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Evening Prayer…

Good Evening, and welcome to the Evening Prayer section of the Christian Prayer, aka Liturgy of the Hours.

Evening Prayer is much the same as Morning Prayer except it takes place sometime at the end of your day and there is no Invitatory Psalm.  When should you pray Evening Prayer? My suggestion would be, make time BEFORE dinner (only takes about 15 minutes), and AT LEAST 2 hours BEFORE going to bed.  At bed time you will say Night Prayer. If you simply cannot pray before dinner, then try to do so shortly after dinner.

NOTE: The following Evening Prayer follows the Tutorial from, Thursday -March 24Second week of Lent.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross:

(making the sign of the Cross, you say): God, come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me.

(bowing your head) Glory be to the Father…

(raise your head) As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall ever be. Amen.

(During ORDINARY TIME, ADVENT, CHRISTMAS, EPIPHANY, EASTER and PENTECOST you would add Alleluia! after the Amen.  During Lent, the Alleluia is omitted.)

(Hymn, can be sung or omitted pending on your schedule and company you are in. In Ordinary Time you will use the suggestions provided.  Otherwise, you need to turn to pg 1502 and find the season you are in, then find a song in that season that you can sing.)

(after the Hymn, recite the entrance Antiphon, GREEN ribbon) I have made you the light of all nations…

(begin recitation of the Psalm.  Remember, you will not repeat the Antiphon again until you have completed the Psalm and the Glory Be) O God, give your judgment to the King…

(at the end of the Psalm, bow your head and say) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Spirit…

(raise your head, and say) As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

(Repeat again the Antiphon) I have made you the light of all nations…

(continuing on to the next) The Lord will save the children of the poor…

(again repeat the pattern from above.  Recite the Psalm, then the Glory Be, then repeat the Antiphon and continue onto the next.  Is your GREEN ribbon moving with you?)

(Place your GREEN ribbon in the Morning Prayer for the next day, and go to your PURPLE ribbon for the Reading, Responsory, Gospel Canticle, Intercessions, and Closing Prayer).

(remember, this tutorial is in Lent, so the reading is different from Ordinary Time because we’re in a Liturgical Season.)

(Tutorial: Lent, second week, Thursday, Evening Prayer, PURPLE ribbon, pg 307) A reading from the Letter of St. James…  Submit to God; resist the devil and he will take flight.  Draw close to God…

(recite the Responsory) To You, O Lord, I make my prayer…

(continue) Heal my soul, for I …

(bow your head, say only the beginning) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

(raise your head and repeat the full Responsory) To You, O Lord, I make…

(The Gospel Canticle – Mary’s Magnificat {cf Lk 1: 46-55} – Say the Antiphon and then recite the Canticle.  NOTE: if you lose your insert, the Gospel Canticle can be found on pg 696) The rich man, who had refused Lazarus a crust of bread, pleaded for a drop of water.

(pull out your insert and cross yourself with the beginning of the Gospel Canticle for Evening Prayer)

(Cross yourself, and say) My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…

(continue as usual, concluding with the Glory Be) My spirit rejoices in God my savior.  For He has looked with favor on His lowly servant…

(bowing your head) Glory be to the Father…

(raising your head) as it was in the beginning…

(repeat the Canticle Antiphon) The rich man, who had refused Lazarus…

(pray the Intercessions – Prayers of the Faithful. Optional: when praying in groups, one person prays the Intercessions with the others of the group repeating the italicized words that followed the introduction. When it’s you alone, just pray the Intercessions without repeating the italicized words, unless they appear after each Intercession.)

(before praying the Our Father, see pp 692-93 for suggested invitations) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name…

(Conclude with the provided closing prayer.  Make sure your ribbon has moved with you so that when you close your book, the ribbon will be set and ready for the praying of the next morning Morning Prayer)

(Dismissal suggestions are found on pg 693 if said with a priest or deaconFor private prayer, the conclusion is found on pg 694)

(private prayer conclusion: cross yourself with the first words) May the Lord Bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

That concludes Evening Prayer.

Night Time Prayer is next, and is said right before ya go to bed. 😉

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