Evening Prayer I
Feast of the Assumption
August 15
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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
Hagios o Theos, Hagios Ischyros, Hagios Athanatos,
Eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis
Miserere nobis.


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.


Those whom God foreknew he predestined to share the image of his Son.
Those he predestined he likewise called;
those he called he also justified. -Romans 8:29-30


Troparia:
In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.


Hymn
Tune
Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way!

Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!

Mary the wheat, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the stem, Christ the Rose blood-red!

Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the cup, Christ the Saving Blood!

Mary the temple, Christ the temple's Lord;
Mary the shrine, Christ the God adored!

Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven's Rest;
Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!

Mary the mother, Christ the mother's Son
By all things blest while endless ages run. Amen.
Melody: Mary the Dawn; Music: Anon Text: Anon, alt. by the Dominican Sisters of Summit


Or:
Gaudium mundi, nova stella cŠli,
procreans solem, pariens parentem,
da manum lapsis, fer opem caducis,
virgo Maria.

Te Deo factam liquet esse scalam
qua tenens summa petit Altus ima;
nos ad excelsi remeare cŠli
culmina dona.

Te beatorum chorus angelorum,
te prophetarum et apostolorum
ordo prŠlatam sibi cernit unam
post Deitatem.

Laus sit excelsŠ Triadi perennis,
quŠ tibi, Virgo, tribuit coronam,
atque reginam statuitque nostram
provida matrem.

Joy of the whole world, bright new star of heaven,
sun-bearing mother, parent of the parent,
uphold the stumbling, bring help to the fallen,
O virgin Mary.

You are the ladder made by God the Father
grounded in this world, reaching to the highest
that we may climb up to the highest heavens,
gift beyond others.

To you the chorus of the blessed angels,
to you the prophets and apostles' order
lower their heads to one most favored woman
after the Godhead.

Praise to the highest Trinity forever
who bestows on you a crown, O blest virgin,
and who installs you as our queen, O Mary,
pre-ordained mother.

- Sung by Giovanni Vianini; English translation by Maureen S. O'Brien and Frank Kulash



Psalms


Antiphon: Christ ascended into heaven and prepared an everlasting place for his immaculate Mother, alleluia.

1
My heart is stirring with a noble song;
let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
     my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
2
You are the fairest of men; *
     grace flows from your lips,
     because God has blessed you for ever.
3
Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
     in your pride and in your majesty.
4
Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
     and for the sake of justice.
5
Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
     your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
6
The peoples are falling at your feet, *
     and the king's enemies are losing heart.
7
Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
     a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom;
     you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
8
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
     with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
9
All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
     and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.

Antiphon: Christ ascended into heaven and prepared an everlasting place for his immaculate Mother, alleluia.


Antiphon:Through Eve, the gates of heaven were closed to all mankind; through the virgin mother, they were opened wide again, alleluia.

10
Kings' daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
     on your right hand is the queen,
     adorned with the gold of Ophir.
11
"Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
     forget your people and your father's house.
12
The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
     he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13
The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
     the rich among the people seek your favor."
14
All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
     her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15
In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
     after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16
With joy and gladness they are brought, *
     and enter into the palace of the king.
17
"In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
     you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18
I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
     therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever."
Antiphon: Through Eve, the gates of heaven were closed to all mankind; through the virgin mother, they were opened wide again, alleluia.



Antiphon: The Virgin Mary has been exalted above all the heavens; come, let all people glorify Christ the King, whose kingdom will endure forever, alleluia.

13
Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; *
     praise your God, O Zion;
14
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; *
     he has blessed your children within you.
15
He has established peace on your borders; *
     he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16
He sends out his command to the earth, *
     and his word runs very swiftly.
17
He gives snow like wool; *
     he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
18
He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; *
     who can stand against his cold?
19
He sends forth his word and melts them; *
     he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
20
He declares his word to Jacob, *
     his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
21
He has not done so to any other nation; *
     to them he has not revealed his judgments.
     Hallelujah!
Antiphon: The Virgin Mary has been exalted above all the heavens; come, let all people glorify Christ the King, whose kingdom will endure forever, 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
Jeremiah 31:1-14

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
Thus says the Lord:
The people who survived the sword
   found grace in the wilderness;
when Israel sought for rest,
   the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
   therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
   O virgin Israel!
Again you shall take your tambourines,
   and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
   on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant,
   and shall enjoy the fruit.
For there shall be a day when sentinels will call
   in the hill country of Ephraim:
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
   to the Lord our God.’

For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
   and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
   ‘Save, O Lord, your people,
   the remnant of Israel.’
See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
   and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
   those with child and those in labour, together;
   a great company, they shall return here.
With weeping they shall come,
   and with consolations I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
   in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
   and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
   and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
   and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.’
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
   and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
   and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
   and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
   and they shall never languish again.
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
   and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
   I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
   and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
says the Lord.


Song of the Three Young Men II - Benedictus es, Domine
 
Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.

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 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.

Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.


Second Reading
John 19:23-27

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.’ This was to fulfil what the scripture says,
‘They divided my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.’
And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.


Magnificat

Antiphon:All generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, alleluia.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children 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.

Antiphon:All generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me.


Responsory
The Virgin Mary is exalted above the choirs of angels.
The Virgin Mary is exalted above the choirs of angels.
Bless the Lord who has raised her up.
above the choirs of angels.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
The Virgin Mary is exalted above the choirs of angels.


Collect
O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Kontakion:
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.


Intercessions

Let us praise God our almighty Father, who wished that Mary, his Son's mother, be celebrated by each generation. Now in need, we ask:

                     (R.)Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

O God, worker of miracles, you made the immaculate Virgin Mary share in your Son's glory in heaven,
- direct the hearts of your children to that same glory.(R.)

You made Mary our mother. Through her intercession grant strength to the weak, comfort to the sorrowing, pardon to sinners,
- salvation and peace to all.(R.)

You made Mary the mother of mercy,
- may all who are faced with trials feel her motherly love. (R.)

You wished Mary to be the mother of the family in the home of Jesus and Joseph,
- may all mothers of families foster love and holiness through her intercession. (R.)

You crowned Mary queen of heaven,
- may all the dead rejoice in your kingdom with the saints for ever. (R.)

Our Father…


Closing Prayer:
O God, who, looking on the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
raised her to this grace,
that your Only Begotten Son was born of her according to the flesh
and that she was crowned this day with surpassing glory,
grant through her prayers,
that, saved by the mystery of your redemption,
we may merit to be exalted by you on high.
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.


 
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