
Creations’s second birth.

Come, and begin your reign,
Of everlasting peace;
Come, take the kingdom to yourself,
Great King of righteousness!

Tune: St. Bride (St. Bridget) S.M.
Music: Samuel Howard, 1710-1782, William Riley’s Parochial Harmony, 1762
Text: Attributed to Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889, Kelso Tracts, 1846, alt.


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Or:

Refrain:
Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Ne irascaris, Domine, ne ultra memineris iniquitatis:
Ecce civitas sancti facta est deserta:
Sion deserta facta est: Ierusalem desolata est:
Domus sanctificationis tuae et gloriae tuae,
Ubi laudavaerunt te patres nostri.

Refrain:
Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Peccavimus, et facti sumus tamquam immundus nos,
Et cicidimus quasi folium universi:
Et iniquitatis nostrae quasi ventus abstulerunt nos:
Abscondisti faciem tuam a nobis,
Et allisisti nos in manu iniquitatis nostrae.

Refrain:
Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Vide, Domine, afflictionem populi tui,
Et mitte quam missurus es:
Emitte Agnum dominatorem terrae,
De petra deserti ad montem filiae Sion:
Ut auferat ipse iugum captivitatis nostrae.

Refrain:
Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus:
Cito veniet salus tua:
Quare moerore consumeris, quia innovavit dolor?
Salvabo, te, noli timere, ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus,
Sanctus Israel, Redemptor tuus.

Refrain:
Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Tune: Rorate Coeli, Irregular
Music: P. Bourget?, 1634
Text: Paris, 1634

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 New city of Zion, let your heart sing for joy; see how humbly your King comes to save you.

Psalm 119:105-112
XIV (Nun)

A meditation on God’s law


This is my commandment: that you should love one another (John 15:12).

Your word is a lamp for my steps *
and a light for my path.
I have sworn and have made up my mind *
to obey your decrees.

Lord, I am deeply afflicted: *
by your word give me life.
Accept, Lord, the homage of my lips *
and teach me your decrees.

Though I carry my life in my hands, *
I remember your law.
Though the wicked try to ensnare me *
I do not stray from your precepts.

Your will is my heritage for ever, *
the joy of my heart.
I set myself to carry out your will *
in fullness, for ever.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Let your Word, Father, be a lamp for our feet and a light to our path, so that we may understand what you wish to teach us and follow the path your light marks out for us.

Ant. New city of Zion, let your heart sing for joy; see how humbly your King comes to save you

Ant. 2 Have courage all of you, lost and fearful; take heart and say: Our God will come to save us.

Psalm 16
The Lord himself is my heritage


The Father raised up Jesus, freeing him from the grip of death (Acts 2:24).

Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: “You are my God. *
My happiness lies in you alone.”

He has put into my heart a marvelous love *
for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.
Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.
Never will I offer their offerings of blood. *
Never will I take their name upon my lips.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; *
it is you yourself who are my prize.
The lot marked out for me is my delight: *
welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, *
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight: *
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; *
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead, *
nor let your beloved know decay.

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence, *
at your right hand happiness for ever.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Lord Jesus, uphold those who hope in you and give us your counsel, so that we may know the joy of your resurrection and deserve to be among the saints at your right hand.

Ant. Have courage all of you, lost and fearful; take heart and say: Our God will come to save us.

Ant. 3 The law was given to Moses, but grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.

Canticle: Philippians 2:6-11
Christ, God’s holy servant


Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not deem equality with God *
something to be grasped at.

Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave, *
being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate, *
and it was thus that he humbled himself,
obediently accepting even death, *
death on a cross!

Because of this, *
God highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name *
above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name *
every knee must bend
in the heavens, on the earth, *
and under the earth,
and every tongue proclaim
to the glory of God the Father: *
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

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.

Ant. The law was given to Moses, but grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.

READING
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

May the God of peace make you perfect in holiness. May he preserve you whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body, irreproachable at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls us is trustworthy, therefore he will do it.

RESPONSORY

Lord, show us your mercy and love.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

And grant us your salvation,
your mercy and love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Lord, show us your mercy and love.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Come to us, Lord, and may your presence be our peace; with hearts made perfect we shall rejoice in your companionship for ever.

Canticle of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


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, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come to us, Lord, and may your presence be our peace; with hearts made perfect we shall rejoice in your companionship for ever.

INTERCESSIONS

Jesus is Lord, born of the Virgin Mary. Let us pray to him with joyful hearts:
Come, Lord Jesus!

Son of God, you will come again as the true messenger of the covenant,
help the world to recognize and accept you.
Come, Lord Jesus!

Born in your Father’s heart, you became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
free us from the tyranny of change and decay.
Come, Lord Jesus!

In your life on earth, you came to die as a man,
save us from everlasting death.
Come, Lord Jesus!

When you come to judge, show us your loving mercy,
and forgive us our weaknesses.
Come, Lord Jesus!

Lord Jesus, by your death you have given hope to those who have died,
be merciful to those for whom we now pray.
Come, Lord Jesus!

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(With longing for the coming of God’s kingdom let us offer our prayer to the Father:)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

God of power and mercy,
open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,
so that we may share his wisdom
and become one with him
when he comes in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Evening Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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