Evening Prayer II

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.


Advent Hymns:

Creator of the Stars of Night
Rorate Coeli
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


O Christ, you are the light and day
Which drives away the night,
The ever shining Sun of God
And pledge of future light.

As now the  ev'ning shadows fall
Please grant us, Lord, we pray,
A quiet night to rest in you
Until the break of day.

Remember us, poor mortal ones,
We humbly ask, O Lord,
And may your presence in our souls,
Be now our great reward.
Text: Christe qui Lux es et Dies; Melody: St. Anne C.M. William Croft, 1708


Antiphon 1: Rejoice, daughter of Zion, shout for joy, daughter of Jerusalem, alleluia.

Psalm 110:1-5,7
The Messiah, king and priest
Christ's reign will last until all his enemies are made subject to him (1 Corinthians 15:25)

The Lord's revelation to my Master:
"Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet."
The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
"You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedeck of old."

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Father, we ask you to give us victory and peace. In Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, we are already seated at your right hand. We look forward to praising you in the fellowship of all your saints in our heavenly homeland.

Antiphon 1 Rejoice, daughter of Zion, shout for joy, daughter of Jerusalem, alleluia..

Antiphon 2 Christ our King will come to us: the Lamb of God foretold by John.

Psalm 114
The Israelites are delivered from the bondage of Egypt

You too left Egypt when, at baptism, you renounced that world which is at enmity with God. (Saint Augustine)

When Israel came forth from Egypt,
Jacob's sons from an alien people
Judah became the Lord's temple,
Israel became his kingdom.

The sea fled at the sight:
the Jordan turned back on its course,
the mountains leapt like rams
and the hills like yearling sheep.

Why was it, sea, that you fled,
that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?
Mountains, that you leapt like rams;
hills, like yearling sheep?

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,
in the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool
and flint into a spring of water. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Almighty God, ever-living mystery of unity and trinity, you gave life to the new Israel by birth from water and the Spirit, and made it a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people set apart as your eternal possession. May all those you have called to walk in the splendor of the new light render you fitting service and adoration.

Antiphon 2 Christ our King will come to us: the Lamb of God foretold by John.

Antiphon 3 I am coming soon, says the Lord; I will give to everyone the reward his deeds deserve.

Canticle  -  See Revelation 19:1-7
The wedding of the lamb

Salvation, glory, and power to our God:
his judgments are honest and true.
Alleluia (alleluia).

Sing praise to our God, all you his servants,
all who worship him reverently, great and small.
Alleluia (alleluia).

The Lord our all-powerful God is King;
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory.
Alleluia (alleluia).

The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun,
and his bride is prepared to welcome him.
Alleluia (alleluia). Glory...

Antiphon 3 I am coming soon, says the Lord; I will give to everyone the reward his deeds deserve.

READING      Philippians 4:4-5
Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice! Everyone should see how unselfish you are. The Lord is near.

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.

(Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God; you will conceive and give birth to a Son, alleluia.

To Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, the way, the truth, and the life, let us make our humble prayer:

         Come and stay with us, Lord

Son of the Most High, your coming was announced to the Virgin Mary by Gabriel,
 - come and rule over your people for ever.

Holy One of God, in your presence John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth's womb,
 - bring the joy of salvation to all the earth.

Jesus the Savior, the angel revealed your name to Joseph the just man,
 - come and save your people from their sins.

Light of the world, for whom Simeon and all the just waited,
 - come and comfort us.

O Rising Sun that never sets, Zechariah foretold that
you would visit us from above,
 - come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Our Father...

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

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

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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