The Holy Guardian Angels

Evening Prayer

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.)

HYMN          Tune
Creator of the hosts on high,
as well as earth and sea and sky,
your providence will never cease
to rule your works in might and peace.

Be present, Lord to hear our call:
from sin restore us when we fall;
and as we run our earthly race,
illume our minds with heavenly grace.

To each of us an angel send,
assigned to counsel and defend,
that he may help us judge aright
and put all evil powers to flight.

Let him expose the hidden snares
that Satan for our doom prepares,
lest we be captured in the net
before our heedless footsteps set.

To you our grateful praise we bring,
O Christ, of men and angels King,
Whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Spirit evermore. Amen.
Tune: Tallis Canon, Thomas Tallis


Antiphon 1: The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, to rescue them.

Psalm 34
God the savior of the just
You have tasted the sweetness of the Lord. (1 Peter 2:3)

I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.

Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called, the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing. Glory...

Antiphon 1: The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, to rescue them.

Antiphon 2: Our God is a living God, for his angel has protected me.

Psalm 138

Come, children, and hear me
that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is he who longs for life
and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?

Then keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn aside from evil and do good;
seek and strive after peace.

The Lord turns his face against the wicked
to destroy their remembrance from the earth.
The Lord turns his eyes to the just
and his ears to their appeal.

They call and the Lord hears
and rescues them in all their distress.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
those whose spirit is crushed he will save.

Many are the trials of the just man
but from them all the Lord will rescue him.
He will keep guard over all his bones,
not one of his bones shall be broken.

Evil brings death to the wicked;
those who hate the good are doomed.
The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants.
Those who hide in him shall not be condemned. Glory...

Antiphon2 : Our God is a living God, for his angel has protected me.

Antiphon 3: Glorify the God of heaven, sing praise to him before all living creatures, for he has shown you such great mercy.

Canticle  -  Revelation 11:17-18; 12:10b-12a
The judgment of God

We praise you, the Lord God Almighty,
Who is and who was.
You have assumed your great power,
You have begun your reign.

The nations have raged in anger,
But then came your day of wrath
And the moment to judge the dead:
The time to reward your servants the prophets
And the holy ones who revere you,
The great and the small alike.

Now have salvation and power come,
The reign of our God and the authority
Of his Anointed One,
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
Who night and day accused them before God.

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:Glorify the God of heaven, sing praise to him before all living creatures, for he has shown you such great mercy.

READING          Revelation 8:3-4
Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

God gave his angels charge over you.
God gave his angels charge over you.
To protect you in all your ways.
God gave his angels charge over you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
God gave his angels charge over you.

MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: The angels will always see the face of my heavenly Father.

The angels carry out God's will. Let us pray that we too may listen carefully for his voice and hear his call as we say:

                        We beg you, hear us.

That our prayers may rise like a pleasant fragrance before you,
- through the hands of your angels.

That our prayers may be brought to your altar on high,
- through the hands of your angels.

That we may proclaim glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth,
- with the multitude of the heavenly hosts.

That the angels may receive us at the end of our days,
- and lead us home to paradise.

That the holy standard-bearer, Michael, may bring into the light of your presence,
- the souls of those who have died.

Our Father…

O God, who in your unfathomable providence
are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us,
hear our supplication as we cry to you,
that we may always be defended by their protection
and rejoice eternally in their company.
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. 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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