Evening Prayer II
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.

15    Domine, quis habitabit?
1
LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
     who may abide upon your holy hill?
2
Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
     who speaks the truth from his heart.
3
There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
     he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
4
In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
     but he honors those who fear the LORD.
5
He has sworn to do no wrong *
     and does not take back his word.
6
He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
     nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
7
Whoever does these things *
     shall never be overthrown.

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.

    112    Beatus vir

1
Hallelujah!
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
     and have great delight in his commandments!
2
Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
     the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3
Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
     and their righteousness will last for ever.
4
Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
     the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5
It is good for them to be generous in lending *
     and to manage their affairs with justice.
6
For they will never be shaken; *
     the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7
They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
     their heart is right;
     they put their trust in the Lord.
8
Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
     until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9
They have given freely to the poor, *
     and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
     they will hold up their head with honor.
10
The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
     the desires of the wicked will perish.

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.

Magna et mirabilia - Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *
for you only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
because your just and holy works have been revealed.

 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 50:12-19

When he received the portions from the hands of the priests,
as he stood by the hearth of the altar
with a garland of brothers (and sisters) around him,
he was like a young cedar on Lebanon
surrounded by the trunks of palm trees.
All the sons of Aaron in their splendor
held the Lord's offering in their hands
before the whole congregation of Israel.
Finishing the service at the altar,
and arranging the offering to the Most High, the Almighty,
he held out his hand for the cup
and poured a drink offering of the blood of the grape;
he poured it out at the foot of the altar,
a pleasing odor to the Most High, the King of all.
Then the sons of Aaron shouted;
they blew their trumpets of hammered metal;
they sounded a mighty fanfare
as a reminder before the Most High.
Then all the people together quickly
fell to the ground on their faces
to worship their Lord,
the Almighty, God Most High.
Then the singers praised him with their voices
in sweet and full toned melody.
And the people of the Lord Most high offered their prayers
before the Merciful One,
until the order of worship of the Lord was ended, and they completed
his ritual.

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:Our guide and teacher, Benedict, rejoices now with Christ in heaven. / He prays for all who follow his holy Rule like a shepherd looking after his sheep.

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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