Evening Prayer I

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.


Shepherd of souls, in love come, feed us,
Life-giving Bread for hungry hearts!
To those refreshing waters lead us
Where dwells the peace your grace imparts.
May we, the wayward in your fold,
By your forgiveness rest consoled.

Life-giving vine, come feed and nourish,
Strengthen each branch with life divine;
Ever in you O may we flourish
Fruitful the branches on the vine.
Lord, may our souls be purified
So that in Christ may we abide.

Sinful is man who kneels before you,
Worthy of you are you alone;
Yet in your name do we implore you,
Rich are the mercies you have shown.
Say but the word, O Lord divine,
Then are our hearts made pure like thine.
Melody: Neumark 98.98.88; Text: Omer Westendorf


Antiphon: I will give you shepherds after my own heart; they will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching (alleluia).

Psalm 113
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and for evermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting
praised be the name of the Lord!

High above all nations is the Lord,
above the heavens his glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God,
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down,
to look down upon heaven and earth?

From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set them in the company of princes,
yes, with the princes of his people.
To the childless wife he gives a home
and gladdens her heart with children. Glory...

Antiphon: I will give you shepherds after my own heart; they will nourish you with knowledge and sound teaching (alleluia).

Antiphon: I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).

Psalm 146
My soul, give praise to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord all my days,
make music to my God while I live.

Put no trust in princes,
In mortal men in whom there is no help.
Take their breath, they return to clay
and their plans that day come to nothing.

He is happy who is helped by Jacob's God,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who alone made heaven and earth,
the seas and all they contain.

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion's God, from age to age. Glory...

Antiphon: I shall feed my flock; I shall search for the lost and lead back those who have strayed (alleluia).

Antiphon: The Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep (alleluia).

Canticle  -  Ephesians 1:3-10

Praised be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him
before the world began
to be holy
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed,
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous
is God’s favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him,
in the heavens and on earth.  Glory...

Antiphon: The Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep (alleluia).

READING          1 Peter 5:1-4
I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Priests of the Lord, give thanks and praise to the Lord.
 - Priests of the Lord, give thanks and praise to the Lord.
You of holy and humble heart, acclaim your Lord.
 - Give thanks and praise to the Lord.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
 - Priests of the Lord, give thanks and praise to the Lord.

MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon for a pope or bishop: Priest of the most High God and mirror of goodness, you were a good shepherd to your people and pleasing to the Lord (alleluia).

Antiphon for a priest: I became all things to all men, that all might find salvation (alleluia).

Jesus Christ is worthy of all praise, for he was appointed high priest among men and women and their representative before God. We honor him and in our frailty we pray:

                         Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You marvelously illuminated your Church through distinguished leaders and holy men and women,
- let Christians rejoice always in such splendor.

You forgave the sins of your people when their holy leaders like Moses sought your compassion,
- through their intercession continue to purify and sanctify your holy people.

In the midst of their brothers and sisters you anointed your holy ones and filled them with the Holy Spirit,
- fill all the leaders of your people with the same Spirit.

You yourself are the only visible possession of our holy pastors,
- let none of them, won at the price of your blood, remain far from you.

The shepherds of your Church keep your flock from being snatched out of your hand. Through them you give your flock eternal life,
- save those who have died, those for whom you gave up your life.

Our Father…


If there is no proper prayer, one of the following is said:

For a pope:
All-powerful and ever living God,
you called Saint N. to guide your people
by his word and example.  
With him we pray to you:  
watch over the pastors of your Church
with the people entrusted to their care
and lead them to salvation.
We ask this...

For a bishop:
Lord God,
you counted Saint N. among your holy pastors,
renowned for faith and love which conquered evil in this world.
By the help of his prayers
keep us strong in faith and love
and let us come to share his glory.
Grant this ...

For the founder of a church:
you called our Fathers to the light of the gospel
by the preaching of Saint N.
By his prayers help us to grow in the love and knowledge
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

For a pastor:
God our Father,
in Saint N. you gave
a light to your faithful people.
You made him a pastor of the Church
to feed your sheep with his word
and to teach them by his example.
Help us by his prayers to keep the faith he taught
and follow the way of life he showed us.
Grant this...


Lord God,
you gave your Saint N.
the spirit of truth and love
to shepherd your people.
May we who honor him on this feast
learn from his example
and be helped by his prayers.
We ask this...

For a missionary:
God of mercy,
You gave us Saint N. to proclaim the riches of Christ.
By the help of his prayers
may we grow in knowledge of you,
be eager to do good,
and learn to walk before you
by living the truth of the gospel.
Grant this...

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


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