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The Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin, may be observed today using the ferial texts with the proper Concluding Prayer. If it is desired to use any texts from the Common, these may be taken from the Common of Virgins, found in the ‘Prayers’ section of the iBreviary.

Among the Servants of Mary: the Feast of Saint Philip Benizi, Priest. The Proper Office is given after the ferial texts.

If the Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed, the complete texts may be found under the ‘Prayers’ section of the iBreviary. The ferial texts follow:


INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Go to the Hymn

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

The antiphon is repeated.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord: 
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

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.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart, 
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

O gates, lift high your heads; 
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Who is the king of glory? 
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

O gates, lift high your heads; 
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Who is he, the king of glory? 
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

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.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

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.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

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.

Ant. Let us listen to the voice of God; let us enter into his rest.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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

Christ is the world’s Light, he and none other;
Born in our darkness, he became our brother,
If we have seen him, we have seen the Father:
     Glory to God on high.

Christ is the world’s Peace, he and none other;
No man can serve him and despise his brother.
Who else unites us, one in God the Father?
     Glory to God on high.

Christ is the world’s Life, he and none other;
Sold, once for silver, murdered here, our brother.
He, who redeems us, reigns with God the Father:
     Glory to God on high.

Give God the glory, God and none other;
Give God the glory, Spirit, Son, and Father;
Give God the glory, God in man my brother;
     Glory to God on high.

Tune: Christe Sanctorum 11.11.11.5
Music: Paris Antiphoner, 1681
Text: F. Pratt Green, 1903-2000


Or:

As light of day returns once more,
With joyful voices let us sing
To God of glory infinite,
To Christ our Lord for all his grace.

Through whom the great Creator’s will
Called day and night from nothingness,
Appointing them successive law,
Till time itself shall pass away.

True light of every faithful soul
Unfettered by the law of old;
No shades of night can fall that dim
Your dazzling and undying light.

O Father, uncreated Light,
Be with us as the hours go by,
That we may please your Son this day,
Filled with the Holy Spirit’s pow’r. Amen.

Tune: Soldau L.M.
Music: Wittenberg Gesangbuch, 1524
Text: Diéi luce réddita, anonymous seventh or eighth century
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 We do well to sing to your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Psalm 92
Praise of God the creator


Sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Saint Athanasius).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.
See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord, *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just. *
In him, my rock, there is no wrong

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.

Psalm Prayer

Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope, and love in your service.

Ant. We do well to sing to your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Ant. 2 I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Canticle: Ezekiel 36:24-28
The Lord will renew his people


They will be his own people, and God himself will be with them, their own God (Revelation 21:3).

I will take you away from among the nations,
gather you from all the foreign lands, *
and bring you back to your own land.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you
to cleanse you from all your impurities, *
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

I will give you a new heart *
and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts *
and giving you natural hearts.

I will put my spirit within you
and make you live by my statutes, *
careful to observe my decrees.

You shall live in the land I gave your fathers;
you shall be my people, *
and I will be your God.

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.

Ant. I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Ant. 3 On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.

Psalm 8
The majesty of the Lord and man’s dignity


The Father gave Christ lordship of creation and made him head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).

How great is your name, O Lord our God, *
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens; *
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy, *
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, *
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind, *
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god; *
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands, *
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle, *
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish *
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God *
through all the earth!

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.

Psalm Prayer

Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.

Ant. On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.

READING
2 Peter 3:13-15a

What we await are new heavens and a new earth where, according to his promise, the justice of God will reside. So, beloved, while waiting for this, make every effort to be found without stain or defilement, and at peace in his sight. Consider that our Lord’s patience is directed toward salvation.

RESPONSORY

It is my joy, O God, to praise you with song.
It is my joy, O God, to praise you with song.

To sing as I ponder your goodness,
to praise you with song.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
It is my joy, O God, to praise you with song.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Lord, guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

Ant. Lord, guide our feet into the way of peace.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us adore God, who has given hope and life to the world through his Son, and let us humbly ask him:
Lord, hear us.

Lord, Father of all, you have brought us to the dawn of this day,
make us live with Christ and praise your glory.
Lord, hear us.

You have poured out faith, hope and love upon us,
keep them firmly rooted in our hearts.
Lord, hear us.

Lord, let our eyes be always raised up to you,
so that we may swiftly answer your call.
Lord, hear us.

