Prayer for the Evening

 

The God of all goodness works through our everyday actions;/ let us give thanks and praise, alleluia!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

 

Hymn

 

Men called you good, it was the name

That best described your grace,

Your gift of prayer, your merry smile,

Your holy winning ways.

 

A simple name, yet better far

Than titles, rank, or fame

For God himself, the Holy One,

Does bear that very name.

 

Yet ’tis a name that I as well

Could merit if I would;

O dear Saint Philip, make me pure,

And good as you were good.

 

Psalm 118:1, 19-24, 28-29

 

Every house is founded by someone, but the founder of all is God. (Heb 3:4)

With humble simplicity Saint Philip Neri followed where God led him, in the process building a community and peopling it with many spiritual sons. What gifts do you want to make to future generations through the life you are living now?

 

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

for his love endures for ever.

 

Open to me the gates of holiness:

I will enter and give thanks.

This is the Lord’s own gate

where the just may enter.

I will thank you for you have answered

and you are my savior.

 

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord,

a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord;

we rejoice and are glad.

 

You are my God, I thank you.

My God, I praise you.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.

 

Glory to the Father….

 

Word of God (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

 

According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.

 

Christ Jesus is the cornerstone.

(cf. Acts 4:11)

 

Canticle of Mary

 

We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. (2 Cor 5:1)

 

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 to the Father…

 

Intercessions

 

The Scriptures paint a portrait of God as designer and builder of a home for all peoples, and of Jesus as ­carpenter. Let us pray:

 

R/Build up your house, O Lord.

 

You have called us to encourage one another and build one another up:

– make us skilled laborers in the art of mutual support. R/

 

You have granted us different gifts for the upbuilding of your body, the Church, in love:

– give us generous hearts for the works of mutual ­service. R/

 

You have gone before us to prepare a place for us among the many dwellings that make up your Father’s house:

– keep us strong in hope and fidelity as we await your return in glory. R/

 

You have given us a vision of the great city to come:

– bring our dead to dwell with you in glory. R/

 

Personal intentions

 

Our Father….

 

May the all-powerful God protect us from all evil and bring us to life everlasting! Amen.

 

Marian Antiphon

 

We beseech you, O Virgin of Virgins,

we beseech you, most worthy portal

of the eternal King,

we beseech you, O Queen of the world,

who alone have merited to be the gate of life,

that you may intercede for us with your own Son.

 

 

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia,

quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,

resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia;

ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

 

V/ Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.

 

R/ Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

 

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,

has risen as he said, alleluia.

Pray for us to God, alleluia.

 

V/ Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!

R/ For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia!

 

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;

vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae.

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes

in hac lacrimarum valle.

 

Eia ergo, advocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos

ad nos converte.

Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

 

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,

our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

To you do we cry,

poor banished children of Eve.

To you do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, O most gracious advocate,

your eyes of mercy toward us,

and after this our exile

show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

 

V/ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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