HOLY FAMILY

Evening Prayer II




God, come to my assistance.
- Lord, make haste to help me.

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. Alleluia.


HYMN
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Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Virgin mother undefiled,
Sing of God's own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother,
God the Lord who came to earth,
Word made flesh, our very brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.

Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labour cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though he went forth from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.

Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain reechoes
Unto earth's remotest ends.
Melody: Pleading Saviour 87.87 D; Music: The Christian Lyre, 1831; Text: Anon, 1914


PSALMODY

Antiphon: After three days, Jesus was found in the temple, seated in the midst of the doctors, listening to them and asking them questions.

Psalm 122    
Laetatus sum


I rejoiced when I heard them say:
Let us go to God's house.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel's law it is,
there to praise the Lord's name.
There were set the thrones of judgment
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
Peace be to your homes!

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: Peace upon you.
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good. Glory...

Antiphon: After three days, Jesus was found in the temple, seated in the midst of the doctors, listening to them and asking them questions.


Antiphon: Jesus returned with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth; there he lived and was obedient to them.

Psalm 127    
Nisi Dominus


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...

Antiphon: Jesus returned with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth; there he lived and was obedient to them.


Antiphon: Jesus grew in wisdom with the years and was pleasing to God and men.

Canticle – 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 fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on earth. Glory...

Antiphon: Jesus grew in wisdom with the years and was pleasing to God and men.

READING                          Philippians 2:6-7
Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance.


RESPONSORY          
He had to become like his brothers in every way to show the fullness of his mercy.
 - He had to become like his brothers in every way to show the fullness of his mercy.
He was seen on earth and lived among men and women,
 - to show the fullness of his mercy.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
 - He had to become like his brothers in every way to show the fullness of his mercy.


MAGNIFICAT
(Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: Son, why have you done this to us? Think what anguish your father and I have endured looking for you. But why did you look for me? Did you not know that I had to be in my Father's house.


INTERCESSIONS
The son of the living God let himself become the son of a human family. Let us pray to him:

                    Lord, you are our example and our savior.

Christ, you made yourself subject to Mary and Joseph:
  -  teach us to respect and obey whoever holds rightful authority.

You loved your parents and they loved you:
  -  may every family stand firm and peaceful in mutual love.

In all things you honoured your Father’s will:
  -  may God be honoured in every home.

Christ, after two days your parents found you in your Father’s temple:
  -  teach us to seek the kingdom of God before all else.

Christ, you have united Mary and Joseph in your glory in heaven:
  -  welcome our dead into the family of the blessed.


Our Father...


COLLECT
O God, who were pleased to give us
the shining example of the Holy Family,
graciously grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity,
and so, in the joy of your house,
delight one day in eternal rewards.
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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