Evening Prayer - Memorial for Sunday in the 6th week of Easter

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Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1064
Psalter: Friday, Week II, 1334
Proper of Saints: 1796
Common of Doctors of the Church: 2097

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Psalter: Friday, Week II, 840
Proper of Saints: 1137
Common of Doctors of the Church: 1436

Evening Prayer for Friday in Easter, the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor

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

Eternal Sun, true Light Divine,
Whose wisdom fills creation’s plan,
We sing to you with joy this day,
The Light supreme of ev’ry soul.

Your Holy Spirit’s ardent fire
Inspired some chosen master minds,
To shed bright rays upon the world
And open up salvation’s way.

Both inspiration from on high,
And efforts of deep human thought,
Have worked in harmony of grace
Developing our holy Faith.

This saint and doctor whom we praise,
Shines out with luster all her own,
A jewel in the favored crown
Of those who spread true doctrine’s light.

May her assistance help us now,
Unswerving path of truth to tread,
That we at last may gaze on you,
Our God, for all eternity.

Most tender Father, hear our prayer,
Whom we adore, with Christ the Lord,
And Holy Spirit of them both,
Bless us who praise your Trinity. Amen.

𝄞"Eternal Sun, True Light Divine - for her" by Kathleen Lundquist, Sara Faux • Title: Eternal Sun, True Light Divine; Text: aterne sol, qui lumine Novus; Tr. St. Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK; Tune: Chant, Mode IV; Liber Hymnarius; Artist: Kathleen Lundquist; Accompaniment: Sara Faux; Recording copyright 2017 by Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The Lord has rescued my life from the grasp of hell, alleluia.

Psalm 116:1-9
Thanksgiving

We must endure many trials before entering God’s kingdom (Acts 14:21).

I love the Lord for he has heard
the cry of my appeal;
for he turned his ear to me
in the day when I called him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,
with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress.
I called on the Lord’s name.

O Lord, my God, deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just;
our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts;
I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest
for the Lord has been good;
he has kept my soul from death,
my eyes from tears
and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.

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 of power and mercy, through your Son’s passion and resurrection you have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from you. Be ever with us on our pilgrimage; then we shall sing rather than weep. Keep our feet from stumbling, so that we may be able to follow you until we come to eternal rest.

Ant. The Lord has rescued my life from the grasp of hell, alleluia.

Ant. 2 The Lord watches over his people, and protects them as the apple of his eye, alleluia.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16).

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and 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

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father’s eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end.

Ant. The Lord watches over his people, and protects them as the apple of his eye, alleluia.

Ant. 3 The Lord is my strength, I shall always praise him, for he has become my Savior, alleluia.

Canticle – Revelation 15:3-4
Hymn of adoration

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?

Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.

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 Lord is my strength, I shall always praise him, for he has become my Savior, alleluia.

READING James 3:17-18

Wisdom from above is first of all innocent. It is also peaceable, lenient, docile, rich in sympathy and the kindly deeds that are its fruits, impartial and sincere. The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.

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

In the midst of the Church she spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.
In the midst of the Church she spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.

The Lord filled her with the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
In the midst of the Church she spoke with eloquence, alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Always and everywhere Catherine sought and found God. Through the strength of her love she entered into union with him, alleluia.

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. Always and everywhere Catherine sought and found God. Through the strength of her love she entered into union with him, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Jesus Christ is worthy of all praise, for he was appointed high priest among men and their representative before God. We honor him and in our weakness we pray:
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You marvelously illuminated your Church through distinguished leaders and holy men and women,
let Christians rejoice always in such splendor.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You forgave the sins of your people when their holy leaders like Moses sought your compassion,
through their intercession continue to purify and sanctify your holy people.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

In the midst of their brothers and sisters you anointed your holy ones and filled them with the Holy Spirit,
fill all the leaders of your people with the same Spirit.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

You yourself are the only visible possession of our holy pastors,
let none of them, won at the price of your blood, remain far from you.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

The shepherds of your Church keep your flock from being snatched out of your hand. Through them you give your flock eternal life,
save those who have died, those for whom you gave up your life.
Bring salvation to your people, Lord.

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

O God,
who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire
with divine love in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion
and her service of your Church,
grant, through her intercession,
that your people, participating in the mystery of Christ,
may ever exult in the revelation of his glory.
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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23 thoughts on “Evening Prayer – Memorial

  1. Reach down from heaven and save us;
    draw us out from the mighty waters,
    from the hands of alien foes
    whose mouths are filled with lies,
    whose hands are raised in perjury.

    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.

  2. God help us to be inclusive of everyone always as you are. May everyone feel relaxed and accepted in your house and in your love. Amen

  3. “I have tasted and seen the depth of your mystery and the beauty of your creation with the light of my understanding. I have clothed myself with your likeness and have seen what I shall be.” From the dialogue On Divine Providence by St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor. (From the Office of Readings, this morning)

    St. Catherine, you understood the love God has for us. You saw within the depth of your heart, all that God is. Help us to do the same. Amen.

  4. I do not get the issue of Sister Mary Joseph Schultz about using pronouns for women doctors of the Church. “Doctor” is for women and men! St Catherine of Sienna, St Teresa of Avila, St Therese of Lisseux are “doctors “ of the Church! ! Where is the problem of the pronoun? How should you address them?

    Let’s not add more problems to what the Church is going through. The holiness of the church leaders and its members are more important than pronouns!!

    • I agree with you a percent Cynthia Avellana. I don’t think there’s a problem in the pronoun. Such trivial thing to be concerned about these days. I don’t think St. Catherine nor any of the women Saints who have been declared Doctors have problem with the pronoun.

      These Saints could care less about inclusive language.

      What we need to to be concerned about is our own spiritual growth…of aspiring to be Saints.

  5. Could we just stop fussing about gender, and recognition, knowing that any persecution endured in this life with grace and humility aligns our hearts more closely with His and His Mother. Let’s focus not on waiting for others to satisfy such petty longings, and instead offer up these sufferings, imagined or real, in reparation for all.

    • The love to God is the most important aspect of the Christian life. Although I don’t know the English language with perfection, I thanks to God for your infinite love for me and the all creation.
      God bless us. Amen

  6. Since we now have some female doctors of the Church, I pray that some day the Divine Office will be revised and updated so that the pronouns match these holy Women Doctors of the Church. Many years ago there was to be a revision so that newer saints would be included. We are still waiting.

    • Thank you Sister Mary Joseph. Language is so important for people to feel included (or excluded); welcomed (or just tolerated); a part of the community (or apart from the community). Language empowers (or disempowers). It is through language that deep meaning is made and our hearts-longings are fulfilled. Yes, inclusive language IS long long over due. There is enough in the world to make one’s heart ache and to join in the suffering of Christ Jesus–this need NOT be one of those things. It is a poor argument against “male privilege” to simply write it off as one more thing to suffer through–in fact such polemic feeds into the oppression that women have endured for so long at the hands of men. In love, Brother Nicholas, Ob OSB

    • The pronoun “she” and “her” is found in the paper form of Divine office. It must have been a misprint when it was switched to digital format.

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