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

Jesus is risen! Let us sing!
Praise to the ever-living King!
     Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise him in song, ye Seraphim!
Praise him with joy, ye Cherubim!
     Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

On this most holy day of days,
Let us together sing his praise!
     Alleluia! Alleluia!
Raise joyful voices to the sky!
Sing out, ye heavens, in reply:
     Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

To God the Father let us sing,
To God the Son, our risen King!
     Alleluia! Alleluia!
And equally let us adore
The Holy Spirit evermore!
     Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Tune: Laßt Uns Erfreuen L.M. with alleluias
Music: Auserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchgesänge, Köln, 1623
Text: Compilers, 1978


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Or:

Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts to heav’n and voices raise;
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise.
He who on the cross as Savior
For the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,
Now is risen from the dead.

Now the iron bars are broken,
Christ from death to life is born,
Glorious life, and life immortal,
On the resurrection morn;
Christ has triumphed, and we conquer
By his mighty enterprise,
We with him to life eternal
By his resurrection rise.

Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory be to God on high;
Alleluia to the Savior,
Who has won the victory;
Alleluia to the Spirit,
Font of love and sanctity;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
To the Triune Majesty.

Tune: Hymn to Joy 87.87 D
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, adapted by Edward Hodges, 1796-1867
Text: Christopher Wordsworth, 1872, alt.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 With his right hand God has raised him up as king and savior, alleluia.

Psalm 27
God stands by us in dangers


God now truly dwells with me (Revelation 21:3).

I

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?

When evil-doers draw near *
to devour my flesh,
it is they, my enemies and foes, *
who stumble and fall.

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 now my head shall be raised *
above my foes who surround me,
and I shall offer within his tent, *
a sacrifice of joy.

I will sing and make music for the 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. With his right hand God has raised him up as king and savior, alleluia

Ant. 2 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, alleluia.

II

Some rose to present lies and false evidence against Jesus (Mark 14:57).

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.
Dismiss not your servant in anger; *
you have been my help.

Do not abandon or forsake me, *
O God my help!
Though father and mother forsake me, *
the Lord will receive me.

Instruct me, Lord, in your way; *
on an even path lead me.
When they lie in ambush protect me *
from my enemy’s greed.
False witnesses rise against me, *
breathing out fury.

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 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

Father, you protect and strengthen those who hope in you; you heard the cry of your Son and kept him safe in your tent in the day of evil. Grant that your servants who seek your face in time of trouble may see your goodness in the land of the living.

Ant. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, alleluia.

Ant. 3 From him, through him, and in him, all things exist; glory to him for ever, alleluia.

Canticle: Colossians 1:12-20
Christ the first-born of all creation and the first-born from the dead


Let us give thanks to the Father *
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints *
in light.

He rescued us *
from the power of darkness
and brought us *
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption, *
the forgiveness of our sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, *
the first-born of all creatures.
In him everything in heaven and on earth was created, *
things visible and invisible.

All were created through him; *
all were created for him.
He is before all else that is. *
In him everything continues in being.

It is he who is head of the body, the church! *
he who is the beginning,
the first-born of the dead, *
so that primacy may be his in everything.

It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him *
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens, *
making peace through the blood of his cross.

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. From him, through him, and in him, all things exist; glory to him for ever, alleluia.

READING
Hebrews 7:24-27

Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. Therefore he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he forever lives to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.

RESPONSORY

The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

When they saw the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. If you live in me and my words live in you, all you ask for will be yours, alleluia.

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. If you live in me and my words live in you, all you ask for will be yours, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Let us pray to him, saying:
Lord Jesus, you live for ever: hear our prayer.

Lord, remember all who minister in your service,
may their holy lives be an example to your people.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever: hear our prayer.

Give to those who govern us the spirit of justice and peace,
so that the human family may live in harmony.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever: hear our prayer.

Guide our days in the way of salvation,
and fill the earth with your plenty for the sake of the needy.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever: hear our prayer.

Christ our Savior, light of the world, you have called creation from death to life,
may your light shine for ever on our departed brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, you live for ever: hear our prayer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Remember us, Lord, when you come to your kingdom, and teach us how to pray:)

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

Father of all holiness,
guide our hearts to you.
Keep in the light of your truth
all those you have freed from the darkness of unbelief.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

O God, restorer and lover of innocence,
direct the hearts of your servants towards yourself,
that those you have set free from the darkness of unbelief
may never stray from the light of your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
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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