COMMON OF PASTORS

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.


HYMN

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


PSALMODY

Antiphon: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace (alleluia).

Psalm 15

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent
And dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault;
He who acts with justice,
And speaks the truth from his heart;
He who does not slander with his tongue;

He who does no wrong to his brother,
Who casts no slur on his neighbor,
Who holds the godless in disdain,
But honors those who fear the Lord;

He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
Who takes no interest on a loan,
And accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.  Glory...

Antiphon: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace (alleluia).


Antiphon: This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him (alleluia).

Psalm 112

Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who take delight in all his commands.
His sons shall be powerful on earth;
the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house;
his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright:
he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends,
he conducts his affairs with honor.
The just man will never waver:
he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news;
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever.
His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry,
grinds his teeth and fades away;
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.  Glory...

Antiphon: This servant proved himself faithful and wise; the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him (alleluia).


Antiphon:My sheep shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd (alleluia).

Canticle – Revelation 15:3b-4

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who would dare refuse you honor,
Or the glory due your name, O Lord!
Since you alone are holy,
All nations shall come and worship in your presence,
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.  Glory...

Antiphon: My sheep shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd (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.


RESPONSORY
This is a man who loved his brethren and ever prayed for them.
 - This is a man who loved his brethren and ever prayed for them.
He spent himself in their service,
 - and ever prayed for them.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
 - This is a man who loved his brethren and ever prayed for them.


MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: This is the faithful and wise steward: the Lord entrusted the care of his household to him, so that he might give them their portion of food at the proper season (alleluia).

or:

O Christ, good shepherd, I thank you for leading me to glory; I pray that the flock you have entrusted to my care will share with me in your glory for ever (alleluia).


INTERCESSIONS
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…


PRAYER

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:
Lord,
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...

Or:

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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