Evening Prayer
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene


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 (3x)


Hymn

Mary, to the tomb returning,
    racked by sorrow and dismay,
angels' consolations spurning
    from them turned to grief away;
then, the gardener there discerning,
    asked him where the body lay.

She beheld, in her despairing,
    what she could not then surmise
was her Master thus preparing
    his appearance to her eyes,
till his voice, her name declaring,
    made her turn and recognize.

When with rapture she was bending
    to embrace her risen Lord,
'Touch me not; I am ascending
    to my Father,' was His word,
'Greater blessings he is sending
    than this moment can accord.'

Glory be to God and honor
    to the Father and the Son,
and with them the Holy Spirit
    ever Three and ever One,
who with joy fills all creation
    while eternal ages run. Amen.
Music: Ad Perennis Vitae Fontem; source unknown.

Or:

Magdalæ sidus, mulier beata,
te pio cultu veneramur omnes,
quam sibi Christus sociavit arcti
fœdere amoris.

Cum tibi illius patefit potestas
dæmonum vires abigens tremenda,
tu fide gaudes potiore necti
grata medenti.

Hæret hinc urgens tibi caritatis
vis ut insistas pedibus Magistri,
fervidis illum comitata semper
sedula curis.

Tuque comploras Dominum, crucique
impetu flagrans pietatis astas;
membra tu terges studiosa et ungis
danda sepulcro.

Quos amor Christi peperit, triumphis
nos fac adiungi socios per ævum,
atque Dilecto simul affluenter
pangere laudes.


Opening Reading
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory. - Romans 8:28-30

Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words into the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:4)

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.

The Psalter

Antiphon 1: Jesus said to Mary: Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?

1
I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up *
     and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2
O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
     and you restored me to health.
3
You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
     you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4
Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
     give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5
For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
     his favor for a lifetime.
6
Weeping may spend the night, *
     but joy comes in the morning.
Antiphon 1: Jesus said to Mary: Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?

Antiphon 2: They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him.
7
While I felt secure, I said,
"I shall never be disturbed. *
     You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the
                                mountains."
8
Then you hid your face, *
     and I was filled with fear.
9
I cried to you, O LORD; *
     I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
     will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
     O LORD, be my helper."
12
You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
     you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
     O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
Antiphon 2: They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him.

Antiphon 3: Jesus said: Mary. She turned to him and said: Rabboni, which means, Teacher.

    149    Cantate Domino
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 3: Jesus said: Mary. She turned to him and said: Rabboni, which means, Teacher.

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
Exodus 15:19-21


When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his chariot drivers went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them; but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: 'Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.'

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 Corinthians 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering.

Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.



Second Canticle
Magnificat

Antiphon:Mary ran and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, 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:Mary ran and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, alleluia.


Responsory

Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.
Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.
Go to my brothers and say to them: the Lord is risen from the dead.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Mary, do not weep; the Lord is risen from the dead.

Collect:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed of all our infirmities and know you in the power of his endless life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Personal Prayers and Thanksgivings

Intercessions

The Apostles are the foundation and we are built on them. Let us pray to the almighty Father for his holy people:
- Lord, remember your Church.
Father, Mary Magdelene brought news of your resurrection to the Apostles:
  -  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, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.


COLLECT
O God, whose Only Begotten Son
entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others
with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection,
grant, we pray,
that through her intercession and example
we may proclaim the living Christ
and come to see him reigning in your glory.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


 
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