Evening Prayer II
The Feast of the Annunciation
March 25
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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.


Opening Processional Chant:

The angel said to Mary, + Rejoice most favored one!
The Lord is with you.

God has been gracious to you, Mary; + you will conceive and bear a son,
and you shall give him the name Jesus.

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, + and the power of the Most High will overshadow you:
therrefore the holy child to be born will be called Son of God.

Mary said, + I am the Lord's servant;
as you have spoken so be it.

God's blessing is on you + above all women,
and his blessing is on the fruit of your womb.


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
Gk. Hagios Theos, hagios ischyros, hagios athanatos,
Eleison imas
Latin. Sanctus Deus, sanctus fortis, sanctus et immortalis
Miserere nobis.


What we proclaim to you:
what was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and our hands have touched -
we speak of the Word of life.
This life became visible;
we have seen it and bear witness to it
and we proclaim to you the eternal life
that was present to the Father
and became visible to us. - 1 John 1:1-2


VESPERS HYMN:

Agnoscat omne saeculum
venisse vitae praemium;
post hostis asperi iugum
apparuit redemptio.

Isaias quae praecinit
completa sunt in Virgine;
annuntiavit Angelus,
Sanctus replevit Spiritus.

Maria ventre concipit
verbi fidelis semine;
quem totus orbis non capit,
portant puellae viscera.

Adam vetus quod polluit,
Adam novus hoc abluit;
tumens quod ille deicit,
humillimus hic erigit.

Christo sit omnis gloria,
Dei Parentis Filio,
quem Virgo felix concipit
Sancti sub umbra Spiritus.

Let all ages acknowledge
that he is come who is the reward of life.
After the enemy's cruel yoke
Our Redemption appeared.

What Isaias foretold,
has been fulfilled in the Virgin;
an Angel announced the mystery to her,
and filled her with the Holy Spirit

Mary conceived in her womb.
The Word, the faithful Seed
whom the whole world cannot contain
was carried in the Virgin's womb.

What the old Adam polluted
the new Adam has washed;
His sores he cast aside,
and raises the humble.

All glory be to Christ,
the Son of God the Father
whome the happy Virgin conceived
under the shadow of the Holy Spirit.



Or:

The God, whose will by moon and sun
and all things in due course is done,
is nourished at a maiden's breast
by fullest heavenly grace possessed.

How blessed that Mother, in whose shrine
the world's Creator, Lord divine,
whose hand contains the earth and sky,
once deigned, as in his ark, to lie.

Blessed in the message Gabriel brought,
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great Desire of earth
took human form and human birth.

O Jesus, virgin-born, we raise
to you our hymn of grateful praise;
and to the Father tribute bring
as by the Spirit here we sing.

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
eternal praise and glory be,
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.



PSALMODY


Psalm 110:1-5, 132    
Dixit Dominus


Antiphon:The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

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.

Antiphon:The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 132    
Memento, Domine

Antiphon: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son, and he will be called the Son of the Most High.
1
LORD, remember David, *
     and all the hardships he endured;
2
How he swore an oath to the LORD *
     and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3
"I will not come under the roof of my house, *
     nor climb up into my bed;
4
I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
     nor let my eyelids slumber;
5
Until I find a place for the LORD, *
     a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6
"The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
     we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7
Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
     let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
8
Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
     you and the ark of your strength.
9
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
     let your faithful people sing with joy.
10
For your servant David's sake, *
     do not turn away the face of your Anointed.

Antiphon: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son, and he will be called the Son of the Most High.


Antiphon: Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.

11
The LORD has sworn an oath to David; *
     in truth, he will not break it:
12
"A son, the fruit of your body *
     will I set upon your throne.
13
If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
     their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14
For the LORD has chosen Zion; *
     he has desired her for his habitation:
15
"This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
     here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16
I will surely bless her provisions, *
     and satisfy her poor with bread.
17
I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
     and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18
There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
     I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19
As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
     but as for him, his crown will shine."
Antiphon: Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.


First Reading
Wisdom 9:1-12

‘O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy,
who have made all things by your word,
and by your wisdom have formed humankind
to have dominion over the creatures you have made,
and rule the world in holiness and righteousness,
and pronounce judgement in uprightness of soul,
give me the wisdom that sits by your throne,
and do not reject me from among your servants.
For I am your servant, the son of your servant-girl,
a man who is weak and short-lived,
with little understanding of judgement and laws;
for even one who is perfect among human beings
will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you.
You have chosen me to be king of your people
and to be judge over your sons and daughters.
You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain,
and an altar in the city of your habitation,
a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning.
With you is wisdom, she who knows your works
and was present when you made the world;
she understands what is pleasing in your sight
and what is right according to your commandments.
Send her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of your glory send her,
that she may labour at my side,
and that I may learn what is pleasing to you.
For she knows and understands all things,
and she will guide me wisely in my actions
and guard me with her glory.
Then my works will be acceptable,
and I shall judge your people justly,
and shall be worthy of the throne of my father.


Song of the Three Young Men  Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
 O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
 
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
 all winds and fire and heat.
 
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
 drops of dew and flakes of snow
 
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
 O shining light and enfolding dark.
 
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 
Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
 O whales and all that move in the waters.
 
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
 and all you flocks and herds.
 
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
  
Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
 
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 

Let us glorify the Lord:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
 praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
 


Second Reading
John 1:9-14

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

RESPONSORY
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
- The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
He was in the beginning with God,
- and dwelt among us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to he Holy Spirit
- The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.


MAGNIFICAT
(Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: He will be King + over Israel for ever; / his reign will never end.


INTERCESSIONS
On this day the eternal Father sent his angel to bring Mary the good news of our salvation. Let us turn to God and pray with confidence:

Lord, fill our hearts with your love.

You chose the Virgin Mary as the mother of your Son,
- have mercy on all who look for your gift of salvation.

You sent Gabriel to give Mary your message of peace and joy,
- give to the whole world the joy of salvation and your gift of true peace.

Mary gave her consent, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her, and your Word came to dwell among us,
- touch our hearts that we may welcome Christ as Mary did.

You look with love on the humble, and fill the hungry with your gifts,
- raise up the downcast, help all in need, comfort and strengthen the dying.

Lord our God, you alone work wonders and with you all things are possible,
- give us the fullness of salvation when you raise up the dead on the last day.


Our Father…


COLLECT
O God, who willed that your Word
should take on the reality of human flesh
in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
grant, we pray,
that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man,
may merit to become partakers even in his divine nature.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.




 
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