Breviary

Evening Prayer

INTRODUCTION

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

Come, O Christian people sing
In triumphant gladness;
God has rescued Israel,
Given joy for sadness;
Freed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
Jacob’s sons and daughters;
Leading them beyond all death
Through the Red Sea waters.

Spring is in our hearts today;
Christ has burst his prison
And from three days’ sleep in death
As a sun has risen.
All the winter of our sins,
Long and dark, is flying
From his light, to whom we give
Song and praise undying.

Now the queen of seasons, bright
With the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts,
Far from dark December,
Comes to glad Jerusalem,
Who with true affection,
Welcomes with untiring praise
Jesus’ resurrection.

Neither could the gates of death,
Nor the tomb’s dark portal,
Nor the watchers, nor the seal,
Hold you as a mortal.
But today amid your own
You have stood bestowing
Your own peace which evermore
Passes human knowing.

Tune: Ave Virgo Virginum (Gaudeamus Pariter) 76.76 D
Music: Johann Horn, 1544
Text: Aσωμεν παντες λαοι, John of Damascus, c. 740
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866


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Or:

I know that my Redeemer lives;
What joy the blest assurance gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everlasting Head!

He lives, to bless me with his love;
He lives, to plead for me above;
He lives, my hungry soul to feed;
He lives, to help in time of need.

He lives, and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives, my mansion to prepare;
He lives, to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his name;
He lives, my Savior still the same;
What joy the blest assurance gives;
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Tune: Duke Street L.M.
Music: John Hatton, 1710-1793
Text: Based on Job 19:25, Samuel Medley, 1738-1799

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Now the reign of our God has begun and power is given to Christ, his anointed, alleluia.

Psalm 20
A prayer for the king’s victory


Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21).

May the Lord answer in time of trial; *
may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.

May he send you help from his shrine *
and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings *
and receive your sacrifice with favor.

May he give you your heart’s desire *
and fulfill every one of your plans.
May we ring out our joy at your victory
and rejoice in the name of our God. *
May the Lord grant all your prayers.

I am sure now that the Lord *
will give victory to his anointed,
will reply from his holy heaven *
with the mighty victory of his hand.

Some trust in chariots or horses, *
but we in the name of the Lord.
They will collapse and fall, *
but we shall hold and stand firm.

Give victory to the king, O Lord, *
give answer on the day we call.

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

Lord, you accepted the perfect sacrifice of your Son upon the cross. Hear us during times of trouble and protect us by the power of his name, that we who share his struggle on earth may merit a share in his victory.

Ant. Now the reign of our God has begun and power is given to Christ, his anointed, alleluia.

Ant. 2 You have assumed the authority that is yours; you have established your kingdom, alleluia.

Psalm 21:2-8, 14
Thanksgiving for the king’s victory


He accepted life that he might rise and live for ever (Saint Hilary).

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king; *
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart’s desire; *
you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

You came to meet him with the blessings of success, *
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given, *
days that will last from age to age.

Your saving help has given him glory. *
You have laid upon him majesty and splendor,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever. *
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

The king has put his trust in the Lord: *
through the mercy of the Most High he shall stand firm.
O Lord, arise in your strength; *
we shall sing and praise your power.

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, you have given us life on this earth and have met us with the grace of redemption. Bestow your greatest blessing on us, the fullness of eternal life.

Ant. You have assumed the authority that is yours; you have established your kingdom, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Let all creation serve you, for all things came into being at your word, alleluia.

Canticle: Revelation 4:11; 5-9, 10, 12
Redemption hymn


O Lord our God, you are worthy *
to receive glory and honor and power.

For you have created all things; *
by your will they came to be and were made.

Worthy are you, O Lord, *
to receive the scroll and break open its seals.

For you were slain; *
with your blood you purchased for God
men of every race and tongue, *
of every people and nation.

You made them a kingdom,
and priests to serve our God, *
and they shall reign on the earth.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain *
to receive power and riches,
wisdom and strength,*
honor and glory and praise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be forever. Amen.

Ant. Let all creation serve you, for all things came into being at your word, alleluia.

READING
1 Peter 2:4-5

Come to the Lord, a living stone, rejected by men but approved, nonetheless, and precious in God’s eyes. You too are living stones, built as an edifice of spirit into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

RESPONSORY

The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

When they saw the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. If you loved me, you would surely be glad that I am going to the Father, alleluia.

Canticle of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


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, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. If you loved me, you would surely be glad that I am going to the Father, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

As Christ lay in the darkness of the earth he saw the light of a new glory. Let us cry out to him in joy:
King of glory, hear us.

We pray for all bishops, priests and deacons, that they may be zealous in their ministry,
and prepare for you a people devoted to every good work.
King of glory, hear us.

We pray for all who teach in the service of your Church,
that they may seek your truth with a sincere heart.
King of glory, hear us.

We pray for your faithful people, that they may be victorious in the contest of faith,
and win the prize of victory in your kingdom.
King of glory, hear us.

You canceled our condemnation by nailing it to the cross,
free us from our chains, and lead us out of darkness.
King of glory, hear us.

You went down among the dead and opened for them the gates to life,
welcome our dead brothers and sisters into your kingdom.
King of glory, hear us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Remember us, Lord, when you come to your kingdom and teach us how to pray:)

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

Father,
you restored your people to eternal life
by raising Christ your Son from death.
Make our faith strong and our hope sure.
May we never doubt that you will fulfill
the promises you have made.
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.

Or:

O God, who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
grant your people constancy in faith and hope,
that we may never doubt the promises
of which we have learned from you.
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

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Evening Prayer concludes:

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

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