Evening Prayer I
St. Michael and All Angels
September 29
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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.


LUCERNARIA

Michael shall appear, † Michael the great captain *
who stands guard over the faithful.

Michael and his angels † waged war upon the dragon. *
The dragon, whose name is Satan, was thrown down.

An angel stood at the altar, † holding a golden censer; *
he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of the saints.

I heard the voice † of countless angels round the throne: *
Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive honor and glory.

Angels and archangels, † thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, virtues of the heavens, *
O praise the Lord of heaven, alleluia.


Opening: Jacob dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.' - Genesis 28:12-13

HYMN

Angelum pacis Michael ad istam,
Christe, demitti rogitamus aulam,
cuncta quo crebro veniente crescant
prospera nobis.

Angelus fortis Gabriel, ut hostem
pellat antiquum, volitet superne,
sćpius templum cupiens favendo
visere nostrum.

Angelus nobis medicum salutis
mitte de cćlis Raphael, ut omnes
sanet ćgrotos pariterque nostros
dirigat actus.

Christe, sanctorum decus angelorum,
adsit illorum chorus usque nobis,
ut simul tandem Triadi per ćvum
carmina demus. Amen.

Lord of the angels, Christ our loving Savior,
Send holy Michael down among our people,
That he may bring us peacee and true assistance
On our life's journey.

Gahriel's presence, strong, unseen and gentle,
Surely protects us if you will but send him
Into this temple, ever glad to help us,
Shielding from evil.

Send holy Raphael tenderly to heal us,
Bringing sa1vation from our hidden blindness,
And by his counsel may he guide our actions,
Each day and always.

May all the ange1s constantly attend us,
That we may join them praising the one Godhead;
This we implore you,Jesus ever reigning,
Joy of the angels. Amen.




Antiphon 1: Your majesty is praised above the heavens, O King of the angels.

1
Bless the LORD, O my soul; *
     O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness!
     you are clothed with majesty and splendor.
2
You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *
     and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3
You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *
     you make the clouds your chariot;
     you ride on the wings of the wind.
4
You make the winds your messengers *
     and flames of fire your servants.
5
You have set the earth upon its foundations, *
     so that it never shall move at any time.
6
You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; *
     the waters stood higher than the mountains.
7
At your rebuke they fled; *
     at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8
They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *
     to the places you had appointed for them.
9
You set the limits that they should not pass; *
     they shall not again cover the earth.
10
You send the springs into the valleys; *
     they flow between the mountains.
11
All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, *
     and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12
Beside them the birds of the air make their nests *
     and sing among the branches.
13
You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; *
     the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.

Antiphon 1: Your majesty is praised above the heavens, O King of the angels.


Antiphon 2: In the company of angels, I will sing Psalms to you, O God.

14
You make grass grow for flocks and herds *
     and plants to serve mankind;
15
That they may bring forth food from the earth, *
     and wine to gladden our hearts,
16
Oil to make a cheerful countenance, *
     and bread to strengthen the heart.
17
The trees of the LORD are full of sap, *
     the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18
In which the birds build their nests, *
     and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19
The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, *
     and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20
You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, *
     and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21
You make darkness that it may be night, *
     in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22
The lions roar after their prey *
     and seek their food from God.
23
The sun rises, and they slip away *
     and lay themselves down in their dens.
24
Man goes forth to his work *
     and to his labor until the evening.

25
O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
     in wisdom you have made them all;
     the earth is full of your creatures.

Antiphon2 : In the company of angels, I will sing Psalms to you, O God.


Antiphon 3: I saw the Lamb, which appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, and I heard the sound of angelic choirs around the throne.

26
Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
     creatures both small and great.
27
There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
     which you have made for the sport of it.
28
All of them look to you *
     to give them their food in due season.
29
You give it to them; they gather it; *
     you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30
You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
     you take away their breath,
     and they die and return to their dust.
31
You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
     and so you renew the face of the earth.
32
May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
     may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33
He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
     he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
     I will praise my God while I have my being.
35
May these words of mine please him; *
     I will rejoice in the LORD.
36
Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *
     and the wicked be no more.
37
Bless the LORD, O my soul. *
     Hallelujah!      
Antiphon 3: I saw the Lamb, which appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, and I heard the sound of angelic choirs around the throne.

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

First Reading

2 Kings 6:8-17

Once when the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he took counsel with his officers. He said, "At such and such a place shall be my camp." But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, "Take care not to pass this place, because the Arameans are going down there." The king of Israel sent word to the place of which the man of God spoke. More than once or twice he warned such a place so that it was on the alert. The mind of the king of Aram was greatly perturbed because of this; he called his officers and said to them, "Now tell me who among us sides with the king of Israel?" Then one of his officers said, "No one, my lord king. It is Elisha, the prophet in Israel, who tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber."

He said, "Go and find where he is; I will send and seize him." He was told, "He is in Dothan." So he sent horses and chariots there and a great army; they came by night, and surrounded the city. When an attendant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. His servant said, "Alas, master! What shall we do?" He replied, "Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them." Then Elisha prayed: "O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see." So the LORD opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw; the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.



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

Revelation 5:1-14

Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?' And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.'

Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.' Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, 'To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!' And the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' And the elders fell down and worshiped.



Second Canticle
Magnificat

Antiphon: O prince most glorious, +Michael the archangel, keep us in remembrance; here and everywhere, always entreat the Lord for us, 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: O prince most glorious, +Michael the archangel, keep us in remembrance; here and everywhere, always entreat the Lord for us, alleluia.

Responsory
The smoke of incense went up before God from the angel's hand.
The smoke of incense went up before God from the angel's hand.
With the prayers of the saints
From the angel's hand.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
The smoke of incense went up before God from the angel's hand.

Collect
Everlasting God, who have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Intercessions

The angels carry out God's will. Let us pray that we too may listen carefully for his voice and hear his call as we say:
(R.)We beg you, hear us.

That our prayers may rise like a pleasant fragrance before you,
- through the hands of your angels.(R.)

That our prayers may be brought to your altar on high,
- through the hands of your angels.(R.)

That we may proclaim glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth,
- with the multitude of the heavenly hosts.(R.)

That the angels may receive us at the end of our days,
- and lead us home to paradise.(R.)

That the holy standard-bearer, Michael, may bring into the light of your presence,
- the souls of those who have died.(R.)


Our Father…

COLLECT
O God, who dispose in marvelous order
ministries both angelic and human,
graciously grant
that our life on earth may be defended
by those who watch over us
as they minister perpetually to you in heaven.
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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