Evening Prayer II - Feast for Presentation of the Lord

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Evening Prayer II for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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

Chorus:
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
In verdant pastures
he gives me repose;

Chorus:
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.

Beside restful waters He leads me;
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for His name’s sake.

Chorus:
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.

Chorus:
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.

𝄞"The Lord is My Shepherd" by Bill GoyetteMusical Score • Text: Based on Psalm 23; Music: William R. Goyette; Arrangement: Michael V. Guzman and Cesar Marquez; (c) 1997 William R. Goyette; Licensed under Creative Commons

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord.

Psalm 110:1-5, 7
The Messiah, king and priest

Christ’s reign will last until all his enemies are made subject to him (1 Corinthians 15:25).

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
“Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.”

The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedeck of old.”

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his great wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head.

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. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord.

Ant. 2 As the law prescribed, they offered to the Lord a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.

Psalm 130
A cry from the depths

He himself will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.

My soul is waiting for the Lord.
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.

Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.

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. As the law prescribed, they offered to the Lord a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.

Ant. 3 My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people.

Canticle – Colossians 1:12-20
Christ the first-born of all creation and the first-born from the dead

Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints
in light.

He rescued us
from the power of darkness
and brought us
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.

He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creatures.
In him everything in heaven and on earth was created,
things visible and invisible.

All were created through him;
all were created for him.
He is before all else that is.
In him everything continues in being.

It is he who is head of the body, the church;
he who is the beginning,
the first-born of the dead,
so that primacy may be his in everything.

It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens,
making peace through the blood of his cross.

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. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people.

READING Hebrews 4:15-16

We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

The Lord has made known his saving power.
The Lord has made known his saving power.

Which he has prepared in the sight of every people.
His saving power.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The Lord has made known his saving power.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Today the Blessed Virgin Mary presented the Child Jesus in the temple; and Simeon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, took him in his arms, and gave thanks to God.

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. Today the Blessed Virgin Mary presented the Child Jesus in the temple; and Simeon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, took him in his arms, and gave thanks to God.

INTERCESSIONS

Today our Savior was presented in the temple. Let us adore him as we say:
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

Christ Jesus, you are the light that enlightens all nations,
shine upon those who do not know you, that they may come to believe in you, the one true God.
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

You are the redeemer and the glory of your people Israel,
may your Church proclaim your salvation to the ends of the earth.
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

Jesus, desire of the nations, Simeon, the just man, rejoiced at your coming,
lead all men to recognize that you still come to them.
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

Lord, when you were presented in the temple, Simeon foretold that a sword of sorrow would pierce your mother’s heart,
strengthen us to accept the sufferings we endure for the sake of your name.
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

Christ Jesus, joy of all the saints, Simeon longed to see you before he died, and his prayer was answered,
hear our plea for all the dead who still yearn to see you face to face.
Lord, may our eyes see your saving power.

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

Almighty ever-living God,
we humbly implore your majesty that,
just as your Only Begotten Son was presented
on this day in the Temple in the substance of our flesh,
so, by your grace, we may be presented to you with minds made pure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
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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15 thoughts on “Evening Prayer II – Feast

  1. Thank You LORD for caring for us and keeping us safe.
    Please watch over us as we are having a winter storm, please keep us safe and warm during this winter storm.
    Thank You LORD for watching over us.
    We cannot give You the Praise, Honor and Glory that You
    deserve. Thank YOU LORD for TAKING CARE OF US.
    Deacon Don

  2. Lord Jesus, You are the light of the world; we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day.

    Help us to love You, and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You.
    As I light this candle, let it always remind me that You are our Light in darkness, and our Protector in danger our saving Lord at all times.

    Our Lady of Candles, give me a mother’s protection
    for I need your watchful care.

    Comfort me in my discouragements, solace me in my fatigues, raise me after my falls, reward me for my successes.

    Our Lady of Candles, bearer of Jesus, the Light of the world, please obtain for me this favor… (silently mention your petition here).

    I shall always rely on your help, to be what Jesus wants me to be.

    I am His; I am yours, my good Mother. Amen.

  3. Beloved Holy Spirit, present in the Infant Lord Jesus
    shine upon those who do not know you, that they may come to believe in you, the one true God. Lord, may our eyes see your saving power. I bring to you my client M. who has started reading the scriptures because she has to teach a course on Middle Age Philosophy. She has always been proud to be an atheist and never read the Bible. I present her to you, dear Lord. Thank you for bringing her to the saving power of your word. Amen.

  4. I love you Jesus with all my heart and soul. May you bless me to do your will and grant me everlasting life. May your mercy and grace be poured out for all. Thanks be to God. Alleluia.
    Deacon DeWayne

  5. LORD, continue to guide us in our life’s journey.
    Give us all the knowledge to be able to choose good over evil and sinful ways. Thank You LORD

  6. May God bless you Sr. Lida. You are a gift to “the whole Church” and the Mystical Body of Christ. Love in Jesus, Jim Robeson. St. Louis, MO USA.

  7. This us the da the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and give praise! It is such an inspiring honor to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with The DivineOffice.org website spiritual readers and those who chant. It is also encouraging to know that I am praying with many Christians around the globe. Since I am very new here, I fifer my sincere thanks to Dane Faulkner and his dedicated staff who have helped me sign up correctly on DivineOffice.org God bless you always dearest new Catholic friends, Your devoted prayer brother Thomas, SFO

    • So happy to have this available and so easy to follow.

      My only distraught thought today about the liturgy was the opening hymn for Evening Prayer II . The most comforting verse of the Psalm used was left out: “If I should walk thru the valley of darkness no evil will I fear; You are THERE with your rod and your staff and with these You give me comfort.”

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