Evening Prayer I
Psalter, Week 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.
Crown Him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon His throne:
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
thru all eternity.
Crown Him the Lord of lords,
who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word,
for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light,
where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night,
their God, Redeemer, King.
Crown Him the Lord of heav’n:
One with the Father known;
One with the Spirit through Him giv’n
from yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise,
for Thou for us hast died;
Be Thou, O Lord, thru endless days
adored and magnified.
Antiphon 1: Day after day I sat teaching you in the temple and you did not lay hands on me. Now you come to scourge me and lead me to the cross.
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 statutes in fullness for ever. Glory...
Day after day I sat teaching you in the temple and you did not lay hands on me. Now you come to scourge me and lead me to the cross.
Antiphon 2 The Lord God is my help; no shame can harm me.
Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to you Lord "You are my God.
My happiness lies in you alone."
You have put into my heart a marvelous love
for the faithful ones who dwell in your 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 you, Lord, you give me counsel,
and even at night direct my heart.
I keep you, Lord, ever in my sight;
since you are 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...
The Lord God is my help; no shame can harm me.
Antiphon 3 The Lord Jesus humbled himself by showing obedience even when this meant death, death on the cross.
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...
The Lord Jesus humbled himself by showing obedience even when this meant death, death on the cross.
Lord have mercy on your people.
You longed to gather to yourself the people of Jerusalem , as the hen gathers her young,
- teach all peoples to recognize the hour of your visitation.
Do not forsake those who have forsaken you,
- turn our hearts to you and we will return to you, our God.
Through your passion, you gave grace to the world,
- help us to live always by your spirit, given to us in baptism.
By your passion, help us to deny ourselves
- and so prepare to celebrate your resurrection.
You reign in the glory of the Father,
- remember those who have died today.
Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one 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.