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.
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Music: Sine Nomine, 10.10.10 with Alleuia; Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906Words: William W. How, 1864.
CHRISTE, redemptor omnium,
Beata quoque agmina
Vates aeterni iudicis
Martyres Dei incliti
Chori sanctarum virginum
Sit Trinitati gloria,
Most dear Redeemer of us all,
All choirs of holy Angels too,
Great prophets of the Judge supreme,
All martyrs for God's holy Name,
All monks and nuns who reap in joy
Give glory to the Trinity
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: Eternal light will shine upon your saints, O Lord, and they will live forever, alleluia.
Antiphon: Jerusalem, city of God, you will rejoice in your children, for they shall all be blessed and gathered together with the Lord, alleluia.
O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.
He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool,
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.
He hurls down hailstones like crumbs.
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them:
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.
He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees. Glory...
Antiphon:Jerusalem, city of God, you will rejoice in your children, for they shall all be blessed and gathered together with the Lord, alleluia.
Antiphon:Before the throne of God and the Lamb the saints will sing a new song; their voices will resound throughout the earth, alleluia.
Canticle – See Revelation 19:1-7
Salvation, glory, and power to our God:
his judgments are honest and true.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants,
all you who worship him, great and small.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King;
let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun,
and his bride is prepared to welcome him.
Alleluia (alleluia). Glory...
Antiphon: Before the throne of God and the Lamb the saints will sing a new song; their voices will resound throughout the earth, alleluia.
READING Hebrews 12:22-24
You have drawn near to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
The just shall rejoice in the presence of the Lord.
- The just shall rejoice in the presence of the Lord.
They shall sing for joy
- in the presence of the Lord.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
- The just shall rejoice in the presence of the Lord.
MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: The glorious company + of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you./ Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; holy Trinity, one only God.
God is the reward of all the saints. Let us joyfully call upon him:
Lord, save your people.
O God, through your Son Jesus Christ you built your Church on the foundation of the apostles,
- keep their teaching secure among your faithful people.
You made the martyrs powerful witnesses even to the point of giving up their lives,
- help all Christians to give faithful witness to your Son
You gave holy virgins the gift of imitating the virginity of Christ,
- may those consecrated to virginity be steadfast witnesses to the coming of your kingdom.
Your saints now see you face to face,
- keep alive in our hearts the hope of coming at last into your presence
Bring all who have died into the company of heaven with Mary, Joseph and all your saints,
- and give us also a place in the unending fellowship of your kingdom.
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose gift we venerate in one celebration
the merits of all the Saints,
bestow on us, we pray,
through the prayers of so many intercessors,
an abundance of the reconciliation with you
for which we earnestly long.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
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.