Prayers

Evening Prayer I of Apostles

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, will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

The eternal gifts of Christ the King,
The apostles’ glory, let us sing,
And all, with hearts of gladness, raise
Due hymns of thankful love and praise.

Their faith in Christ, the Lord, prevailed;
Their hope, a light that never failed;
Their love ablaze o’er pathways trod
To lead them to the eternal God.

In them the Father’s glory shone,
In them the will of God the Son,
In them exults the Holy Ghost,
Through them rejoice the heav’enly host.

To thee, Redeemer, now we cry,
That thou wouldst join to them on high
Thy servants, who this grace implore,
For ever and for ever more.

Tune: King’s Majesty L.M.
Music: Graham George, 1941
Text: Saint Ambrose, d. 397
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866


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Or:

Let heaven now resound with praise,
And earth reecho with its joy,
To celebrate with melody
The triumph of the chosen Twelve

O holy judges of the world,
Its truest light and trusted guides,
Incline your ears to our poor prayer
Arising from our grateful hearts.

To you entrusted was the pow’r
Of binding and of loosing sin,
With but a word, we humbly pray,
From bonds of trespass set us free.

All maladies and evil harm
At your command were soon dispelled,
Restore our health of soul anew
Enrich us with all virtue’s grace.

So that when Christ our Judge shall come
And time and space shall be no more,
He may bestow on us a share
Of heaven’s bliss that has no end.

All glory to the Father be,
All glory to his only Son,
And to the Holy Spirit blest,
Both now and in eternity. Amen.

Tune: Puer Nobis Nascitur L.M.
Music: fifteenth century German, adapted by Michael Praetorius, 1609
Text: Exsultet caelum laudibus, tenth century
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


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During Easter:

The Apostles’ hearts were full of pain
For their dear Lord so lately slain:
That Lord his servants’ wicked train
With bitter scorn had dared arraign.

With gentle voice the Angel gave
The women tidings at the grave;
“Forthwith your Master shall ye see:
He goes before to Galilee.”

And while with fear and joy they pressed
To tell these tidings to the rest,
Their Lord, their living Lord, they meet,
And see his form, and kiss his feet.

The Eleven, when they hear, with speed
To Galilee forthwith proceed:
That there they may behold once more
The Lord’s dear face, as oft before.

O Lord of all, with us abide
In this our joyful Eastertide;
From every weapon death can wield
Thine own redeemed for ever shield.


Tune: Grenoble L.M.
Music: Grenoble Antiphoner, 1753
Text: Aurora lucis rutilat, verses 5-9, attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan (340-397)
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866


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Or:

Tristes erant apostoli
De nece sui Domini,
Quem poena mortis crudeli
Servi damnarant impii

Sermone blando angelus
Praedixit mulieribus,
“In Galilaea Dominus
Videndus est quantocius.”

Illae dum pergunt concite
Apostolis hoc dicere,
Videntes eum vivere
Osculant pedes Domini.

Quo agnito discipuli
In Galilaeam propere
Pergunt videre faciem
Desideratam Domini.

Tune: Grenoble L.M.
Music: Grenoble Antiphoner, 1753
Text: Aurora lucis rutilat, verses 5-8, attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan (340-397)

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Of those whom he called to follow him, Jesus chose twelve, and made them his apostles (alleluia).

Psalm 117
Praise for God’s loving compassion


I affirm that . . . the Gentile peoples are to praise God because of his mercy (Romans 15:8-9).

O praise the Lord, all you nations, *
acclaim him all you peoples!

Strong is his love for us; *
he is faithful 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.

Psalm Prayer

God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts for ever.

Ant. Of those whom he called to follow him, Jesus chose twelve, and made them his apostles (alleluia).

Ant. 2 They left their nets to follow the Lord and Redeemer (alleluia).

Psalm 147:12-20
The restoration of Jerusalem


Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9).

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! *
Zion, praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates, *
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders, *
he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth *
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool, *
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

He hurls down hailstones like crumbs. *
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them: *
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

He makes his word known to Jacob, *
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations; *
he has not taught them his decrees.

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 established peace within the borders of Jerusalem. Give the fullness of peace to your faithful people. May peace rule us in this life and possess us in eternal life. You are about to fill us with the best of wheat; grant that what we see dimly now as in a mirror, we may come to perceive clearly in the brightness of your truth.

Ant. They left their nets to follow the Lord and Redeemer (alleluia).

Ant. 3 You are my friends, for you have remained steadfast in my love (alleluia).

Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
God our Savior


Praised be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ *
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him *
before the world began
to be holy *
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us *
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor *
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed, *
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous *
is God’s favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom *
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased *
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out *
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on 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.

You are my friends, for you have remained steadfast in my love (alleluia).

READING
Acts 2:42-45

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ instruction and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. A reverent fear overtook them all, for many wonders and signs were performed by the apostles. Those who believed shared all things in common; they would sell their property and goods, dividing everything on the basis of each one’s need.

RESPONSORY

All the world will know, you are living as I taught you.
All the world will know, you are living as I taught you.

If you love one another,
you are living as I taught you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All the world will know, you are living as I taught you.

During Easter:

All the world will know, you are living as I taught you, alleluia, alleluia.
All the world will know, you are living as I taught you, alleluia, alleluia.

If you love one another,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All the world will know, you are living as I taught you, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. You did not choose me, but I chose you to go forth and bear fruit that will last for ever (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. You did not choose me, but I chose you to go forth and bear fruit that will last for ever (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

My brothers and sisters, we build on the foundation of the apostles. Let us pray to our almighty Father for his holy people and say:
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

Father, you wanted your Son to be seen first by the apostles after the resurrection from the dead,
we ask you to make us his witnesses to the farthest corners of the world.
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

You sent your Son to preach your good news to the poor,
help us to preach this Gospel to every creature.
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

You sent your Son to sow the seed of unending life,
grant that we who work at sowing the seed may share the joy of the harvest.
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

You sent your Son to reconcile all to you through his blood,
help us all to work toward achieving this reconciliation.
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

Your Son sits at your right hand in heaven,
let the dead enter your kingdom of joy.
Be mindful of your Church, O Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Remember us, Lord, when you come into your kingdom and teach us 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

The Concluding Prayer is proper.

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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