Evening Prayer
Feast of the Nativity of Mary
September 8
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The following is a personal breviary for Evening Prayer, compiled from the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours and the Monastic Breviary of Holy Cross (Episcopal) Monastery in West Park, New York.


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.


To the Israelites belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the law-giving, the worship and the promises; theirs were the patriarchs, and from them came the Messiah (I speak of his human origins). Blessed forever be God who is over all! Amen. (Romans 9:4-5)


HYMN

Beata Dei genetrix,
nitor humani generis,
per quam de servis liberi
lucisque sumus filii;

Maria, virgo regia,
David stirpe progenita,
non tam paterna nobilis
quam dignitate subolis,

Tu nos, avulso veteri,
complanta novo germini;
per te sit genus hominum
regale sacerdotium.

Tu nos culparum nexibus
sacris absolve precibus;
tua promentes merita
ad cĉli transfer prĉmia.

Sit Trinitati gloria,
o Virgo nobilissima,
quĉ te suorum munerum
thesaurum dat magnificum.

The Psalter


Ant. 1: The Virgin Mary came forth from the root of Jesse, and the Spirit of the Most High came to dwell in her heart.

1
The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, *
     the world and all who dwell therein.
2
For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
     and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3
"Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? *
     and who can stand in his holy place?"
4
"Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
     who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
     nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5
They shall receive a blessing from the LORD *
     and a just reward from the God of their salvation."
6
Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
     of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7
Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
     and the King of glory shall come in.
8
"Who is this King of glory?" *
     "The LORD, strong and mighty,
     the LORD, mighty in battle."
9
Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
     and the King of glory shall come in.
10
"Who is he, this King of glory?" *
     "The LORD of hosts,
     he is the King of glory."
Ant. 1: The Virgin Mary came forth from the root of Jesse, and the Spirit of the Most High came to dwell in her heart.



Ant. 2: Today we commemorate the birth of the Virgin Mary. God saw her beauty and visited her in her lowliness.

1
God is our refuge and strength, *
     a very present help in trouble.
2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *
     and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
3
Though its waters rage and foam, *
     and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
4
The LORD of hosts is with us; *
     the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
5
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *
     the holy habitation of the Most High.
6
God is in the midst of her;
     she shall not be overthrown; *
     God shall help her at the break of day.
7
The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; *
     God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
8
The LORD of hosts is with us; *
     the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
9
Come now and look upon the works of the LORD, *
     what awesome things he has done on earth.
10
It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; *
     he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
     and burns the shields with fire.
11
"Be still, then, and know that I am God; *
     I will be exalted among the nations;
     I will be exalted in the earth."
12
The LORD of hosts is with us; *
     the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Ant. 2: Today we commemorate the birth of the Virgin Mary. God saw her beauty and visited her in her lowliness.



Ant. 3: Blessed and worthy of our praise is the holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. We celebrate her birth, that she might intercede for us before the Lord.

1
On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
     the LORD loves the gates of Zion
     more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2
Glorious things are spoken of you, *
     O city of our God.
3
I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
     behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
     in Zion were they born.
4
Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
     and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
5
The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
     "These also were born there."
6
The singers and the dancers will say, *
     "All my fresh springs are in you."      

Ant. 3: Blessed and worthy of our praise is the holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. We celebrate her birth, that she might intercede for us before the Lord.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


FIRST READING          Zechariah 8:1-8
The word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying:
Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.
Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts shall be called the holy mountain.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age.
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the LORD of hosts?
Thus says the LORD of hosts: I will save my people from the east country and from the west country;
and I will bring them to live in Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.


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.


FIRST READING          Luke 2:41-52
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.
And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.
When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’
He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’
But they did not understand what he said to them.
Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.


CANTICLE          Magnificat

Antiphon:Let us commemorate the illustrious birth of the glorious Virgin Mary, for the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant. He sent his angel to announce to her that she would conceive the Savior of the world.

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:Let us commemorate the illustrious birth of the glorious Virgin Mary, for the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant. He sent his angel to announce to her that she would conceive the Savior of the world.


RESPONSORY
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
The Lord is with you.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to he Holy Spirit
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.


PRAYERS

Our Father...


By Your Nativity, O Most Pure Virgin,
Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness;
Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death.
And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you:
The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life!


Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord,
the gift of heavenly grace,
that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
may bring deeper peace
to those for whom the birth of her Son
was the dawning of 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.


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 full of grace,
- grant all people the joyful abundance of your grace.(R.)

Make your church of one mind and one heart in love,
- and help all who believe to be one in prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.(R.)

You called Mary to glory in your kingdom,
- may all the dead rejoice in your kingdon with the saints for ever.(R.)


Your Nativity, O Virgin,
Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
Has shone from You, O Theotokos!
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.


 
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