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Evening Prayer
Psalter, Wednesday Week III

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.


O Father, whose creating hand
Brings harvest from the fruitful land.
Your providence we gladly own.
And bring our hymns before your throne
To praise you for the living bread
On which our lives are daily fed.

O Lord, who in the desert fed
The hungry thousands in their need,
Where want and famine still abound
Let your relieving love be found,
And in your name we may supply
Your hungry children when they cry.

O Spirit, your revealing light
Has led our questing souls aright;
Source of our science, you have taught
The marvels human minds have wrought,
So that the barren deserts yield
The bounty by your love revealed.
Text: Donald Hughes; Melody: Wych Cross; Midi: Cyberhymnal


Antiphon 1: Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

Psalm 126
Joyful hope in God
Just as you share in sufferings, so you will share in the divine glory (2 Corinthians 1:7)

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said: "What marvels
the Lord worked for them!"
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: Lord, you have raised us from the earth; may you let the seeds of justice, which we have sown in tears, grow and increase in your sight. May we reap in joy the harvest we hope for patiently.

Antiphon 1 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

Antiphon 2 May the Lord build our house and guard our city.

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless
You are God's building (1 Cor 3:9)

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat,
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: You command the seed to rise, Lord God, though the farmer is unaware. Grant that those who labor for you may trust not in their own work but in your help. Remembering that the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with those of your Son, may the Church rely only upon your gifts.

Antiphon 2 May the Lord build our house and guard our city.

Antiphon 3 He is the firstborn of all creation; in every way the primacy is his.

Canticle  -  Colossians 1:12-20
Christ the firstborn of all creation and the firstborn from the dead

Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints
in light.

He rescued us
from the power of darkness
and brought us
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.

He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creatures.
In him everything in heaven and on earth was created,
things visible and invisible.

All were created through him;
all were created for him.
He is before all else that is.
In him everything continues in being.

It is he who is head of the body, the church;
he who is the beginning,
the first-born of the dead,
so that primacy may be his in everything.

It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens,
making peace through the blood of his cross. Glory...

Antiphon 3 He is the firstborn of all creation; in every way the primacy is his.

READING      Ephesians 3:17-21
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Claim me once more as your own, Lord, and have mercy on me.
 - Claim me once more as your own, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Do not abandon me with the wicked;
 - have mercy on me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
 - Claim me once more as your own, Lord, and have mercy on me.

MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

Let us humbly pray to God who sent his Son as the Savior and exemplar of his people:

                 May your people praise you, Lord.

Let us give thanks to God who chose us as the first fruits of salvation,
- and who called us to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May those who confess your holy name be united in your truth,
- and fervent in your love.

Creator of all things, your Son desired to work among men with his own hands,
- be mindful of all who earn their living by the sweat of their brow.

Be mindful of those who devote themselves to the service of their brothers and sisters,
- do not let them be deterred from their goals by discouraging results or lack of support.

Be merciful to the faithful departed,
- keep them from the power of the Evil One.

Our Father...

Merciful Lord,
let the evening prayer of your Church
come before you.
May we do your work faithfully;
free us from sin
and make us secure in your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and 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.


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