Night Prayer for Wednesday in the 25th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Page 1635
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Page 1278

Christian Prayer:
Page 1044

General instruction:
Please pray with us actively, especially by joining with us in saying antiphons and responses, most of which are indicated in this highlight.

Consider an examination of your own conscience before beginning to best make use of our time together in prayer.

Night Prayer for Tuesday in the Season of Easter

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.

Examination of conscience:

We are called to have a clear conscience toward God and toward men, in our hearts and in our minds, in our actions and inactions. To do so, it is vital that we examine our conscience daily and to ask for God’s mercy as we fall short and to ask for His strength to do better.

Lord Jesus,
you have shown us the way to the Father:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you have given us the consolation of the truth:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you are the Good Shepherd leading us into everlasting life:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

HYMN

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me by the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of my Lord for ever.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Psalm 143:1-11
Prayer in distress

Only by faith in Jesus Christ is a man made holy in God’s sight. No observance of the law can achieve this (Galatians 2:16).

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

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. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

READING 1 Peter 5:8-9a

Stay sober and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, solid in your faith.

RESPONSORY

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.

You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit, alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Canticle

Ant. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Luke 2:29-32
Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:

my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

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. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Concluding Prayer

Lord,
fill this night with your radiance.
May we sleep in peace and rise with joy
to welcome the light of a new day in your name.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.
Amen.

Antiphon or song in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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76 thoughts on “Night Prayer

  1. O Lord Jesus Christ illuminate our minds & hearts to always pray this Liturgy of the Hours & the beautiful songs offer this untiring works of this staff members. Bless them to continue their best work, all I ask this thru Jesus Christ your God amen.

  2. Please pray that God will illuminate my heart and mind and make me whole in body and soul. Most of all that His Will be done.

  3. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”(Luke 12:25-26).Thank you Lord Jesus for this precious time of prayer, let pour out your blessings onto us.

  4. Praise the Lord for the liturgy of Divine Office!
    Thanks God for every mercy and grace You show in this world! Thanks God for your beautiful people! Thanks for open my eyes seeing your presence!

    • Thomas Cheung: Beautiful.
      O Lord, You are always with me. Please, help me to do each daily task for love of You, Sweet Jesus, as did St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Amen.

  5. Please pray for my friends wife who died on the Octave of Easter. She was a wonderful. and kind lady.S he was sincere considerate and had a very quiet dignity.She will be missed. Thank you for your prayers.Carl Staples

  6. I am a Widow of Prayer, and this opportunity to pray and sing with others is such a blessing. May God reward you for all that you do.

  7. As I close this day of grace I remember all of my unseen brothers and sisters in the Lord, may you stay close to Our Lord and Our Lady; may they guide you and keep you in all you do in the service of the Church. What a miracle fo miracles that I could be part of the Body of Christ and his members. What an extraordinary privilege we have in Christ. Thank God for you all for who you are and what you do!

  8. What a blessing it is to pray the Liturgy of the hours! Lord we thank you for the grace of a prayerful heart. Precious Lord, strengthen us to keep the faith and always put our trust in you in good times and in bad times. Enable us to love you ardently, Lord, to obey your commands, to love the Church and to love others as you love us.

  9. Thank you O Lord for giving me this Liturgy of the Hour which inspire me to pray everyday night & day. Thanks too for all the good works who make possible this prayers. Pray for all of us & guide us to the path of righteousness. All I ask this thru our Lord Jesus Christ our God amen.

  10. Thank you O Lord God for all the good things you gave us
    I love you Jesus Christ above all things and please bring me to everlasting life. I will alway pray for you amen.

  11. Friday June 2,1967 I was ordained a Franciscan priest by Bishop Rembert Kowalski, OFM, exiled bishop of Wuchang, China. So this Friday I am 50 years a priest. Thank you for providing this prayer service which inspires me very much.

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