Evening Prayer I
The Feast of St. Benedict
July 11
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This Daily Office for the Feast of St. Benedict is largely the work of Tom Kostrzewa, using the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One.
Have mercy on us (3x)

Hymn

Our blessed father, Benedict,
Sure guide in dark and troubled days,
Has shown his countless children here
The paths of peace, the Lord's own ways,.

He dwelt in heaven while on earth,
True man of God and man of prayer;
For him, the love of Christ was all
And God was present everywhere.

He left all things that bind the heart,
In poverty to find release;
Unmoved among the things that change,
He sought and found a lasting peace.

Now Benedict with all who knew
And lived his holy Rule on earth,
Give praise to you, blest Trinity,
In spendid light and time untold. Amen.

(This hymn is adapted from the OSB nuns at Stanbrook Abbey.)


The Psalter

Ant. 1: There was a holy man named Benedict, / who was blessed by God and filled with grace.


    113    Laudate, pueri
1
Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
     praise the Name of the LORD.
2
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
     from this time forth for evermore.
3
From the rising of the sun to its going down *
     let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4
The LORD is high above all nations, *
     and his glory above the heavens.
5
Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
     but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6
He takes up the weak out of the dust *
     and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7
He sets them with the princes, *
     with the princes of his people.
8
He makes the woman of a childless house *
     to be a joyful mother of children.

Ant. 1: There was a holy man named Benedict, / who was blessed by God and filled with grace.

Ant. 2: Even from his youth, Benedict was known to have a wisdom beyond his years; / and he had the gift of a pure heart.


    146    Lauda, anima mea
1
Hallelujah!
Praise the LORD, O my soul! *
     I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
     I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
     for there is no help in them.
3
When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
     and in that day their thoughts perish.
4
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
     whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5
Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
     who keeps his promise for ever;
6
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
     and food to those who hunger.
7
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
     the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
     the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8
The LORD loves the righteous;
the LORD cares for the stranger; *
     he sustains the orphan and widow,
     but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9
The LORD shall reign for ever, *
     your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
     Hallelujah!

Ant. 2: Even from his youth, Benedict was known to have a wisdom beyond his years; / and he had the gift of a pure heart.

Ant. 3: The holy man of God, Benedict, was a man of justice; / he prays for all those who follow the monastic way of life.

God Our Saviour - 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 fulness of time,
to bring all things into one in him,
in the heavens and on earth.

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.


Ant. 3: The holy man of God, Benedict, was a man of justice; / he prays for all those who follow the monastic way of life.




READING

Sirach 50: 5-11

How glorious he was, surrounded by the people,
as he came out of the house of the curtain.
Like the morning star among the clouds,
like the full moon at the festal season;like the rainbow gleaming in
splendid clouds;
like roses in the days of first fruits,
like lilies by a spring of water,
like a green shoot on Lebanon on a summer day;
like fire and incense in the censer,
like a vessel of hammered gold studded with all kinds of precious stones;
like an olive tree laden with fruit,
and like a cypress towering in the clouds.
When he put on his glorious robe
and clothed himself in perfect splendor,
when he went up to the holy altar,
he made the court of the sanctuary glorious.

Responsory

Holy Father Benedict, pray for us.
- Holy Father Benedict, pray for us.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
- Pray for us
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Holy Father Benedict, pray for us.

Magnificat

Antiphon:Let all the holy people of God rejoice in the glory of our holy father, Benedict. / Let all monastic men and women sing God's praise, with all the holy ones of heaven.

My soul magnifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Antiphon:Let all the holy people of God rejoice in the glory of our holy father, Benedict. / Let all monastic men and women sing God's praise, with all the holy ones of heaven.


Intercessions

As we gather to celebrate the feast of our holy father St. Benedict,
let us offer our evening prayer to God:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

God, you inspired St. Benedict to establish a school of the Lord's service, bless all those who seek you in the monastic way of life, we ask you, Lord, hear us:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

Our holy father, St. Benedict taught us to prefer nothing to the Work of God, bless our daily round of prayer, and may it be found pleasing in your sight; we ask you, Lord, hear us:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

Open our eyes to the deifying light and our ears to the heavenly voice that calls us each day; we ask you, Lord, hear us:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

Bless us with the gift of listening hearts, we ask you, Lord, hear us:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

Our holy father Benedict died surrounded by his brothers, with his hands uplifted in prayer, bless us with the grace of a perfect death, and bring to eternal life those we remember; we ask you Lord, hear us:

O Lord, graciously hear us.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer (Taken from "Proclaiming All Your Wonders")

Ever-faithful God, complete the work you have begun in us.
You call us through our Father, St. Benedict,
to walk in the paths of the Gospel.
Lead us all together to your dwelling place
where you are glorified
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
for ever and ever. 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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