Evening Prayer II
Psalter, Sunday, Week IV

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.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
We Who Once Were Dead
Christ Jesus Lay In Death's Strong Bands


Antiphon 1: Christ our Lord is a priest for ever, like Melchizedek of old, alleluia.

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: Almighty God, bring the kingdom of Christ, your anointed one, to its fullness. May the perfect offering of your Son, eternal priest of the new Jerusalem, be offered in every place to your name, and make all nations a holy people for you.

Antiphon 1 Christ our Lord is a priest for ever, like Melchizedek of old, alleluia.

Antiphon 2 God dwells in highest heaven; he has power to do all he wills, alleluia

Not to us, Lord, not to us,
but to your name give the glory
for the sake of your love and your truth,
lest the heathen say: “Where is their God?”

But our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he wills.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.

They have mouths but they cannot speak;
they have eyes but they cannot see;
they have ears but they cannot hear;
they have nostrils but they cannot smell.

With their hands they cannot feel;
with their feet they cannot walk.
No sound comes from their throats.

Their makers will come to be like them
and so will all who trust in them.

Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.

You who fear him, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
He remembers us, and he will bless us;
he will bless the sons of Israel.
He will bless the sons of Aaron.

The Lord will bless those who fear him,
the little no less than the great:
to you may the Lord grant increase,
to you and all your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens belong to the Lord
but the earth he has given to men.

The dead shall not praise the Lord,
nor those who go down into the silence.
But we who live bless the Lord
now and for ever. Amen.  Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Father, creator and ruler of heaven and earth, you made man in your likeness to subdue the earth and master it, and to recognize the work of your hands in created beauty. Grant that your children, thus surrounded on all sides by signs of your presence, may live continually in Christ, praising you through him and with him.

Antiphon 2 God dwells in highest heaven; he has power to do all he wills, alleluia

Antiphon 3 Praise God, all you who serve him, both great and small, alleluia

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 Praise God, all you who serve him, both great and small, alleluia

READING      Hebrews 10:12-14
Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.

The Lord is risen, alleluia, alleluia.
 - The Lord is risen, alleluia, alleluia.
He has appeared to Simon,
 - alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
 - The Lord is risen, alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him. We will come to him and make our home with him, alleluia.

God the Father raised Christ from the dead and exalted him at his right hand.  Let us pray to the Father, saying:

                    Through Christ in glory, watch over your people, Lord

Righteous Father, you lifted Jesus above the earth through the triumph of the cross,
 - may all things be lifted up in Him.

Through your Son in glory, send the Holy Spirit upon the Church.
 - that it may be the sacrament of unity for the whole human race.

You have brought a new family into being through water and the Holy Spirit,
 - keep them faithful to their baptism, and bring them to everlasting life.

Through your exalted Son, help those in distress, free those in captivity, heal the sick,
 - and by your blessings give joy to the world.

You nourished our deceased brothers and sisters with the body and blood of the risen Christ,
 - raise them up at the last day.

Our Father...

Grant, almighty God,
that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,
which we keep in honor of the risen Lord,
and that what we relive in remembrance
we may always hold to in what we do.
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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