Evening Prayer
ST. THOMAS

July 3 or December 21

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 Immortalis,
miserere nobis.




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.

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


HYMN
We walk by faith, and not by sight;
no gracious words we hear from him
who spoke as none e'er spoke;
but we believe him near.

We may not touch his hands and side,
nor follow where he trod;
but in his promise we rejoice;
and cry, "My Lord and God!"

Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound,
to call on you when you are near,
and seek where you are found:

that, when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
we may behold you as you are,
with full and endless sight.

Or:

Qui luce splendes ordinis
apostolorum maxima,
Thoma, benignus accipe
laudes tibi quas pangimus.

Te lucidis in sedibus
amore Christus collocat;
amore promptus expetis
tu pro Magistro commori.

Te torquet et dilectio
narrantibus cum fratribus
vis certus esse, visere,
palpare Iesu vulnera.

Quantoque cordis gaudio
ipsum misertum conspicis,
Deumque dicis credulus,
fervore adorans pectoris!

Nobisque qui non vidimus
per te fides fit acrior,
fit æstus et potentior
quo Christi amorem quærimus.

Christo sit omnis gloria,
qui te rogante præbeat
nobis fide ambulantibus
ipsum videre perpetim.

Saint Thomas, whom the Savior chose
When here on earth, as special friend,
Accept our joyful hymn of praise,
And to our earnest prayer attend.

Your love for Christ made you desire
To die with him and share his plight;
His love for you gave you a throne
Of glory in his realm of light.

Your tortured love could not believe
The Ten had seen him, as they said;
But you must touch his hands and feet
To prove him risen from the dead.

And later when you saw him too
With joy, his mercy you adored,
Acclaiming him as truly God,
And worshiping your risen Lord.

As you once grew to know our Lord,
Give us more faith, both strong and firm,
And make our love grow deeper yet
For Jesus whom we have not seen.

All glory be to Christ, our Lord,
Who by your prayer will grant us grace,
When we have blindly walked in faith,
To see the glory of his face. Amen.



To some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. - Ephesians 4:11-13


The Psalter


Ant. 1: Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way? Jesus replied: I am the way, the truth and the life.

1
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
     the LORD is the strength of my life;
     of whom then shall I be afraid?
2
When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
     it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
3
Though an army should encamp against me, *
     yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4
And though war should rise up against me, *
     yet will I put my trust in him.
5
One thing have I asked of the LORD;
one thing I seek; *
     that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
6
To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
     and to seek him in his temple.
7
For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
     he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
     and set me high upon a rock.
Ant. 1: Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way? Jesus replied: I am the way, the truth and the life.

Ant. 2: Thomas, who was called the Twin, was not present when Jesus appeared to the apostles; so they told him: we have seen the Lord, alleluia.

8
Even now he lifts up my head *
     above my enemies round about me.
9
Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
     I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10
Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
     have mercy on me and answer me.
11
You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
     Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12
Hide not your face from me, *
     nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13
You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
     do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Ant. 2: Thomas, who was called the Twin, was not present when Jesus appeared to the apostles; so they told him: we have seen the Lord, alleluia.

Ant. 3: With your hand, touch the mark of the nails; doubt no longer, but believe, alleluia.

14
Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
     the LORD will sustain me.
15
Show me your way, O LORD; *
     lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16
Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
     for false witnesses have risen up against me,
     and also those who speak malice.
17
What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the LORD *
     in the land of the living!
18
O tarry and await the LORD's pleasure;
     be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
     wait patiently for the LORD.

Ant. 3: With your hand, touch the mark of the nails; doubt no longer, but believe, alleluia.

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


FIRST READING
Isaiah 43:8-13


Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
who are deaf, yet have ears!
Let all the nations gather together,
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
and let them hear and say, 'It is true.'
You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no saviour.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses, says the Lord.
I am God, and also henceforth I am He;
there is no one who can deliver from my hand;
I work and who can hinder it?

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
John 14:1-7

'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.'


Second Canticle
Magnificat

Antiphon: I touched the mark of the nails + with my fingers; I put my hand into his side and said: My Lord and my God, 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: I touched the mark of the nails + with my fingers; I put my hand into his side and said: My Lord and my God, alleluia.


COLLECTS AND PRAYERS

You were a disciple of Christ,
and a member of the divine college of Apostles.
Having been weak in faith you doubted the Resurrection of Christ,
but by feeling the wounds you believed in His all-pure Passion:
pray now to Him, O all-praised Thomas, to grant us peace and great mercy.

Everliving God,
who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son's resurrection:
Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God,
that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight;
through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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, by your will the Apostles were the first to see your resurrected Son:
  -  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.

Grant, almighty God,
that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas,
so that we may always be sustained by his intercession
and, believing, may have life
in the name of Jesus Christ your Son,
whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Thomas, the faithful servant and disciple of Christ,
filled with divine grace, cried out from the depth of his love:
“You are my Lord and my God!”


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