Evening Prayer
Feast of St. Mark


Deus in adjutorium meum intende.
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us
Hagios ho Theos, hagios ischyros, hagios athanatos, eleison hemas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális, miserére nobis.


Opening Sentence            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.

Phos Hilaron

HYMN
Méntibus lætis tua festa, Marce,
atque pergrátis celebrámus omnes,
magna qui Christi tribuísse plebi
te memorámus.

With joy and thankfulness, O Mark, we all celebrate your feast, we remember the great things of Christ you taught the people.

Matris exémplis, vénerans amóre
férvido Petrum, séqueris fidélis,
verba de Christi lábiis ab ipso
hausta recóndis.

You followed faithfully the example of the Mother, venerating with fervent love Peter, you recorded the words drawn from the lips of Christ.

Spíritu accénsus, módico libéllo
mira tu summi réseras Magístri
gesta, tu narras quibus et loquélis
ínstruat orbem.

Enkindled by the Spirit in your short gospel you revealed the wondrous deeds of the Master, you recounted the words by which he taught the world.

Carus et Paulo, studiósus eius
cordis ardóres ímitans, labóras,
multa pro Iesu páteris, cruórem
fundis amánter.

Dear to Paul, you were anxious to imitate the fervor of his heart, to suffer much for the sake of Jesus, you lovingly poured out your blood.

Laus, honor Christo, decus atque virtus,
cuius et testes valeámus esse,
ac, tuis escis recreáti, in ævum
cérnere vultum. Amen.

Praise and honor, glory and power to Christ, whose witnesses may we also be and refreshed by the nourishment of your gospel contemplate his face forever. Amen.

(Translation from http://latinhymns.blogspot.com)


The Psalter

Ant. 1: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace, alleluia.
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.

Ant. 1: My life is at the service of the Gospel; God has given me this gift of his grace, alleluia.

Ant. 2: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, in order to share in its rewards, alleluia.

10
How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?
11
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.
13
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.
14
O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.
15
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,
17
In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
     Hallelujah!

Ant. 2: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, in order to share in its rewards, alleluia.

Ant. 3: This grace has been given to me: to proclaim to the nations the infinite riches of Christ, alleluia.

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.
Ant. 3: This grace has been given to me: to proclaim to the nations the infinite riches of Christ, alleluia.

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.

First Reading
Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
   I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
   they shall never be silent.
You who remind the Lord,
   take no rest,
and give him no rest
   until he establishes Jerusalem
   and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand
   and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
   to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
   for which you have laboured;
but those who garner it shall eat it
   and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
   in my holy courts.

Go through, go through the gates,
   prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
   clear it of stones,
   lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The Lord has proclaimed
   to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
   ‘See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him.’
They shall be called, ‘The Holy People,
   The Redeemed of the Lord’;
and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out,
   A City Not Forsaken.’


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.

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.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 4:1-11

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.



Second Canticle
Magnificat

Antiphon: Pick up Mark + and bring him with you, / for I find him a useful assistant, alleluia.


Troparion - Tone 4
From your childhood the light of truth enlightened you, O Mark, and you loved the labor of Christ the Savior. Therefore, you followed Peter with zeal and served Paul well as a fellow laborer, and you enlighten the world with your holy Gospel.


Kontakion - Tone 2
When you received the grace of the Spirit from on high, O Apostle, you broke the snares of the philosophers and gathered all nations into your net, bringing them to your Lord, O glorious Mark, by the preaching of the divine Gospel.


Intercessions

God the Father of all light has called us to true faith through the Good News of his Son. Let us pray to him for his holy people:

- Lord, remember your Church.

Father, you led your Son, the great shepherd of your flock, out of the realm of the dead:
  -  may we be his witnesses, to the very ends of the earth. (R.)
Father, you sent your Son into the world to bring the Good News to the poor:
  -  may the Gospel be preached to every created thing.(R.)
Father, you sent your Son to sow the seed of the word:
  -  as we sow the Word with great labour, so may we reap its fruits with joy.(R.)
Father, you sent your Son to reconcile the world to you with his blood:
  -  grant that we may all work together for reconciliation.(R.)
Father, you have seated your Son at your right hand in heaven:
  -  receive the dead into your blessed kingdom.(R.)

Our Father...


COLLECT
O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist,
and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel,
grant, we pray,
that we may so profit from his teaching
as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Troparion - Tone 3
O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.



 
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