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.


Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come,
From thy bright heav’nly throne,
Come take possession of our souls,
And make them all thy own.

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand
His promise teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

O guide our minds with thy blessed light,
With love our hearts inflame;
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through thee may we the Father know,
Through thee the eternal Son,
And thee, the Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.

All glory to the Father be,
With his coequal Son;
The same to thee, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run.
Melody: Tallis Ordinal CM; Music: Thomas Tallis, c. 1510-1585; Text: Attributed to Rabanus Maurus, 766-856


Antiphon 1 On the day of Pentecost, they had all gathered together in one place, alleluia.

Psalm 113    
Laudate, pueri

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 1 On the day of Pentecost, they had all gathered together in one place, alleluia.

Antiphon 2 Tongues as of fire appeared before the apostles, and the Holy Spirit came upon each of them, alleluia.

Psalm 147:1-11    
Laudate Dominum

Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel's exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
O sing to the Lord giving thanks;
sing psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares the rain for the earth,
making mountains sprout with grass
and with plants to serve man's needs.
He provides the beasts with their food
and young ravens that call upon him.

His delight is not in horses
nor his pleasure in warriors' strength.
The Lord delights in those who revere him,
in those who wait for his love. Glory...

Antiphon 2 Tongues as of fire appeared before the apostles, and the Holy Spirit came upon each of them, alleluia.

Antiphon 3 The Spirit who comes from the father will glorify me, alleluia.

Canticle – Revelation 15:3-4

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.

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
So rejoice, you heavens,
and you that dwell therein! Glory...

Antiphon 3 The Spirit who comes from the father will glorify me, alleluia.

          Romans 8:9-11
You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.

The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, alleluia, alleluia.
 - The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, alleluia, alleluia.
He will teach you all things,
 - alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
 - The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of all believers and set them on fire with your love. Though they spoke many different languages, you united the nations in professing the same faith, alleluia.

When the days of Pentecost were complete, God sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. As we celebrate with great joy and faith, let us cry out with our prayers:

                          Send forth your spirit and make the whole world new.

In the beginning you created heaven and earth, and in the fullness of time you renewed all things in Christ,
 - through your spirit go on renewing the world with the gift of salvation.

You breathed the breath of life into Adam,
 - send your spirit into your Church to be its life and vigor that it may bring new life to the whole world.

By the light of your spirit, enlighten the world and dispel the darkness of our times.
 - turn hatred into love, sorrow into joy and war into the peace we so desire.

Water flowed from the side of Christ as the fountain of your Spirit,
 - may it flow over all the earth and bring forth goodness.

You bring life and glory to mankind through the Holy Spirit,
- through the Spirit lead the departed into the love and joy of heaven.

Our Father...

Almighty and ever-living God,
You fulfilled the Easter promise by sending us your Holy Spirit.
May that Spirit unite the races and nations on earth to proclaim your glory.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God forever 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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