Evening Prayer II
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.


Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ;
but all of them in their proper order:
Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ,
those who belong to him. - 1 Corinthians 15:22-23


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 cæli,
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 cæli
culmina dona.

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

Laus sit excelsæ Triadi perennis,
quæ 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: Mary has been taken up to heaven; the angels rejoice. They bless the Lord and sing his praises.

1
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
     my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
     as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
     that I might behold your power and your glory.
3
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
     my lips shall give you praise.
4
So will I bless you as long as I live *
     and lift up my hands in your Name.
5
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
     and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6
When I remember you upon my bed, *
     and meditate on you in the night watches.
7
For you have been my helper, *
     and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8
My soul clings to you; *
     your right hand holds me fast.
Antiphon: Mary has been taken up to heaven; the angels rejoice. They bless the Lord and sing his praises.



Antiphon: The Virgin Mary was taken up to the heavenly bridal chamber where the King of kings is seated on his starry throne.
1
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
     before the gods I will sing your praise.
2
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
     because of your love and faithfulness;
3
For you have glorified your Name *
     and your word above all things.
4
When I called, you answered me; *
     you increased my strength within me.
5
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
     when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6
They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
     that great is the glory of the LORD.
7
Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
     he perceives the haughty from afar.
8
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
     you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
     your right hand shall save me.
9
The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
     O LORD, your love endures for ever;
     do not abandon the works of your hands.
Antiphon: The Virgin Mary was taken up to the heavenly bridal chamber where the King of kings is seated on his starry throne.



Antiphon: We share the fruit of life through you, O daughter blessed by the Lord.
1
Hallelujah!
Sing to the LORD a new song; *
     sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
2
Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *
     let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3
Let them praise his Name in the dance; *
     let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
4
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people *
     and adorns the poor with victory.
5
Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *
     let them be joyful on their beds.
6
Let the praises of God be in their throat *
     and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7
To wreak vengeance on the nations *
     and punishment on the peoples;
8
To bind their kings in chains *
     and their nobles with links of iron;
9
To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *
     this is glory for all his faithful people.
     Hallelujah!
Antiphon: We share the fruit of life through you, O daughter blessed by the Lord.

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
Zechariah 2:10-13
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

Be silent, all people, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.


Canticle
   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
Acts 1:6-14
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.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


Magnificat

Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, 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: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, alleluia.


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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