Protect us from the snares and enticements of evil,
keep our feet from stumbling.
Lord, hear us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

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 who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

All-powerful and ever-living God,
splendor of true light, and never ending day:
let the radiance of your coming
banish from our minds
the darkness of sin.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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For the Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima:

CONCLUDING PRAYER

God our Father,
for love of you
Saint Rose gave up everything
to devote herself to a life of penance.
By the help of her prayers
may we imitate her selfless way of life on earth
and enjoy the fullness of your blessings in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

O God, you set Saint Rose of Lima on fire with your love,
so that, secluded from the world
in the austerity of a life of penance,
she might give herself to you alone;
grant, we pray, that through her intercession,
we may tread the paths of life on earth
and drink at the stream of your delights 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.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


Among the Servites, the following texts are used for the Feast of Saint Philip Benizi:

INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship the Lord who called Saint Philip to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

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

Great is the mercy of God’s might
Who, as our morning praise we sing,
To sevenfold stars of dawning light
Splendid and strong the sun does bring.

Noble was Philip born, but you
Called him, O God, to change his name.
Far nobler yet his title new:
“Servant” and “Brother” his great fame.

Though in great learning honor came
He hid himself from world renown,
And left success in quiet disdain
To find in Christ his only crown.

Now, as the light of day grows strong
Dawn sees this Servant watch in prayer,
His spirit warmed by Christ the Son,
Life, light and power everywhere.

Lord, may Saint Philip be our guide
To riches which do not decay,
Poor, and as Servants may our pride
Be in the life of heaven’s way.

Father, to you our song we raise
Through Christ, our Lord, the loving Son;
Servants of Mary sing your praise
With all the Church, in Spirit one.

Tune: Old l00th L.M.
Text: Paul Addison, O.S.M.


Or another hymn may be sung.

PSALMODY

Ant.1  Like the morning star, shining through the clouds, so Philip was a light to his world.

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God


Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. Like the morning star, shining through the clouds, so Philip was a light to his world.

Ant. 2 Like the radiant sun, Philip was a guiding light for the community of Servants.

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord


All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. *
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven. *
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. Like the radiant sun, Philip was a guiding light for the community of Servants.

Ant. 3 Philip, surrounded with brothers, was the vine of the Virgin planted in the vineyard of the Lord.

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.


Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained; *
this honor is for all his faithful.

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.

Psalm Prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. Philip, surrounded with brothers, was the vine of the Virgin planted in the vineyard of the Lord.

READING
2 Corinthians 4:5-6

For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.”

RESPONSORY
See Ephesians 5:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Live as children of the light, for the fruit of the light is found
in all that is good, just and true.
Live as children of the light, for the fruit of the light is found
in all that is good, just and true.

All of you are children of the light and of the day.
For the fruit of the light is found
in all that is good, just and true.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Live as children of the light, for the fruit of the light is found
in all that is good, just and true.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Philip, faithful Servant of Mary, served the Lord and his brothers in holiness and justice all the days of his life.

Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

Ant. Philip, faithful Servant of Mary, served the Lord and his brothers in holiness and justice all the days of his life.

INTERCESSIONS

We give thanks to you, O Lord. You have shown a wonderful generosity to the community of Servants where many have found Christ and experienced him in their lives. So we pray:
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

Lord, you sent prophets and apostles among your people to share their sorrow and to give them hope.
Help us to be sensitive and loving toward those who suffer.
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

Lord, you sent your Son as servant of the poor to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
Teach us to serve every person without concern for money or power.
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

Lord, you entrust to the leaders of our Order the loving care of each member.
May they know the personal worth and talents of each person so that all may share in your goodness.
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

Lord, by the prayer of Philip  you wonderfully gave bread to his brothers.
Make us always ready to share bread with the poor and work for the day when all those in bondage will be free.
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

Lord, you give joy to every creature by gifts of your goodness.
Bless this family of Servants and help us know and faithfully do your holy will.
Open our hearts, Lord, to your holy word.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(The word of God assures us that the prayer of the bumble is always pleasing; let us pray to God in the words of our Master:)

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 who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Heavenly Father, through Philip,
you cared for the first Servants of Mary,
increased their number
and gave them a rule of life.
Grant that we, like Philip,
in faithful service to the Blessed Virgin
may zealously proclaim your kingdom.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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