Evening Prayer - St. Luke

ST. LUKE
Evening Prayer


Deus in adjutorium meum intende,
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us
Agios o theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos,
eleison imas,
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.

Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words into the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:4)

Phos Hilaron
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.


Let us praise with sacred songs the holy Apostle Luke,
the recorder of the joyous Gospel of Christ
and the scribe of the Acts of the Apostles,
for his writings are a testimony of the Church of Christ:
He is the physician of human weaknesses and infirmities.
He heals the wounds of our souls,
and constantly intercedes for our salvation!


OPENING      Colossians 1:3a-6
We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. Of this you have already heard through the word of truth, the gospel, that has come to you. Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth.


HYMN
Plausibus, Luca, canimus, triumphum
quo nites fuso rutilo cruore,
atque praecelsis meritis adeptam
rite coronam.

Spiritus ductu, studiosus orbi
mira quae pastor docuit supernus
Christus ac fecit miserans amore,
tradis amanter.

Providus chartis perhibes venustis
gesta quae Iesu celebrant alumnos,
eius et gentis nova quae patescunt
in nova saecla.

O comes Pauli, speculator alti
cordis illius sed et aemulator,
caritas Christi fac ut usque nostrum
pectus adurat.

Tu malis nostris medicus fer artem,
confer et laetum fidei levamen,
ut Deo tandem potiamur, ipsi
semper ovantes.Amen.

With applauses, O Luke, we sing, the triumph
in which you shine in spilt red blood,
and in the lofty merits is the gained
duly crown.

By the Spirit's lead, the wonders to the world
which the heavenly zealous shepherd taught
and the merciful Christ did in love,
thou pass on lovingly.

Provident, with papers graceful, thou present
the things carried out by Jesus which honour the disciples,
and His people's new things which are made known
into new ages.

O companion of Paul, eyewitness of that
noble heart but also an emulator,
make that the love of Christ may constantly in our
hearts burn.

Thou are, for our evils, a doctor, bring thine skill,
and confer the joyful alleviation of faith,
that to God finally we may reach, in Him
always rejoicing. Amen.

   (Chant: Christopher Gray)



PSALMODY

Antiphon: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace, alleluia.

Psalm 67    
Deus misereatur


1
May God be merciful to us and bless us, *
     show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
2
Let your ways be known upon earth, *
     your saving health among all nations.
3
Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
     let all the peoples praise you.
4
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
     for you judge the peoples with equity
     and guide all the nations upon earth.
5
Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
     let all the peoples praise you.
6
The earth has brought forth her increase; *
     may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
7
May God give us his blessing, *
     and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.


Antiphon: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace, alleluia.


Antiphon: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, in order to share in its rewards, alleluia.

Psalm 110    
Dixit Dominus
1
The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, *
     until I make your enemies your footstool."
2
The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
     saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
3
Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
     in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
     like dew from the womb of the morning."
4
The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
     "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
5
The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath; *
     he will rule over the nations.
6
He will heap high the corpses; *
     he will smash heads over the wide earth.
7
He will drink from the brook beside the road; *
     therefore he will lift high his head.

Antiphon: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, in order to share in its rewards, alleluia.


Antiphon: This grace has been given to me: to proclaim to the nations the infinite riches of Christ, alleluia.

Psalm 96    
Cantate Domino
1
Sing to the LORD a new song; *
     sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
2
Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
     proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
3
Declare his glory among the nations *
     and his wonders among all peoples.
4
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
     he is more to be feared than all gods.
5
As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
     but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
6
Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
     Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
7
Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
     ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
8
Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *
     bring offerings and come into his courts.
9
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *
     let the whole earth tremble before him.
10
Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is King! *
     he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
     he will judge the peoples with equity."
11
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *
     let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12
Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the LORD when he comes, *
     when he comes to judge the earth.
13
He will judge the world with righteousness *
     and the peoples with his truth.

Antiphon: This grace has been given to me: to proclaim to the nations the infinite riches of Christ, alleluia. /

Antiphon: This grace has been given to me: to proclaim to the nations the infinite riches of Christ, alleluia.


FIRST READING          Isaiah 52:7-10
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.


Canticle

Benedictus es, Domine
 
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
 you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
 
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
 we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
 
 
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
 on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
 
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
 we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
 
 
Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
 in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
 
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
 we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.


SECOND READING          Acts 1:1-8
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ RESPONSORY
Tell all the nations how glorious God is, alleluia, alleluia.
 - Tell all the nations how glorious God is, alleluia, alleluia.
Make known his wonders to every people,
 - alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
 - Tell all the nations how glorious God is, alleluia, alleluia.


MAGNIFICAT
(Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: The holy evangelist Luke is worthy of praise in the Church, for he has proclaimed the tender compassion of Christ.


Let us praise the godly Luke:
he is the true preacher of piety,
the orator of ineffable mysteries
and the star of the Church;
for the Word, Who alone knows the hearts of men,
chose him, together with wise Paul, to be a teacher of the gentiles!


INTERCESSIONS
Our God is the Father of light.  Through the good news of his Son he has called us to believe in the truth.  Let us pray now for his holy people as we say:

                    Lord, remember your Church.

Father, you raised your Son, our Good Shepherd, from the dead,
 - make us his witnesses to the ends of the earth.

You sent your Son into the world to bring good news to the poor,
 - give us courage to bring that good news to all peoples.

You sent your Son to sow the word of life,
 - help us to sow his word and to reap its harvest with joy.

You sent your Son to make the world on through his blood,
 - may all of us work together for this unity.

You set your Son at your right hand in the heavens,
 - open the gates of your kingdom to those who have died.


Our Father…


COLLECT
Lord God, who chose Saint Luke
to reveal by his preaching and writings
the mystery of your love for the poor,
grant that those who already glory in your name
may persevere as one heart and one soul
and that all nations may merit to see your salvation.
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.


You became a disciple of God the Word,
With Paul you enlightened all the world,
Casting out its darkness by composing the Holy Gospel of Christ.






 
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