October 10, 2016 – 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. Whoever is in Christ is a new creature, alleluia.
Psalm 136
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Who only does great wonders, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who created great lights, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
The sun to rule the day, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And brought out Israel from among them, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who led his people through the wilderness, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Who struck down great kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And slew mighty kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
Who gives food to all creatures, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures 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 forever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Almighty God, remember our lowliness and have mercy. Once you gave our fathers a foreign land to inherit. Free us today from sin and give us a share in your inheritance.

Ant. 1. Whoever is in Christ is a new creature, alleluia.
Ant. 3. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace, alleluia.
Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
Blessed are you,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for you have blest us in Christ Jesus
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

You chose us to be yours in Christ
before the foundation of the world,

That we should be holy and blameless before you.
in love you destined us for adoption as your children,
through Jesus Christ,

According to the purpose of your will,
to the praise of your glorious grace,

Which you freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
in you, we have redemption
through the blood of Christ,

The forgiveness of our sins,
according to the riches of your grace,

Which you have lavished upon us.
you have made known to us, in all wisdom and insight,

The mystery of your will,
according to your purpose
which you set forth in Christ,

As a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in Christ,
things in heaven and things on earth.

Ant. 3. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace, alleluia.
READING
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in your charity toward one another and toward all, just as we also do toward you, in order to confirm your hearts without blame, in sanctity, before God our Father, unto the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints. Amen.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. 4. I have other sheep that do not belong to this flock; these also I must lead. They will hear my voice, and there will be one fold and one shepherd, alleluia.
Luke 1:46-55
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants 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. 4. I have other sheep that do not belong to this flock; these also I must lead. They will hear my voice, and there will be one fold and one shepherd, alleluia.
INTERCESSIONS
Let us pray to Christ the Lord, who bathed the world in glory through his resurrection. With joyful hearts let us say:
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, you walked with your disciples on the way,
– be with your Church on its pilgrimage through life.
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

Do not let us be slow to believe,
– but ready to proclaim you as victor over death.
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

Look with kindness on those who do not recognize your presence,
– reveal yourself to them, so that they may welcome you as Savior.
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

Through the cross you have brought reconciliation to mankind in your body,
– grant unity and peace to all nations.
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

Judge of the living and the dead,
– forgive the sins of the faithful departed.
Christ, our life, hear our prayer.

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.