May 2, 2017 – vespers



monk INTRODUCTION
HYMN – Before the Ending of the Day
PSALMODY
pope INCENSE PSALM
Ant. Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141
O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge;
do not strip me of my life.
Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Ant. Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Ant. 1. The Lord is my stronghold and my savior, alleluia.
Psalm 144
Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues the peoples under me.
O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
mere mortals that you should think of us?
We are like a puff of wind; *
our days are like a passing shadow.
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
shoot out your arrows and rout them.
Stretch out your hand from on high; *
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters,
from the hand of foreign peoples,
Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
You give victory to kings *
and have rescued David your servant.
Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands;
may our cattle be fat and sleek.
May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, –
no wailing in the public squares.
Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord, God of strength, you gave your Son victory over death. Direct your Church’s fight against evil in the world. Clothe us with the weapons of light and unite us under the one banner of love, that we may receive our eternal reward after the battle of earthly life.

Ant. 1. The Lord is my stronghold and my savior, alleluia.
Ant. 2. Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.
Canticle: Revelation 11
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is, and who was, and who is to come.

For you have taken your great power,
and you have reigned.

And the nations became angry,
but your wrath arrived, and the time for the dead to be judged,
and to render a reward to your servants the prophets,
and to the saints,
and to those who fear your name, small and great.

Now have arrived salvation and virtue
and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ.

For the accuser of our brothers has been cast down,
he who accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of his testimony.

And they loved not their own lives,
even unto death.

Ant. 2. Christ yesterday and today: he is the same for ever, alleluia.
READING
James 3:17-18
But within the wisdom that is from above, certainly, chastity is first, and next peacefulness, meekness, openness, consenting to what is good, a plenitude of mercy and good fruits, not judging, without falseness. And so the fruit of justice is sown in peace by those who make peace.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. 3. I am the shepherd of my sheep. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly, alleluia.
Luke 1:46-55
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
And 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 the promise of mercy.
The promise he made to our fathers,
To Abraham and his children forever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever, Amen.

Ant. 3. I am the shepherd of my sheep. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly, alleluia.
INTERCESSIONS
Let us pray to Christ, the light of the nations and the joy of every living creature:
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

Brilliant Light, Word of the Father, you came to save all men,
– lead the catechumens of your Church into your marvelous light.
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

Overlook our sins, Lord,
– for you are the source of forgiveness.
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

Lord, it is your will that men use their minds to unlock nature’s secrets and master the world,
– may the arts and sciences advance your glory and the happiness of all peoples.
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

Look kindly on those who have dedicated themselves to the service of their fellow men,
– may they fulfill their work freely and completely.
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

Lord, you open the way and no one can close it,
– lead into your light those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection.
Give us light, peace and security, Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
(And now let us pray as the Lord told us:)
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
Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ your Son.
May he find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

DISMISSAL
May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
– Amen.