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Evening Prayer of the Blessed Virgin Mary


(Texts © ICEL)


Priest: O God, come to our aid

Response: O Lord, make haste to help us

Priest: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

Response: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.


Hymn Bring flow’rs of the rarest No. 73.


During the hymn the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and we kneel down or sit if we cannot kneel. After the end of the hymn and a moment of silence the priest sits and all sit up.


Psalms and Canticle


For the praying of the psalms and canticle: the priest recites the antiphon on his own at the beginning and then at the end all recite it after ending with the ‘Glory Be’. Verses are recited by alternate sides beginning with the ‘Sacred Heart side’ led by the priest. Texts © ICEL


Antiphon 1 (Priest) Mary entered the house of Zachary, and greeted Elizabeth


I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.


Jerusalem is built as a city, strongly compact.

It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord.


For Israel’s law it is, there to praise the Lord’s name.

There were set the thrones of judgement of the house of David.


For the peace of Jerusalem pray: ‘Peace be to your homes!

May peace reign in your walls, in your palaces, peace!’


For love of my brethren and friends I say: ‘Peace upon you!’

For love of the house of the Lord I will ask for your good.


(All) Glory be to the Father and to the Son…


Antiphon 1 (All) Mary entered the house of Zachary and greeted Elizabeth


Antiphon 2 (Priest) When I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy


If the lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labour;

If the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil


In vain is your earlier rising, your going later to rest,

You who toil for the bread you eat: while he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.


Truly sons are a gift from the Lord, a blessing, the fruit of the womb.

Indeed the sons of youth are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.


O the happiness of the man who has filled his quiver with these arrows!

He will have no cause for shame when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.


(All) Glory be to the Father and to the Son…


Antiphon 2 (All) When I heard your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy


Antiphon 3 (Priest) You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.


He chose us in him before the foundation of the world,

That we should be holy and blameless before him.


He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ,

According to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he lavished upon is.


He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ.


His purpose he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time,

To unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


(All) Glory be to the Father and to the Son…


Antiphon 3 (All) You are the most blessed of all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb


Reading (no introduction or conclusion as at mass)


First Letter of Peter 5, 5b-7


A period of quiet follows the reading


Short Responsory


Response (said first by the priest) Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you (All repeat), (priest) You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, (All) Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you,(priest) Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit (All – not usual ending to the ‘Glory Be’ but come in immediately with response) Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.


Magnificat (all stand)

Antiphon (priest): All generations will call me blessed, because God has had regard for his servant in her lowliness.


Hymn My soul is filled with joy No. 380


Antiphon (All): All generations will call me blessed, because God has had regard for his servant in her lowliness.


Intercessions


(Priest) Response: May the Virgin Mary intercede for us


Our Father and Concluding prayer

Benediction


All kneel


Tantum Ergo – last two verses of No. 458


Response (Priest) Panem de caelo praestitisti eis (All) omne delectamentum in se habentem


Prayer and blessing (deposition, O Sacrament, Most Holy)


Final Hymn Mary Immaculate No. 363

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